2014 Mazda CX-5 AWD: Measuring Ramp Travel Index
June 20, 2013
I like our 2014 Mazda CX-5 quite a bit. It steers and handles nicely — zoom, zoom, and all that — and it's got some style. And the new 2.5-liter engine gives it decent power.
Ours is the all-wheel drive version, so one would assume it's good for at least a little low-level off-roading.
But how much? To my mind, this question begs a series of follow-up questions, one of which is this: how much articulation can the suspension manage? I recently drove our Mazda CX-5 up a 20-degree RTI ramp to answer that one.
The trip didn't last long. The Mazda began teetering when the left front tire was 12-1/8-inches off the deck, which translates into a 35.45-inch journey up the slope of our 20-degree ramp.
Divide that number by the CX-5's 106.3-inch wheelbase then multiply by 1,000 to get Ramp Travel Index.
How does that stack up? That result falls on the good side of what you'd expect for a crossover, though I haven't yet measured our long-term CR-V, the #1 seller in the segment. I'll rectify that soon, but in the meantime here are some other car-based crossovers we've measured.
2012 BMW X3: 322
2013 Range Rover Evoque: 300
2011 Nissan Juke SL: 257
For reference, a long-wheelbase four-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is good for 518 with the front stabilizer engaged and 687 with it unhinged. Our short wheelbase two-door started at 561 and made it to 908 with all the mods we added.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing