Measuring Ramp Travel Index - 2014 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mazda CX-5 AWD: Measuring Ramp Travel Index

June 20, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5 AWD

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.

2014 Mazda CX-5 AWD

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.

Answer: 334

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


  • yellowbal yellowbal Posts:

    Can you retest with the anti-sway bars disconnected?

  • I would love if you could, please, give an update on night drive. A huge feature that inclines me to buy this car are the Adaptive Bi-xenon lights but I have not been able to find a video or report on how they work on real world night time driving. I am sure others out there would greatly appreciate it! Thank you in advance if you can accommodate and review that area of the vehicle.

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    I can say that I like the adaptive bi-xenons on my 2013 model. The lamp movement is fairly subtle, but it's effective in filling out corners. The sharp cut-off of xenons takes some getting used to if you're coming from crummy old-style headlamps.

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    Kind of irrelevant because this car should never be driven anywhere where this type of articlulation occurs. I have a CX-9 and completely ripped up the bottom of the door gasket going over a berm of ice to get out of a parking spot. It may have been 8-10 inches high. Sure the suspension travel allowed me to maintain good traction at the corners but it does nothing for the breakover angle or the fact that there's no protection on the underside of the car. If you've got the CX-5 anywhere close to having one wheel of the ground in anything but the controlled environment you see here, you're probably going to break something.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Mazda needs to market this statistic: "More off-road capability than an Range Rover". Follow it up with a sizable asterisk of course...

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