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

2014 Mazda CX-5: Cracked Windshield

February 25, 2014

2014 Mazda CX-5

Earlier this week, I promised commentary from my road trip in the 2014 Mazda CX-5. Here's the first installment, but it's not in chronological order. Rather, this is what happened at the very end of the road trip. As I was driving south on Interstate 15, a rock flew up and hit the CX-5's windshield, creating a star on the passenger side of the glass.

Within an hour, that star became a 12-inch-long crack.

2014 Mazda CX-5

Accordingly, we'll be replacing the Mazda CX-5's windshield before our long-term test ends. And of course we'll let you know how much it costs.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 25,722 miles


  • oldparnell oldparnell Posts:

    Whew, that was close - almost an Edmunds long-termer without a cracked windshield.

  • yeach yeach Posts:

    I got a similar crack 2 weeks into my CX-5 GT ownership last year. Costs for a replacement windshield is around $700 Cdn due to the rain sensors. Expensive! At the time I read that their was a lack of supply for replacement windshields I haven't replace the windshield yet.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    I was reading Autow*** magazine and they have similar problems with a lot of long term cars with windshield stone chips. Edmunds' seeming bad luck is not uncommon given the total miles their fleet accumulates, there would probably be at least 4 a year (average of 1 every 100K miles of driving seems reasonable estimate)

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    The curse is back. It had just gone dormant for a short while.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    In NYS we all have zero-deductible glass coverage. I can't imagine living in a state with the most cars and the worst traffic and no glass coverage. That's nuts.

  • dgcamero dgcamero Posts:

    I find that keeping Rain-X on my windshield helps tremendously with reducing rock issues. Before Rain-X, I got rock chips, after Rain-X, I haven't gotten rock chips. Maybe I'm just lucky, but it does at the least make the windshield seem a lot slicker.

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