Cracked Windshield - 2014 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test

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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.

  • mandarinten mandarinten Posts:

    this happened to my CX5 too. The chip was so tiny I didnt even see it till I washed my car. Its a 12 inch long straight crack now. Is Mazda going to say anything about this? Current mileage 30k

  • johnjohn15 johnjohn15 Posts:

    I think it should be a quality issue. We are talking about this issue in Taiwan due to there are already 80 owners in FB CX-5 Club had replaced the windshield within 2 years. MAZDA only sold around 4,000 CX-5 in Taiwan till now, the percentage is pretty high. There should be other owners encountered this issue but they don't join the club. Now we are working on negotiate with Mazda Taiwan, but they just released an official announcement that the windshield pass the test, and nothing more. Orz

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