2014 Mazda CX-5: Driver Seat Makes the Cut
March 12, 2014
I've gone on about how I like the driving position in our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5, probably more than once. But now I've taken a real road trip in our small crossover. In light of this experience, I can only declare that the Mazda CX-5 has a superb driver seat for a vehicle in this price range.
I hit quite a bit of traffic on this trip, so each of the 450-mile legs between Los Angeles and northern Sonoma County, California, took close to eight hours. Although I did use the cruise control quite a bit, I didn't rely on it as an opportunity to relax my right foot or squirm around for a better position.
I simply never got uncomfortable in this seat during this trip. The combination of the seat's contouring, cushioning and support was simply right on for me. The tilt/telescoping steering wheel does help with positioning (and I do telescope the wheel outward as far as it will go), but at 5 feet, 10 inches (with a 34-inch inseam), I don't need all the seat-track travel.
Frankly, I didn't expect this level of comfort in the CX-5. I would certainly take another road trip in it, and if someone came to me seeking recommendations for a road-trip-worthy compact crossover, the Mazda CX-5 would be at the top of my list.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 25,860 miles