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

2014 Mazda CX-5: Driving Position Makes a Difference

February 10, 2014

2014 Mazda CX-5

Very likely, I said something nice about the driving position in our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 about 15,000 miles ago. Well, I don't care. I'm going to talk about it again.

See, if push came to shove, I'm not sure I'd buy our CX-5 over a Honda CR-V. I really like the Honda's interior: The quality of the materials is great, there's storage everywhere, I like the simplicity of the controls, and I think it's quieter at highway speeds. But, but, the Mazda CX-5 has the better driving position, at least for me.

The seat and steering wheel feel like they have a smidge more adjustability (though that may not be true in reality), and I feel I'm in a slightly better position to drive the vehicle as a result. And because the Mazda still has an old-school handbrake, there's no foot brake crowding the dead pedal area as there is in the Honda. That's a minor observation, but it makes a difference on road trips.

So the driving position in the CX-5 might make the difference if I was going to buy a small crossover. Well, that and the fact that I can get xenon headlights on the Mazda.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 23,475 miles

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