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


  • 7driver 7driver Posts:

    How does the driving position compare to the Mazda3? For that matter, is the CX5 simply a lifted Mazda3 (or the Mazda3 a slammed CX5)? Or is there more to it than that?

  • shepski shepski Posts:

    You'd think that, given that all these Edmunds writers are supposed to be auto enthusiasts, the fact that the CR-V can't be had with a MANUAL transmission would be enough reason alone to not choose one over a CX5.

  • dougal1098 dougal1098 Posts:

    The CX-5 cabin is set for the driver. The seat, controls and shifters are all designed around the driver. In the CR-V, I found this not to be the case. In addition, and this is going to sound terrible, but the interior of the CR-V feels like it is designed for a 60 year old women. I personally felt that the Honda drove like it was meant for a 60 year old women as well. And yes, I traded in my CR-V for the Mazda.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Beyond that initial comparison review between the Honda and Mazda, this is one of the few times where any of the editors clearly stated why they'd get the Honda even though the Mazda is supposed to be for the enthusiast driver (or for those who think they are enthusiast drivers... this is a cute-ute after all). So thanks for the additional insight. Are there any other dealbreakers/makers between the two?

  • metalmania metalmania Posts:

    7driver - I think the CX-5 actually shares its platform with the Mazda 6, not the 3 even though its footprint is closer to the 3. Making it more confusing is that it's sometimes described as driving like a tall 3.

  • "...I think it's quieter at highway speeds." ... Possibly the first time a Honda has ended up on the positive end of such a comparison. :P

  • Plus, the Mazda looks better.

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