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

2014 Mazda CX-5: Fuel Economy Update for February

March 4, 2014

2014 Mazda CX-5

This is our final fuel economy update for our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD, and it includes the tanks from my 930-mile road trip to Northern California. With a 70-mph speed limit on most of Interstates 5 and 580, I didn't improve much on the CX-5's lifetime average, which edged up to 25.2 mpg.

If you're keeping score at home, that's still short of the small crossover's 26 mpg EPA combined rating.

However, I logged a couple of 28.5 mpg tanks. That's lower than the highway rating, yes, but respectable given my cruising speed, driving style and fairly significant time in stop-and-go traffic in both the Bay Area and greater Los Angeles. In addition, I set a new high for cruising range at 374.6 miles. At one point, I was on pace for a 400-mile tank, but then, traffic ground to a halt in Santa Clarita and that was the end of that. Yay, California.

To put the Mazda's lifetime fuel economy in context, note that our long-term 2012 Honda CR-V EX AWD (whose engine and transmission are identical to the 2014 model) averaged 24.8 mpg while in our care.

Mind you, the CR-V still uses a five-speed automatic transmission, rather than a six-speed automatic like our CX-5. And of course, the Honda doesn't have a newly engineered direct-injected engine like our Mazda. However, I'll venture that the more athletic CX-5 has probably inspired a more spirited driving style in many of our editors, and I count myself in that group. With that caveat, the CX-5's slightly higher lifetime fuel economy is noteworthy. In short, fun driving does not equal bad fuel economy.

2014 Mazda CX-5

Worst Fill MPG: 18.0
Best Fill MPG: 31.6
Average Lifetime MPG: 25.2
EPA MPG Rating: 26 Combined (24 City/30 Highway)
Best Range: 374.6 miles
Current Odometer: 25,860 miles

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 25,860 miles

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