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


2014 Mazda CX-5: Fuel Economy Update for May

June 3, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

After three months and change in our care, the long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 is averaging 24.5 mpg compared to the EPA's 26 combined estimate. That's 2.4 mpg up from April and not bad given it drives through the world's third-worst city for traffic jams every day (thankfully, we aren't located in Brussels or Antwerp). However, May did see the CX-5 achieve its worst tank average of 20 mpg over 196 miles. This was only 14 days after Josh Jacquot set the best tank of 29.3 mpg during his desert road trip.

In total, the CX-5 gained only 1,655 miles in May, but I have a feeling that its miles and its mpg will rise as we get into summer road trip season. With fewer large family vehicles in the fleet than normal, the CX-5 should see its fair share of use.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 8,060 miles

Worst Fill MPG: 20.0
Best Fill MPG: 29.3
Average Lifetime MPG: 24.5
EPA MPG Rating (City/Highway Combined): 26
Best Range: 372.6 miles
Current Odometer: 8,060

Comments

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    Pretty impressive. You're basically matching what you got in the Impreza which is a less useful and less entertaining package (although probably a better AWD system). This view highlights a problem with many current cars and their treatment of fog lights. In the past, when you bought a car without fog lights, the blanks you got instead looked like you cheaped out. The round blanks were always so obvious...like "here's where your fog lights would go if you paid for them." Now, they've gone the other way. The blanks have become so sculpted and stylized that the fog lights actually look out of place when you get them. On the CX-5 the little round lights surrounded by the large triangular black form looks a little silly.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    The Impreza was a disappointment in general, as the CR-V and the Toyobarus average close to 25 mpg.

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    Also interesting how the CX-5 has all this technology thrown at it in the name of efficiency. Then there's the CR-V with virtually the same powertrain Honda's been working with for years and it matches the CX-5 on mpg.

  • uthiker uthiker Posts:

    Its all in how you drive .I have this very car 2014 CX5 GT AWD . My best MPG 31 80% highway 20% town. My worst 26.8 100% in town. I only have 2000 miles on it .... I think over time it will even get better.

  • uthiker uthiker Posts:

    Its all in how you drive .I have this very car 2014 CX5 GT AWD . My best MPG 31 80% highway 20% town. My worst 26.8 100% in town. I only have 2000 miles on it .... I think over time it will even get better.

  • cx7lover cx7lover Posts:

    The links on the CX-5 LT page lead to the Dodge Dart, FYI

  • legacygt, I think the problem is the more the car is designed to be efficient and special technology added the easier it is to have the MPG drop by driving a bit more aggressively. It seems common with the more high efficiency cars for there to be a wide range of average mpg that people get. --- I know on my car if I practically hypermile it I can get 33 but if I have a little bit of fun I get 27. And that isn't lead footing it around that is just taking the on and off ramps a bit faster, a few more full throttle passes and merges and about 5-10 more mph on the freeway. And that's about a 20% change. I'm sure I could easily drop it down to the low 20's if I had a lot of 'fun' driving. --- So the Edmunds people don't have to be crazy drivers to end up with lower mpg out of some of these cars. -- I haven't noticed that drastic of changes from the cars that are more performance oriented (unless I have way too much fun in them)

  • hachouri hachouri Posts:

    Hi, My new mazda 2014 cx-5 is averaging 18.5. I drive 90% of the time in the city with above 40C degree and AC on all the time.

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