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2014 Mazda CX-5: Great Cargo Space

October 30, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

I instinctively folded the backseat of our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5. The cargo was large, and the CX-5 is kinda small, so I folded the seats before I even started loading. It turned out to be unnecessary.

Mazda says there's 34.1 cubic feet of space back there. And that's enough for the four 15-inch diameter wheels and tires to fit behind the Mazda's second row seat with room to spare.

Very cool.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 19,834 miles


  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    It's impressive that they fit, but folding the seats down would have retained decent visibility out the rear window.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Both my SVT Focus and my 2011 GTI can fit all 4 of their own wheels and tires in the cargo area, standing upright side by side - and those are 215 and 225 section tires on 17 and 18 inch wheels, so this capacity by a compact SUV is not that impressive to me.

  • huisj huisj Posts:

    Welcome to Edmunds comments section, where even simple cargo loading practices are not safe from snarky criticism.

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    @fordson1 I suppose that's your prerogative, but the CX-5 has 50+% more cargo space than your SVT Focus and 120% more than your GTI, so let's not get carried away.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Hey, that's not snarky - it's the truth. Yes, the CX-5 has quite a bit more cargo volume than my cars, but it looks to me as though it's pretty narrow between the rear wheel wells..that is, IF he really had to load them the way he did. Maybe they would have fit the way I can fit them, but he didn't load them that way - I dunno.

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    In Edmunds' comparison test you had the CX-5 "a distant third" behind the CR-V and RAV4 in cargo capacity. It seemed like this may have been the factor keeping the CX-5 from winning the test. This is an example of paying too much attention to the numbers. Yes the other two have 2-3 more cubic feet of volume. But the reality is that the CX-5 is as useful as the other two 95% of the time. Most cars in this class are pretty close in cargo space. There will be very few cases where you're loading up the CX-5, max out the cargo space and say, "I wish I had the CR-V." Most loads that don't fit in a CX-5, aren't going to fit in a CR-V either. If you're regularly maxing out the cargo space in a compact CUV, you may just need a larger vehicle.

  • yeach yeach Posts:

    I have a CX-5 and I had 8 tires in the back when I was doing the winter tire swap. All 4 summer 19" rim/wheels in the cargo area. 4 discard RX-8 winter tires in the rear passenger compartment. RX-8 Rims were kept for the ws70 winters. Seats were not folded down.

  • bc1960 bc1960 Posts:

    @fordson1, the width between the wheel wells is ~44". As an aside, SAE J1100 cargo volume for liftback/wagon-style vehicles only considers volume below the level of the seatbacks (with one or more folding rows there are figures for each seat): averag

  • yeach yeach Posts:

    I realize I joined this comment section late. But here is a link to my CX-5 on another forum.,83736.0.html

  • craigo81 craigo81 Posts:

    I suspect the extra few cubes in the CRV and RAV are by the back window where they are more squared off. That's also what makes them look boring or plain ugly in the CRV's case. I try not to store things by the window, so I don't consider this a great loss for the CX5.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    bc1960, that does not look like 44". Car & Driver says the widest piece of plywood that will lie flat in there is 41". My GTI is 38.5"; my Focus is 41.5" Any of those would take 4 tires up to 235-section side-by-side.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    I like how this thread became a [non-permissible content removed]-fest about the CR-V winning the comparison test.

  • yeach yeach Posts:

    @fordson1, bc1960 FYI width between wheel wells is 41.5" ish. Yeah I measured it out just for you guys.

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