2014 Mazda CX-5: High-Altitude Driving Impressions
October 15, 2013
Last weekend I took our 2014 Mazda CX-5 to the southern Sierra for a day hike up Mt. Langley. The trip meant driving up to about 10,000 feet with four adults loaded in the CX-5. It served us well.
I've always thought the CX-5's power is adequate, and passing on California 395 in the pre-dawn hours was relatively easy. As we started up the mountains the road wound around enough to prevent using wide throttle openings, but the CX-5 maintained good cornering speed, which helped keep our momentum up. Power was obviously diminished above about 7,000 feet where the road got serious about going uphill. Even then, though, given the load of people, I never thought about a lack of power.
The Mazda CX-5's strongpoint is its transmission which offers full control of every gear and rev-matched downshifts (more use when descending). Manual shifting was the key to consistent speed.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor