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2014 Mazda CX-5: Ideal Suburban Runabout

April 22, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

While we've got some pretty fantastic cars in our long-term fleet right now (e.g., Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG), I happen to really like our 2014 Mazda CX-5 for more mundane reasons. Mainly, it happens to suit my current lifestyle quite well.

Our CX-5 meets the criteria I'd expect from a small crossover SUV. It's reasonably roomy inside and quite capable taking on trips to the local big-box store or shuttling my two kids to their various activities. It also returns respectable fuel economy and has all-wheel drive should the need arise for extra traction.

But I also like that our CX-5 is more than just basic transportation. A lot of that does come from the way it drives. It's quick around turns and responsive in the way it accelerates and shifts gears. And while styling is certainly subjective, I do happen to think the CX-5 looks pretty cool as crossovers go.

I might have to use the CX-5 for a lot of boring, family-guy tasks, but it doesn't feel like it when I'm driving it. If I were buying a small crossover, this Mazda is one I'd give serious consideration to.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4,954 miles


  • gloss gloss Posts:

    What a great-looking red.

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    This is exactly what crossover utility vehicles are about. I remember reading years ago that fewer than 5% of the people buying tough, body-on-frame 4x4 SUVs ever drove offroad or pulled a heavy trailer. Those of us who do those things more than once in a blue moon still need "real" SUVs and trucks and all the compromises that go with them such as heavier weight, weaker handling, and poor fuel economy. For everyone else, these crossovers are tailored to your lifestyle. Enjoy!

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