2014 Mazda CX-5: It's the One I'd Buy as Well
August 27, 2013
A while back, editor Mark Takahashi wrote that while he's not planning on buying a small crossover SUV anytime soon (single, no kids), the2014 Mazda CX-5 is the one he'd pick if he had to choose. His premise was basically that the CX-5 is the best for him because of its fun-to-drive nature.
Well, my life is much more domesticated (boring?) than Mark's. I'm married and have two little kids. But we'd end up with the same small crossover; the CX-5 would be my pick, too.
It's not easy to choose in this class. Just about everything is solid. And our latest comparison test is indeed valid. The Honda CR-V is the best choice overall. But on a personal level, I just like the CX-5 more. All the small crossover practicality I'd ever need is still there with the CX-5. Yes, I could get more cargo space and rear seat room elsewhere, but the CX-5 is still more than adequate. Yet on top of that, I like the way the CX-5 looks and the way it drives, just like Mark. Small crossovers are not the most exciting vehicles out there, so every little bit helps.
From an ownership standpoint, I'd be happiest having this in my garage.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor