It's the One I'd Buy as Well - 2014 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test

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

2014 Mazda CX-5: It's the One I'd Buy as Well

August 27, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

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


  • 7driver 7driver Posts:

    If memory serves, Magrath wrote the comparo where the CR-V beat the CX-5. The question is this: Is the CR-V the one Magrath would buy for himself? Or did he name the CR-V the winner as a recommendation to everyone else?

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    So you're willing to make both of your kids share the same Pack 'n Play by choosing the CX-5? Harsh.

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    Just how small do you think the cargo space is? Because it's precisely 0.3 cubes smaller than the Escape's.

  • ericahg ericahg Posts:

    I've owned a CX-5 Grand Touring AWD since April. The cargo space is great. What I really do not like is the gas mileage. It is so way off. I have taken in my car & was told to change gas brands (which I did) and it is still 18-20 for city/hwy combined (I live in Wisconsin now, not like I spend hours on the parking lot known as the Kennedy). I've also had my car in spring and summer with around 20-22 city/hwy mph. I've owned other brands and always gotten at or above manufacturers estimated MPG. What has me so angry is that I chose this over another because of the MPG as that is one of the most important details. I would not buy a Mazda again as I don't think being over 20% off on the estimated is acceptable.

  • dieter621 dieter621 Posts:

    My 2014 CX5 has been a big step up from our Rogue and offers more room for the driver than a CR-V. The steering is responsive, controls are easy to utilize and the ride is smooth with nice MPG. If I were to make recommendations I would add even more insulation to drown out road noise and a rubber piece to protect the top of the rear bumper cover from package scrapes into and out of the cargo area.

  • CX-5 - NOT impressed. Many rave reviews but the Mazda was Not a great vehicle. Buick Encore was so much better at the same price.

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