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

2014 Mazda CX-5: Personal Comparisons

July 22, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

If you haven't checked-out Magrath's SUV comparison test you really should. Go ahead, I'll wait.

You're back? Great. Here's my take. Admittedly, my personal opinion on SUVs varies from nearly everybody else.

In the comparison, the Honda CR-V came out on top. By all accounts, just barely. When asked what I would buy, I'd say Mazda CX-5.

I'm not married, nor do I ever plan to be. I don't have kids, nor do I ever want them. These factors already put me in some sort of a minority of SUV buyers. Then again, I'd probably never buy an SUV anyway as I really don't need that much utility. I'm more about fun and performance.

And that's why I'd pick the Mazda.

Of course, it's no sports car, but it's about as sharp as real SUVs get when it comes to handling and it's a good second quicker to 60 mph than the others in the test. Then there's the styling. I think the CX-5 is quite attractive as SUVs go (I also have a thing for the Range Rover Evoque and even the Kia Sportage styling)

I don't really haul a lot of stuff, either. Recently I completed construction on a home entertainment center, and that required a vehicle that could haul several loads of solid teak from the local hardwood store 4 miles from home. If I didn't have SUVs at my disposal, as I do at Edmunds, I probably would have borrowed a friend's or relative's car. By the way, the last bunch of teak was transported in the trunk of the SLS.

The CX-5 does have pretty decent cargo capabilities, and honestly, if you and your kid(s) need more than that, you're probably hauling too much stuff around. Kids don't need everything from the playroom. They'll survive, just as I did.

Perhaps mine isn't a popular opinion when it comes to SUVs, but I'm sure there are at least a few other single-minded individuals out there that agree with me.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 10,470 miles

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By banhugh
on 07/22/13
7:39 AM PST

Thank you! That is exactly how I feel about which SUV should be the winner and which I would actually buy. The argument that "the CRV doesn't do anything better but do everything good enough" reminds me of the Camry. Which makes me realize that the CRV is the Camry of the small SUVs, a sad day for Honda, lol. The CX-5 is the only one that actually looks beatiful from ALL angles. It's the sportiest, just as efficient and roomy with the rest. Why it wasn't "good enough" for 1st place I don't get...

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By fordson1
on 07/22/13
8:15 AM PST

I am married and I do have a child, but I agree that this idea that all the kid furniture/strollers/pack 'n plays/toys have to go everywhere the kid goes has gotten out of hand. The parent that is usually agitating for taking all of this crap needs to be told by the parent who usually ends up actually doing the packing that that this has to stop. If you know what I mean.

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