2014 Mazda CX-5: Personal Comparisons
July 22, 2013
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