Quick, Fun and Frugal - 2014 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test

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

2014 Mazda CX-5: Quick, Fun and Frugal

December 12, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

Our 2014 Mazda CX-5 offered a lot to be grateful for during its time as my companion over the recent Thanksgiving break. The light holiday traffic gave me a chance to stretch its legs on the freeway.

The little crossover was more than up to the challenge, responding with an eagerness that left me grinning. With each tap of the gas pedal I was rewarded with acceleration that was quick and crisp. Around town, the CX-5 was similarly enjoyable, comporting itself with a nimbleness that made navigating both deserted side streets and clogged strip-mall parking lots a breeze.

There was a time when you had to pay a steep fuel economy cost if you wanted a vehicle that was this pleasant to drive, but thankfully, those days are long behind us. Class leaders like the Mazda CX-5 cover all the bases, with style and grace. 

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 20,985 miles


  • yeach yeach Posts:

    "Class leader" but still a "B" according to Edmunds. Okay...

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    It's time for Edmunds to update their rating for this vehicle. It's been getting across the board raves from just about everyone in just about every area. It's tech isn't the best and it's down a couple cubes on cargo capacity vs. some others. But how often do a couple cubic feet stand between fitting your stuff and leaving it behind. And isn't having a spirited but efficient driver worth more than a flashier infotainment system that will drive you nuts anyway?

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