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


2014 Mazda CX-5: Quiet Ride

June 28, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

I was out running errands in our long-term Mazda CX-5, and I came to a rather long stop light. I took the opportunity to change music selections.

That's when I noticed, without any musical interference, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 is really quiet when idle. It's much quieter than our long-term Honda CR-V was, even though Honda made an effort to reduce noise in the CR-V's cabin.

So, when the light changed to green, I left the music off. I was travelling up a long, winding road and enjoying every minute of it. The Mazda CX-5's 184-horsepower engine isn't overly taxed, so there were no complaining or apologizing noises from the engine. It offers a smooth ride, takes curves without too much lean, it's steering is spot on, and it offers a quiet, peaceful time.

Who needs music?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

Comments

  • _wraith_ _wraith_ Posts:

    At higher speeds, is wind noise still an issue? I remember some reviews mentioning it; don't know if the 2014 has different sound insulation.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    You should break out that decibel meter and see just how quiet the car is compared to some others. I don't think I've seen you guys take readings with that thing for a little while. I only say that because "This car is quiet" is such a subjective statement, and hard for internet readers to interpret since almost everybody has a different definition of an acceptably quiet car.

  • 4runnerfun 4runnerfun Posts:

    Agreed! You guys should do more of the comparison measurements. The ramp measurement last week was great (who'd guess this is better than the Juke?!) Decibels and some other interesting measurements would be really cool to compare.

  • Jumping on 4Runners comment, wasnt this thing better on the ramp than the Evoque too?? whod have guessed that one. I love the mini comparisons.

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    Interesting because my CX-9 is not especially quite. The 3.7 is pretty composed but there's a good deal of road noise that makes its way into the cabin. Nice to see that Mazda is stepping up its game when it comes to noise. I've actually found the doors that wrap around the sills on the CX-9 end up contributing to a lot of noise when the road is wet and when driving through puddles. I wonder if the CX-5 has any of this.

  • while dB ratings are another fun fact they can be deceiving as some sounds are more annoying and more wearing to listen to than others that are actually louder.

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