2014 Mazda CX-5: Ready to Respond
January 16, 2014
You know those situations where you need not full-throttle, but just some brisk acceleration to merge onto the freeway or get past a weaving, inattentive laggard?
Well, with today's fuel economy-calibrated electronic throttle/transmission controls, this expected action is increasingly rare. You typically have to floor it and then, sometimes after a brief hesitation, you'll get all she's got. An annoying all-or-nothing proposition. Thankfully, our 2014 Mazda CX-5 is not like that.
Quite to the contrary, the Mazda CX-5 responds quickly when you lean on the gas for need some added thrust. Press it down to the first "stop" and you'll get a prompt downshift and usually enough scoot for the task at hand. No zinging the engine to redline, putting the hurt on fuel mileage and having your passengers think you're Leadfoot Larry. And if you do need full power, just floor it and the CX-5 will gladly give you all of its 184 horses.
Along with its sharp handling and handsome looks, this endearing, responsive nature makes the CX-5 my hands-down personal pick for a compact crossover.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 23,018 miles