Ride Quality Is Right on for a Road Trip - 2014 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test

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

2014 Mazda CX-5: Ride Quality Is Right on for a Road Trip

March 11, 2014

2014 Mazda CX-5

Before my road trip in our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD, I prepared myself for the reality that it might not be as comfortable and quiet over the long haul as the current-generation Honda CR-V, which I once drove to Phoenix and back.

More than 900 miles later, though, I'm happy to report the Mazda CX-5 is no less comfy and, to my ears anyway, it's just as quiet. (Although, "quiet" is always a relative thing when you're driving a budget-friendly compact crossover SUV.)

2014 Mazda CX-5

No, the Mazda CX-5 does not ride softly. It's not a plush ride. But it is almost always composed, and even over broken, truck-bludgeoned pavement, it was never harsh. This was really a pleasant surprise in light of the CX-5's adroit handling around the few turns along my route. I didn't feel like I was giving up anything in the way of comfort compared with the CR-V, yet I was still getting sharper steering and sportier handling. That's a pretty sweet deal.

The Mazda wasn't loud, either. There's probably nothing special about our CX-5 Grand Touring's P225/55R19 99V Toyo A23 all-season tires, but they haven't gotten significantly louder as they've aged. Either that or the CX-5 is better insulated from road noise than our long-term 2012 Mazda 3. Or both.

I actually noticed more wind noise than tire noise during my travels. Wind noise is of course a common issue on tall crossovers, and I remember complaining about it after my trip in our CR-V as well. It's noticeable in the Mazda, but it's not due to poor sealing around the doors or anything. It's probably just wind coming off the mirrors, and I can live with that.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 25,860 miles

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