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

2014 Mazda CX-5: Road Trip Fuel Economy

May 22, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

After nearly 900 miles of California and Arizona desert driving — including windy stretches in 100-plus degree heat with bikes on the rack — our long-term Mazda CX-5 averaged 23.9 mpg. Its best tank was 29.3 mpg on a largely downhill stretch. Its worst tank was 20.6 mpg in the wind and heat.

This is better than our CX-5's lifetime average of 22.1 mpg.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor


  • gloss gloss Posts:

    Well that's disappointing.

  • spdracerut_ spdracerut_ Posts:

    Not really considering the circumstances. Two adults, two kids, fully loaded with gear, two mountain bikes hanging off the rear rack adding aero drag, 100+ degree heat working the A/C hard. What do you expect?

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Still pretty competitive with the CR-V, all things considered. And considering the car's size, it's pretty competitive with the Subaru Impreza too!!

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I think the load, the bikes, and the weather all add up to make this something close to a worst case scenario, so considering that that fuel economy is pretty OK.

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    @spdracerut @stovt001 Very good points both. Hadn't looked at it that way.

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