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

2014 Mazda CX-5: San Diego Road Trip

June 10, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

As luck would have it, I ended up with our long-term 2013 Mazda CX-5 for a weekend road trip down to San Diego to see my horrible baseball team play the somehow not as horrible Padres. Pleasantly, the drive down was the better part of the trip, as my wife and I took a scenic detour on California 79 through the old mining town of Julian.

The town itself is nice enough with a main street filled with shops, a great many of which sell pies for some reason. We skipped those and went for The Bailey Woodpit Barbecue instead. I'm not a BBQ aficionado by any means — I would direct you to the gentlemen driving the Grand National around Texas — but it made me happy.

So did the CX-5. It is such a pleasure to drive compared to the CR-V, RAV4 and Forester, feeling so much more like a car. If you're upsizing from a compact or midsize sedan, it's the one that'll feel the most natural to you.

Plus, I'm not just talking about how the CX-5 capably handled the many sweeping twists and turns of CA 79. It rides well, too, and after hundreds of miles, I'm happy to declare the driver seat is very road trip friendly. It may seem a bit hard at first, but it's tremendously supportive over the long haul. As I said in the fuel update, I have a strong feeling the CX-5 will be seeing an awful lot of the country this summer.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 8,060 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Mazda CX-5 in VA is:

$159 per month*
* Explanation