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


2014 Mazda CX-5: Seventeens Are Enough

June 21, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

The 19-inch wheels on our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring sure are pretty, but for me, the sacrifice in ride quality just isn't worth it.

I remember thinking the same thing almost two years ago when I drove a bunch of European-spec CX-5 prototypes. Those vehicles all had summer tires (because Europeans are willing to slap on a set of snow tires when the ground freezes, I'm told), but the ones with 19-inch wheels and tires were a little too harsh over bumps for my liking whereas the ones with 17s were acceptably compliant.

2014 Mazda CX-5

Here in the U.S. our Mazda CX-5s have all-season tires, so the trade-off in ride quality with these P225/55R19 99V Toyos is even less tolerable. If I'm not going to have much in the way of cornering grip anyway, then make mine a CX-5 Touring model with the 17-inch wheel/tire package. No, the wheels won't be as snazzy, but I've given up on being fashionable.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 9,856 miles

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By seppoboy
on 06/21/13
6:38 PM PST

This whole obsession with looks has gone too far, in my opinion. Tires have a job to do, and many times the lower profile tires simply can't fulfill their role in the complete system of tire/wheel/suspension in an effective way. Unless the vehicle is a carefully tuned sports car, low profile tires are an expensive joke, prone to road hazard damage, rough riding, very expensive to replace, shorter treadlife, and kind of senseless given the other parameters of the vehicle and its suspension and steering. There were some very sweet-handling cars, with good ride and responsive steering, years ago before the ultra low profile trend. These days steering is mostly indifferent, and the supposed benefits are really misplaced.

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By zimtheinvader
on 06/21/13
2:31 PM PST

they could have met in the middle and gone with 18s. Also check out the price for new tires for that in 19"

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By agentorange
on 06/21/13
3:10 PM PST

I agree. 19s are overkill on many cars.

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