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

2014 Mazda CX-5: Smart Shifts

September 18, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

Our 2014 Mazda CX-5 features a smart six-speed automatic, and it's about as close to a sixth sense as you'll find in a contemporary automatic. Its intuition and response to your next move — a passing maneuver, for example — is uncanny and its rev-matched downshifts characteristic of a car that should be smaller and closer to the ground. Mazda attributes this alchemy to a dual personality.

At low speeds, the transmission slides gears like a conventional torque-converter automatic. Slightly lay into the pedal, however, and the torque converter locks up and delivers what editor Jacquot describes as an honest connection between the engine and front wheels, a feature that deserves praise as CVTs grow ubiquitous in the quest for fuel economy.

More remarkable is that the Skyactiv-Drive six-speed helps return real fuel economy. Currently, we're achieving almost 2 mpg combined better than the EPA rating.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 16,940 miles

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By bggb
on 09/18/13
7:57 AM PST

You've been corrected in multiple comments in previous posts that the EPA for this vehicle is 26MPG combined, not 23, and you're not overachieving anything. Parroting the same mistake over and over again does a disservice to your readers. It also shows no one at Edmunds bothers to read the comments, which is telling in itself.

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