The Right Size for Parking Lots - 2014 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Mazda CX-5: The Right Size for Parking Lots

August 22, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

I've got two little kids, so I'm often parking in congested lots, whether it be for school or activities. While I understand the desire (or need) for larger, three-row SUVs, I must say I prefer the parking ease of our 2014 Mazda CX-5.

I'll typically see the drivers of these extra-large beasts craning their necks and making multi-point turns as they struggle to navigate into and out of parking spaces. In contrast, the CX-5 (or, more broadly, any small crossover) just zips right in, stress-free.

Outward visibility to rear in the CX-5 is OK, but given the worry of kids running around in these places, I like to supplement that view with the rear-view camera when I'm backing up. (The camera is standard on the CX-5's Touring and Grand Touring trim levels.) The 5.8-inch display screen isn't all that big, but it gets the job done.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 15,642 miles


  • seppoboy seppoboy Posts:

    Yeah, those kids running around in parking lots... that's why it's crazy to pull into a parking spot when you have the opportunity to pull alongside to determine that the parking spot is clear and then back into the spot safely. When you later try to leave, you have no backing to do and you have the vision advantage in pulling out while looking for any obstructions or running kids. Why are defensive driving skills so often forgotten in parking lots?

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    I love pulling into those school, soccer practice, etc. lots with my GTI...all these guys getting out of their SUVs and minivans, giving me the "you suck" look. LOL. And then I park at the far end so they or their kids don't door me.

  • thetruck454 thetruck454 Posts:

    As said above, I always back into a spot where I know whats there then when I pull out I can see.

  • rselin rselin Posts:

    If you're really worried about running over kids (or into other cars), it is probably safer to use the rear view camera to help you back into the space first. Then, drive out head-first when you leave. I have never hit anybody driving head-first out of a space but I have hit a car backing up and had several near misses.

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