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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

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