Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test

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

2014 Mazda CX-5: Trailer Hitch Installation

May 10, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

Relax. We don't really plan to tow anything with the CX-5, though its 2,000-pound tow capacity isn't the lowest in the class. Possibly you've noticed that several of us ride bikes. Thus, there's a constant need to haul bikes. And roof racks are a just-plain-bad idea reserved for those who relish the sound of carbon fiber failing as it encounters a territorial dispute with their garage door.

We will use a hitch rack. Just as soon as we have a hitch.

2014 Mazda CX-5

We propped up the exhaust with this milk crate after dropping the muffler from its hangers. If you're tough you'll just hold it up with one hand and install the hitch with the other. That's not our style.

Something else that's not our style? A step-by-step story detailing the installation of the four-bolt-affair that is the Mazda Accessories trailer hitch.

2014 Mazda CX-5

Instead, we'll tell you what you really need to know. Like that this installation requires two people and some patience, but that's about all. If you're experienced and patient you can probably do it with one big guy and a floor jack. We dropped the muffler off its hangers, cut the required relief from the plastic bumper, and had the hitch hung in about an hour. Another hour was required to fish the rearmost bolts through their holes in the frame rails, torque them down, reinstall the rear wheels (removal not required, but it makes life easier) and re-hang the muffler.

2014 Mazda CX-5

Stay tuned for exciting bike rack photos in future posts.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor


  • uthiker uthiker Posts:

    Hey all...I'm sure this is a great hitch but....I just installed a Curt class 2 hitch on my 2014 cx5 GT a little over an hour by myself....and NO cutting required and it looks great. Check it out Curt hitch 12080. Less than $130 at the big A on line. PS LOVE the CX5

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    Oh goody, now you can hang bikes all over the back obscuring your tail lights and turn signals.

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    Again I'm telling you guys now that it's irresponsible to install a trailer hitch without wiring. As for installing the hitch in about two hours that is a bit above average from what I have seen of amateur hitch installs go especially on a crossover which usually have more complex hitch installs.

  • benson2175 benson2175 Posts:

    Will be interesting to see if the added weight of that hunk of metal will have any impact on fuel economy.

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    I installed a hitch on my Forester for exactly the same reason. Then hauled my bike from Chicago to NYC to do the 5 Boroughs Bike Ride. For my MG however I have to use a roof rack because I would have to have a receiver hitch custom made. Since I don't have a garage though, no risk of crunching my bike.

  • wheelmccoy_ wheelmccoy_ Posts:

    For cyclists with a roof rack, you can put something big in your spot in the garage. When you return, you'll think "WTF... oh yeah." But since you have to lift the bike over your head, a roof rack it more suited to a low vehicle -- I am thinking of a wagon. For the CX-5, a tow hitch makes sense. Hope to see it in action.

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    @benson2175 That hitch probably weighs about 35-45 lbs at most and will NOT effect the fuel economy of the vehicle this is true of virtually any vehicle class a Microcar (Smartcar, Fiat 500, etc) at the point there are too many factors to reliably calcula

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    I would still love to see how the CX-5 does towing a small kart trailer.

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