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

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Mazda CX-5 in VA is:

$159 per month*
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