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


2014 Mazda CX-5: Useful for Hauling Tires Again

February 5, 2014

2014 Mazda CX-5

This isn't the first time we've used our 2014 Mazda CX-5 to haul tires, and with a month left in our long-term road test, it might not be the last.

Last time we only had four tires and didn't even have to fold the rear seats. This time, though, we had six tires, plus various Ferodo brake pads, sundry brake job supplies and a large utility light, so I dropped the seats. Why six tires? Oh, because there is a 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX in my household, and I'm told you need multiple sets of tires for those. So five of the tires were size P215/45R17 all-seasons mounted on silver-finish wheels (because you need a matching full-size spare). The sixth was an unmounted summer tire, size P225/45R17.

As you can see, it all fit easily in the CX-5's 65-cubic-foot space. We did put down some moving blankets over the Mazda's carpeting, because the tires had been stored in a garage with several cockatiels and parakeets for some months. Don't ask.

Apart from this light hauling adventure, it was another fine weekend in the Mazda CX-5. Although I've decided I don't really care for the look and feel of our long-termer's dark interior (it isn't as rich or refined as the interior of a Ford Escape or Honda CR-V), all the necessary functionality is here and it's holding up quite well. Mind you, our CX-5 only has 23,430 miles on the clock. But we added those miles in a relatively short amount of time, and there's really no sign of wear and tear in here. That bodes well for real-life Mazda CX-5 ownership.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 23,430 miles

Comments

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    lots of stuff. I still don't get that 6th tire though, different size and type--what's that for? Also, first time I noticed the dual exhaust tips

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    Well, no wonder you guys are getting such sterling gas mileage.

  • Here's an educated guess, noburgers. The WRX is currently wearing a set of P225/45R17 summer tires. That sixth tire is a Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R with a fair amount of tread remaining. The full-size spare wheel is shod with a P215/45R17 Bridgestone Potenza S-03 Pole Position tire. If the owner, whoever he or she may be, needs a full-size spare for the summer tire set or has a hypothetical Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec P225/45R17 suffer irreparable damage that has roughly the same amount of tread as the RE-01R, this person would have his or her bases covered.

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