2014 Mazda CX-5: Wish I Could Get More Time With It
December 09, 2013
At the end of the day, everybody likes small crossover SUVs. And I know this because our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 is rarely available when I want it. It wasn't like this with our 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 or our 2012 Mazda 3 hatchback (with the then-new 2.0-liter Skyactiv engine).
I got plenty of time in those cars, but the CX-5 has been signed out four nights out of five over the last 20,000 miles. Of course, I liked driving those Mazda 3s more than I like the CX-5, which sits up higher and simply isn't interested in cornering with the same immediacy.
But Mazda's compact crossover sure is a lot more comfortable. And there's a much greater sense of space inside. There's more breathing room between the driver and front passenger and a much larger buffer between the front and rear seats. That certainly makes it appealing when you have people in the backseat, and that, no doubt, is why almost a year has gone by and I've yet to take a road trip in the CX-5.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor