2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD SUV (2.5L 4-cyl. 6-speed Automatic)
The 2014 Mazda CX-5 combines a functional and stylish interior, an extremely capable chassis and excellent fuel economy. The new 2.5-liter engine (standard on Touring and Grand Touring) makes us take back our chief complaint (tepid acceleration) about the 2013 model, which could only be had with the 2.0-liter engine.
PerformanceThe Mazda CX-5's brakes, suspension and steering are quite easily the best in the compact crossover class. And the new 184-hp 2.5-liter engine provides all the power and torque necessary to satisfy just about anyone shopping these little utes.
A 2.5-liter engine with 29 more horsepower was introduced this year, and it gives the CX-5 the acceleration we craved. Yet it still beats out the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 at the pump.
Great feel and response around town. And it does well in a panic stop, coming to rest from 60 mph in 121 feet with no pull or wriggle.
One of the CX-5's best attributes. Steering response is precise without being darty and it gives the driver feedback while maintaining good road isolation.
With exceptional balance and poise, the Mazda CX-5 is a pleasure to drive on curvy roads. It hardly rolls or bobs at all, and the tires offer plenty of grip.
The 6-speed automatic delivers positive yet smooth shifts, and it's not afraid to kick down when passing power is needed.
All-wheel drive system works great in snow and on reasonably maintained dirt and gravel backroads. It'll get you to most trailheads and remote campsites, but it's no rock crawler.
ComfortThe CX-5 is a pleasant place to sit as the miles roll by. The seats are supportive, it delivers a decent ride-to-handling compromise, and it's fairly quiet in most circumstances.
Front seats are well contoured, and offer plenty of support and lots of adjustment. Drivers over 6 feet tall will have no trouble here. The rear seats are supportive but have less side bolstering.
Ride is smooth and well controlled without feeling overly stiff-legged and harsh. One or two competitiors are more cushy, but don't take that to mean the CX-5 rides hard, because it doesn't.
Wind and road noise are held nicely in check but aren't totally absent. The 2.5-liter engine is a bit quieter than the base 2.0-liter we drove last year.
InteriorIt's easy to climb into the CX-5 and there's plenty of room to get comfy once you're there. The driving position is spot-on and the controls are nearly faultless. It's functional, but it also looks and feels inviting.
Tilt-telescope wheel is just one aspect of a great driving position. Climate and audio controls are simple to learn and use, and secondary controls such as seat heaters couldn't be more intuitive.
The step-in height and seat height are just right; no stooping or climbing required here. Rear doors open exceptionally wide, too.
In its class, the CX-5's front cabin is one of the roomiest. The generous rear seat has more hip room and leg room than a Honda CR-V, along with ample toe space for wearing hiking boots.
Good view to the front and sides, and the mirrors are generously sized. Blind spots aren?t terribly big, and our car's Blind Spot Monitor had them covered. A rearview camera is available on all trims.
Generous luggage room (34 cu-ft) with rear seat in use. Expanded seats-down volume of 65 cu-ft isn't class-leading, but it's close. The Sport trim has a 60/40 folding rear seat; Touring and up have 40/20/40.
ValueThe Mazda CX-5 is a good value on MPG, price and build quality. It's three-trim equipment strategy (Sport, Touring, Grand Touring) is easy to comprehend. Bonus points for manual transmission availability (2.0-liter Sport). And it's gorgeous.
Build Quality (vs. $)
For its class and at its price, the CX-5 is well built, squeak-free and superbly finished. Knock-out styling doesn't hurt, either.
Even the base Sport trim has an impressive list of standard equipment to keep budget-minded consumers happy. The prices of the Touring and Grand Touring versions seem reasonable, too.
With a wide price range, from about $22,000 to $30,000, the Mazda CX-5 resides in the affordable sweet spot of the segment.
The powerful new 2.5-liter engine tops the competiton with 26 mpg Combined (24 City/30 Hwy) in AWD trim, 1 mpg better than comparable Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 versions. The 2.0-liter AWD gets 28 mpg Combined (25 City/31 Hwy).
Nothing particularly remarkable here. There's a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Roadside assistance to the tune of 3 years/36,000 miles is included.
Fun To DriveThe CX-5 is a dynamic departure from the ho-hum personality that's typical in this segment. It rewards those who seek out corners but doesn't punish folks who just want to enjoy the ride.
See above. The new 2.5-liter engine (standard in the Touring and Grand Touring) gives the CX-5 the sauce it always needed to go along with its capable chassis.
The CX-5 stands out in the segment (and the parking lot) because of its stylish sheetmetal. It looks great in a timeless way that should never get old. Owners will also appreciate the enthusiastic driving dynamics.
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