2014 Mazda CX-5 SUV - Rating Details

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Vehicle Tested 2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD SUV (2.5L 4-cyl. 6-speed Automatic) Driven On 2/25/2014 Ratings Summary 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.
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Performance The 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.
Acceleration
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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.
Braking
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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.
Steering
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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.
Handling
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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.
Driveability
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The 6-speed automatic delivers positive yet smooth shifts, and it's not afraid to kick down when passing power is needed.
Off-Road
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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.
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Comfort The 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.
Seating Comfort
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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 Comfort
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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.
Quietness
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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.
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Interior It'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.
Ergonomics
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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.
Ingress/Egress
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The step-in height and seat height are just right; no stooping or climbing required here. Rear doors open exceptionally wide, too.
Space/Room
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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.
Visibility
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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.
Cargo/Storage
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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.
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Value The 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. $)
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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.
Features(vs. $)
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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.
Cost
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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.
MPG
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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).
Warranty
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Nothing particularly remarkable here. There's a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Ownership
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Roadside assistance to the tune of 3 years/36,000 miles is included.
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Fun To Drive The 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.
Driving Experience
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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.
Personality
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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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