2014 Mazda CX-5 Consumer Review: Drives Great - Virtually a Hom

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Drives Great - Virtually a Home Run
By scmtbdoon on


2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)


The perfect car if your criteria is: 1) Drives like a small BMW sedan, 2) Carries camping gear, bikes and kayaks down bad dirt roads to your favorite primitive campground.
For an SUV it is high on utility and it is the first SUV where the S truly means sports sedan-like performance.
However, it is not the perfect car if your criteria includes: 1) Tomb-quiet interior under all road conditions and speeds, 2) Zero intrusion of road-feel of any kind through the brakes, steering or suspension or 3) Extended off-road terrain crawling.
The exterior is sleek, muscular and emotive without being overdone with chrome bits and disjointed angles.
19" wheels are handsome. The interior is subdued and elegant rather than flashy -– like an Italian suit.
Really rewarding to drive quickly. Great steering. Great chassis dynamics. Great manual shifting of 6 speed automatic. Good torque from 2500 rpm up. Comfortable seats with lots of side bolster.
Original Toyo tires were fantastic, but 2 sets each lasted 17000 miles (4 tires = $1400) - ugh. Pirelli Cinturatos ($900 a set) are as good (except for wet) and are wearing much better.
Virtually perfect now that the iPod connection problem has been fixed by the manufacturer.

Best Features

  • Road holding
  • Braking
  • Shifting
  • Steering
  • Rear seats
  • Getting in out
  • Noise and vibration
  • Front seats
  • Ride comfort
  • Quality of materials
  • Cargo storage
  • Logic of controls
  • Interior design
  • Repair frequency
  • Dealership support
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Electronics

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