2014 Mazda CX-5: A Popular Choice
September 3, 2013
On the face of it, a three-day stint in an airport parking garage seems like nothing less than a vote of no-confidence for a long-term test car. But that's not how it works.
Instead, the popular cars tend to get the nod. The ones that get driven on longer trips. The ones that are ahead of schedule in their quest to cover 20,000 miles in one year. They can tolerate a bit of idle time, and their temporary absence from the rotation makes it more likely that other long-term machines will get the miles they need.
Our 2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring is one of those vehicles. Its odometer already reads 16,424 miles after just six and a half months. Never mind 20,000, at this point it's gunning for 25,000 or 30,000 miles.
And so the CX-5 has earned a much-deserved rest in the shady confines of our favorite LAX parking garage, the one with protective foam mats suspended between adjacent cars to thwart door dings.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 16,424 miles