2014 Mazda CX-5: A Spirited Small Crossover SUV
April 17, 2013
I happened to park next to this white Porsche 911 a few days ago. While I was primarily drawn to its white color scheme, which is in complete contrast to Edmunds' otherwise similar vintage "Black Plague" 1985 Porsche 911 long-term car we used to have, I could also see a classic Porsche owner happily owning and parking a 2014 Mazda CX-5 in his or her garage. Like a 911, the CX-5 has some spirit to it.
This isn't to say that the CX-5 is a four-door sports car, but as this class of vehicle goes, it's pretty fun to drive. Even around town, the CX-5 feels nimble and light. The steering wheel diameter is rather small, imparting sportiness, and turning into corners happens quickly. Overall, grip from the tires is pretty modest, but I'm sure I'd have fun driving our CX-5 on a curving road.
Complementing the handling is our CX-5's 2.4-liter engine. While it's obviously not as strong as the optional V6s or turbo-4s found in some competing vehicles, it produces competitive acceleration, revs smoothly and has a nice sound.
I haven't spent a whole lot of time with our CX-5, but already it's one of my favorites for a small crossover. If you like to drive (i.e., you find yourself pining for a white '86 Porsche 911 with white wheels) but still need something practical and affordable, Mazda's 2014 CX-5 would be a great choice.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4/10/13 miles