2014 Mazda CX-5: Drives Like a Mazda
May 24, 2013
"It drives like a Mazda." These five words, as they pertain to our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5, are not just a compliment, they're a succinct description of its overall character and competence. They are to say, the action of the CX-5's various driving interfaces (steering, brakes, transmission and throttle) along with its suspension tuning coalesce into a spirited, precise and rewarding whole.
That Mazda makes even their mainstream cars a cut above its peers in terms of driving dynamics isn't news. It's been this way for decades. It's also been the case that this joie de vivre was accompanied with a persistent "yeah, but," powertrains that were lacking in power or mediocre in fuel economy, or (usually) both.
But the goofily-named Skyactiv suite of technologies has made Mazda the cake-and-eat-it manufacturer. The CX-5 is probably the best embodiment of this, providing driving dynamics unheard of elsewhere in its segment and enviable fuel economy.
Were I in the market for something in the CUV segment, I'd be making a beeline for the local Mazda dealer.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor