2014 Mazda CX-5: Ideal Suburban Runabout
April 22, 2013
While we've got some pretty fantastic cars in our long-term fleet right now (e.g., Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG), I happen to really like our 2014 Mazda CX-5 for more mundane reasons. Mainly, it happens to suit my current lifestyle quite well.
Our CX-5 meets the criteria I'd expect from a small crossover SUV. It's reasonably roomy inside and quite capable taking on trips to the local big-box store or shuttling my two kids to their various activities. It also returns respectable fuel economy and has all-wheel drive should the need arise for extra traction.
But I also like that our CX-5 is more than just basic transportation. A lot of that does come from the way it drives. It's quick around turns and responsive in the way it accelerates and shifts gears. And while styling is certainly subjective, I do happen to think the CX-5 looks pretty cool as crossovers go.
I might have to use the CX-5 for a lot of boring, family-guy tasks, but it doesn't feel like it when I'm driving it. If I were buying a small crossover, this Mazda is one I'd give serious consideration to.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4,954 miles