2014 Mazda CX-5: Quick-Shifting Automatic Transmission
April 16, 2013
Thanks to its quick steering and relatively sporty suspension tuning, the Mazda CX-5 is one of the more entertaining small crossover SUVs to drive. But another contributing factor in my opinion is the CX-5's automatic transmission. It's responsive to gas pedal inputs, downshifting exactly when you need it and never feels flat-footed. I like the manual shift mode, too, as the shifts are quick and quite smooth. You get an extra feeling of control with this automatic, and that's pretty rare.
Speaking of rare, driving enthusiasts will appreciate the availability of a six-speed manual with the CX-5's base, 2.0-liter engine. But I'm guessing the vast majority of people pick the auto, which is still just fine.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4,872 miles