February 5, 2014
This isn't the first time we've used our 2014 Mazda CX-5 to haul tires, and with a month left in our long-term road test, it might not be the last.
December 20, 2013
How lucky was I to get our 2014 Mazda CX-5 for the night? Four big, bulky boxes' worth of lucky. With the back seats down, the Mazda CX-5 easily accommodated them. There was even a little bit of space to spare.
This time around, that vehicle is the 2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL.
December 13, 2013
Last year I managed to carry our Christmas tree is my old Acura Integra. That hatchback can hold anything. So, I figured our 2014 Mazda CX-5 would be even easier to accommodate a 6-foot tree with pre-installed stand.
November 29, 2013
My friend Catie is searching for a compact SUV to replace her long-serving Mazda 3 and narrowed her search to the Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5. Those would be the ones I'd consider, but as she hadn't done any dealer shopping yet, I decided to bring our long-term 2014 CX-5 over to have her sit in it and poke about.
Besides her desire to have something more distinctive than a Honda CR-V (not the only friend who's declared the class best-seller a less-than-cool no-go), she'll need her new car to be big enough for her golden retriever Paisley and a future child assumed to be in existence sometime within the life of the vehicle. We couldn't do anything about the latter, but I told her to grab Paisley and chuck her in the boot.
October 30, 2013
I instinctively folded the backseat of our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5. The cargo was large, and the CX-5 is kinda small, so I folded the seats before I even started loading. It turned out to be unnecessary.
September 24, 2013
When you're done with a long hike, it's nice to sit down and kick off your boots. The cargo area of the 2014 Mazda CX-5 is just the right height to perch on while you unlace your hiking boots, breathe a sigh of relief and slip into something comfortable.
August 12, 2013
Last weekend our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 plowed through nearly 1,300 miles from Southern California to the Sierra Buttes East of Downieville and back. Just like the Wyoming trip the week before it never missed a beat.
July 25, 2013
In April I took a road trip with the family to Arizona. There are four of us and we absolutely filled the 2014 Mazda CX-5 with our stuff, including two bikes on the hitch-mounted rack. We have a one-year old who requires a Pack 'n Play collapsible crib. If you've never dealt with one before, those things are huge.
We needed a place to put it.
July 22, 2013
If you haven't checked-out Magrath's SUV comparison test you really should. Go ahead, I'll wait.
You're back? Great. Here's my take. Admittedly, my personal opinion on SUVs varies from nearly everybody else.
June 27, 2013
Rear-facing child seats represent a real challenge, mostly for the person who has to sit in front of them. Because they recline heavily, they eat into longitudinal space. And there's no exception in the CX-5.
June 12, 2013
This weekend I found an Airdyne Evolution Comp stationary bike on Craigslist for what I thought was a steal. There were only two problems: 1) It was something like 130 miles away and 2) I wasn't sure if it would fit in our Mazda CX-5. The Airdyne's arms don't remove easily and the CX-5 has less cargo space than our Honda CR-V.
May 28, 2013
Our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 passed the track gear test. Everything fit in the rear cargo area easily. This can't be said for all CUVs. So, credit where it is due. And I have to add that I really like the cargo cover. Rather than those that extend from the back of the seats, this one is attached to the door. So I don't have to fumble with it to use it.
May 21, 2013
Several weeks back I packed our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 to the gills with everything a family of four could use on a weekend adventure in Arizona. Then we drove 350 miles across the California and Arizona deserts to Prescott, Arizona. Because we had bikes, we also had bike gear which filled the cargo hold. However, the CX-5's flexible mesh cargo cover handily stretched to accommodate our oversized load.
Still, we used every inch...
May 20, 2013
The 2014 Mazda CX-5 is a well-packaged crossover SUV. Even-so, there's no way to put two bikes, four people and a bunch of gear inside for a road trip. Our solution was the Mazda Accessories trailer hitch.
May 16, 2013
A few weeks ago we installed the Mazda Accessories trailer hitch on our CX-5. It was an easy two-hour process.
April 19, 2013
It's here. The Mazda Accessories trailer hitch, that is. And right now it's in a big box in my garage. However, within a week we'll be doing the installation ourselves.
March 15, 2013
I took our Mazda CX-5 this weekend knowing full well that I'd be bringing home precisely one metric boat-load of stuff from my parent's house. I also took it over our CR-V even though the Mazda has about 6 fewer cubic feet of cargo space.
So, let's see if all that stuff pictured above (minus the giant marble-topped table) will fit inside.
March 7, 2013
We wasted no time putting the cargo area of our 2013 Mazda CX-5 to work. It was full of the summer tires from our SLS in one direction, and winter tires on the return trip. All four fit easily in the back once the second-row seat backs were lowered.
The grown-up in us also felt this beat the alternative, which was to drop the top on the SLS and stack the tires four high on the front passenger seat.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 1,911 miles