March 4, 2014
This is our final fuel economy update for our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD, and it includes the tanks from my 930-mile road trip to Northern California. With a 70-mph speed limit on most of Interstates 5 and 580, I didn't improve much on the CX-5's lifetime average, which edged up to 25.2 mpg.
If you're keeping score at home, that's still short of the small crossover's 26 mpg EPA combined rating.
February 4, 2014
Our 2014 Mazda CX-5 logged 1,512 miles in January. Its average monthly fuel economy of 24.4 mpg was just shy of the crossover's lifetime average of 25.1 mpg. The CX-5's lifetime best fill remains 31.6 mpg.
Our worst fill of the month, 22.0 mpg, was considerably better than last month's 18.0 worst fill, which remains the CX-5's best worst fill (if that's a thing). Its best range remains unchanged at 372.6 miles.
January 07, 2014
Our 2014 Mazda CX-5 logged 1,145 miles in December. Its average fuel economy of 23.5 mpg was shy of the crossover's lifetime average of 25.1 mpg. The CX-5's lifetime best fill remains 31.6 mpg, but we managed a worst-to-date fill of 18.0 mpg last month. Its best range remains unchanged at 372.6 miles.
December 12, 2013
Our 2014 Mazda CX-5 offered a lot to be grateful for during its time as my companion over the recent Thanksgiving break. The light holiday traffic gave me a chance to stretch its legs on the freeway.
December 3, 2013
Our 2014 Mazda CX-5 logged just over 1,000 miles traversing the highways and side streets of Southern California in November. Its average fuel economy of 24.6 mpg was just shy of the crossover's lifetime average of 25.2 mpg. The CX-5's lifetime best and worst fills currently stand at 31.6 and 20 mpg, respectively.
November 5, 2013
We drove our 2014 Mazda CX-5 1,791 miles last month, averaging 25.9 mpg, just one-tenth shy of what the EPA says the CX-5 should return in combined driving. Interesting note, however, is that all-wheel-drive CX-5 owners are reporting 26.7 combined mpg averages on the EPA's Web site.
October 21, 2013
Tuesday night I drove the 2014 Mazda CX-5 from Orange County to San Diego and back, a relatively flat 180-mile trip with speed averaging about 70 mph and minimal traffic. They were perfect conditions for evaluating highway fuel economy.
This, according to the CX-5's on-board computer, was the result. The EPA rates the CX-5 at 30 mpg on the highway.
October 14, 2013
Last weekend I drove our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 to the Sierras for a day hike up Mt. Langley, the southernmost 14,000-foot peak in the California. The trip totaled almost 627 miles and climbed to 10,000 feet. As usual, the CX-5's comfort and dynamics were in balance. The crossover provided both easy cruising and the handling necessary for mountain road driving.
But the real story was the fuel consumption.
October 7, 2013
We drove our 2014 Mazda CX-5 1,556 miles in September recording an average fuel economy of 23.7 mpg, which is 1 mpg lower than the CX-5's lifetime average of a 24.7 mpg. Neither its best (29.9 mpg) or worst (20.0 mpg) fills changed in September.
September 27, 2013
Our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 is, of course, a hatchback-compact-ute-crossover thing. That much is obvious, and it's among my favorites of the type.
But what about those looking for something in a sedan form factor? I recently had the opportunity to spend extended seat time in a 2014 Mazda 6 on the east coast, a car which at its core is underpinned by the same chassis as the CX-5. It's a CX-5 in a sedan wrapper.
At least, that was my expectation.
September 26, 2013
The 2014 Mazda CX-5 does a good job of giving drivers the best of all worlds. It's fun to pilot, with sharp handling, but it also acquits itself pretty nicely at the pump. Fuel efficiency is a key strength, and this Mazda's performance is frugal enough to land the CX-5 in the runner-up spot (tied with the Nissan Juke) on our list of 2013's most fuel-efficient crossovers and SUVs.
September 18, 2013
Our 2014 Mazda CX-5 features a smart six-speed automatic, and it's about as close to a sixth sense as you'll find in a contemporary automatic. Its intuition and response to your next move — a passing maneuver, for example — is uncanny and its rev-matched downshifts characteristic of a car that should be smaller and closer to the ground. Mazda attributes this alchemy to a dual personality.
September 6, 2013
Our 2014 Mazda CX-5 racked up another 3,000 miles in August to put it well over the 16,000 mile mark. Those miles were a little bit easier than last month's road trips as the overall average bumped up to 24.8 miles per gallon over its lifetime. Not bad considering that its official combined rating is 23 mpg.
August 19, 2013
Drive a 2014 Mazda CX-5 like ours and you'll probably think that its 2.5-liter engine is nice and gets the job done. That's true, at least in the grand scheme of things. But if you really think about it, this mill (and its six-speed automatic) deserves more praise than that. I'd argue that this is the best engine in its class.
August 2, 2013
During the month of July, our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD traveled 3,479 miles across California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Wyoming. In that time it used 153.9 gallons of gasoline including a mix of 91, 88 and 87 octane. Higher octane was used in hotter climates where temps were regularly above 100 degrees.
July 2, 2013
During the month of June, our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD traveled 1,697 miles. In that time it used 80.9 gallons of gasoline, mostly 87 octane. There was one 91-octane fill-up.
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.
June 7, 2013
I like that the 2014 Mazda CX-5 will count its remaining fuel range all the way down to zero. This is how it should be. Some other vehicles out there, like my wife's GMC Acadia, don't do this. When the GMC's fuel range drops below 50 miles, the display switches to a constant "low fuel" which is, of course, pointless.
June 3, 2013
After three months and change in our care, the long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 is averaging 24.5 mpg compared to the EPA's 26 combined estimate. That's 2.4 mpg up from April and not bad given it drives through the world's third-worst city for traffic jams every day (thankfully, we aren't located in Brussels or Antwerp). However, May did see the CX-5 achieve its worst tank average of 20 mpg over 196 miles. This was only 14 days after Josh Jacquot set the best tank of 29.3 mpg during his desert road trip.
May 22, 2013
After nearly 900 miles of California and Arizona desert driving — including windy stretches in 100-plus degree heat with bikes on the rack — our long-term Mazda CX-5 averaged 23.9 mpg. Its best tank was 29.3 mpg on a largely downhill stretch. Its worst tank was 20.6 mpg in the wind and heat.
May 8, 2013
With the addition of 2,000 miles on its odometer this past month, our 2014 Mazda CX-5's lifetime average fuel economy has dipped from 24.4 to 22.1 mpg.
April 2, 2013
In the month of March we drove our 2014 Mazda CX-5 over 2,200 miles. The bulk of this took place with James over a long-weekend road trip to Arizona.
March 22, 2013
The topic of proper octane for our 2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD came up recently. Since I had the car, I looked it up in the owner's manual. Of course, I found the familiar refrain:
[87(R+M/2) method] or above (91 RON or above)
March 13, 2013
The miles are only just beginning to accumulate on our 2014 Mazda CX-5, and its fuel economy performance hasn't yet settled into a pattern. But at this point I'm digging the fuel gauge, even though it uses segments instead of an analog needle.
Each quarter-tank is divided into three segments, except the last quarter, which has six. I almost always fill up down near an eighth-tank or thereabouts, so I really like the extra resolution down where it counts.
But wait, there's more.
The Average MPG readout just above has a welcome customization feature.
March 12, 2013
I made my way from Los Angeles to Goodyear, Arizona, this past weekend in our Mazda CX-5. I've had plenty of time in our CR-V, so it would be interesting to see how Mazda's competitor stacks up over a long haul.
Like Honda's hugely popular SUV, the CX-5 feels like more of an urban runabout SUV. Its sharp steering, nimble handling and good sight lines make it well-suited to zipping through traffic, squeezing into parking spots and taking turns at higher-than-normal speeds just for the hell of it.
March 4, 2013
We've only just had our 2014 Mazda CX-5 for a couple of weeks, so it's way too soon to start drawing any conclusions just yet.
Ours has the new 2.5-liter engine, which in AWD form is rated at 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway/26 mpg combined. In case you're keeping score, that's 2 mpg better in the city and 1 mpg better combined than our 2012 Honda CR-V 4WD machine.