2014 Mazda CX-5 User Reviews
Grand Touring AWD shown
- $21,395 - $29,070
- No trim specified for this review
- Excellent fuel economy, great performer, all-around great SUV
- Seats are a little firm, tires can be a bit noisy at highway speeds
Purchased As New
Coming from an MX-5 because my daughters were getting too big to get in and out of the car seat without dropping the top (not much fun in the rain or freezing weather), the CX-5 was a natural step. At first I almost passed this up, since when I was looking the 2014s hadn't come out yet, and the 2013 simply didn't have the engine to provide the "zoom-zoom".
But the 2.5L engine made a believer out of me. Plenty of power when I need it for entering the highway or getting out of the way of coal trucks, but excellent fuel economy, especially when I keep my eye on the "average fuel economy" reading. I average 32 MPG in rural driving (mostly 30 - 45 mph zones).
I opted for the FWD, since the CX-5 has plenty of ground clearance, and vehicle stability that helps keep you going when Mother Nature throws nasty weather your way.
The Bluetooth in the 2014 is improved form the 2013 as well, which was one of the most frequent complaints for the initial model (along with inadequate power). Pandora support is built-in, although I must say I'm not really in favor of more "gadgets" that can take the driver's attention off the road. The audio quality for hands-free calling is as good as any other system I've tried, and there's plenty of power for music as well.
The ride is a bit firm, and the seats could use a bit more padding, especially for long trips. Tire noise is apparent at highway speeds on some road surfaces, but around town the car is pretty quiet.
The 40-20-40 configuration for the back seats is a nice plus, especially for those times you need a little extra cargo room. I picked up 8 foot 1x12's recently, and was able to easily fit them in with the center seat folded down. Space-saver spare nestled in under the rear deck till leaves a couple "cubby holes" for storing small objects, and there's plenty of room for packages/groceries/golf clubs/etc, even with the rear seats up. The 12v "cigarette lighter" jack in the back is powered even with the ignition off, which is a nice feature as well for small air compressors, vacuums, etc.
Being a small SUV, the CX-5 has its share of blind spots, but the "blind spot monitoring system" does a nice job of alerting you to vehicles in blind spots, giving visual indicators on the side mirrors, and beeping at you if you turn on your turn signals when there's a vehicle in a blind spot. Mailboxes and other objects sometimes cause false alarms, but that's a minor annoyance.
All in all, this is a great compact SUV. Power, handling, economy, cargo room, and fits 4 adults easily (or 2 adults and 3 small children. Has LATCH for the side rear seats to attach car seat tethers, so my girls can ride with me (and I don't have to take the wife's minivan!).
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