Introducing a feat of engineering previously thought to be impossible: the crossover without compromise. Not only does the Mazda CX-5 offer confident driving, versatility, all-weather capability, spaciousness and advanced features, but it does so with the best Highway MPG of any SUV in America– including hybrids.
2014 Mazda CX-5 Review
Compact crossovers like the Mazda CX-5 have captured a huge part of the American vehicle market, and it’s easy to see why. They offer the parking footprint of a compact sedan, a versatile layout, plenty of features, and enough safety for concerned parents. And in a few cases– the 2014 Mazda CX-5 is one of those– they can drive with the verve of a sport wagon.
Mazda introduced the CX-5 last year; and with this model that replaced both the low-volume Mazda Tribute (a lightly modified old-style Ford Escape) and the slightly larger CX-7, it in effect aimed more directly at the heart of the market– and models like the Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Nissan Rogue.
Driving enjoyment gets a little more emphasis in the CX-5 than it does in other models in this class– as is the case with most Mazda models. For 2014, the automaker has addressed one common complaint with the 2013 model: It handles so well and hits all the right marks otherwise in driving enjoyment, but it could use more pep.
2014 Mazda CX-5 Interior
Calm and business-like is the way of this functional and attractive interior– which isn’t nearly as overdesigned as some competitors’ dashboards, and that’s both a pro and a con. The only down side of this design is at the center stack, where a lens over the climate controls can gather reflections during daytime driving– although it works better with the more upright look here than in the 2014 Mazda 6 sedan, which has a similar layout.
Mazda’s color palette remains stunningly basic: two reds, two blues, two whites, silver, gray, and black. The dash and center stack are black, surfaced in soft-touch plastics, with either black or “sand” beige upholstery (in cloth or leather), the latter providing a nice two-tone interior.
2014 Mazda CX-5 Engine
The 2014 Mazda CX-5 will be powered by two different engines. The choices will be 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine that will be able to produce 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque, and 4-cylinder 2.5 liters engine producing 184 hp, 185 lb-ft of torque. The engines will be coupled with a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission. A new engine technology named Skyactiv will enable better fuel economy and higher performance.
2014 Mazda CX-5 MPG
The CX-5 was the first full manifestation of Mazda’s so-called Skyactiv Technology, a holistic approach to design focusing on weight mpg, reduction, and efficiency. Power is supplied by a 2.0-liter DOHC direct-injected aluminum four, and there isn’t a whole lot of it: 155 horsepower, 150 lb-ft of torque.
Hitched to a 3500-pound crossover with a six-speed automatic, this yields very good fuel-economy ratings from the EPA– 25 mpg city/31 highway with all-wheel drive– but acceleration is, to be kind, uninspiring, with 0-to-60 mph in 9.2 seconds and a quarter-mile sprint in 17.1 seconds at 81 mph, according to our instrumented test runs.
The pricing of the 2014 Mazda CX-5 will range between $22,000 and $29,665, depending on the model.
2014 Mazda CX-5 Release date
2014 Mazda CX-5 is expecting to be lunched in late 2013!