Mazda CX-5 Review
The 2014 Mazda CX-5 ranks 7 out of 23 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Mazda CX-5, as well as reliability and safety data.
Deft handling makes the 2014 Mazda CX-5 one of the most engaging crossovers to drive, reviewers say. Excellent fuel economy makes it a practical choice, too.
Test drivers agree that while the Mazda CX-5’s standard four-cylinder engine is adequate around town, it lacks power on steep hills. A more powerful four-cylinder engine comes on higher trims, and test drivers say that it provides a much needed boost. The standard six-speed manual transmission and available six-speed automatic both shift smoothly, reviewers say. Both drivetrains get excellent fuel economy for the class at 26/32 mpg city/highway for the base automatic front-wheel drive and 24/30 mpg for the automatic all-wheel drive with the more powerful engine. Nimble handling and responsive steering make the CX-5 a joy to drive, reviewers say.
The 2014 CX-5’s interior design is basic, which is a slight turnoff for some, though reviewers agree that high-quality materials and soft-touch surfaces abound. With plenty of room, the cabin is a pleasant place to spend time and controls are easy to access and use, critics say. The CX-5 offers standard keyless entry, steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls and USB/auxiliary ports, as well as standard push-button start, which is notable for the class. Bluetooth phone and audio streaming with voice control is optional, as is a color touch-screen display, a navigation system, a backup camera, a Bose stereo, satellite radio, Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support system and a blind spot monitoring system. Many test drivers comment that the optional navigation system can be confusing. Cargo space is average for the class, and test drivers say that there’s plenty of passenger space in both rows.
- "If you want a 5-passenger SUV that offers great looks, playful driving manners, impressive technology and good value, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 deserves a test-drive. That it boasts class-leading fuel economy of up to 35 mpg feels like icing on an already tasty cake." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Mazda's CX-5 has charmed us with its lively chassis, tidy size, and excellent fuel economy." -- Automobile Magazine
- "The CX-5 has no equal for driving enjoyment and all-around balance and charm, unless you really insist on accelerative thrills above all else." -- Popular Mechanics
- "With its newfound power, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 is the complete package for crossover-minded driving enthusiasts." -- Cars.com
Other SUVs to Consider
The GMC Terrain offers more standard features than the Mazda CX-5, including Bluetooth, a backup camera and a touch-screen display. The Terrain gets good reviews for its navigation system, and the base Terrain also offers good fuel economy.
The Subaru Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive, and it also gets good gas mileage for the class. Additionally, the Forester offers substantially more cargo space than the CX-5.
Details: 2014 Mazda CX-5
The 2014 Mazda CX-5 seats five and has standard front-wheel drive. A six-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine are standard. Options include all-wheel drive, a six-speed automatic transmission and a more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The CX-5 comes in three trims: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. It was an all-new model in 2013. With the exception of the optional 2.5-liter engine, the CX-5 hasn’t changed much for 2014. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013 and 2014 model years.