2014 Mazda CX-5 upgrades its engine after its 2013 debut
year, Mazda added a new compact crossover — the five-passenger
CX-5. It returns for 2014 with just one major change: a new,
more-powerful engine for all but the base grade.
Built in Japan
on an all-new Mazda chassis, the CX-5 falls into the Mazda lineup
just behind the midsize, seven-passenger CX-9 and ahead of the
smaller, six-passenger Mazda 5.
prices start at $21,395 for the base front-wheel-drive Sport model
with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual
transmission, or $22,795 with a six-speed automatic. Front drive is
standard, but all-wheel drive is available.
versions begin with the Sport automatic at $24,045. The Sport is the
only trim level offered with the manual gearbox, but the manual is
not offered with all-wheel drive.
In the middle
of the lineup are the Touring models, which come with the new
2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission.
They start at $24,815 with front-wheel-drive, and $26,065 with
At the top of
the line is the Grand Touring model, also with the 2.5-liter engine
and six-speed automatic. It begins at $27,820 with front drive and
$29,070 with all-wheel drive.
replaced two crossovers in the Mazda lineup: the compact Tribute,
which was a clone of the previous-generation Ford Escape; and the
CX-7, which was slightly larger outside than the CX-5, but with less
Mazda product, the CX-5 carries over nothing from Ford Motor Co.,
which had control of Mazda for years until it divested itself of the
Japanese automaker during the Detroit financial crisis. The CX-9,
built on the architecture of the Ford Edge, is the only Ford remnant
left in the Mazda lineup.
The CX-5 is
available with a diesel engine in other world markets, but for the
U.S., we get only the gasoline versions.
engine is the normally aspirated (non-turbo) 2.0-liter, rated at 155
horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque.
For more zip,
the 2.5-liter engine, also normally aspirated, has 184 horsepower
and 185 pound-feet of torque.
features Mazda’s SkyActiv technology, which brings a variety of
features that include engine, transmission and even suspension
attribute probably is its better fuel economy. The CX-5 ranks among
the best for fuel economy among the compact crossovers, with a
rating of 35 mpg (26 city). But that’s only for the Sport
front-drive with the manual gearbox, which most buyers will ignore
in favor of the optional automatic.
automatic, the ratings for the 2.0-liter engine are 26 city/32
highway, which is still quite decent for a five-passenger crossover
with this much interior space. (All-wheel-drive models are rated at
25 city/31 highway.)
2.5-liter engine brings ratings of 25 city/32 highway with front
drive, and 24/30 with all-wheel drive.
Our tester —
the all-wheel-drive Grand Touring model — easily accommodated five
people, and all but the one riding in the middle of the rear bench
seat ride in comfort, with plenty of leg-, knee- and headroom.
enough space under the front seats for rear passengers to put their
feet. That space can also be used to keep belongings out of sight
when the car is parked in a public place.
eight-way power-adjustable front seats are standard on all but the
Sport model, which has only manual adjustments — but still the
same full range of movement.
transmission shifted quite smoothly and at the right times to make
the best use of the available power.
tested the CX-5 with the 2.0-liter engine, and found it had adequate
power for most of our driving, thanks in no small part to the light
weight of the CX-5 — it’s just over 3,200 pounds.
But the extra
power of the 2.5-liter was welcome, especially on hills when we had
a full load of people and their stuff on board. It performed well on
uphill freeway ramps, as well, allowing us to merge seamlessly into
the traffic flow.
towing capacity is 2,000 pounds with either engine, but we didn’t
try that. A trailer hitch receiver is optional.
automatic transmission, there is a manual-shift mode (without having
to fool with a clutch) using a console-mounted lever that downshifts
by pushing forward and up-shifts by pulling backward.
The new Mazda
Kodo "Soul of Motion" design philosophy gives the CX-5
sculpted exterior lines, with the goal of making the vehicle look
like it’s constantly in motion. Other SkyActiv elements include a
reinforced chassis that adds strength, stability and a huge margin
of safety to the vehicle, Mazda says.
the CX-5 on a variety of roads, including some fun mountain curves,
I found steering to be predictable, and handling to be much better
than typical SUVs of the past, with no wallowing in the tight turns.
antilock disc brakes were quite decent, reacting quickly and
allowing the vehicle to stop in a straight line with no skidding or
movement off center when applied as one would in a panic stop.
safety features are front seat-mounted side air bags; roof-mounted
side-curtain air bags for both rows; daytime running lights;
electronic stability control with traction control; and
have a decent list of standard amenities, including 17-inch
aluminum-alloy wheels, power door locks, power outside mirrors with
embedded turn signals, automatic headlight shutoff, body-colored
rear spoiler, cloth upholstery, push-button start, power windows
with driver’s side one-touch open/close, cruise control, tilt and
telescopic steering column, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise
controls, air conditioning, and a four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio
with auxiliary and USB connection ports.
audio package is available on the Sport models, bringing hands-free
phone and audio streaming, along with a 5.8-inch in-dash color touch
screen and HD radio.
add the Bluetooth package, along with fog lights, privacy glass,
upgraded cloth seats, six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat,
rearview camera, six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio, leather-wrapped
steering wheel and shift knob, steering-wheel-mounted audio/Bluetooth/cruise
functions, a blind-spot monitoring system, and a rear-seat pull-down
center armrest with cup holders.
the Touring model are a moon roof/Bose audio package that includes a
225-watt Bose surround sound system; and a technology package that
brings a TomTom in-dash navigation system, auto-dimming rearview
mirror with universal garage opener, automatic on/off adaptive
bi-xenon self-leveling headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers,
and an anti-theft alarm. The moon roof package is required with the
satellite radio can be added by itself on Touring models, as well as
Sport models equipped with the Bluetooth package.
Touring model came with most of the Touring model’s features,
along with 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, automatic headlights,
heated outside mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers and the moon
were leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, an eight-way
power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support,
dual-zone automatic climate control, the Bose Surround Sound system
and satellite radio.
package is offered on the Grand Touring model, and was included on
our tester. It brought the navigation system, bi-xenon adaptive
headlights, auto-dimming rearview mirror with garage opener,
anti-theft alarm and Mazda’s keyless entry.
CX-5 GRAND TOURING:
(of a possible 10).
package: Compact, five-passenger, five-door, front- or
all-wheel-drive, four-cylinder powered, crossover utility vehicle.
Mazda’s new compact crossover, which arrived for 2013, gets a
more-powerful engine option for 2014. This vehicle is all Mazda, and
has a large list of standard amenities even on the base model. It’s
stylish, comfortable and actually fun to drive — a hallmark of
No third row of seating offered for increased capacity.
2.0-liter inline four-cylinder; 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder; both
Six-speed manual; six-speed automatic.
155 horsepower/150 pound-feet (2.0-liter); 184 horsepower/185
front/rear: Disc/disc, antilock.
weight: 3,194-3,532 pounds.
volume: 34.1 cubic feet (behind rear seat).
capacity: 2,000 pounds.
economy: 26 mpg city/35 highway (2.0-liter, 2WD, manual); 26/32
(2.0, 2WD, automatic); 25/31 (2.0, AWD, automatic); 25/32 (2.5,
FWD); 24/30 (2.5, AWD).
capacity/type: 14.8 gallons (2WD); 15.3 gallons (AWD)/regular
excluding destination charge: $21,395