Bob Long
Automotive Editor - February 26, 2014

Expert Rating

5.0 (Excellent)
25 City / 32 Highway

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2014 Mazda CX-5 OVERVIEW

Mazda's "Zoom-Zoom" tag line is true to the brand’s DNA—on any given weekend, you'll see more Mazdas competing on racetracks than any other brand. When it comes to small crossover SUVs the Mazda CX-5 not only brings versatility, all-weather capability, spaciousness and advanced features, but it does so with the best highway mpg of any SUV in America, including hybrids. It also brings a little trademarked Zoom-Zoom into the market.

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What's New for 2014

The CX-5 now offers an optional smart City Brake Support (SCBS) safety system as well as available Pandora and an audio menu voice-command. New colors and a new SKYACTIV-G 2.5 liter engine are also available.

Choosing Your Mazda CX-5

The CX-5 is available in three models with a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

CX-5 Sport

This base model offers a SkyActivG 2-liter engine with 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque with a standard six-speed manual (26mpg city/35 mpg highway) or optional six-speed automatic (25 mpg city/31 mpg highway) transmission. Standard features are what you'd expect at this level, and include halogen headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, power windows, power door locks with keyless remote entry, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, and AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible stereo with 4-speakers. Options include SiriusXM radio and fog lights.

CX-5 Touring

The price jump from a Sport to a Touring—around $3,500—isn't minor, but it includes the highly desirable upgrade to a SkyActiv 2.5-liter engine with 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, the four-cylinder delivers 25mpg city/32 mpg highway with front-wheel drive, or 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway with optional all-wheel drive.
Standard features build on Sport specifications with a six-way power driver's seat, blind spot monitoring system, 5.8-inch color touchscreen display with rearview backup camera, AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible stereo with automatic level control and six speakers, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio capability, HD radio, Pandora radio compatibility, upgraded premium cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knobs, 40/20/40 dual-split folding rear seatback and rear privacy glass.
Options include the Touring Technology Package with navigation, HID headlights, adaptive lighting and smart city braking system. A Bose and Moonroof package includes Surround Sound and nine speakers.

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CX-5 Grand Touring

Another $3,000 jump in MSRP adds standard features like 19-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-trimmed seats with 8-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, a Bose Surround Sound System with nine speakers and a SiriusXM satellite radio.

Choose your Mazda CX-5 >>

CarsDirect Tip

The CX-5 offers great driving dynamics as well as class-leading combined fuel economy for all model configurations. As much as we like the luxury items on the $27,820 Grand Touring model, the well-equipped $24,815 Touring is our choice for best value.

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