2014 Mazda CX-5: What's Changed

By David Thomas  on November 29, 2012


  • Most significant changes: Addition of 2.5-liter engine
  • Price change: TBA
  • On sale: January 2013
  • Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? The 2013 still has everything you need; pick the 2014 only if you want the extra power

Mazda's CX-5 was just released in February to rave reviews and placed second in our $25,000 Compact SUV Shootout this summer. Sales followed. So, why is Mazda changing things so soon?

Well, the automaker isn't changing much at all.

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The 2014 is identical to the 2013 in all respects except for two additions: one to make you go faster, one to keep you safer. Yes, there is irony there.

Under the hood is a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The more efficient 2.0-liter found in the 2013 is still available on all trims. The 2.5-liter — available only on Touring and Grand Touring trims — puts out 185 horsepower and 185 pounds-feet of torque and gets 25/32 mpg city/highway for front-wheel drive and 24/30 mpg with all-wheel drive. While not as impressive as the 35 mpg highway figure on the 2.0-liter engine, the 2.5-liter is still more efficient on paper than the Honda CR-V and just revealed 2013 Toyota RAV4.

A new safety system called Smart City Brake Support is being offered as part of an optional Technology Package. Like similar systems from other brands, this is intended to prevent head-on collisions at low speeds between 3 and 19 mph.

We expect to hear of any changes to pricing before the 2014s go on sale, but it's safe to guess that the 2.5-liter CX-5 will cost a similar premium to the 2.5-liter Mazda3, which is $1,550 more than the 2.0-liter in top trim levels. The current 2013 Mazda CX-5 starts at $21,790. The Touring trim level starts at $24,990. Both prices include $795 in destination charges.

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Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon.  Email David