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2014 Mazda CX-5

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$10,229 — $20,701 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
26-29 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Performance of 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Driving dynamics
  • Steering feel
  • Cabin materials
  • Gas mileage estimates

The Bad

  • Performance of 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Ride quality might be too firm for some
  • Available touch-screen is on the small side
  • TomTom-based navigation system's ease of use
2014 Mazda CX-5 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2014 Mazda CX-5
  • New optional 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • New low-speed collision-avoidance option
  • New optional integrated text messaging support
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • FWD or AWD

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Mike Hanley

With its newfound power, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 is the complete package for crossover-minded driving enthusiasts.

The CX-5 SUV burst onto the small crossover market a little more than a year ago and established itself as one of the most fun-to-drive models in the class. It had everything going for it — except one thing: Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine frequently felt weak. Mazda zeroed in on this shortcoming for the 2014 model year with a newly optional 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 19 percent more horsepower and 23 percent more torque.

The Mazda CX-5 sees a slight price increase for 2014, now starting at $21,990 for a base front-wheel-drive Sport model with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder (all prices include a $795 destination charge). The midlevel Touring trim adds the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and starts at $25,410 — a $420 increase over last year's Touring with the 2.0-liter engine. I drove a well-equipped AWD Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring version with an as-tested price of $31,890 (see the Monroney sticker). To see the CX-5's specs compared with the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4, click here.

What the CX-5 Needed
The new 2.5-liter four-cylinder transforms the Mazda CX-5 SUV driving experience. While the base 2.0-liter feels burdened by the crossover's weight and produces leisurely acceleration, the 2.5-liter engine makes the CX-5 move out strongly and attack hills with purpose. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder completely vanquishes the sl...

With its newfound power, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 is the complete package for crossover-minded driving enthusiasts.

The CX-5 SUV burst onto the small crossover market a little more than a year ago and established itself as one of the most fun-to-drive models in the class. It had everything going for it — except one thing: Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine frequently felt weak. Mazda zeroed in on this shortcoming for the 2014 model year with a newly optional 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 19 percent more horsepower and 23 percent more torque.

The Mazda CX-5 sees a slight price increase for 2014, now starting at $21,990 for a base front-wheel-drive Sport model with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder (all prices include a $795 destination charge). The midlevel Touring trim adds the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and starts at $25,410 — a $420 increase over last year's Touring with the 2.0-liter engine. I drove a well-equipped AWD Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring version with an as-tested price of $31,890 (see the Monroney sticker). To see the CX-5's specs compared with the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4, click here.

What the CX-5 Needed
The new 2.5-liter four-cylinder transforms the Mazda CX-5 SUV driving experience. While the base 2.0-liter feels burdened by the crossover's weight and produces leisurely acceleration, the 2.5-liter engine makes the CX-5 move out strongly and attack hills with purpose. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder completely vanquishes the sluggishness that accompanied the 2.0-liter. (For a full rundown on the 2.0-liter CX-5, check out our review of the 2013 model.)

Despite the 2.5-liter four-cylinder's significantly better performance in everyday driving, fuel economy hasn't taken much of a hit. EPA-estimated automatic-transmission fuel economy drops to 25/32 mpg city/highway with FWD (from 26/32 mpg with the 2.0-liter engine) and 24/30 mpg with AWD (from 25/31 mpg). Mazda still sells the FWD CX-5 with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a six-speed manual transmission, which is rated at a frugal 26/35 mpg.

A responsive six-speed automatic transmission makes the most of the CX-5's newfound power. Part-throttle kickdowns happen immediately, and the transmission's refinement — especially its shift quality — is top notch.

Know What You're in For
The Mazda CX-5 remains one of the most engaging small crossovers thanks to good driving dynamics, precise feedback-rich steering and controlled body motions. Not everyone, though, will be a fan of the crossover's ride, which is unapologetically firm.

The firm suspension tuning, regardless of trim level, means you feel all the little aspects of whatever road surface you're driving on. Even on pothole-free roads like the ones in Austin, Texas, where I tested the CX-5, the ride was a little jostling, and the constant jitters may be too much for some shoppers. The overall emphasis is clearly on driving precision at the expense of comfort.

The Inside Stays Mostly the Same
Apart from the new engine, the 2014 CX-5 sees few other changes. Newly available features include Pandora internet radio integration and a system that can display and read incoming text messages from a compatible smartphone as well as reply with a preset response. The CX-5 can also have Mazda's Smart City Brake Support system for the first time, which is designed to avoid or lessen the severity of a low-speed collision by automatically applying the brakes if the driver fails to do so.

The crossover, however, didn't really need much in the way of interior changes. The cabin features nice materials, including a soft-touch dashboard and upper door trim surfaces and convincing metal-look accents. The front bucket seats are comfortable and have enough bolstering for aggressive driving. The backseat readily accommodates adults, and the backrest folds flat with the cargo floor when more utility is needed.

The one aspect of the cabin that lags behind the rest of the interior and the class in general is the available built-in navigation system. The screen measures only 5.8 inches and the TomTom-based operating system isn't intuitive.

Safety
The Mazda CX-5 earned a 2013 Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, representing top scores in the agency's moderate-overlap crash test, side-impact crash test, roof-strength test and rear-impact neck-protection assessment. Standard safety features include side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Besides the Smart City Brake Support system, a backup camera and a blind spot warning system are also optional.

For a full list of safety features check out the Features & Specs page. To see how well child-safety seats fit in the CX-5 visit our Car Seat Check.

CX-5 in the Market
The CX-5 is off to a strong start in the U.S., and the changes for 2014 make an already appealing small crossover even better. The segment is relentlessly competitive, but with the Mazda CX-5's newfound power, it can hang with the best of them. Zoom-zoom.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
177 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

Smoothest suv I’ve ever driven

by Alycia from Youngstown oh on December 13, 2018

I love this car. It drives so smooth. I was used to a dodge nitro v6 engine and was worried this Mazda CX-5 wouldn’t give me the same power. It definitely makes me feel powerful still but in a ... Read full review

(4.0)

Love this car!

by MeghanElizabeth83 from Winter Springs, FL on December 1, 2018

I’ve had this car since Dec. 2013 - going on 5 years now. I’ve put about 35,000 miles on it - just changed the tires - breaks still have half way to go. It’s so comfortable - it’s fast (for not having ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2014 Mazda CX-5 currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Mazda CX-5 Sport

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
good
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mazda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CX-5 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker

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