2014 Mazda CX-5Change Vehicle
of the 2014 Mazda CX‑5 base trim shown
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Performance of 2.5-liter four-cylinder
- Driving dynamics
- Steering feel
- Cabin materials
- Gas mileage estimates
- 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
- 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
With its newfound power, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 is the complete package for crossover-minded driving enthusiasts.
The CX-5 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 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 all-wheel-drive 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
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