This small crossover arrived with a more powerful engine and a few tech fixes.
The 2014 Mazda CX-5 arrived in our garage with more power and a few tech fixes.
Check out the full review of the 2014 Mazda CX-5.
Our optional Tech Package includes HID headlamps that can steer with the wheels to illuminate corners.
The Tech Package also adds Smart City Brake Support, a laser-guided collision prevention system.
The CX-5 is a crossover, but lightweight construction means that it's not much heavier than the Mazda3 hatchback.
The CX-5 is available in front- or all-wheel drive configurations.
Mazda's Skyactiv suite of fuel-saving technologies extends from the engine to the chassis
Under the hood is a 2.5-liter Skyactiv G engine that's good for 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque.
The CX-5 features good off-the-line acceleration, but moderate speed performance was simply...moderate.
The only transmission available is a six-speed automatic transmission with a tune that leans toward efficiency.
You'll find no dedicated 'Sport' mode, but there is a manual shift mode.
Not much safety tech is available on the CX-5, but blind-spot monitoring is a standard feature on the Grand Touring model.
Rearward visibility isn't bad, but I was grateful for the Grand Touring model's standard rear camera.
Rear stowage is plentiful, thanks to the generous rear hatch.
These nested pulls allow the owner to drop the individual sections of the rear seats to increase storage.
With the seats flattened, there's even more space.
As part of the Technology Package, the CX-5 features the automaker's touchscreen infotainment system with maps powered by TomTom.
The TomTom navigation interface is identical to what you'll find in a standalone navigation device from the manufacturer.
However, the rest of the interface is unique to the Mazda. The difference can be jarring.
The navigation system also has its own voice-command system, which is accurate if not a bit slow.
The list of digital media sources includes Bluetooth, USB, and Pandora app integration.
HD Radio is a welcome addition for fans of terrestrial radio.
USB and auxiliary inputs can be found in the center console's armrest.
The steering is electrically assisted, so fingertip feel isn't great. However, the crossover features good turn-in and a responsive chassis.
The cabin features a good mix of materials that lends it a premium feel.
The cabin isn't loud could stand to be a bit quieter, but it seems like Mazda skimped a tad on the sound-deadening to keep the CX-5's weight down.
The Grand Touring's perforated leather seats are comfortable and feature standard heated surfaces.
The crossover's design is windswept and muscular.
Seventeen-inch wheels are standard, but the Grand Touring upgrades to 19s.
Instrumentation is simple and to the point.
Safety tech is limited to the Active Front Lighting system, Blind-Spot Monitoring, tire pressure monitoring, and traction control, which are all controlled via this bank.
Push-button entry and start means that you can get in and go without fumbling with your keys.
Steering wheel controls are simple and easy to reach.
The CX-5 is a charming little crossover, but it's not perfect.
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