The 2014 Mazda CX-5 is Mazda’s debut showcasing full integration of their newly labelled SKYACTIV technology in this small to midsize SUV. Mazda’s vision for SKYACTIV technology starts from scratch to amalgamate engine, transmission and chassis into a harmonious and efficient system that works together to improve fuel consumption a decrease emissions. The 2014 Mazda CX-5 is Mazda’s first vehicle to fully integrate all parts of their SKYACTIV technology.
ENGINE AND DRIVE
Outfitted with either a 2.0L (155 horsepower) or 2.5L (184 horsepower) engine coupled with a 6 speed manual or automatic transmission, the 2014 Mazda CX5 attains a 7.7 L/100km mileage in the city (8.3 L/100km for the 2.5L engine) and a 6.1 L/100km mileage on the highway (6.2 L/100km for the 2.5L engine). The 2.5L engine provides a good amount of power for the horsepower, but when you put the pedal to the metal, the engine is quite loud. Although not having driven the 2.0L engine, I imagine the power would be lacking with a full load.
PEACEFUL AND AGGRESSIVE EXTERIOR
For a small to midsize SUV, the exterior of the 2014 Mazda CX 5 is a simple but elegant design with a few features to give it an edge. The front grille is concurrent with the rest of the 2013/2014 Mazda line up and acts as the hub from which the rest of the exterior flows. Smooth, simple and uncluttered lines down the side of the 2014 Mazda CX-5 keep the exterior tame looking, while the oversized tires and dual exhaust add to its aggressive stance. The curves of the rear exterior of the 2014 Mazda CX-9 is reminiscent of the Lexus RX300.
With a great selection of exterior colours, I had the pleasure of driving the Soul Red Mica and received numerous complements about the colour from random drivers on the road.
FUNCTIONAL AND SPACIOUS INTERIOR
The interior of the 2014 Mazda CX-5 is quite spacious for all passengers, which is a surprise from the misleadingly small looking exterior. The elegant dash uses good quality materials and is not overwhelmed by buttons to control temperature, audio and navigation. Equipped with all the latest technology and comforts, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 has an interior made for both short trips and long hauls.
The tri-folding rear seats enable either rear seat or the middle to fold flat allowing for many configurations depending on number of passengers and type of load to be transported.
Starting at $23,000, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 puts up a good fight against comparables. Although the horsepower is low, it still feels like there is enough power for acceleration at all speeds. Packed full of technology and convenience all built into a pleasant looking exterior, you will need to take the 2014 Mazda CX-5 for a test drive to really see the difference when considering a small to midsize SUV.