2014 Mazda CX-5

MSRP $21,395 - $29,070

Ranked #7 in Suv

7.8

Overall Rating

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2014 Mazda CX-5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 10, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Mazda CX-5 has been one of the biggest successes for the brand lately and comes as an amalgamation of good looks, excellent features, great interior space, and superb driving dynamics. One can confidently say it is one of the rare instances where a crossover is perfect. Buyers have been very happy about the car and have reported extremely good reviews for the same.

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Pros

Impressive ride and handling

Highly fuel efficient 

Cavernous cabin

Smart styling

Cons

Confusing infotainment system

Poor rearward visibility

Unexciting stereo quality

What's New?

Bigger engine on higher trims

Smart City Brake support

HD Radio 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21395

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

121 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

155 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

150 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

178.7 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

65.7 in.

curb weight

3194 lbs.

ground clearance

8.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

103.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

64.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1054 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/30/35 mpg

highway range

518 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Sport$21,395 onwards

Touring$24,815 onwards

Grand Touring$27,820 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Mazda CX-5 in Blue Reflex Mica color
Blue Reflex Mica

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


These are definitely significant changes and make the car more competitive in this very tough segment. For this year, the CX-5 price starts at MSRP $22,000 and it competes against the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape.


7.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2014 Mazda CX-5 Features

7.0/10

The three trim levels available on the Mazda CX-5 for the 2014 model year are called Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. Prices start at $22,000 and go all the way up to $28,400 for the highest trim without options. It is very well equipped right from the base trim with features such as 17-inch wheels, full power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, and so on.

Trims

Sport

Touring

Grand Touring

MSRP

$22,000

$25,400

$28,400

Key Features

17-inch wheels

Adds to the Sport trim:

Adds to the Touring trim:

 

Keyless entry

2.5-liter inline 4 engine

19-inch wheels

 

Cruise control

Rearview camera

Automatic headlights

 

Height-adjustable driver seat

Blind-spot warning system

Eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats and

 

Four-speaker sound system

Six-way power driver seat

Heated mirrors

 

Touchscreen interface

Upgraded cloth upholstery

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Automatic crash notification

Six-speaker sound system

Leather upholstery

Which trim should you buy? 

We find the base trim level well equipped but it is not the one we would go for. However, the trim right above it, the Premium is offered at just $25,400 and comes with the bigger engine which can be added as an option and is totally worth the money. It also has better connectivity features, a rearview camera, a blind-spot warning system, and so on. There are also optional packages that add more excellent features from this trim level onwards.

2014 Mazda CX-5 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

There are two engines available on the 2014 Mazda CX-5 - a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that produces 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque and an optional 2.5L four-cylinder engine that is good for 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. These are then mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission with the more powerful engine being offered only with the automatic transmission.

There are options to have the car in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. Acceleration figures in the engine are decent with it taking 8.5 seconds of 0 to 60 mph time as well as 16.9 seconds for the quarter-mile timing. These are not the most interesting figures we have seen in the category but definitely remain competitive. 

Model

2014 Mazda CX-5

2014 Honda CR-V

2014 Toyota RAV4

2014 Ford Escape

MSRP

$22,000

$24,150

$23,680

$23,450

Engine

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.4L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

CVT

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

155 hp @ 6000 rpm

185 hp @ 6400 rpm

176 hp @ 6000 rpm

168 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

150 lb-ft. @ 4000 rpm

181 lb-ft. @ 3900 rpm

172 lb-ft. @ 4100 rpm

170 lb-ft. @ 4500 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.5

8.5

8.2

9.2

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.9

16.7

16.5

16.9

Top Speed (MPH)

125

112

120

139

We find that the Mazda CX-5 is the cheapest car in its category but it has not exactly skimped on performance to make up for the price tag. Even though its power figures are the least in the category when equipped with the 2 L engine, it manages to be just as fast as its competitors with more powerful engines. Factor in the 2.5 L engine and the Mazda CX-5 is easily the best performing car in the category.

2014 Mazda CX-5 Fuel Economy

9.0/10

One would expect that churning out excellent power out of its engines, the Mazda would be bad at fuel economy. However, that assumption would be wrong. It returns 26 MPG in the city, 35 MPG on the highway, and 29 MPG combined. As a result of this, despite having a relatively small fuel tank at just 14.8 gallons, it has an excellent range as well. 

Model

2014 Mazda CX-5

2014 Honda CR-V

2014 Toyota RAV4

2014 Ford Escape

MPG (City)

26

27

24

22

MPG (Highway)

35

34

31

31

MPG (Combined)

29

29

26

25

Fuel Capacity

14.8

15.3

15.9

15.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined)

385/518/451

413/520/466

382/493/437

341/481/411

Fuel efficiency is single-handedly the department of the Honda CR-V because even though it does not have the largest fuel tank, it has the best efficiency and the greatest range. The Toyota RAV4 has the largest fuel tank in the class but its fuel efficiency numbers are not exactly as good as the rivals. The Ford Escape has the worst numbers in terms of fuel efficiency.

2014 Mazda CX-5 Interior

8.0/10

The interiors of the Mazda CX-5 are practical, modern, and functional. It has a neat design but has neat interfaces and is quite ergonomic to use. It has a very nice space inside, offers capacity for five people, and performs well in terms of cargo capacity with 34.1 ft.³ of storage. We find that it is one of the best interior designs in this category.

 In terms of interior space, however, the car feels like it is much better than its rivals. There are enough storage spaces inside for most stuff and the cargo capacity can be adjusted by folding the seats and making room for more. In terms of both legroom as well as headroom, it can accommodate tall passengers with ease.

Model

2014 Mazda CX-5

2014 Honda CR-V

2014 Toyota RAV4

2014 Ford Escape

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.1/57.5/39

39.9/58.6/41.3

39.8/57.3/42.6

39.9/56/43.1

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39/55.5/39.3

38.6/56.4/38.3

38.9/55.4/37.2

39/55.3/36.8

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

34.1

35.2

38.4

34.3

We find that the Mazda also has excellent interior space inside. The Toyota RAV4 offers the best cargo capacity while the Honda CR-V is the rest of the best. All cars offer seating only for five passengers but do so with adequate cargo space and so on. None of them feels cramped, but the Mazda just feels a bit better. Some standard features include: 

  • Rear center armrest with cupholders
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Leather steering wheel
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support
  • 4-way manually-adjustable passenger’s seat
  • Cloth & leather upholstery 

What’s there to keep you entertained?

One of the only departments that Mazda could use some improvement in is the infotainment features of this car. There is an optional navigation system but it is not exactly on par with many of its competitors. The touchscreen interface is also quite small at 5.8 inches in size. This year sees the addition of more features like HD radio and so on which makes it a little better. Some features of the infotainment system include: 

  • 5.8-inch touchscreen
  • USB port
  • Satellite radio
  • Navigation system
  • HD radio
  • Bluetooth streaming

2014 Mazda CX-5 Exterior

6.0/10

In terms of looks, the Mazda CX-5 is one of the best-looking cars in this category. It not only gives the impression that it is a much larger car, but it also provides most of that sophisticated nature of the brand at a very competitive price tag. It has an excellent road presence. Also if you concentrate on the tiny design details, you will find a lot to enjoy in the car.

Model

2014 Mazda CX-5

2014 Honda CR-V

2014 Toyota RAV4

2014 Ford Escape

Curb Weight (lbs)

3194

3358

3435

3598

Length (in)

179.3

179.4

179.9

178.1

Width (in)

72.4

71.6

72.6

72.4

Height (in)

67.3

64.7

65.4

66.3

Ground Clearance (in)

8.5

8

6.3

7.9

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

103.1

104.7

105.9

We find that the Mazda is truly impressive and comes to its dimensions because it is equally large as its competitors but does not reflect the same in terms of weight. It is an incredibly light car and offers decent ground clearance as well. The Toyota RAV4 is the largest car out of the lot and the Ford Escape is the heaviest. Some standout features include:

  • Body-colored door handles
  • Dual exhaust tips
  • Roofline spoiler
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Fog lamps
  • Daytime running lights
  • Power mirrors

2014 Mazda CX-5 Safety

7.0/10

In terms of safety, the Mazda CX-5 has scored an excellent five stars overall safety rating from the NHTSA which is the highest honor. It also performs very well in the IIHS crash test although it has not been named as a Top Safety Pick. It has not only passive safety features but even active safety as standard such as automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and so on as optional extras. Some of the standout safety features include:

  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Low-Speed Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Rearview Camera
  • Smart City Brake Support

2014 Mazda CX-5 Final Verdict

The Mazda CX-5 is an excellent buy because it is one of the most value for money products that are being sold by the brand. It promises a very capable car that also manages to be very much modern. It has managed to perform better than its rivals in almost every single segment that it has competed in and is pretty reliable as well. It makes for an excellent buy for a family looking for a crossover SUV.

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