Mazda’s CX-5 has long been a successful entry in the compact SUV segment. Although previous CX-5 models have offered above average handling and driving feel in a market where the most important features are leg room and cargo capacity, one is hard pressed to find any engaging vehicles from a drivers or designers perspective. For 2014 Mazda addresses both of these issues, releasing a boldly redefined upgraded CX-5 with a sculpted exterior, intuitive interior, and powerful new performance features thanks to the SKYACTIV family of new technologies.
Compared to other boxy square options in its segment, the CX-5 stands out with striking curves and head turning angles. Standard 17 inch wheels (or optional 19” alloys) are hugged by close cut fenders to give a sleek, aggressive look while still allowing enough wheel travel for light off-roading. The signature smiling front intake transitions into a hood that slopes gently downwards, providing plenty of forward visibility and minimizing a common blind spot in compact SUV’s. Side windows are designed to allow driver visibility very close along each side, and the back door maximizes rear visibility without sacrificing trunk space.
Inside, the upgraded Mazda CX-5 offers several creature comforts, as well as high tech infotainment features. Even the base model comes with auxiliary inputs for your iPod, wheel mounted cruise and audio controls, and air conditioning. Stepping up through the trims options expand to include heated seats, privacy glass, a nine inch in-dash touchscreen, and leather upholstery. Every CX-5 model also comes equipped with a bevy of safety and efficiency features, such as Mazda’s all-new Smart City Brake Support, standard ABS brake systems, and dual front, side and curtain air bags. The available 2.0 liter and 2.5 liter SKYACTIV engines offer 155 and 184 horsepower, respectively. Combined with the new CX-5’s lightweight body, this is more than enough grunt to provide an exciting driving experience in any conditions.
The most interesting feature of the new upgraded 2014 CX-5 however is the combined effects of Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology family. Utilizing advanced engine design and a lightweight, high-rigidity body frame, the CX-5 is able to be a sporty and efficient ride, without sacrificing cargo space or costing you more at the pump. Working together with the frame and engine is the new family of automatic and manual transmissions in the SKYACTIV line, featuring extremely precise shifting in the automatic models, and lighter, shorter shifting performance in the manual models. Each choice allows for a precise, engaging driving experience in a market that has never been known for “fun” daily drivers.
The combination of Mazda’s new technologies and design language equal a compact SUV like no other. Unparalleled performance meet with surprising efficiency in a package that often lacks in both departments. Mazda is committed to bringing high quality, high technology vehicles to anyone who wants more than they bargained for in a vehicle. Whether driving alone or with the family in tow, the upgraded 2014 CX-5 is the perfect vehicle to meet the needs of any driving situation.
By Daniel O’Brien