Small SUVs tend to be boring boxes, short on driving enjoyment or verve. But for enthusiast drivers looking for the versatility of a small SUV in a sporty-handling package, the CX-5 may be just what they're seeking. Very good fuel economy, agile handling, a roomy interior and a generous array of features put the Mazda CX-5 in the top tier of small SUVs, though a few lapses in refinement may annoy some buyers.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Acceleration a bit slow, but attributed to the smaller 4 cylinder engine. I had a V-6 Fordfusionsel was more peppy, but unfortunately only 19mpg."

RON F., AZ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Handling is surprisingly good given that it is a tall vehicle."

DAVID P., MO (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Car has excellent acceleration and handling is pretty tight relative to the larger cars I'm used to driving"

Anonymous, LA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The Mazda handles more like a sports sedan than an SUV. Acceleration is good and steering is precise."

BRENT A., VA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"great pep for a four cilinder"

IRVING M., TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"I feel when I put gas pedal down it doesn't always give me the power I need to pull out into traffic. It is unreliable"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"gas milage and size"

PAUL R., TN (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Love the way it drives. It's fast, fun, and responsive. On the freeway, on in town, it does exactly what you tell it to do without hesitation or reluctance. It feels great on the road or off."

Anonymous, NV (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Acceleration is very good and handling excellent."

PAT M., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Lots of power. Easy to maintain speed even thru the mountains with a full complement of family and luggage. Good response to steering, turns on a dime! Very relaxing to drive. (Except for road noise)"

RICHARD T., SK (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The handling is better than my last 2010 Honda Civic with lowered aftermarket suspension. Feels confident except when turning sharply above 30 mph. It may need a bigger/stiffer rear sway bar. Tires are not the best quality and brakes judder under hard braking. Acceleration is really nice compared to similar CUVs, but could use another 20-30hp. Transmission tends to hunt for gears at lower speeds and can be disconcerting."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"It handles well around corners. Acceleration is good at lower speeds up to around 90 kl/h. On cruise control, it somewhat over react on shifting down when the resume button is pressed"

PIERRE B., ON (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Very stiff sport like handling typical of the Mazda brand"

COREY L., CO (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Lots of pep, drives sporty."

BRIAN D., CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The car drives very well for a crossover. The transmission is excellent and very responsive. The steering and brakes are great, too."

Anonymous, VA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"This is a super second car being an sub it is good for hauling"

RONALD S., TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Love it. Handles like a smaller agile car. Acceleration is very smooth and quick"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"I was reluctant to buy a small SUV with a 2.0 liter engine, but the 6-speed automatic is perfectly geared for this car. I also like the ability to put the transmission in manual mode."

Anonymous, DE (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The CX-5 lives up to the Mazda slogan, "ZOOM-ZOOM""

BONITA B., OH (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Very sluggish on hills. Not a "fun" car to drive. Very practical car."

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Handling is good. Sometimes I feel the automatic transmission gets "stuck" in a gear, and I find myself at too low or too high revs for a number of seconds."

RANJEET R., CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"It is the most comfortable car I have ever had. Tight great acceleration and great braking. The seating is alos the best and the way things are laid out for the driver."

EDWARD D., NJ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Handles very well at higher speeds. Accelerates very well and the gas mileage is so much better than my old car."

ELIZABETH G., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Really happy with the performance of the 2.5 engine. You cannot even detect when the compressor turns on."

ROGER T., AL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"It drives like a sports car"

CRAIG N., NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The CX-5 drives well, more like a car than an SUV which is one reason we went with it. The cruise control is another standout feature in that it is precise and can be adjusted one mph up/down at a time. I wish all cruise controls were like this one. The dash instrumentation is solidly functional, as are the controls for AC, stereo, etc."

Anonymous, OH (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"It is quick! very fun to drive in traffic."

NEIL R., MN (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Fun to drive"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"All Mazdas handle well. I waited for the 2014 CX-5 because that's when they offered a larger engine. With the larger engine acceleration is good."

RICHARD F., TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Quick acceleration and it handles like a much smaller vehicle."

GREGG B., WI (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Fun to drive quick responsive"

Anonymous, SK (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Excellent engine transmission combination."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Terrific all round vehicle"

Arthur C., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"An all-wheel drive vehicle that handles like a Miata and gets excellent gas mileage to boot. Once the revs are up, she accelerates like a rocket. Sometimes doesn't shift down as rapidly as I would like to assist faster acceleration."

Doug K., OR (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"It's hard to believe you can get so much performance from a 2.5 liter 4 cylinder, and still get great mileage. It also handles mountain roads like it's on rails."

Anonymous, CO (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"hesitation when going from slow speed to a faster speed"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Good acceleration and handles corners well. Wish steering was not so stiff."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The CX5 is an excellent around town vehicle. Easy to drive and park and at low speeds very quiet interior. The acceleration lacks. The 2014 CX5 was the first vehicle to employ Mazda's Sky Active technology with it's new 184 horse power engine. For my taste it is still not enough horse power. This is mostly a problem on getting on to the interstate and at higher speeds this is where the interior becomes much noisier."

Donald D., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"great handling and acceleration"

Joseph C., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Very quick acceleration"

Anonymous, NM (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Its responsive and handles great. I like how the engine has "more to give" even when you are cruising at 80mph and need to pass someone. Of course I would love the extra 'ooomph' a 4.0 liter engine would give, but the 2.5 engine with excellent gas mileage is JUST FINE and peppy enough."

Wesley P., TN (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Very peppy acceleration, but you have to get the bigger engine."

Dan H., NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"This vehicle has very good acceleration - especially for it's size. And it handles very well."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The CX5 is very steady on the road and comfortable on long trips. I have owned probably 6 Mazdas, and most other cars simply don't feel right compared to them."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"My CX-5 has sporty acceleration and firm handling."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"It's handles and runs better than most suv's that were available at time of purchase."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"fun to drive. excellent handling- very responsive. good acceleration and economical."

Michael Z., CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The car has no road sense at all. Look away from the road for anything even speedometer checks finds I this vehicle departing the roadway to one side or the other. It requires constant herding corrections to stay in the traffic lane. Take this vehicle on a long trip and it will absolutely wear you out."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Great handling especially in the snow. Poor acceleration when in regular driving mode. Quicker when is sports mode."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"the cx-5 is a four cylinder so acceleration is not great. this makes things scary in a big city. handling is not a problem"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Handles like a car. Acceleration is adequate."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"I like the pick up and handling of my 2014 CX5. It has plenty of get up and go."

Anonymous, NH (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The CX-5 has good acceleration when passing and handles well on wet roads and in snow."

Anonymous, AE (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Performance better than other vehicles I test drove such as Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV 4"

Joseph A., CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"great engine sound"

Mark M., CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Sporty. Easy handling. Acceleration is adequate."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"handles great"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"plenty of power and handles great"

John V., AZ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Good acceleration and brisk handling."

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Positioning of drivers seat could be improved on for height, forward-backward poisoning."

Anonymous, NH (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Brisk acceleration, responsive, relatively sporty handling"

Linda F., CT (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Zoom Zoom is a real feature. As a former race car driver and a present day dad, Mazda provides the best compromise of fun, safety and utility. All this with unmatched reliability for our family!"

Tim S., CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Acceleration and handling are good. The car maneuvers very smoothly and quickly."

Jamie V., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"It feels very connected to the road and give me confidence in it's capabilities"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"It’s always fun to drive."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Car handles very well. Although it is AWD, it doesn't handle snow as well as my old Subaru."

Anonymous, CO (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Very poor acceleration. Once it gets going it's fine, but getting it there feels like work for the car."

Michele S., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Great handling for type of vehicle."

Michael H., AL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"For a 2.5 liter engine, it is quieter peppy considering the excellent fuel consumption. For an small SUV, the handling is quite good even at higher speed,"

Pierre B., ON (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"It has a very good response while driving, mostly for having a traditional and well tuned automatic transmission (not a CVT). Steering balance and feedback is superb."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"rides and handles very nicely"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Great acceleration and performance"

David F., NC (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"acceleration and handling are excellent for midsize SUV"

Steve B., NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"It drives like a sports car with all wheel drive"

Craig N., NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Looks good, drives great, and gets good mileage."

Anonymous, KS (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"For a 4 cyl. it is adequate. Reasonably comfortable, decent fuel economy, could be better."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Handling is crisp but the acceleration of the base 2.0 liter engine is lacking."

Noah K., OR (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Great in the highway. Needs a little pep and acceleration a little slow."

Tim H., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The driving experience is better than I expected. Handling is excellent in all weather conditions. power band is broad and responsive. Transmition responsiveness and control of shift points via the throttle is really excellent. A pleasure to drive."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"While the exhaust note sounds wimpy, the acceleration and handling are very good"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Excellent handling and decent acceleration. Very secure driving if a bit jiggly at times."

P M., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The 2014 CX-5 has a 4 cylinder 185HP engine. However the compression ratio is 13:1 which helps increase MPG and torque. The acceleration is very suitable for merging onto most interstates and other street traffic conditions. Handling is very good, precise and smooth. Easy to drive in heavy traffic."

Charles S., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"dashboard gauges are too small and inadequately lighted"

Stephen P., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"My only complaint is when it is loaded with 4 people. It feels that there’s not enough power to merge safely into the freeway. I think 10 more HP can make a difference in the way Infeel about the car. But in it’s defense, I have no issues about it’s power if l’m driving it but myself."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Sporty, agile handling."

Anonymous, TN (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Good acceleration from a stop, can take a little too long to drop down a gear with passing. Handling is excellent."

Anonymous, VA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Drives like a sports car."

Anonymous, OH (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"I specifically bought this vehicle because it accelerated most quickly & evenly relative to other smaller SUVs. I previously drove a larger SUV with a V8 so this was important to me."

Katherine G., TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"This vehicle has a very smart and smooth 6 speed transmission. When using the kick down to pass, it will drop one ore two gears depending on how far you push the accelerator."

James D., CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Having driven virtually all the competitors, including the much more expensive BMW X1 I find that while the Mazda is not the most powerful the total driving experience is better than all the rest with decent acceleration & outstanding brakes, handling & very responsive transmission combine to give a great driving experence. It is a bit more noise than some, but that has been addressed in the 2018 model."

Matt G., GA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"2.5 engine very responsive with plenty of power when needed in all driving situations."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Reliability"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"I am disappointed in the traction of the front wheel drive system. On wet pavement it easily wheel-hops and spins the front tires under minimum acceleration. All wheel drive is a must for this vehicle."

Scott B., OH (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Acceleration, deceleration, handling are all super."

Anonymous, KS (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Handling"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"a tad slow. but I like the shift to stick shift when I need to. drives and handles just fine other than above. I like the car would buy another Mazda"

Larry C., TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"I purchased this "certified" pre owned vehicle in July of 2016. From the day I had it brought home, there is noise, vibration and poor performance. I beoughtmit back to the dealer numerous times and they refused to validate my complaints and concerns. When accelerating and decelerating the car either sticks in gear to long or shifts gears too soon. There are times I have to throw it into manual transmission to get the transmission to the correct gear. This problem affects the performance and drivability of this car and I have been sorry I purchased since the day it came home. It's a cute looking car, but I feel used and I will never purchase a Mazda again."

Kathryn B., NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Handling is very good woth European type steering feel. Accelerstion is only fair even with larger engine on this model. Acceleration from stop is sometimes aggravating- with delay from pedal to springing forward."

Robert S., MD (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"I love this car. It's a least problematic of any car I've ever had, which includes Taurus, Camry, Lexis"

Anonymous, VA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Acceleration disappointing. Could have more pep."

L M., PA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"It handles exceptionally well on curves and corners. Acceleration is best with the 2.5 engine. Fast when needed to get out into the traffic lanes."

Ron F., AZ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Good looking - easy to wash and maintain"

Richard F., CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"pepy and good stability."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Quick... Great gas mileage"

Kory A., LA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Excellent handling & acceleration."

Marc C., IN (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"great handling ok acceleration based on the economy and value proposition it represents"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Great handling and suspension"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Handling is superb but is somewhat in additional power when loaded for trip."

Anonymous, NV (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Handles more like a car vs a truck, so very nice handling and acceleration. Turn radius is very tight, so easy to manuever."

Anonymous, GA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The acceleration is probably my biggest regret in purchasing this car but I knew it going in with the size of the engine and class. I also knew about the floor pedal acceleration limiter but it does get irritating when your in between needed that extra boost and you have to give extra pressure to feel that bump on the pedal."

Charles S., TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Acceleration is crisp for a 4 cylinder SUV and the handling, feedback is also very good. However the exhaust is a little noisy"

Brian W., NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Handling is exceptional - it drives like a well-handling car and has strong acceleration. All wheel drive handling in snow and wet weather is also very good."

Anonymous, CO (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Handling is better than the acceleration. The vehicle accelerates as if it is an 18 wheeler truck. Not Good."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"This car is just plain fun to drive. I have the GT. It is by no means fast, but it feels quick. Steering inspires confidence, even when going a little faster thru a curve than I should. The ride is firm, but comfortable. I will definitely consider replacing this cx-5 with another when the time comes."

Robert J., NJ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Steering feel and handling was an important factor (along with fuel efficiency, spaciousness, versatility, value, and predicted reliability) that distinguished this vehicle for me. Acceleration (I have the 2 liter engine) is adequate but nothing to write home about."

Michael B., MA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Sluggish acceleration when merging. When passing engine revs up loudly and stays refer for about 7 seconds after gas pedal released"

Donald M., IL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"For a 4 cylinder engine the vehicle as pretty good pick up on acceleration and merging into traffic"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"My CX-5 is incredibly nimble with great acceleration. I love how it corners. I was also looking for a vehicle that allowed me to "feel the road" and the CX-5 does not disappoint!"

Leanna A., WA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Slow acceleration; should have purchased more powerful engine"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Handles well, but could use more power. Unfortunately that probably would mean even poorer gas mileage. Mazda needs more efficient drive trains. The transmission is very responsive and fortunately allows for manual control to climb and descent our steep hills."

Bruce G., WA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"It handles extremely well and has great acceleration/ The seats are very comfortable and it is quiet inside."

Edward D., NJ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Handles fabulously on the highway and is way to drive in city traffic."

Paul D., ON (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"It’s a very quick and nimble vehicle."

Anonymous, DE (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"good acceleration, responsive handling"

Mike M., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The CX-5 handles like a sports car, and has excellent acceleration."

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Drives smooth and has all the power I need"

Bill G., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"I'm very pleased with the acceleration of my CX-5. It is fun to drive too!"

Jon H., MD (2014 Mazda CX-5)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Poor design of air vents/fan. Hard to just get outside air- have to set as close as possible to outside temp so air conditioner doesn't kick in."

Anonymous, OH (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Seats, climate control and dashboard layout."

DAVID P., MO (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"This car is very comfortable to drive and handles superbly. When I picked this model out, I wasn't even originally considering it to replace my Lexus 300 ES, but it's been really great, maybe not quite as luxurious as my old car, but really nice. Acceleration and handling are awesome. I am very satisfied."

ELIZABETH G., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"road noise"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Although it is fairly comfortable, the suspension is noisy. At highway speed, the noise from doors and sunroof are pronounced."

PIERRE B., ON (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"This car is comfortable, but a bit noisy. Tires might make a difference in the ride as well."

Anonymous, MN (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Washington state has the noisiest road surfaces I've ever experienced. The tires (19") often roar. I'd happily trade some mpg for more sound insulation if it provided a quieter ride."

BRUCE G., WA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Has some road noise at highway speeds; other than that I'm very satisfied with the car."

MARC C., IN (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The vehicle is a huge disappointment with gas mileage. For approximately 3 months I was averaging 30 MPG. Now I am fortunate to average 16 MPG. Then the driver's seat is becoming worn where the seat belt comes across. I have had cars for 14 years and never seen nay wear from the seat belt. Then there is the fact that the heating system take an extraordinary long time to heat/defrost. It takes minimum of 7 minutes to begin to blow warm air. Defrosting the windshield is lengthy. So sorry to"

SUSAN B., NJ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"seats could be a little more comfortable, heated steering wheel would be nice, more inside storage spaces, ride could be a little quietter"

MICHAEL F., QC (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Seats nice and large, very comfortable. Reasonable noise nice ride."

T N., NC (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"the sound system is the worst of any car I have owned and there have been many there is a noticeable click/bang on turning Car is noisy in general AC system takes a long time to cool the car even with the fan at the highest level. Heating is the same"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"much road noise"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Good: the size, handling, comfort, mileage and sound system. On the negative side the navigation system, I prefer Garmin over TomTom which the Mazda has."

NANCEE K., OH (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The CX-5 handles, stops, and goes very well. It does, however, allow more road noise than I'd like. Mazda has been made aware of this through me and other sources. Otherwise this is a really great car."

PETER M., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"My car is the top of the line CX5, yet only the driver's seat is the 6 way adjustable seat. The front passenger seat is only a basic seat and not nearly as comfortable as the driver's. Why put such a low end seat in their top trim line?"

DONALD V., CO (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"seats are great for long trips. has some wind noise."

WILLIAM M., TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"road noise could be less with more insulation"

DAVID H., NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Seats driver ,feels hard after a couple hours."

Anonymous, MI (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"I love the many adjustments of the driver's seat. I am short and have a bad lower back. My husband is tall. We are constantly changing the height, tilt of seat's back, closeness to the front depending on who's driving. I wish the front passenger seat had the set-up."

PHYLLIS L., CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The front passenger seat is not very comfortable for long trips."

PATRICK F., PA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The rid is stiff and jarring. The interior is quite noisy."

NEIL R., MN (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The side dash vents don't cover a large enough area. They have to be finely adjusted to get the maximum cool air benefit."

ROBERT G., CT (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The headrests push your head forward and make for an uncomfortable seating position resulting in headaches. Also, the seat will not go low enough for my leg height (or tilt down) resulting in pressure under my knees that makes my legs fall asleep."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Very quiet, little to no engine noise or traffic noise. Love the independent seat warmers in Winter and separate A/C controls. Seats are leather, comfy with great lumbar support."

L S., NV (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"When you start the car it is a noisy. The seats could be a little more comfy."

Anonymous, MA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The driver side seat adjustments are electrical and very good. It is nice to be able to easily change your seat setting when on a long trip just to vary the seat positioning."

RICHARD F., TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The vents in the center dash don't allow you the adjust them to actually blow the air away from you. I frequently am cold while my wife is comfortable."

HALSEY B., VA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Seats could have more padding. Noise level is high on freeway."

CAROL J., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Fairly comfortable seats, very good handling and control but a touch jittery. Could be a little more quiet, but overall very good. Climate control fine."

PAT M., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Seats are very comfortable, climate control works quickly and is very good, and ride is good, but the cabin is very noisy at higher speeds."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Fun to drive"

Anonymous, QC (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"No seat memory and a little hard after prolonged use."

Anonymous, NB (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"A/C doesn't get to back seat. Would like auto passenger seat. A little noisy. ride is good. when have back windows open for the dogs have to crack open front window because it creates a kind of vacuum that is painful to ears."

Anonymous, IL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The car can be noisy on the highway. The front seats are very comfortable."

Anonymous, MN (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Lots of road noise."

Anonymous, SC (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The Seats are somewhat hard. And some of the interior covering is fragile."

JOHN R., MD (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Considerable road noise on coarse surfaces"

COLIN G., CO (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The seats are not supportive enough and the noise level can get annoying on a highway trip."

MARK M., CT (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"It is very comfortable to drive, plenty of pep. Comfortable seats and navigation controls. Nice stereo. No noises for over 2 years. Great car."

EDWARD D., NJ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"-Needs the option of adjustable passenger seat as driver's side -more intuitive navigation and infotainment systems"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Everything"

Anonymous, KY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Only thing I don't like is the wind noise when on the freeway. Other then that the SUV is great. Easy to get in and out. All controls are excellent, plenty of room for my size 13. Plenty of power with the 2.5"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Acceleration is poor because we purchased the base model."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Suspension has a sporty feel, good ergonomics for me at 6-1 but lower back pain ensues after 40 minutes of slow traffic On the negative side it has a lot of wind noise at speeds above 50 mph."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The driver's seat is equipped with a variety of controls that combine to create a very comfortable seating experience, even for a short person like myself."

Anonymous, IA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Heated seats are ineffective. I rarely know they are on. Seats in general are not as comfortable as I expected in this model."

JAMES H., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Interior quality on this mid-trim package is somewhat austere. For the price the quality is lacking. Also, road noise is somewhat intrusive. Otherwise, quite satisfied with product. 2.5L engine good for freeway and mountain driving."

JAMES D., AZ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Noisy, and stiff ride."

RON F., AZ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Since I am height-challenged, allows me to sit up higher and see more of traffic."

JOANN B., CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"seats very comfortable. Climate fine. Ride a bit rough on some roads and road noise a bit louder than I would like."

TOM G., ON (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Road noise is terrible. If Mazda would do something to muffle road noise they would have a car that I'd consider near perfect."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Interior is a little smaller than we like. Driver's seat has inadequate elbow rests, ride is bouncy and a bit noisy."

Anonymous, AL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"I like the visability-lighting feature of the headlights"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The seats are very comfortable on firm side but surprisingly good. Wish it had memory seat feature on driver side. The car is noisy, needs more sound insulation"

Anonymous, VA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Engine noise runs a bit loud."

Gonzalo G., CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"bumpier than expected"

H J., NJ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Road noise, seats on long trips uncomfortable"

Gerard B., AZ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The ride is good, as is the noise level. I would rank the front seats higher except for the side bolsters which make me feel a little cramped."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Driver side seat cable broke, currently awaiting the new part for installation. Noisy cabln. rides more like a truck than a car."

Ron F., AZ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"front seat could be a bit longer to provide more thigh support"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Noise level is very high especially at higher speeds. Very little, if any, headliner insulation. Very noisy even when it rains."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"very comfortable. i have no pain, which i've had in other cars. The noise is so-so, not sufficiently quiet, but not annoying."

Anonymous, VA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"road noise"

Anonymous, BC (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"very uncomfortable seats"

Anonymous, VA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Seats are too hard and flat and the ride is overly stiff and jarring. Lots of road noise telegraphs into the interior."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"More road noise that I would like, ride and handling are very good, seats are moderately comfortable."

Anonymous, VA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The seat is ok on short trips but for a big person like me 6’3‿ and 250 lbs the sport seat is not comfortable on long road trips. Don’t get me wrong but they are good for smaller individuals like my wife"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Seats are ok but for touring, not enough support. Power seats only on drivers side. Can't roll down rear windows over 38 -40mph due to caveating noise it makes which is enough to cause pain if not stopped."

Anonymous, AK (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Having a BMW before this, I was surprised how well the car handle and less street noise than my Altima."

Anonymous, GA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Seat is great for me. I have back injury issues. The road noise is very loud. The ride is excellent on the winding mountain roads I drive."

Pamela H., NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Engine and tires are too loud. Creaking noise is heard coming from front suspension at times. The AWD gives you a great grip on the road."

Gonzalo G., CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Road noise is higher than in comparable vehicles."

Edward W., NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Very comfortable seats for driver and passengers, rides well and handles excellent. One of the few knocks on it consistently is the road noise, and I would agree with this. It may be because it's built lighter for performance or something, but it can be an issue. Definitely not a deal-breaker though."

Anonymous, ON (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The seats are adjustable and that means a lot to me personally, as I have chronic pain. It helps me keep good, comfortable posture. The sides of the seats could have been made more flat, to make it easier to get in and out of the car. The material could have also been different. The leather gets hot. While riding, the noise is quiet and the ride is very smooth."

Jamie V., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Very comfortable, handles well, little road fatigue. All around one of the best cars we've owned."

James S., WI (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Seats very comfortable. Easy to adjust."

Woody R., OR (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Pretty satisfied with how quiet & comfortable the car is for both short & long trips. Hard to compare as my last vehicle was a much larger & more powerful, but older SUV. This is my first purchase of a vehicle with AWD & have been very happy with it."

Katherine G., TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Some road noise in cabin"

Marc C., IN (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The seats are very comfortable. The driver!s side is perfect with its lumbar support. Unfortunately the front passenger seat doesn’t have this feature. The cabin is Not well insulated and your noise leve is very high. Very loud noise especially when making a phone call."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"relatively quiet ride with comfortable seating and ride"

David C., NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"very noisy from both wind and tire. seats don't fit larger adults well, and no electric controls on passenger seat. Ride a bit noisy from tires and wind."

Tom H., CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Seats are not as comfortable as the seats in the Touareg."

Arley M., PA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"This vehicle gives a lot of road noise and I find myself turning audio way up to compansate. The ride itself is fine."

Michele S., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"would like the seats a bit wider"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The ride is somewhat noisy; we have put a blanket in the wheel well where the spare is to try to hide some of it"

Anonymous, IN (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"needs more sound insulation in the cabin."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"great economical car ride is good acceleration is a little weak but guess I knew that coming in somewhat road noise on highway seats are comfy"

Larry C., TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"I find my CX-5 to be quite comfortable, seats easy to adjust. I have really no complaints or dissatisfaction with the level of comfort. The primary complaint is the level of road noise. The road noise is bad."

Anonymous, TN (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The seats are fairly comfortable BUT I really miss not having an armrest . There's no place for me to be able to lean on or relax my arm. The noise isn't too bad and the ride is nice."

Jon H., MD (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Front seats very comfortable with leather interior. Lumbar support on driver’s side is excellent"

Robert S., MD (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Ride and seats are comfortable."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Highway road noise is somewhat intrusive at cruising speeds above 60. Also seats even fully back provide minimal leg room for over 6 foot driver."

Anonymous, NV (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The seats are comfortable and the vehicle has and acceptably taut ride. The one complaint I have is the excess exhaust noise on cold startup due to the Skyactiv system and the excess exhaust noise/vibration during acceleration."

Brian W., NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"drives like a sports car fun to drive"

Kory A., LA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Washington state has very noisy road surfaces. The tires roar, often so loud that it's difficult to converse with back-seat passengers or listen to music at a reasonable level. The car handles well but the trade off is a jerky ride over our mostly wretched city streets."

Bruce G., WA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Seats and noise comfortable but ride could be better. Still, love this vehicle inside and out."

Stephen M., NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The back seat doors are very restrictive and cause problems because they do not open very wide unlike my Mazda 5 sliding doors."

Judy M., ON (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"fun to drive but noisy"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The seats DO NOT FIT, I am 6' tall and broad through the shoulders and the seats curve inward to the point of discomfort, (maybe they are just too narrow to begin with). My wife at 5'9" has the same complaint. I efeel like the seats are made for someone 5'6" and 120 pounds."

Anonymous, KY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"I have long legs and the CX-5 was one of the few mid-range SUVs that was comfortable. I love how the seat is both supportive and expansive. Plenty of headroom as well. The distance to the steering wheel is perfect. It is not the quietest of vehicles - but more quiet than most. And I LOVE the ride!"

Leanna A., WA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"noise is a problem. must have audio on very loud in order to hear"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"2014 seats are uncomfortable side to side. I recently drove a 2017 model, and the seats are wider and more comfortable."

Anonymous, NH (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Rear seats are extremely uncomfortable. The driver and front passenger seats are moderately uncomfortable. They don't contour to your back correctly - at least not the rear seats"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Seat belt rubs against side of neck. No adjustment will stop this although you can buy aftermarket clips to position the belt to cross over the shoulder."

Anonymous, ON (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Somewhat noisy on rough pavement."

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Seat are quite comfortable and hold you in place in turns. The suspension however is noisy on rough roads"

Pierre B., ON (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Seats are not comfortable after 30min of riding. The lumbar support is terrible. Noise in the vehicle could be quieter but I understand its not a luxury vehicle."

Sandy H., CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"seating NOT comfortable, road noise is excessive causing me to play music louder, the acceleration drags"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Seats too narrow. Also, wind noise too loud."

D F., NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Noise into the cabin Seats are very comfortable Ride quite good considering the wheelbase size"

Anonymous, SK (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Great seats and ride. Ecpxcellent in snow with snow tires"

David S., ON (2014 Mazda CX-5)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"It appears it has heard it's value."

NANCEE K., OH (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"It is a lot of car for the money."

JOHN S., VA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Dealer gave best deal on trade of Jeep Liberty, 2004."

H L., MN (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"It has been everything that I read about in CR. It has nice exceleration (for a 4 cylinder), good gas mileage, lots of safety features, great value for the price."

CHRIS E., TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Best overall value compared to similar makes/models."

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"This is a Performance SUV with Great Road Handling and a Great Value.."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"lots of safety features included"

PAUL R., TN (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Excellent vehicle, great dealership where I purchased it. left Chevrolet due to their awful service dept."

EUGENE A., TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"got what I paid for."

VINCE C., PA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"I am very pleased with what I got for my money with my car. The gas mileaage is much better than I expected"

JAMES M., IL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"all the latest safety equipment with a good ride and handling. Other models were significantly higher"

Joseph C., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Held up well, good gas mileage, had few problems with vehicle."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"This vehicle has many features that I expect on a higher end car, and has often been mistaken for a luxury vehicle by others."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Great car for value as purchased. Drivers car handles beautifully. Much better value and performance than the 2 prior cvs I have owned. Mystified by lower CR ratings. however consumers hav caught on despite your expert ratings and the entire Mazda range is becoming popular. By the way Mazda has helped Toyota with engine design over the last 3 - years"

William F., OK (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"gas milelage less than expected and, therefore, more expensive operating cost than expected"

H J., NJ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"I purchased my 2014 CX5 in early February 2013 giving a car that is always a year newer then the actual age. My CX5 is fully load with the exception of all wheel drive. I paid out the door just slightly over $30,000. As I wrote I do my research before buying and the CX5 as lived up to it's excellent billing."

Donald D., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"mazda canada has bad customer service"

Anonymous, BC (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"This has been an extremely reliable vehicle. In the years that I’ve had it, all it’s needed has been basic maintenance items."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"This car was a good deal for the time that I purchased. I still feel like it is a great car"

Johnson R., IL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Brand new vehicle for much less then others in its class, and also had the blind spot indicator, which was important for new driver."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"great vehicle for the price"

John V., AZ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Lot of extra's and electronics"

Neil O., OH (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Better value than other vehicles such as Totota Highlander or Lexus RX 350"

Joseph A., CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The Tom-tom GPS requires a significant $ outlay to update. I bought a Garmin which supplies lifetime FREE updates. I do not use the internal GPS as a result. If I knew this when we were shopping vehicles, I would have passed on the CX-5! there is no lights on the side door to control the locks, windows , etc. This is a very bad oversight !"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Very noisy interior. A lot of road noise."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"for the features and safety you cant get a better suv for the price"

Craig N., NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"It's been reliable, gets reasonable gas mileage for an awd vehicle and runs/drives well."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Best auto I have ever owned"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"I wanted a manual transmission, and the only trim package that it was available was the least expensive one. That meant front, not all, wheel drive (but I use snow tires anyway), which is cheaper and yields better fuel economy. Yet the car retains the excellent handling and driving feel, passenger room (especially head-room), cargo space, availability of roof rails (and roof-top cargo box for occasional use), tow hitch (for occasional bicycle transport), and rear wiper (very appreciated in rain and especially snow, particularly in stop and go driving)."

Michael B., MA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Got the top of the line for a basic model price"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Great features, nice to drive, quick, lots of room in back, excellent access room through tailgate..great car."

C T., ON (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"wonderful balanced ride handling- quality and reliable car"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Excellent market and resale value"

Tim H., FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"One of the best vehicles I have ever owned in terms of quality and features, based on the price paid!"

Thomas R., MN (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The overall value for this car is phenomenal. The comfort, styling, and features are more than expected. The car also handles very crisp in turning and maneuvering. The acceleration limiter on the floor pedal is problematic when going up hills and passing at highway speeds. The view out the front windshield is much better than larger vehicles I've driven as rentals including Chevy Suburban, Ford Expedition, and Jeep Cherokee (which is surprising). The CX-5 obviously does not have great acceleration in the small engine but it feels far safer to drive than the larger SUVs mentioned above as well as others in the same class I've driven over the 3.5 years of our Mazda ownership. This is a car I would feel perfectly safe letting a new teen driver use."

Charles S., TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Hi around BMW or Acura quality for a lower price point. Great value for the money. I think the carpets all for about $5000 more new than they sell it. Also very happy with the gas mileage. I get about 22 miles per gallon in the city and about 31 on the highway"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"This car is reliable, inexpensive to repair and provides a zippy and fun driving experience"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Very good value for the money compared to other makes."

Philip T., GA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"We compared the Escape, the CRV and the CX-5. The Mazda had the best styling and was the best overall value for us."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Drivers seat positioning could be improved on by expanding height and forward-backup selection."

Anonymous, NH (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Overall great vehicle. Dependable, moderately priced, fun to drive."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Great value for my money. No problems on any kind with this vehicle."

Paul D., ON (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"It's drives beautifully, looks great, and has great functionality all at a very affordable price."

James A., CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"It is an ok value for what I needed. Need a cross over or suv that could accommodate my bike in the cargo area. Mazda somewhat fit the need however it would be better if the rear seat backs fold more flat"

Donald M., IL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Wonderful MPG with this car and reliability has been fantastic. Not a single issue over 70k"

Noah K., OR (2014 Mazda CX-5)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Sporty modern styling."

KEN C., ON (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"elect throttle control errors. When coming to a stop to make a turn the engine goes dead. A similar comment was made about the new (2016-2017) CX9. Seems Mazda doesn't care. I notified Mazda customer complaints in S. Calif. April 15 2015. My primary complaint was unexpected acceleration when coming to a stop. It would make a loud down shift and accelerate forward, in addition to the stall out problem when turning.The Mazda rep.(Megan) stated the problem was mine by left foot breaking . I told"

THOMAS C., WA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Nice looking unique styling to separate it from the look of all the crossovers on the market"

Anonymous, LA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Looks more expensive than actually is. all the features came standard"

JOHNSON R., IL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Vehicles more and more look alike. The CX5 is an attractive vehicle that still manages to stand out among a mostly vanilla crowd of small SUVs."

BRUCE G., WA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The back seats do not fold down completely flat. This is annoying."

JANETTE C., NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"It's gorgeous. We got the big alloy wheels, red metallic paint. Strangers compliment us and ask what model/year it is all the time. We think it's nicer looking than the Lexus SUV."

L S., NV (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"always looks good...stylish"

VINCE C., PA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"My new car interior only came with black leather seats and interior trim. I felt the all black interior would be much to hot in the summer. For a reasonable price, I was able to have all the seats changed to beige leather and some of the door trim also. Much cooler in hot summer sun and also looks great with the remaining black trim in the cars interior. I felt Mazda, which had beige leather seats as a choice on some other outside body color should have offered it on its red body colored cars."

Anonymous, CO (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"I love the way the exterior of the car looks, especially with the special red paint. The Kodo design philosophy really made a difference."

RANJEET R., CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The auto is a beauty for a Small SUV."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Get lots of comments on how share it looks"

STEPHEN M., BC (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Current looks stands out over many of the current models of SUV. It looks like a mini Lexus without the high prices."

RICHARD F., CA (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"The styling on the Mazda CX-5 holds well and looks modern and fresh after three years. The workmanship is tight and simple and well thought out. The other car I considered as the Subaru Crosstrek. I think the Subaru ;like many of their model) have an appearance that looks piecemeal and quickly dated.which is the main reason I chose Mazda CX-5 over Subaru Crosstre despite Subaru doing a touch better in Consumer Reports scoring."

JAMES M., IL (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"too much unpainted black plastic trim on the body"

PHILLIP W., HI (2014 Mazda CX-5)

"Up to date looks , streamlined and funtional"

WILLIAM W., NY (2014 Mazda CX-5)

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