2014 Mazda CX-5 Preview

Jeff Youngs | Mar 04, 2013
  • Touring and Grand Touring get more powerful engine
  • Text message receipt, display, and reply added for Touring and Grand Touring
  • New speech recognition technology for optional audio and navigation system
  • Available Smart City Brake system


One year after its introduction, the Mazda CX-5 gains a new engine offering and a new Smart City Brake safety system. The 2014 Mazda CX-5 continues to be sold in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trim levels, and the compact crossover SUV gives buyers a choice between front-wheel and all-wheel drive.

Exterior Features

When the Mazda CX-5 debuted for the 2013 model year, it was the first Mazda styled under the company's new Kodo design philosophy. All three versions of the 2014 CX-5 are equipped with standard aluminum wheels, power exterior mirrors, auto-off headlights, and body-color trim.

Interior Features

Every 2014 Mazda CX-5 features soft-touch material on its upper dashboard and door panels, is trimmed with piano black and satin chrome trim, and is offered in black-on-black or sand-on-black interior color treatments. With the rear seats raised, the CX-5 holds 34.1 cu. ft. of cargo. Folding them creates up to 65.4 cu.-ft. of volume. Sport models have a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, while the Touring and Grand Touring models offer a 40/20/20 split-folding rear seat.

Standard equipment for the CX-5 Sport includes air conditioning, cloth seats, a height-adjustable driver seat, 3-spoke tilt/telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, power windows, a push-button ignition system, and a stereo with a CD player, a USB port and an auxiliary audio input jack.

Optional Features

The 2014 Mazda CX-5 Touring model adds a Bluetooth Audio Package including a 5.8-inch touch screen entertainment system with voice recognition capability, Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming, SMS text messaging capability, HD Radio, and Pandora Internet radio. Additionally, this model is equipped with fog lights, dark tinted rear privacy glass, nicer cloth seats, a 6-way power driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and two additional stereo speakers.

Options for the Touring model include a Bose Centerpoint premium audio system, a power sunroof, a navigation system with an SD card slot, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a programmable garage door opener, rain-sensing wipers, an Adaptive Front Lighting System with pivoting bi-Xenon automatic headlights, and a Smart City Brake Support system.

Grand Touring models are equipped with 19-inch aluminum wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, heated front seats, an 8-way power driver seat, a Bose premium sound system, satellite radio, heated outside mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, and a power sunroof. Options for this model include navigation, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a programmable garage door opener, an Adaptive Front Lighting System, Smart City Brake Support, and a keyless passive entry system.

Under the Hood

The 2014 Mazda CX-5 is offered with a choice between two SkyActiv 4-cylinder engines. The CX-5 Sport is equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder rated to make 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 150 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. For 2014, the CX-5 Touring and the CX-5 Grand Touring models are equipped with a more powerful 2.5-liter 4-cylinder generating 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,250 rpm.

The CX-5 Sport model comes standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox, with a 6-speed automatic transmission optional. The CX-5 Touring and Grand Touring models include the 6-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. All CX-5 models have front-wheel drive. An Active Torque Split all-wheel-drive system is optional.

According to the EPA, the CX-5 Sport is rated to get 29 mpg in combined driving, regardless of transmission choice. Choose AWD, and that figure drops to 28 mpg. The CX-5 Touring and Grand Touring models with the new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine are rated to get 27 mpg in combined driving with front-wheel-drive, and 26 mpg with AWD.


Buyers who choose the 2014 Mazda CX-5 Touring or Grand Touring models get a standard reversing camera system and a standard Blind Spot Monitoring System. An Adaptive Front Lighting System is optional, as well as rain-sensing wipers and a new Smart City Brake Support system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety calls the 2014 Mazda CX-5 a "Top Safety Pick." The NHTSA has not assessed the 2014 Mazda CX-5 for crash protection. Last year, the SUV received a 4-star overall rating from the NHTSA.


The 2014 Mazda CX-5's new Smart City Brake Support works at speeds up to 19 mph, and is designed to recognize when a collision might occur. Initially, the system automatically readies the brakes to provide quicker response when the driver presses the brake pedal. If the driver fails to act, the system can automatically apply the brakes to stop the CX-5 before a collision can occur, or to reduce speed before impact.

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