The 2014 Mazda CX-5 is truly a unique sport utility vehicle. Introduced in 2012, the CX-5 succeeded without great effort in replacing the Mazda Tribute as a compact SUV in the Mazda lineup, but more importantly, it managed to rise among the most popular models of a segment that could not be more limited.
Let's go back to the concept of a single compact SUV for a moment. The Mazda CX-5 manages to set itself apart by being one of the few sport utility vehicles in its class that is fun to drive. Indeed, the CX-5 displays solid road handling reminiscent of a car, not an SUV. In curves, it stays put and stable while its communicative steering lets the driver know exactly what the wheels are doing.
For those who like to have fun behind the wheel, but want the versatility of a sport utility vehicle, the 2014 CX-5 is ideal, especially since its 966-liter cargo space is one of the most welcoming of its category. That being said, it takes more than good driving pleasure to attract buyers. Fortunately, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 offers a lot more.
The very soul of the CX-5 is the SkyActiv technology now featured on two other models in the Mazda lineup (the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6). The Mazda CX-5 was the first Mazda vehicle to feature this technology which is now well known to consumers. SkyActiv technology is a set of improvements made to the engines, transmission and chassis to ensure optimum powertrain performance.
To do this, Mazda engineers reduced the weight of mechanical components, reduced internal engine friction, optimized transmissions and solidified the chassis. They have fitted the engines with a very high compression ratio which ensures a perfect air-fuel mixture so that every drop of fuel used is not wasted. The end result is a vehicle that performs as well if not more than its rivals, but which consumes less.
The Mazda CX-5 GX is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine developing 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. Standard with front-wheel drive, it can also be fitted with optional all-wheel drive. It is also one of the only compact SUVs to offer the 6-speed manual transmission. A 6-speed automatic transmission is also optional.
The GS and GT models are powered by a more powerful 2.5-liter engine producing 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. This engine was unanimously prized at its launch because of its dynamic performance, the linearity of its acceleration, and its low fuel consumption, which could reach 6.2 liters per 100 kilometers on the highway with front-wheel drive models and 6.6 liters at 100 kilometers with the all-wheel drive Mazda CX-5 GT. The GX model is even more economical.
The combination of sporty handling, a spacious interior and an efficient yet economical engine explains the success of the Mazda CX-5. Come try it out today and you too will see why this model manages to stand out from the competition the way it does.