2014 Mazda CX-5: What's Changed

2014-CX-5

  • Most significant changes: Addition of 2.5-liter engine
  • Price change: TBA
  • On sale: January 2013
  • Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? The 2013 still has everything you need; pick the 2014 only if you want the extra power

Mazda's CX-5 was just released in February to rave reviews and placed second in our $25,000 Compact SUV Shootout this summer. Sales followed. So, why is Mazda changing things so soon?

Well, the automaker isn't changing much at all.

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The 2014 is identical to the 2013 in all respects except for two additions: one to make you go faster, one to keep you safer. Yes, there is irony there.

Under the hood is a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The more efficient 2.0-liter found in the 2013 is still available on all trims. The 2.5-liter — available only on Touring and Grand Touring trims — puts out 185 horsepower and 185 pounds-feet of torque and gets 25/32 mpg city/highway for front-wheel drive and 24/30 mpg with all-wheel drive. While not as impressive as the 35 mpg highway figure on the 2.0-liter engine, the 2.5-liter is still more efficient on paper than the Honda CR-V and just revealed 2013 Toyota RAV4.

A new safety system called Smart City Brake Support is being offered as part of an optional Technology Package. Like similar systems from other brands, this is intended to prevent head-on collisions at low speeds between 3 and 19 mph.

We expect to hear of any changes to pricing before the 2014s go on sale, but it's safe to guess that the 2.5-liter CX-5 will cost a similar premium to the 2.5-liter Mazda3, which is $1,550 more than the 2.0-liter in top trim levels. The current 2013 Mazda CX-5 starts at $21,790. The Touring trim level starts at $24,990. Both prices include $795 in destination charges.

Comments 

Lance

This vehicle was loved by nearly every reviewer out there except fot the slight lack of power(even though it weighs less than competitors). Even with that they are always in short supply at dealers. Now, with the option of the larger I4 in the uplevel models they should continue to fly off the shelves.

Jon

the 35 highway figure is with the manual...with the automatic, the 2.0 gets 32 highway. the 2.0 and 2.5 get essentially the same mpg in the EPA cycle. my bet would be that the 2.5 actually gets better mpg just because it's more powerful while getting the same EPA figures.

Nathan

Standard bluetooth would be nice. seems like that is where things are going. Would love a manual with bluetooth.

Manuel Fordawin

Mazda, how about offering more colors for the 2014 manual giddyups? I wouldn't mind buying a front-wheel-drive Crystal White Pearl Mica with a six-shooter by my side.

jeffrey

I love this vehicle,the power is noticeable,but not an issue,but I wish that the middle vents were able to be closed,makes no sense.

fastcar

It seems the paint quality on these cars is sub par..Mazda might be cutting costs with sub par parts.

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