2015 Mazda CX-5 Real-World Cargo Space

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Mazda's CX-5 has the distinction of being a compact SUV for driving enthusiasts with excellent fuel economy and great cargo room - not your typical compact crossover formula. Making the cargo area everyday friendly are folding seats that release in two locations. There is a set of levers in the cargo area that release the folding backseat so you don't have to walk around to the rear doors to fold the seats and then walk back to the cargo area. There are also seat releases on the backseat itself.

2014 Jeep Cherokee Versus 2014 Mazda CX-5

A 40/20/40-split folding backseat that's standard in Touring and Grand Touring trims offers increased versatility over the Sport's 60/40-split seat, and even the middle section can be folded/released using the cargo area lever. The space-efficient CX-5's cargo area does many things well, though the backseat doesn't slide or recline like in the Jeep Cherokee or Chevrolet Equinox. See how well common items fit in the CX-5, below.

By Joe Bruzek | July 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Mazda CX-5: Car Seat Check

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Since its debut for the 2013 model year, the Mazda CX-5 has proved itself a formidable contender among compact crossovers. It particularly distinguished itself in the fun-to-drive category, where the CX-5 only improved when it returned for the 2014 model year with a more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine option. Not a lot has changed for 2015: The CX-5's base price has increased a mere $150, including destination, and for the purposes of car seat installation, all backseat passenger-room dimensions remain identical to the outgoing model.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | July 17, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Jeep Cherokee Versus 2014 Mazda CX-5

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In our latest head-to-head comparison we pit Cars.com's long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee against a formidable competitor: Mazda's 2015 CX-5. The CX-5 came to us in our regular rotation of press cars and was ripe for a duel with our Cherokee, which was looking for redemption after being defeated by the well-rounded 2014 Nissan Rogue.

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We've had good experiences with both SUVs. The Cherokee was purchased because it's unique to an extreme and impressed our editors with its refined ride quality and class-leading technology. The CX-5 scored second place in Cars.com's $25,000 compact SUV comparison of 2012-13 models a few years ago thanks to its space-efficient design and stylish exterior.

By Joe Bruzek | July 9, 2014 | Comments (17)

What's the Most Affordable Compact SUV for 2014?

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If you're shopping for a compact SUV, the bevy of competitive options to choose from may overwhelm you. Since our last comparison test in 2012 new models from Jeep, Nissan and Toyota have gone on sale, and they're selling quite well.

Related: What's the Most Affordable Midsize Sedan for 2014

One other thing that has changed recently: Most models in this segment come with relatively well-equipped base levels, or with just a few options selected. That makes finding the most affordable versions easier, but it's not a simple task.

We've done the hard part and compiled the right trim levels that deliver expected features in this class and included the cost of gas over five years to determine the most affordable compact SUV amongst the ranks.

By David Thomas | June 18, 2014 | Comments (1)

Which New SUV Is Comparable to the Saturn Vue?

"Which new SUV is comparable to the Saturn Vue? I am driving my fourth Saturn Vue and have been really frustrated at the thought of replacing it. I already looked at the Equinox but passed because it is not comparable — it's bigger and pricier. Then I saw the Chevrolet Captiva! Problem solved — or so I thought (fleet only). If I can't buy a Captiva, I will go to another brand. I buy new, so a used Captiva is not an option in my mind."

Sue

By Matt Schmitz | October 20, 2013 | Comments (1)

Should I Buy a Subaru Forester, Subaru XV Crosstrek or Mazda CX-5?

Should I buy a Subaru Forester or Subaru XV Crosstrek? What about the Mazda CX-5?

Ron S., Sheridan, N.Y.

By Rick Popely | September 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

Which Crossover SUV Is the Most Fuel Efficient?

"Which crossover SUV is the most fuel efficient?"

Norman M., Brooklyn, N.Y.


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That honor goes to the 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV — a low-production electric version sold only in California at the moment — that earns the equivalent of 78 mpg for city driving, 74 mpg for highway and a combined city/highway rating of 76. Given that the RAV4 EV might not be available in your neighborhood, or be a good choice for your needs, the Lexus RX 450h hybrid has a combined city/highway rating of 30 mpg with front-wheel drive and 29 mpg with all-wheel drive. The similar, but less-luxurious, Toyota Highlander Hybrid comes in at 28 mpg with standard all-wheel drive.

Other crossover SUVs with higher EPA ratings are the Buick Encore (28 mpg), Mazda CX-5 (29 mpg), Subaru XV Crosstrek (28 mpg), and the Mini Countryman and Paceman (31 mpg with manual transmission, 27 mpg with automatic). The XV Crosstrek has standard all-wheel drive, but the other ratings are for front-wheel-drive models. The numbers will be lower on all-wheel-drive versions, and because these are just estimates, your mileage is sure to vary.

The Cars.com Vehicle Recommender, found here, can help you sort through the dozens of crossover SUVs to find the ones that offer the right combination of mileage, price, size and features.

Have a car question you'd like us to answer? Send us an email at tips@cars.com, or ask in the comments below.

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By Rick Popely | August 25, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Mazda CX-5: Family Checklist

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The 2014 Mazda CX-5 has some tough competition in the compact crossover segment, especially against the redesigned 2013 Toyota RAV4 and 2013 Ford Escape, which both have snazzier interiors with lots of technology. However, the CX-5 shines in its driving experience.

The 2014 Mazda CX-5 and my family got along just fine, but in such a saturated segment, it didn't wow me in the same way as the RAV4 and Escape did.

Parents who love to drive will be won over by the CX-5 in a heartbeat. It is easily the best-handling compact crossover I've driven. For 2014, the CX-5 Touring and Grand Touring trims received a more powerful 184-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. With the new engine, it's got more pep than the RAV4's 176-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, and it handles with precision.

By Carrie Kim | July 12, 2013 | Comments (8)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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After relinquishing the No. 1 spot for a week to former longtime champ the 2013 Toyota RAV4, the 2014 Subaru Forester reclaimed its position this week atop our list of most-read reviews. Farther down the roster, this week’s order might be a little different, but the names are all the same.

Check out what was popular this week:

1. 2014 Subaru Forester
2. 2013 Toyota RAV4

3. 2014 Chevrolet Impala
4. 2013 Toyota Avalon
5. 2013 BMW 3 Series
6. 2013 Ford Escape
7. 2013 Buick Encore

8. 2013 Dodge Dart

9. 2013 Honda Accord
10. 2014 Mazda CX-5
By Matt Schmitz | May 12, 2013 | Comments (3)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Just when we thought it was out, readers pull it back in. The godfather of persistently read reviews — the 2013 Toyota RAV4 — muscled its way back to the head of the family this week after being relegated to the No. 2 spot on our list of most-read reviews for a month by the 2014 Subaru Forester. Before that, the RAV4 enjoyed a three-month reign at No. 1 that we were beginning to think might never end. Ousted by a measly 109 page views, the Forester had to settle back into second place. Meanwhile, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 returns at No. 8 after a brief absence, while the 2013 Dodge Dart comes in at No. 10 after a long one.

Check out what was popular this week:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2014 Subaru Forester
3. 2014 Chevrolet Impala
4. 2013 BMW 3 Series
5. 2013 Ford Escape
6. 2013 Buick Encore

7. 2013 Toyota Avalon

8. 2014 Mazda CX-5
9. 2013 Honda Accord
10. 2013 Dodge Dart
By Matt Schmitz | May 5, 2013 | Comments (1)

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