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.