2014 Mazda CX-5 Sport 

  • $21k
  • 2.0L
  • 26 city 35 hwy
8.1 Out of 10
While the suspension is nicely tuned, the steering we'll call pretty much perfect—and by far the best in this class.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)
The all-new six-speed automatic transmission plays a major role in making the most of the new engine's smooth, willing character.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Mazda CX-5


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CX-5 Sport
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Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

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Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Mazda CX-5

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

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EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

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Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

CX-5 Sport
28 MPG
Acura RDX
20 MPG
X3 xDrive28i
24 MPG

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

CX-5 Sport
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Reviews Word on the street for the Mazda CX-5

The new engine is only offered with the automatic, but in either case the entire powertrain and vehicle are tuned for maximum efficiency, under the company's SkyActiv initiative.

A responsive six-speed automatic transmission makes the most of the CX-5's newfound power.

Introduced for 2013, the CX-5 is the first vehicle designed from the ground up using Mazda's Skyactiv technologies aimed at marrying efficiency and performance.


8.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


If you order the CX-5 Sport with the six-speed manual, you'll get a slightly higher highway rating (35 mpg vs 32 mpg) than with the six-speed automatic, but both versions get the same 26-mpg city rating.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)
More than just advanced engine technology, Skyactiv emphasizes lightweight materials, aerodynamic bodies and even improved vehicle structure integrity for improved safety.
by KBB (Feb, 2013)
The new engine is paired only with the six-speed automatic, and all-wheel drive can only be had with the automatic transmission but it's offered in every trim level.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)


With the short-throw 6-speed manual, the CX-5 is even more fun to drive, and this trim's lighter weight adds to its nimbleness.
by KBB (Feb, 2013)
A standard rear roof spoiler and dual rear exhaust outlets add more visual cues to the CX-5's peppy nature.
by KBB (Feb, 2013)
Key to that efficiency, in part, is that the transmission is so willing and well-matched, with very little slip, very quick upshifts and downshifts, and the smarts to hitch onto a higher gear when the revs aren't needed, to reap better efficiency.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)


The CX-5 corners flat and its acceleration, braking, and handling all feel thoroughly integrated and reassuringly predictable—so much so that it’s hard to find anything to say except that they’re just right.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)
Its higher horsepower and torque are just what the CX-5 needed.
by KBB (Feb, 2013)
The CX-5 has the usual complement of electronic aids, including stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, and other safety control systems.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)


For 2014, two engine choices are offered in the Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV.
by KBB (Feb, 2013)
The load floor is long and flat, and for the most part (save for some engine noise occasionally), the CX-5 has a quiet, refined interior.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)
Despite the 2.5-liter four-cylinder's significantly better performance in everyday driving, gas mileage hasn't taken much of a hit.
by cars.com (Feb, 2013)


The firm suspension tuning, regardless of trim level, means you feel all the little aspects of whatever road surface you're driving on.
by cars.com (Feb, 2013)
Good seats and an almost perfect driving position will win friends, although the ride quality can be busy.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)
Otherwise, we've found the CX-5 to be the best handling crossover we've driven.
by The Car Connection (Jan, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Mazda
Model year 2014
City range 384 miles
Highway range 518 miles
MSRP $21k
Annual cost $6,130

Manufacturing Emissions

CO2 per car made 0.66 metric ton
Energy per car made 1,729 kWh/vehicle

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.0L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders I4
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Manual 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link
Front brakes 11.69 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 11.89 in Disc
Front wheel width 225 mm
Front wheel diameter 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 65

safety features

Active head restraints No
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 72.4 in
Front track width 62.4 in
Height 65.7 in
Ground clearance 8.5 in
Length 178.7 in
Wheelbase 106.3 in
Curb weight 3,194 lb
GVWR 4,248 pounds
Tow weight 2,000 pounds
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 55 ft³
Rear seat room 49 ft³


EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 7
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.4 g
Combined CO2/mile 321 g
NMOG/mile 0.02 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.01 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 120 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 2
Stops the engine instead of idling No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 48 tons

power & handling

Max torque 150 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Max HP 155 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 20.61 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.7 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 4 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Optional, $525
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof N/A
Navigation system Optional, $0
Roof rails Optional, $250
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard
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