The Mazda CX-5 is one of the most fun and fuel efficient crossovers on the market. It is not a diesel or a hybrid; instead Mazda Engineers have created a very economical drivetrain. Mazda's SKYACTIV approach is a winner proving you can have a fuel efficient and fun to drive crossover at the same time. This is a great driver's SUV.
There are 3 versions of the CX-5: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. Then you can opt for FWD or AWD versions. The model tested here is the top of the line Gran Touring AWD model that has a price of $29,070.
The 2.5 liter 4-cylinder SKYACTIV engine makes 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft. of torque. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic. Much time was spent getting the drag coefficient down to a class leading 0.33. This combined with the fuel efficient powerplant helps the 2014 Mazda CX-5 get 24 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway. If you opt for the manual 2.0 liter then you could get as much as 35 MPG on the highway.
The interior is handsomely fitted with black leather upholstery and a steering wheel with integrated controls. The front seats are power adjustable and have 3-way heating. The 9-speaker BOSE stereo has all the bells and whistles.