When the Mazda CX-5 debuted, we named it our pick for Autobytel Crossover of the Year. Since then, our affection for Mazda’s cute ‘ute hasn’t faded. In fact, this year, Mazda gives us even more reasons to like the 2014 CX-5, which went on sale in January of 2013 with a more powerful 2.5-liter SkyActiv 4-cylinder engine as standard equipment for the Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. Additionally, the 2014 CX-5 is available with Smart City Brake Support technology and infotainment features including SMS text messaging capability, HD Radio, and Pandora streaming Internet radio.
Evidently, we’re not alone in our affection for Mazda’s compact crossover suv; the CX-5 is now the second best-selling model in the automaker’s lineup. Given the model’s increased importance to Mazda, and the changes for 2014, we figured it was time to take another look at the CX-5.