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2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,059
edited September 2014 in Mazda

image2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD Long-Term Road Test

Crossovers like the 2014 Mazda CX-5 aren't serious off-road machines, but some have enough suspension articulation, measured as Ramp Travel Index (RTI), to manage better than you'd expect.

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  • yellowbalyellowbal Posts: 234
    Can you retest with the anti-sway bars disconnected?
  • I would love if you could, please, give an update on night drive. A huge feature that inclines me to buy this car are the Adaptive Bi-xenon lights but I have not been able to find a video or report on how they work on real world night time driving. I am sure others out there would greatly appreciate it! Thank you in advance if you can accommodate and review that area of the vehicle.
  • glossgloss Posts: 150
    I can say that I like the adaptive bi-xenons on my 2013 model. The lamp movement is fairly subtle, but it's effective in filling out corners. The sharp cut-off of xenons takes some getting used to if you're coming from crummy old-style headlamps.
  • legacygtlegacygt Posts: 599
    Kind of irrelevant because this car should never be driven anywhere where this type of articlulation occurs. I have a CX-9 and completely ripped up the bottom of the door gasket going over a berm of ice to get out of a parking spot. It may have been 8-10 inches high. Sure the suspension travel allowed me to maintain good traction at the corners but it does nothing for the breakover angle or the fact that there's no protection on the underside of the car. If you've got the CX-5 anywhere close to having one wheel of the ground in anything but the controlled environment you see here, you're probably going to break something.
  • stovt001_stovt001_ Posts: 799
    Mazda needs to market this statistic: "More off-road capability than an Range Rover". Follow it up with a sizable asterisk of course...
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