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

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,112
edited September 2014 in Mazda

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

The automatic transmission in the Edmunds.com long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 shifts smartly, almost as if it's thinking a step ahead of you.

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  • bggbbggb Posts: 1
    You've been corrected in multiple comments in previous posts that the EPA for this vehicle is 26MPG combined, not 23, and you're not overachieving anything.

    Parroting the same mistake over and over again does a disservice to your readers. It also shows no one at Edmunds bothers to read the comments, which is telling in itself.
  • When you look at some of the recent new vehicles/powertrains that have been developed in the name of improved fuel economy, Mazda's skyactiv technology seems to be the best at delivering something close to the EPA mpg in real world driving. When you look at others like the Explorer Ecoboost or the Impreza, they seem to rely on smoke and mirrors to perform very efficiently on the EPA test cycle but not so much in the real world.
  • Maybe its just me, but it seems that reliability of automatic transmissions has gone down hill in recent years. You'd think by now, getting 200k+ would be a given with 300k+ being the norm - instead it seems like manufacturers are cutting costs or whatever and getting $5k repairs is more common than it should be.
  • kirkhilles, The transmissions just keep getting more and more complex to increase mpg ratings so they keep squishing more and more technology and parts into them. Although I haven't seen an uptick in transmission problems mentioned anywhere the complexity certainly does leave more room for issues. But they have gotten better than the 80,000 mile Chrysler transmissions of years back.
  • duck87duck87 Posts: 649
    I think it's just you. Automatic transmissions were notorious for being the first items on vehicles to go in the bad old days. Today they seem seriously reliable in comparison. Manufacturers are adding a TON of costs into transmissions.
  • I'm curious to know how stout these transmissions can be. Is it possible to push a ton of HP through these & not have them come apart? Drove snowmobiles for years, so CVT is no stranger, but striking a balance between strength & efficiency might be a tough compromise.
    Where there's a market there's a way.
  • I'm an outlier in that I don't mind CVT's for everyday driving -- I think from an engineering standpoint, it's the smartest way to manage power to the wheels -- but I also think Mazda is to be commended for developing a slushbox without the slush. With so many auto transmissions receiving bad-to-mediocre reviews, it's really nice to see one that stands out as being genuinely good.
  • the 2 best automatic vehicles i've driven have been a lexus SC (only 4 speeds but it was ALLWAYS in the gear i wanted it to be and for a vehicle made in 1991 that is really something because i have yet to drive another 4 speed or 5 speed auto that i could say that about.

    and also the fiat 500 when cruising and driving spirited the 6 speed transmission kept the little 1.4 non turbo engine allways on boil. with the exception of on long on ramps where you would have to put it in manual mode to keep it from upshifting. but it would hold gears and bounce off the rev limiter until you requested another gear or switched it back to D. and the gear indicator letting you allways know what gear you are in was a nice touch
  • the main problems with cvts is you dont get that "launching" feeling from a stop and at wide open throttle the engine will buz at one speed and it is usually 1k or more from "redline" i know that many engines do not gain that much more power from reving all the way out to redline (honda) and engines' maximum rpm has been steadilly increasing every lifecycle but you have to be leaving a lot of power for 1thousand revs!
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