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2014 Mazda CX-5 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2014 Mazda CX-5 was new.


Interior: 7.4

The 2014 Mazda CX-5’s cabin is contemporary and simple, reviewers say, though some note that this may turn off drivers looking for a flashier design. High-quality materials like a soft-touch dashboard, metallic trim and optional leather seats add sophistication, and the controls are well laid-out and easy to master, test drivers say. Some reviewers criticize the optional touch-screen navigation system for having a confusing interface. Cargo space is average for the class, the CX-5’s seats are agreeably supportive and the cabin feels roomy, critics say.

  • "The cockpit of the CX-5, regardless of trim level, is attractive, modern and functional. It's a mature (some might say demure) design, but at least it isn't swathed in poorly rendered fake wood or highly reflective chrome trim. Soft-touch surfaces are set off with the limited use of satin-finish metallic details, and the black gauges with white lettering are highly legible." -- Edmunds
  • "The notable downsides are pretty much limited to a plainish interior, a subpar navigation system, and poor rear visibility." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The cabin features nice materials, including a soft-touch dashboard and upper door trim surfaces and convincing metal-look accents." -- Cars.com


The 2014 Mazda CX-5 seats five and comes standard with cloth seats and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. Leather-trimmed, heated front seats and an eight-way power driver's seat with adjustable lumbar support are standard in the Grand Touring trim.

Reviewers say that both front seats are comfy and supportive, and that the rear seats provide plenty of legroom. Getting in and out of the SUV is a breeze, and the adjustable steering wheel makes it easy to find a good driving position, reviewers say.

  • "The driving position and front seat comfort are both quite good. The rear seats are spacious (especially in terms of legroom) for the category and, while a bit flat to sit on, feature an innovative folding mechanism on the Touring and Grand Touring that lowers the seat bottom before folding the seatback on top to provide a near-flat load floor." -- Edmunds
  • "The front bucket seats are comfortable and have enough bolstering for aggressive driving. The backseat readily accommodates adults, and the backrest folds flat with the cargo floor when more utility is needed." -- Cars.com
  • "More commonplace virtues include dead-easy ingress and egress, seats with excellent lateral support, an adult-habitable rear seat, a decent cargo hold, and generally easy-to-use switchgear." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Even larger drivers should be comfortable up front. The seats are comfortable, nicely bolstered units, and offer an SUV-like upright driving position. Headroom is good, even under Grand Touring's standard sunroof. The standard tilt-and-telescopic steering column assists in fine tuning driving position. Entry and exit are easy." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

Standard on the 2014 Mazda CX-5 are keyless entry, steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls and USB/auxiliary ports. Push-button start is also standard, and is a feature not offered by some of the CX-5’s rivals. Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and a backup camera are optional, but several other SUVs in the class offer them standard. Additional options include a nine-speaker Bose stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, a navigation system and a 5.8-inch color touch screen. A blind spot monitoring system is standard on all but the base model. New for 2014 is the optional Smart City Brake Support system, which can automatically apply the brakes or increase breaking power at low speeds if an obstacle is detected.  

Reviewers say that the CX-5’s controls are accessible and simple to use, but they criticize the optional touch screen for being small. Some also note that the CX-5’s optional Tom Tom navigation system isn’t user-friendly.

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  • "Dash controls for setting audio and climate features are easy to find and use." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The one aspect of the cabin that lags behind the rest of the interior and the class in general is the available built-in navigation system. The screen measures only 5.8 inches and the Tom Tom-based operating system isn't intuitive." -- Cars.com
  • "Although the fully loaded example we drove was packed with electronic gewgaws, including a 5.8-inch touchscreen and a big fat console dial/mouse device, it was easy to adjust the radio volume and station and tweak the climate-control system with dedicated knobs and buttons. Kudos to designers in touch with real people and real-world driving." -- Popular Mechanics
  • “The CX-5's cabin isn't the most visually dynamic around, but it can be equipped with most of the bells and whistles we've come to expect from compact crossovers. Some of them are controlled by a touchscreen that's hardly a class-leading interface, but we think most will find the CX-5's controls to be simple and intuitive." -- Edmunds


The Mazda CX-5 has 34.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 65 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded, which is average for the class. Those looking for more space should consider the Subaru Forester, which offers nearly 75 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row of seats. Reviewers appreciate the ease with which the CX-5’s rear seats can be folded.

  • "Behind the rear seat is a commendable 34.1 cubic feet of storage space, enough to hold plenty of groceries or several suitcases. That room nearly doubles with the seats folded, a task easily performed with a single button." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Good cargo space behind the rear seat, but underfloor storage is limited to only a few small gaps around the spare tire. ... Tourings and Grand Tourings get a nice 40/20/40 split with easy-to-use release handles in the cargo bay." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "In terms of storage and cargo capability, the CX-5 is on par with its competitors." -- Edmunds  (2013)

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