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2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring Long-Term Update 1

Weekend Road Trip

Megan Stewart
Oct 21, 2014
Photographers: Robert Guio
When it's time to take that much-anticipated road trip, whether you're just driving up the coast or traveling cross-country, it's important to have a solid car to take you from point A to point B and back. We took a short trip from Orange County to Santa Barbara to see just how well our long-term 2015 Mazda CX-5 performed.
We've had our CX-5 for two months, and while we've driven it around the city, on short weekend jaunts, and to and from work, we've never done any long drives with it. And now, we can't wait to get behind the wheel of our long-term for an even longer adventure.
Photo 2/9   |   2015 Mazda CX5 Profile
Our trip started in Orange County, some 130 miles from our final destination. A two-hour drive, we decided to head out early, hoping to beat some of that morning weekend traffic. Although it isn't that bad compared to a weekday, by noon, you'll be at a dead stop for a few minutes the closer you get to Los Angeles. The drive started off impressive, as we were making great time. Filling up before we set out, we hoped we wouldn't need to stop at a pump.
During the drive from the OC to Santa Barbara, we noticed a few things. While the seats are comfortable for those shorter city drives, they can become less than supportive if sitting for hours, but a slight change in our driving position had that discomfort easing away. Although our model is powered by a four-cylinder engine, it had enough pep to keep the drive from being boring. Thanks to its tight handling, we were able to zip in and out of traffic with ease. Acceleration from a stop isn't as strong as we would have liked, but it was quick once you were already going.
Photo 3/9   |   2015 Mazda CX5 Front Seats
As with all road trips, navigation becomes a necessity rather than an option. We've had issues with the Mazda navigation system in the past, as it can be difficult to enter a destination, but once we got over the learning curve, it was easy to enter our destination. But what we really didn't like was when you wanted to cancel a route. There's one button to press to change a route destination or go a different way, but another button to cancel a route. Having those in the same area would make the system easier for owners to use.
And what's a road trip without a few curve balls? As we were nearing our destination, plans changed and instead of meeting up with friends for an oceanside lunch in Santa Barbara, we headed down to Ventura. We were impressed with the fuel economy of the Mazda CX-5. EPA-rated at 25/32 mpg city/highway, we achieved right around 29 mpg during our trip. After a long lunch, we were back on the road. Being in a car for hours on end can be a mindless task and can even lull some drivers to sleep--especially in bad traffic. However, with a great Bose sound system and Pandora radio blasting through the speakers, we were able to pass the two-hour drive with our favorite bands keeping us alert and focused on the road.
Photo 4/9   |   2015 Mazda CX5 Driver Pov
After our time in the 2015 Mazda CX-5 for this weekend road trip, we are looking forward to our next adventure. Stay tuned.
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