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2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring Long-Term Update 3

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/24/2014 Robert Guio, Megan Stewart

When you need to hold a lot of cargo, your first thought is to get a mid- to full-size SUV. Compact crossovers just seem so small in comparison, and look like they wouldn't be able to hold much of anything besides a handful of people and maybe a bag or two. To see just how much our long-term 2015 Mazda CX-5 could hold, we took a short road trip down to Lake Elsinore, and filled the CUV with everything we might need.

2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring Long-Term Update 3

With only two passengers, we were able to fold the rear seats flat, making more room for weekend necessities including a cooler, some luggage and blankets, as well as our big furry companion and his container of food. Thanks to the folded seats, we were able to pack everything with ease, letting us get on our way without incident. It wasn't until we got to our destination and were unloading everything that we realized we could have left those rear seats up -- there was plenty of extra room for another suitcase or two.

MotorTend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTend Image The 2015 Mazda CX-5 offers 34.1 cubic feet of space with the rear seats in their upright position, providing plenty of room for a trip to the mall or grocery store. But fold those seats flat, and that number extends to 65.4 cubic feet. However, other models in the class, such as the RAV4, offer up a bit more room (38.4 cubic feet with the second row seats in place and 73.4 cubic feet with those seats folded down). And although the CX-5 might not have the most cargo room in the segment, it provides more than enough to meet most needs.

We've been enjoying our time behind the wheel of the Mazda CX-5, as it offers plenty of comfort and performance, but when weighed down with weekend road trip gear, the drive was a little less enjoyable. There have always been severe downshifts when navigating traffic on the freeway, but when you have some weight in the car, they're more noticeable and jarring. In terms of power, there wasn't much of a difference when at speeds, but getting up to speed from a complete stop was an issue. Without all that weight, the CX-5 offers good acceleration, but as it's powered by a four-cylinder for max fuel efficiency, extra cargo plays a factor in performance.

Stay tuned for more updates on our long-term 2015 Mazda CX-5.

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