You know the drill. When it’s time for a road trip, there’s usually a mad dash for the coveted “shotgun” seat up front. Everyone knows that the second row typically provides modest creature comforts, insufficient legroom and seat comfort that’s almost an afterthought. Except with the Mazda CX-5.
Engineers heard your concerns and answered the call of duty. They made sure the CX-5 offered interior comfort for all five passengers—not just those deemed worthy enough to sit in the front row.
More Comfortable Seats
Mazda engineers and designers redesigned the rear seats to support an ideal posture—sitting upright with your spine in its natural “S” shape. They also added a two–stage reclining mechanism to make sure rear passengers could get comfy on especially long drives. The default angle of the rear seat has been increased 2 degrees in rake to 24 degrees, with a second recline setting to further rake the seats to 28 degrees—a direct result of talking with thousands of previous-generation CX-5 customers.
Hundreds of hours of development went into the second row, resulting in seats that utilize urethane cushioning with varying densities of foam along the spine that help support the body. CX-5 seats form a more three-dimensional shape around the body, reducing instability while seated. Any progress towards minimizing the restless, infamous phrase, “Are we there yet?” is a major victory.
To complement the redesigned seats, available rear-seat heaters warm up the seatbacks and seat cushions; and switches in the armrest enable rear passengers to adjust the temperature in three stages. To help everyone stay cool, rear A/C vents are individually adjustable. The rear center armrest also features cupholders and two powerful 2.1-amp USB charging ports for tablets and phones.
If your passengers are not big enough to demand any special seat treatment, you’ll be pleased that easy-to-use LATCH child safety seat tethers are among CX-5 safety and security highlights. Should you have to constantly load and unload those child seats, you’ll appreciate the rear doors that open at a wide 80 degrees, a 6-degree improvement over the previous model.
Serenity from Within
Mazda also makes a push for all-encompassing quiet and comfort, and you’ll notice that the cabin environment in the CX-5 is an especially quiet environment, rivaling significantly more expensive vehicles.
It was benchmarked against its bigger-brother CX-9 for quietness. But, rather than go after simply lowering decibels, Mazda engineers attack ambient noise, low noise frequencies and any sort of sound that gets in the way of enjoying the journey. Mazda’s goals also centered around keeping volumes and inaudible sound frequencies the same from front to rear, easing conversations and the ever-present games of “I spy” along the way.
Mazda is, was and always will be a company that believes that driving matters, and every vehicle Mazda makes is designed and engineered to deliver a premium driving experience.
But driving isn’t just about going around corners, making passengers carsick. Quite the opposite, in fact, as Mazda’s engineers create cars and SUVs to handle smoothly and comfortably to help eliminate the unnatural head and body movements that sometimes require stops for Junior. Because of a natural, subtle suspension tuning to mimic human movements, from the moment you enter CX-5 in either row, you’ll quickly understand the CX-5’s development team went the extra mile to design a complete experience that makes traveling more enjoyable, whether to the store or across the country.
Further complementing the suspension tuning is Mazda’s exclusive G-Vectoring Control, which uses the engine and steering inputs to further smooth out suspension movements, making even spirited driving comfortable. Because, what’s the point of the journey if you’re not able to enjoy it?
So, in summary, the Mazda CX-5 provides premium interior that punches above its price point, space aplenty, heated seats, a comfortable, sporting ride and even a place to plug in your phone to enjoy hours of YouTube on the way to your destination. Mazda’s engineers have seemingly thought of everything to impress kids in the back. Then again, those with kids themselves had plenty of help from their families to figure out how to make it all come together in this award-winning crossover SUV.