Mazda CX5 | Fat Bike Transport Vehicle

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Well I finally have a new fat bike hauler . . . 2019 Mazda CX5 GX.

Many of you may have seen a recent blog where I tested 25+ small SUVs to see if a fat bike will fit inside - Will my Fat Bike Fit. As I carry my fattie inside the vehicle during the winter months, it was very important that the bike actually fit inside my new rig.


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After much deliberation, countless test drives and what seems like hours of negotiations . . . my fat bikes will now be carted around by a 2019 Mazda CX5 GX. The CX5 landed in the “Will fit – With room to spare” category in my fitting review.



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If you head over to the Mazda Canada / Mazda USA / Mazda Global sites you can read all the intricate details and specifications on the CX5 . . . so I’m not going into great detail. But I will touch on why I chose the CX5 over the plethora of other vehicles currently available.

In no particular order:

The the CX5 has a large interior cargo space. With the rear seats folded flat, pretty much any fat bike will fit with the front tire removed and have room to spare for extra items. And if push came to shove it would probably fit with the front tire still mounted up.



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Sticking with the interior, there are two small storage compartments in the floor on either side of the floor tray. While they are not significantly deep (about 2”) they can hold various bits and pieces that I may need quick access to when loading or unloading my fattie. 

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Many manufacturers include a compact spare tire while others just offer a can of flat seal and a pump. This entry level CX5 includes a full-size spare. That was unexpected.

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The CX5 has an actual towing capacity unlike many within the compact SUV category. The ability to tow up to 2000lb meant that I could upgrade the bike hitch from an 1 ¼” to a 2” and have the ability to tow a small camper if I chose to go on a longer fatbiking excursion.

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While there is no stopping the advancement of technology, I’m a little weary of continuously variable transmissions (CVT) and turbochargers on smaller displacement engines. Many of the vehicles I looked at had one or both, but the CX5 came with a regular fuel injected 2.5L four-cylinder (187hp and 186 ft-lb torque) mated to regular 6-speed automatic transmission. This was a combination that I was happy with.

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While two-wheel drive was an option, I chose to go with the all-wheel drive version as sometimes our winter conditions can get rather nasty.



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The CX5 has corrosion protection technology built into its DNA. The folks at Mazda state that the design of their vehicles actually reduce the number of weld joints which decreases the opportunity for corrosion. Couple that with the use of galvanized metal and protection plates under the engine and majority of the undercarriage . . . the CX5 appears to be well protected against the nasty winter elements.

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This may sound odd, but the wiper wells are relatively shallow compared to other SUVs. Shallow wiper wells means less digging when trying to free up the wipers after a big snow storm. Less time digging means more time riding.

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Heated side mirrors are also a bonus as less time scraping also means more time riding.

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Tinted rear windows are great to keep prying eyes from scoping out what fat goodies are inside the vehicle.

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Mazda has a surprisingly large number of FREE colours for their vehicles. I found that most manufacturers would offer one or two free colours (black, white, silver) in their entry level models. Mazda actually has more free colours than those requiring a premium fee . . . including the Brilliant Blue that I chose.

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Optional roof rails. I found that many manufacturers bundled the roof rails in with higher level trim packages. I was able to get the flush mounted Mazda rails added to the base model GX for a nominal fee.

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While I cannot comment specifically on other vehicles, the backup camera on the CX5 is not significantly impacted by a hitch mounted rack. Not having one in the past I was unsure what to expect, but the camera overlays the “parking lines” on the rack and is still quite usable.



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Stated fuel economy for the CX5 GX was 10.2 L/100 city and 8.2 L/100 highway which is not that bad for a non-turbo four cylinder with 6-speed automatic. So far I have been averaging 8.7 L/100 with a mixture of city and highway cruising to the trail heads.



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I was also advised by my sales guy that Mazda and one other manufacturer have their vehicles manufactured exclusively in Japan. I know that certain automotive companies have different vehicles made in different countries . . . which could lead to variations in quality/durability. 

FINAL THOUGHTS

For an entry level vehicle the Mazda CX5 GX came pretty well appointed, with many standard items that would only be available on higher trim levels with other vehicles.


The fit and finish is above par, with the soft surfaces and curves inside the vehicle offering a little bit of luxury compared to my previous bike hauler. And the 187 hp engine gives enough zip with respectable fuel economy.

I have yet to try the AWD system in the snow, but I do anticipate good things from what I have read.


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I purchased my CX5 at Steel Mazdaam quite happy with my new fatbike hauler and would like to thank my sales guy Ian for getting me into my sweet new ride. So if you live in Fatbike Republic country . . . be sure to check them out.


RIDE FAT !




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