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Mazda CX-5 Review

The Mazda CX-5 is Mazda’s best-selling model. And by a sizable margin. It’s a favorite for those looking for a stylish, fuel efficient five-passenger compact crossover SUV with a comfortable, high-quality interior and family ready features. But the Mazda CX-5 has a secret sauce; it’s extremely fun-to-drive. Here you can find Vehicle History Mazda CX-5 Review.

Mazda has a well-earned reputation for building cars and SUVs that are the most fun-to-drive in their class, and the Mazda CX-5 lives up to that reputation. With its powerful engine, athletic handling and quick steering response, it’s one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs available for less than $30,000. Online Mazda CX-5 Reviews also praise the SUV for its refinement, smooth ride and versatility.

Larger than the CX-3 and smaller than the brand’s seven-passenger CX-9, the Mazda CX-5 hits a sweet spot in the growing SUV market. Now in its second-generation, Mazda continues to improve the CX-5 and it’s even more popular than ever. The award-winning Mazda CX-5 now offers more standard equipment and additional safety systems. The CX-5 has been named one of America’s 10 Best SUVs from Car and Driver and it is a Top Safety Pick of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

• 2018 Mazda CX-5 Review
• 2013-2017 Mazda CX-5 Review

2018 Mazda CX-5 Review

All-new just last year, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is available in three trim levels, Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Front-wheel drive is standard on all models, but all-wheel drive is offered across the lineup for an additional $1,300. All 2018 Mazda CX-5s are assembled in Japan and they’re all powered by an all-aluminum 2.5-liter engine with double-overhead cams.

The four-cylinder is the same engine Mazda uses in its sporty Mazda3 sedan and hatchback as well as the Mazda6 sedan and it is smooth and fuel-efficient. It makes 187 horsepower, which is about average for the class. A six-speed automatic transmission is also standard on all models and features a Sport mode for additional performance. The combination is good for 0-60 mph acceleration in about 8 seconds and impressive fuel economy. With front-wheel drive the Mazda CX-5 is rated 25 mpg city and 31 mpg on the highway. With the optional all-wheel drive system it is rated 24 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

Prices for a 2018 Mazda CX-5 Sport with front-wheel drive start at $25,125, including a $975 destination fee. The Touring gets more standard equipment and starts just over $27,000. The top-of-the-line 2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring has a base price of $30,620. Options on the CX-5 Grand Touring include a Premium Package for an additional $1,830. It adds a power adjustable passenger seat, driver’s seat memory, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. All in a loaded Mazda CX-5 costs over $35,000.

Buyers of the new Mazda CX-5 also get one of the best interiors in the compact SUV class. The Mazda’s high-quality cabin is driver-focused with upscale materials, and exacting fit and finish. For 2018, every Mazda gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, along with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth and a 7-inch infotainment screen. A Bose 10-speaker premium sound system is available as is a Head Up Display which projects the SUV’s speed and other information in the driver’s line of sight.

Mazda has made Blind Spot Monitor with Rear-Cross Traffic Alert standard. Touring and Grand Touring models also get High Beam Control, Lane Departure Warning, Lane-Keep Assist, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop and Go function and Smart Brake Support. Desirable available equipment includes push button start, paddle shifters, navigation, sunroof, automatic climate control and keyless entry. Mazda also offers an Adaptive Front-Lighting System that turns the CX-5’s headlamps with its front tires to help you see around turns at night.

Despite its small footprint and tidy dimensions, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 seats five comfortably, and offers a generous 30.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seat. Drop its standard 40/20/40 split fold down rear seat and the space expands to 59.6 cubic feet.

2013-2017 Mazda CX-5 Review

The first generation of the Mazda CX-5 was an immediate sales success. Buyers quickly appreciated the Mazda’s high-build quality and reliability, as well as its stylish exterior, comfortable, well-built interior and sporty driving dynamics. It was also beloved by the automotive press, which gave the Mazda CX-5 rave reviews.

Produced from 2013-2017 first generation CX-5s remain a highly desirable choice for used or certified pre-owned buyers looking for a safe, fun-to-drive and fuel efficient compact SUV on a tight budget. About the same size as its successor, the first generation Mazda CX-5 is spacious enough for most families and its exterior design is extremely similar to the current version of the SUV.

As it is currently, the first generation Mazda CX-5 was offered in three trim levels; Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Touring models are better equipped with such luxuries as Bluetooth, keyless entry and push button start and there was a long list of possible options. The top Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring models are most desirable with standard leather upholstery, automatic climate control and navigation.

The Mazda CX-5 got more desirable upgrades in 2016. Mazda’s designer refreshed the SUV’s exterior and richened its interior, while the engineers added a few new tech-based safety systems including a lane change departure system and adaptive cruise control, which can keep a safe distance from the car ahead. Later that year most models got a backup camera and the CX-5 Touring got heated front seats. Navigation became standard on the Touring and Grand Touring models.

First year models are less powerful, with a 155 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder. In 2014, Mazda added the more desirable 2.5-liter engine with 184 horsepower. Mazda did continue to offer a 6-manual transmission with the 2.0-liter engine, but few were sold. The larger engine with the 6-speed automatic is the powertrain most buyers want. It’s more fun to drive and still delivers very good fuel economy. Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive were available.

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