Mazda CX5

2016 Mazda CX5

For 2016, Mazda CX-5 gets updated styling and a redesigned interior stuffed with the latest features. The 2016 CX-5 benefits further from a revised suspension along with more sound-deadening measures, all intended to deliver greater ride comfort and a quieter cabin than did the 2015 model. CX-5 was launched as a 2013 model.

Mazda CX-5 is a five-passenger compact crossover utility vehicle in the same class as the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Kia Sportage, and Subaru Forester. The CX-5 offers a choice of all-wheel drive or front-wheel-drive.

CX-5 distinguishes itself from the other compact utility vehicles, or CUVs, with its sleek styling, excellent fuel economy and agile handling. It looks great and its more fun to drive than the CR-V or RAV4.

We found the CX-5 Sport with the 2.0-liter engine delivered respectable performance, though some competitors offered more power. The 2016 Mazda CX-5 Sport rates an EPA-estimated 26/35 miles per gallon City/Highway with manual gearbox and front-wheel drive.

The more powerful 2.5-liter engine makes the CX-5 Touring and Grand Touring models the better performers. With this engine, CX-5 scores an EPA-rated 26/33 mpg with the automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, 24/30 mpg with all-wheel drive.


2014 Mazda CX5

Introduced for 2013, the Mazda CX-5 was a totally new five-passenger compact crossover utility vehicle. Largely defined by the Honda CR-V for the past decade, the rapidly expanding compact utility vehicle category includes the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Kia Sportage, and Subaru Forester.

The Mazda CX-5 distinguishes itself from the other CUVs with its sleek styling, excellent fuel economy and agile handling. It looks great and it's more fun to drive than the Honda or Toyota.

The initial Mazda 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, rated at a modest 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque, delivered respectable performance on the road, but some competitors offered more power.

For 2014, Mazda CX-5 is available with a new Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder, whipping up 184 horsepower at 5700 rpm, and 185 pound-feet at 3250 rpm. Compared to the 2.0-liter, that's 19 percent more horsepower and 23 percent greater torque. 2014 Mazda CX-5 Touring and Grand Touring editions get the new engine, while the CX-5 Sport model sticks with the original 2.0-liter, and remains available with a manual gearbox.

2014 Mazda CX-5 models also offer a new Smart City Brake Support system with Touring and Grand Touring Technology packages. Those models no longer include a burglar alarm.

Mazda CX-5 is not based on other Mazda vehicles but was instead designed from scratch, and features new underpinnings and technology Mazda intends to adapt to future vehicles. The CX-5 is larger than it looks. Its overall length, width, and height are nearly an inch larger than those of the Honda CR-V. However, at 106.3 inches, the CX-5 wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than that of the CR-V; a longer wheelbase generally equates to improved ride quality and high-speed stability.

Fuel economy is a definite plus. With the 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine and front-wheel drive, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 gets an EPA-rated 25/32 mpg City/Highway. All-wheel drive drops the estimate to 24/30 mpg. A CX-5 Sport model with the original 2.0-liter gets an EPA estimate of 26/35 mpg with front-wheel drive and a 6-speed manual transmission, or 26/32 mpg with the available 6-speed automatic. Mazda claimed the 2.0-liter CX-5 got the best fuel economy in its class and the best highway mileage of any SUV. All models run on less-expensive Regular Unleaded gasoline.

Light weight is another Mazda CX-5 advantage. CX-5 weighs just 3,375 pounds when equipped with front-wheel drive and the Skyactiv-G engine, a benefit of its lightweight engine, a chassis structure made largely of high-tensile steel, and other weight-saving strategies.

A 6-speed manual transmission is available on the Sport with front-wheel drive. CX-5 models equipped with the larger Skyactiv-G engine, or a Sport model with all-wheel drive, come with a 6-speed automatic.

CX-5 offers excellent fuel economy, superb road manners, attractive styling, and an array of telematic features. We were particularly impressed with the comfort, versatility, road manners, and safety features of both models. The CX-5's agility and exceptionally accurate steering make both versions entertaining to drive. While acceleration is so-so with the smaller engine, the larger engine competes well with the other vehicles in the class.


2013 Mazda CX5

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is a totally new five-passenger compact crossover utility vehicle. Defined by the Honda CR-V for the past 10 years, the rapidly expanding compact utility vehicle category includes the Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Kia Sportage, Subaru Forester, and Ford Escape.

The Mazda CX-5 distinguishes itself with sleek styling, excellent fuel economy and agile handling. It looks great and it's more fun to drive than the other CUVs.

Perhaps most notable is its fuel economy: CX-5 gets an EPA-rated 26/35 miles per gallon City/Highway with front-wheel drive and 6-speed manual, 26/32 mpg with front-wheel drive and 6-speed automatic, 25/31 mpg with all-wheel drive and automatic. Mazda claims the CX-5 gets the best fuel economy in its class and the best fuel economy on the highway of any SUV. And it runs on Regular gas.

Designed from scratch, the Mazda CX-5 represents a fresh set of design computer algorithms, with underpinnings and technology Mazda intends to adapt to future vehicles. The new CX-5 is slightly taller than the CX-7, which the CX-5 replaces. Mazda is expected to stop importing the CX-7 into the U.S. in the not too distant future.

The new Mazda CX-5 is larger than it looks. Overall length, width, and height measurements of the CX-5 are nearly an inch larger than those of the new 2012 Honda CR-V. However, at 106.3 inches, the CX-5 wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than that of the CR-V, an advantage for the Mazda in terms of ride quality.

Curb weight promises to be another Mazda CX-5 advantage. With a large percentage of high-tensile steel in its structure, a CX-5 with front-wheel drive weighs just 3208 pounds, according to Mazda, 288 pounds lighter than the minimum for a comparable CX-7, and, more significant, almost 100 pounds less than the equivalent Honda CR-V.

Another Mazda CX-5 distinction versus the Honda CR-V is the availability of a 6-speed manual transmission as well as a 6-speed automatic. However, note that the shift-for-yourself gearbox is available only on the basic trim level with front-wheel drive. CX-5 models equipped with all-wheel drive come with a 6-speed automatic.

The CX-5 is the first total vehicle application of a new engineering approach Mazda calls Skyactiv Technology. One of the more obscure marketing labels in recent memory, Skyactiv is portrayed by Mazda as a total design integration of engine, transmissions, and body shell, but the critical element is the new 2.0-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv engine. Designed for maximum efficiency, the new engine is light, with a number of friction-reducing measures, a new exhaust manifold design, an exceptionally high compression ratio (13:1), and runs on regular unleaded fuel. The engine has already propelled the Mazda 3 compact into the 40 mpg club. Although the CX-5 is a heavier vehicle, the SkyActiv combination of engine, compact transmission designs, and low vehicle weight helps the new crossover achieve excellent fuel economy.

The Mazda engine delivers respectable performance on the road, but the competition offers more powerful engines. The new engine is rated for a modest 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque, well down the power charts in this class. Still, if 0-to-60 mph were really important in this class, the CX-7's optional 244-horsepower turbo model would rule.

The CX-5's appeal lies in good fuel economy, excellent road manners, attractive styling, and the now-expected array of telematic features. We found the CX-5 impressive in a number of areas that matter in this category: fuel economy, comfort, versatility, road manners, styling, and safety features. And while acceleration is so-so, the CX-5's agility and exceptionally accurate steering make it entertaining to drive.


 

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