Mazda CX-5 Reviews

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The Mazda CX-5 is a compact SUV that was first introduced for the 2013 model year. The CX-5’s highlights include good fuel economy, ample cargo space and particularly nimble handling for the class. The CX-5 replaced the Mazda CX-7, which last sold as a 2012 model.

Mazda CX-5 Overview

The CX-5 seats five and offers 34 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 65 cubic feet when you fold down the second row.

Standard features on all CX-5 models include cruise control, power windows and locks and a USB port. Available features include Bluetooth (standard on the 2016 model), a touch-screen audio system, satellite radio, navigation, proximity key with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a sunroof. The CX-5 is also available with a rearview camera and blind spot monitoring. Forward collision warning was added to the list of optional features for 2014, while the 2016 CX-5 is available with adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.

The base Mazda CX-5 comes with front-wheel drive, a six-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 155 horsepower. All-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are optional. For 2014, Mazda introduced an available 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with the more powerful engine.

The Mazda CX-5 earns impressive fuel economy for the class, with the 2013 base model delivering an EPA-estimated 26/35 mpg city/highway. The 2014 model’s more powerful engine option results in ratings that are just slightly lower, with 25/32 mpg and 24/30 mpg for front- and all-wheel drive models, respectively.

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 received four out of five stars for its overall performance in crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2014 model earned even better ratings, with an overall score of five stars.