2017 Mazda CX-5 Review

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A compact SUV with an expressive exterior design, the redesigned 2017 Mazda CX-5 is fun to drive and fuel efficient, while offering advanced safety technologies and two rows of comfortable seating.

The Mazda CX-5 seats five and is available in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trims. A four-cylinder gasoline engine and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard. All models come standard with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available.

The 2017 model year marks the launch of the all-new, second-generation CX-5.


The original CX-5, which debuted as a 2013 model, was the first Mazda vehicle to wear the KODO “Soul of Motion” design language, and that style gets nicely updated for the 2017 model year. The new CX-5 boasts slim LED headlights and a low, wide stance. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels help connect the SUV with the pavement, and a standard roof-mounted rear spoiler adds visual interest in the back.

The CX-5 Touring trim adds auto-leveling headlights, and the top-of-the-range Grand Touring trim adds 19-inch alloy wheels, LED front fog lights, a power rear liftgate, a power-adjustable sunroof, adaptive front lighting and heated exterior mirrors.


Inside, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 offers appealing styling and roomy accommodations in both rows. The CX-5 comes with a standard 40/20/40-split folding and reclining rear seat. Behind the back seat, you’ll find 30.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity, and there’s 59.6 cubic feet available with those seats folded.

Base models come with cloth upholstery, air conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column and power door locks and windows. The list of available interior features includes dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, rear air conditioning vents, a rear-seat center armrest, leatherette or leather upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.


The 2017 Mazda CX-5 offers relatively sharp driving dynamics, and all models are motivated by a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 187 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. That’s more horsepower than a base Ford Escape, and it enables the CX-5 to tow up to 2,000 pounds. The CX-5 achieves fuel economy of up to 24/31 mpg city/highway.

All CX-5 trims are configured with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is offered on all models.


The 2017 CX-5 has a particularly impressive list of standard technology features. Base models come with Bluetooth, an infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, a text-message reader, voice recognition, a four-speaker sound system and two USB ports. To broaden listening alternatives, HD radio and support for Aha, Pandora and Stitcher internet radio services are standard as well. The CX-5 builds on all that with standard safety technologies such as a rearview camera and low-speed forward collision warning with automatic braking.

The lineup of optional technology features include navigation, satellite radio, a six-speaker sound system and a premium 10-speaker Bose sound system for audio lovers. The CX-5’s key driver-assistance options include blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, an upgraded forward collision mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and lane keeping assistance.

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