Spry and fuel-efficient, Mazda's small SUV is rewarding to drive and is reliable. Nimble handling and a taut ride--combined with ample power from the 2.5-liter, 184-hp four-cylinder--make it fun to drive. The one downside is that the cabin is louder than most in the segment. A complex dial-controlled infotainment system takes some time to master. A less powerful 2.0-liter four comes only with FWD and a manual transmission. Cabin and cargo space are plentiful, seats are comfortable, and visibility is good--aided by standard blind-spot monitoring on higher trims. The Grand Touring trim offers forward-collision warning with autobraking. This is a viable choice against a VW Tiguan or Ford Escape. A redesigned CX-5, promising to be more upscale and quiet, goes on sale in April.