Spry and fuel-efficient, Mazda’s small SUV is rewarding to drive and is reliable. Nimble handling and a taut ride, combined with plentiful power from the 2.5-liter, 184-hp four-cylinder, makes it fun to drive. The one downside is that the cabin is louder than most in the segment. A complex rotary 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. Owner satisfaction is high. This is a viable choice against a VW Tiguan or Ford Escape. A redesigned CX-5 goes on sale this spring.