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Mazda CX-5
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Mazda CX-5
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$21,195 - $29,870
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Car Type: Small sport-utility vehicles
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Mazda CX-5 Overview

The CX-5 has taut, agile handling and quick, well weighted steering. But we found the ride to be choppy and the cabin lets in too much road and wind noise. Both of the 2.0-liter and the much more responsive 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines returned an impressive 25 mpg overall in out tests. The 2.0 is slow at launch and requires prodding to keep up with traffic. The 2.5-liter provides noticeably quicker acceleration. The six-speed automatic is fairly smooth; a six-speed manual is available on base versions. The interior is roomy and versatile, with simple controls, but cheap touches are evident. Reliability has been above average. The 2.0-liter scored too low to be recommended.

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