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The CX-5 is rewarding to drive, thanks to its taut, agile handling and quick, well-weighted steering. But we found the ride quite stiff and the cabin loud, with pronounced wind noise. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder delivers ample power and returned a very competitive 25-mpg overall in our tests. The 2.0-liter, available only with front-wheel drive, feels lethargic. 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. Updates include a new infotainment system with a control knob.

See Reliability page for the latest 2015 Mazda CX-5 recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard. Forward collision warning and full-speed automatic emergency braking available from 2016. Low-speed automatic emergency braking standard from 2017.

Road Test

Small SUVs tend to be boring boxes, short on driving enjoyment or verve. But for enthusiast drivers looking for the versatility of a small SUV in a sporty-handling package, the CX-5 may be just what they're seeking. Very good fuel economy, agile hand...

Highs

  • Impressive fuel economy paired with quicker-than-average acceleration
  • Agile handling makes the CX-5 fun-to-drive for this class

Lows

  • So-so ride comfort
  • Remains somewhat noisy inside despite improvements

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (155 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (184 hp)