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 handling, a roomy interior and a generous array of features put the Mazda CX-5 in the top tier of small SUVs, though a few lapses in refinement may annoy some buyers.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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 handling, a roomy interior and a generous array of features put the Mazda CX-5 in the top tier of small SUVs, though a few lapses in refinement may annoy some buyers.

Most CX-5s come with a muscular 184-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine providing quick acceleration and an impressive 25 mpg overall with all-wheel drive. Quick, well-weighted steering and a taut suspension make the CX-5 one of the few small SUVs that can tackle tight curves with poise. A good-sized cabin and versatile cargo space are further pluses.

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.

Read more about extended warranties
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)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Mazda CX-5 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The Blind spot Monitoring system give false positives when near guard rails. I contacted Mazda as well as returning to dealer. Problem never resolved. I know one other CX5 owner with the same issue"

S S., NY (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Lense is fogged and the entire camera will have to be replaced"

William H., KY (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

"would not eject the cd"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"part and parcel of the problem accessing music on ipod"

Walter O., TX (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When playing from a Bluetooth device (in this case a Samsung Galaxy S5 phone) the Mazda screen either does not display the current program content or displays info from previously played content. Playback must be controlled by phone because the radi"

Robert B., OR (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"Screen went black. Dealer repaired by resetting or upgraded the software"

James A., TN (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Does not support iPhone 5 or newer (lightning cable) for USB music playback Does not support shuffling for bluetooth music playback Does not support Bose Centerpoint ($800 option) for Bluetooth or Aux playback"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"system will not properly access music on ipod"

Walter O., TX (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The entire system. Does not function properly. I had a 2013 CX-5 and that system was seamless. The 2015 is a nightmare that the dealer is unable to fix"

David B., CA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"he message display was not working and the ipod function was not working correctly. Problem because of poorly designed bluetooth module that was replaced with a software upgraded model"

William D., NJ (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Has USB port but the system takes far too long to recognize an added drive/device or read files on it. Also does not keep the last played track when interrupted - defaults to first track on device every time"

Robert B., OR (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Useless USB iPhone (iP) support. Each engine power cycle, long ~5sec nav start-up to get Blue-tooth (BT). Then USB iP connect attempt that never ends. Only way to get iP music is BT, but amps too low for charging. Siri nav silent when using SiriusXM"

Timothy S., OR (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"TERRIBLE, iPod connection restarts, every time the car restarts, it takes at least 5 minutes to initialize the system and the browsing is extremely complicated, especially while driving. Just terrible and unUSble system. Currently connecting AUX"

Diego M., ON (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The USB does not work with many phones (I have tried HTC one M7, HTC one M8, Samsung Galaxy S4)"

Steve B., MI (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My MP3 device worked fine in the 2014 Mazda, but would not work at all in the 2015 Mazda. Mazda blamed Apple for changing their software. End result is I was not able to use my IPOD at all"

J D., FL (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the pairing only works intermittently."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not work correctly. Get error when trying to connect to device, or does not match what is on the device. Has to load phone data every time car is started, and takes a long time. On screen controls are small and hard to touch."

Bruce S., VA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My phone would not pair AND there were problems playing music from a USB stick. The problems were related to the same circuit board, and the part was replaced by the dealer under warranty"

Joseph S., FL (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not work with my IPOD. Useless"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"I have been unable to update the maps and there dealership has been unable to help. I've found that most dealerships treat the electronics as if they're not really part of the car and are not knowledgeable in their use."

Anonymous, NC (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealership was not able to fix this so we just disabled it."

David S., PA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the Worst GPS system I have ever used. Despite having the system updated, there are major errors in addresses, directions, and listings. The listings of businesses and attractions or so limited as to be completely useless (and perhaps they ar"

Anonymous, OR (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Gps was lost - telling me I had arrived when I was still a quarter mile away. The traffic never works - on a recent trip to San diego the Gps estimated travel time at 2.2 hours the actual time was 4.5 hours"

David B., CA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the GPS is from Tom Tom. It gets you from point A-B but does not take you on a direct route as requested. It takes you off a highway and puts you on, runs you through a neighborhood then back onto a main road. It is extremely poor"

Julian K., OR (2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle would not start on 2ocassions...with new batteries ,we had a CAA connect in the vehicle mazda HO techs felt it was drawing juice from the battery ...a little bizarre ,they had it for a wk ,gave it back to us all has been fine for the last"

B H., ON (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Has trouble with initial GPS connect. Looses/drops GPS signal. Mislocates car"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Screen grayed out. Needed to replace system under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The system does not work. We need to get to the dealer, but have not had the time"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"looking for street in one state showing street in another state"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Mazda CX-5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Gps freezes"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Continuously loses signal and when it does have a signal, it often doesn't know where it is. It will sometimes tell me to turn around for no reason or indicate that I am on a differing road"

Eric I., MI (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The GPS began freezing about 15 months after I purchased the car. I had to bring it to the dealership to have the software updated for $50 -- there didn't seem to be a way to update it otherwise, and it simply stopped working in the middle of a trip. I would have been lost without my smart phone."

Ann T., NY (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The system, like many others, does not always provide appropriate directions. Also, the maps are supposed to be updatable but I have been unable to do that and, once again, the dealership can provide no help."

Goldstein S., NC (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the in dash system is unreliable. It either freezes or fails to load requested destinations. We discontinued using it."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The directions would mostly get your there but many times it would take you on a very circuitous route. This was not all the time. Mazda dealer would tell you to contact the TomTom provider, who would come up with all kinds of excuses. However, they have improved but they now know that Mazda is not using them any more and I am hoping this will not degrade the service to my car"

Julian K., OR (2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The GPS malfunctions. It picks odd routes and loses track of settings"

Robert P., ON (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not understand commands and is difficult to use"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Pairing was inconsistent. Sometimes it worked, other times it did not."

David S., PA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the Bluetooth module had a failure and needed to be replaced. It would not show the options to pair with phone"

Anonymous, OR (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Maxda messaging pairing with an Apple 6. has not been fixed"

Morton A., CA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The bluetooth tells me when I have a text message, but gives an error to download whenever I try to get it to read the message to me, or display it on the screen. Bluetooth also takes about 20 seconds to connect every time I start the car"

Steve B., MI (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I cannot shuffle my music when I pair my iPhone 6 with the bluetooth. The car just organizes the music alphabetically and disables any repeat or shuffle options. It also randomly goes into phone call mode when I attempt to play music. I have to d"

Leah P., NC (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The success with which the pairing occurs seems random. The icon that indicates pairing appears at start-up, so if I'm not paying attention to the dash screen at that point, I may not notice that it hasn't appeared. I may be in the car & assume that the pairing is active, only to find that it's disconnected, & re-pairing may take several tries."

Ann T., NY (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The system simply stopped pairing with my phone. Any time there is an issue with any part of the infotainment system, the dealers just act as if that is not part of the car and it is the owner's problem too fix. Unacceptable."

Goldstein S., NC (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth continuously switches from car to phone, back to car, endlessly. Called dealer, advised to unpair and re-pair. Otherwise call some 800 number. Haven't called but unpairing and re-pairing doesn't work. Also, text to voice has never worked with iOS devices."

Robert G., OK (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth module had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pairing is difficult for new phones"

William H., KY (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My phone would not pair AND there were problems playing music from a USB stick. The problems were related to the same circuit board, and the part was replaced by the dealer under warranty"

Joseph S., FL (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice recognition is piece of junk. Takes tons of efforts to say the same name over and over again before the software can recognize the correct name. I consider it a driving hazard. My wife has the same problem. Also the interface can use better optimization to use button as a backup when voice recognition failed or a combination of voice recognition and button so the driver is not stuck with a failed voice recognition loop"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Clicks back and forth between the phone and the vehicle. Drives me crazy. Dealer blames it on Apple"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"amplifier needed to be replaced"

Althea B., MD (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"The sound goes loud, then soft, then loud,etc. without touching anything or hitting a bump or any discernible cause"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"Sorry this was to do with Blue Tooth, not the GPS module"

Julian K., OR (2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Giving directional commands has been a problem. While driving to Detroit last week, I tried to tell it multiple times to drive to an address on Woodward and it didn't recognize the street. Had to manually enter the info"

Eric I., MI (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice command is a veritable joke. It continually misinterprets the commands so that I have to pull off the road to manually input the info. It is setup so that the GPS is inoperable while the car is moving so that my passenger is also unable to input any info. The unit is a $2000 piece of junk and I have reverted to using my $100 Garmin"

J D., FL (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The commands you give to get the system to dial the number from your downloaded address book is just impossible. First, every time you turn off the car, the address book is lost. Every time you get into the car it has to download it from the cell phone. When you say the command phone, call and the name, many times it won't recognize it and offers several alternatives. Then you have to start again. Many times you just have to give up. Going through the systems with the above and the respon"

Julian K., OR (2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This has never really work correctly from delivery"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"radiator main big leak. We had to stop at major repair shop for replacement of radiator, 3-day car rental out of town. Total cost over $1000 for 4 year old car."

Ronald S., NC (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"On heavy rain or car wash, trunk was full of water. Dealership didn't find a issue on first few complains and had to proof them an issue. I used garden hose and after pointing water to back door window, trunk filled with water. Technician get into the trunk and found out that central stop light assembly was not properly installed by factory and was gap between light housing and insert hole in the rear window glass"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Trim rattles"

John S., WA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Back door hinges were loose and they squeaked until fixed"

Anonymous, KY (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"An annoying squeak at the back which is intermittent and difficult to pin down as to the cause."

John L., MS (2015 Mazda CX-5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The spare cover for the spare tire rubs against the spare tire creates an annoying squeak. Also, the brakes squeak, but the repair people tell us that the brakes are fine."

Brian W., KS (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"some rattles inside the car"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car sounds like its falling apart. It makes it seem poorly built and unsafe"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealer "diagnosed" the problem as coming from the glove box. That was not correct and I will need to bring the car in again to diagnose and fix"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Cabin noise and isolation from the world outside is not up to par on previous mazda cars i have driven before."

Lee S., AP (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind Noise overall at high speeds on the interstate...one in particular on the drivers side dash/windshield area...will be investigated at my next oil change"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The model doesn’t have much soundproofing, so it’s a noisy cabin."

Anonymous, CO (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The CX5 was not a quite ride, not insulated, much wind noise and noise from outside, such as noise from other vehicles. Sometimes I thought one of my windows was down because there was so much noise from loud vehicles"

Gregory B., FL (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Between the rattles and the wind noise, the car is unpleasant to drive on long and medium trips"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is ongoing issue. Car has unusually laud wind noise around door seals. Rattling of dashboard is another annoying issue. Dealership can't recreate it, typical answer"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Electrical problems caused the security systems in the vehicle to disable the vehicle"

Joe L., IN (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Clock

"can not see most of the time!"

Donald M., TX (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Signal light failed shortly after purchase"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Mazda CX-5)
Gauges

"in sunlight gauges, with sunglasses on are hard to see!"

Donald M., TX (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"The front running light beam on drivers side failed in less than 2000 miles"

Roger P., IA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"doesn't always work. Battery in remote new and has full voltage"

Anonymous, NS (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Eats through batteries or does not register that the key is near for push button start"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Warning lights stay on after engine shut off"

Anonymous, NS (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"temperature light, comes on when cold"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"warning light come on and off all the time and the Start buttons flash : as per mechanic it is rust wire in the door causing mist information in the computer. repair the wire in the door and reboot the computer with new program it is ok now"

Anonymous, QC (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Mirrors

"Outside rear view mirrors were replaced due to excessive vibration while driving"

Anonymous, NS (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The driver's side view mirror shakes so much at highway speeds that the images in the mirror are blurry and shake too. They need to replace the whole mirror, including the casing"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

"The mechanisms under the seats are dangerous.There is a great deal of exposed metal with sharp edges I cut my hand on this and needed stitches.To date Mazda has not addressed the problem properly.The CX5 should not be a top safety pick plus"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Lock mechanism did not engage properly, causing the sensor to indicate that the doors were not locked, thereby not allowing the remote starter to work. Issue was resolved after two visits; the entire assembly was removed and lubricant replaced"

Lahn J., AB (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Hatch didn't close in extreme cold"

Katrina E., MN (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced by recall. I had no problems"

Keith T., TX (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"strut failure, had to wait for parts, over a month, bought aftermarket parts and repaired myself"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall on the lift gate;waiting on lift gate stay dampers"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Received safety recall notice for lift gate stay dampers may fail and drop lift gate suddenly in Oct 2016. Six months later have not received notice that replacement parts are available. Therefore, still not repaired"

William C., CA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Started making a humming noise about a month after purchase"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission groaning+"

Cole T., CO (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Mazda replaced transmission under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Without any previous warning signs, the transmission went out as I was coming to a stop on an off ramp. The car jolted forward, as if it was thrown into park. I was able to navigate the car for a bit to get it off the main road, but it had intermittent power during that time, and was making a horrendous grinding noise."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Faulty unit replaced by Mazda under warranty"

Kevin S., NJ (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It just started making funny noises and not shifting right. Brought back to dealer from which it was purchased and they diagnosed. They replaced transmission with new one that has a 12 month warranty. We had purchased extended with the auto, so it was all covered with only a $100 deductible"

Jason I., MN (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission failed and we were unable to drive the car"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring)

"Bearings out - replaced entire transaxel under warranty"

Anonymous, KY (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Saw loose rubber molding around rear wheel well. Corrected in 5 min by dealer"

Laura M., FL (2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport)

"Exterior panel is "popping out" and needs to be pushed and snapped back in"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Fender molding popped loose in winter"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Mazda CX-5)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Interior panel near gas pedal keeps coming loose. Will be taking it in for warranty work"

Bernie Z., PA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The trim around the infotainment center is peeling back from the edges. This is the 2nd time this has happened. I have had the trim ring replaced once already"

Robert P., ON (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint seems to chip easier than other cars I have owned. A lot of small paint chips on the front hood. Our Mini Cooper which is 3 years older has a much better finish."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Black paint easily scratches when washing or with any flying debris during normal driving"

Scott P., MD (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"Very weak blower and poorly positioned vent for driver's feet heating"

Anonymous, NH (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Resistor failed, causing the fan to constantly be blowing at "full blast." Issue was resolved at dealership under warranty"

Lahn J., AB (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Control temp and speed buttons had to be replaced"

Bruno B., NY (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"Failure of evaporator resulted in loss of coolant and dealership had difficulty diagnosing the issue"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Do not get hot enough. Extremely slow to warm. Take 20 minutes to stat to warm. Seat heat control always set on maximum. I have had many cars with heated seats in Wisconsin. The amount of seat heat is pathetic"

Tom L., WI (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"Feet heater on drivers side is very limited. The heater is located past the pedals instead of in front of the pedals to actually warm the driver's feet"

Anonymous, NH (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"A faulty valve caused refrigerant pressure to be insufficient."

Thomas M., FL (2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"One occurrence. I was driving and the transmission went into neutral. Didn't hit the shift lever, just went into neutral even though the selector said D. I tried shifting to 1 and 2 on the gear shift but nothing happened. I pulled over and shut it of"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Mazda CX-5)
Rough shifting

"Problem just started. Having to tow I to the dealership and then wait for diagnosis from dealer"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring)
Slipping transmission

"I do not get a audible warning signal ., some times I do wee lights in the side view mirrors, and at times I go to pull into the blind spot and there is a car trying to pass , especially on the right side of car. the shift would slip out of drive and into Manuel while driving and I would lose the ability to accelerate, The drive shift slips into manual without having to push in the button to change gears. this is dangerous !! it has happened several times, I take the car into be fixed and i am told it is NOT a recall or issue."

Anonymous, RI (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Unit replaced under warranty"

Kevin S., NJ (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"transmission revved high and car would not accelerate. Shifting had no effect. Had to pull over and stop then restart car. Dealer reprogrammed TCM"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"New software was installed and it messed up the shift points. A new body was order with old software and problem was solved"

Ken M., TX (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"Both ball joints failed at about the same time. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"Slip/Stick of suspension bushings is a known issue that even has a Service Bulletin associated. However, Mazda will not fix it under warranty."

Anonymous, IN (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Slip-stick of suspension is a know issue with this car, but Mazda refuses to fix it; instead there is a Service Bulletin. This shows the dealer how to fix it using very simple parts, then charge $600."

Anonymous, IN (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"There is a vibration that comes from the passengers side with every right turn. It has been taken to two shops, including one Mazda dealer, and the problem can't be found"

Leah P., NC (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"The wheel bearing make a noise when turning the car. They were replaced under warranty but still have not been corrected. Undergoing repairs"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"ABS SENSOR Failure"

John R., NJ (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Brakes, calipers and pads needed to be replaced"

Michael E., NY (2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"Car purchased used. Very soon after purchased noticed pulsing when brakes applied. Dealer turned the rotors for the fix. Resulted in eventual rotor replacement within 12 months."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"rotors and brakes had to be replaced at 45,000 KMs"

Ken A., NB (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"After repeated inspections, deglossing and trial drives at dealership, noise was finally reduced to my wife's satisfaction."

Anonymous, OK (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Loose/rattling heat shield

"Unpleasant noise from the rear end because of loose/rattling heat shield, particularly on the highway"

Ade O., NY (2015 Mazda CX-5 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"NEVER WORKED"

Anonymous, RI (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"I was totally dissatisfied with Mazda Service Dept. They were not 100% sure of what the prob Lem was and just replaced the whole warning system at a cost exceeding 1000$."

Terrence F., NJ (2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor failure only & replaced."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

"An ignition coil failed, and as a result the engine misfired and only had power to limp the car to a safe place to call for a tow truck."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"Sudden failure of an ignition coil while driving on a highway. Sudden and complete loss of acceleration. No advance warnings. All engine lights suddenly lit up as the failure occurred. Very dangerous loss of acceleration on a major city highway."

Barbara L., ON (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Car would intermitently not start."

Robert B., FL (2015 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel gauge/sender

"Fuel gauge sender unit failed. The sender/fuel pump/regulator are all one unit, so instead of spending $50 for a sender, it costs $400 for the assembly. Replacement unit was faulty, causing massive fuel leakage. Another unit installed with no further problems."

Anonymous, IN (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light indicated a problem on 2 occasions within the first 6 months of purchase. Problem was identified as related to oxygen intake sensor? Not sure"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"After a long drive, brief stop, got 4 dashboard errors - check engine, Traction, Tire, ABS. The last 3 cleared on their own before I could get to dealer next day. They ran diag. no issues. cleared ck engine. no recurrence"

Laura M., FL (2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport)

"Powertrain Control Module failed. From the failure of subsystems such as Tire Pressure Monitoring, Emergency Braking System, etc., it was determined to be the PCM. It took several weeks for the needed replacement part"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"One spring braked and cause mayor damage to two pistons. Mazda replace the 50% of the engine. This repair take 2 months"

Anonymous, PR (2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Oil seepage evident onto engine front cover. Appropriate replacement of o ring, gasket, sealing washer, etc done under warranty coverage"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

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