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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Coming out of a VW Golf R it has taken some time to get used to a small SUV/CUV. I've used several others on travel and the Mazda does a very good job handling while remaining pretty quiet with a smooth ride. However it SERIOUSLY needs 30 more hp and some torque. The engine is always a little taxed and it vibrates quite a bit while it's under load, which ours is since we don't drive flat, straight roads to/from work. But I did recently drive a Ford Escape on travel and I was very happy to get ba..."

Daniel K., MD (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Acceleration is too fast for the power and reach of the headlights."

Sara G., MA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Great handling, styling."

Pam H., SC (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"This vehicle is very responsive and agile, similar to the Mazda 3 and the MX-5 (which I once owned - a 2008 model). Fun to drive!"

Timothy K., ON (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Nice overall handling in curves"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Love the handling and acceleration of this small SUV. Very comfortable seating, lots of useful features, handy to have as a horse farm owner. Good gas mileage was a pleasant surprise. A civilized, but fun car to drive."

BRUCE P., OH (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Handles very nicely. Very tight. Drives/rides more like sedan than SUV."

NANCY S., MN (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Very smooth handling, holds the road like a smaller sports car. Extremely agile especially for an SUV."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"It accelerates reasonably well on flat terrain when lightly loaded. However, when heading uphill with 3 passengers the transmission was often in a low, noisy gear running at 4000 rpm!"

ROBERT G., AZ (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Solid acceleration and firmly planted handling"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"We test drove various CX-5s, and decided on the larger 185 hp 4 cyl. It goes up hills with minimal problems. It's AWD and 6sp auto has smooth shifting. Hywy MPG is over 30."

G L., UT (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Handling, brakes, forward vision."

DON H., CA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"BAD the key fob !! First, the battery went dead ( I was not told about the battery in the fob) I replaced the battery. I then had another experience when the car would NOT start. I learned that I can pull out a key from the fob. I pulled out the key, but, I could not find how or where to put the the key to start the car. I called the dealer, they told me to look !! I never found how to use the key to start the car. but when i took the car in to be fixed ( the warning signal said Ke"

Anonymous, RI (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"I am not a car person, but the CX-5 is so smooth and feels right. I get a smile on my face when driving it."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Acceleration and gas mileage are below expectations."

JOHN D., NJ (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"It is great in traffic, whether slow or crowded & crawling. Also, when I need to pass the response is immediate. Hills are no problem, the power is there when I need it. In icy or snow conditions it automatically switches to 4 wheel drive instantly when needed. Wonderful vehicle!"

MARINA S., OR (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"It has a great deal of pep (unless you have the AC on). I also LOVE that when you take your foot off of the accelerator it immediately slows down. The need to brake is greatly reduced."

SUSAN S., VA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Very smooth and quick handling."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Good power, not excessive, and is nearly impossible to lose control in slippery conditions. Excellent anti-lock, traction control, steering feedback."

BRIAN A., ME (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Acceleration is great,handling is very good"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Good driving dynamics, handling, plus AWD. (poor man's BMW)"

GARY C., CA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"very good acceleration for a 4 cylinder"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Comfort and acceleration is very good, and steering is very tight - you always feel in control. But the steering is a little "busy" when cruising on Interstate systems. A lot of micro adjustments are always being made in the steering."

BRUCE C., WI (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"This vehicle has been put through the paces on highways, canyon roads, city streets & country back roads. It's a very good driver overall. Though the backseat not so much for distances."

MATTHEW T., CA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Fun to drive and good MPG for AWD and SUV."

EDWARD R., FL (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"with roof racks installed. wind noise is noticeably louder. aerodynamics with rain coming in windows, while just a little open is annoying."

Anonymous, WI (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Has nice acceleration with the 2.5 liter engine, and handles very well for an SUV. It's enjoyable to drive."

CHRIS S., CT (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Great car for teenagers"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"I think its great"

W E., PA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Great performance. Sports like handling. Very good acceleration. Miser on gas. Responsive transmission."

PERRY B., NS (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"We first tried the Sport model of the CX-5 but found it to be very underpowered. We ended up buying a touring model and have found that acceleration is very good."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Transmission shifts too soon. Handling is very good."

MICHAEL C., ON (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"on three occasions the engine would rev while braking making it harder to stop."

JOHN O., NY (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"This vehicle handles extremely well and has very quick acceleration. I test drove everything in this segment and the CX-5 has, by a wide margin, the best driving experience."

Anonymous, AL (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"The 2.5 liter engine performs very well for a four cylinder. Sometimes I think there is a small V-6 engine in the hood. The engine and transmission are coupled very well. The transmission makes the engine work very well."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Has a transmission reluctant to down shift, which ruins the entire driving experience"

JOHN Z., OR (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Safety features are very useful"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Mazda CX-5)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Comfort of the seats is great, the fabric not so much. It doesn't clean well and shows everything. The ride and handling is smooth, but the noise is terrible. It's a very noisy ride. I've heard it's better in the 2017 redesign."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"VERY UNCOMFORTABLE! No matter what position, it's dreadfully uncomfortable. Never had this in another car, and it is not a problem in any of our other cars."

Sara G., MA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Seats hug you and give you a great sporty feel. I enjoy taking turns quickly in this vehicle. You can feel the handling of the car very well."

Anonymous, DE (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Ride is better than the Ford Escape. Less noisy, but ride gets hard over 'broken' roads."

Robert M., VA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"No road noise at all, very comfortable seats. This is the only car we use on the weekends."

Rebecca C., NC (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Very jiggly ride. Very tiring on long trips"

Brian D., FL (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Nice tight ride but leather seats are a little hard."

Anonymous, ON (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"noise from all season tires excessive."

Anonymous, MB (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"the ride is so comfortable, the seats give plenty of support and comfort."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Seats are very firm - on a long drive can be tiring instead of supportive."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"I find the styling of Mazdas comes at cost of ergonomics; from low ceiling height affecting entry to blind spots to tight seat space. However the sport handling, steering feel, and road confidence make you forget until the next time you get in."

COLIN K., ME (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"inadequate rear seat climate vents, seats could be more comfortable"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Top of dashboard is black and gets very hot in the summer time. A/C has to work overtime to compensate."

W C., MO (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"road noise is more noticeable than I expected. Very noisy if rear windows are open at all."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"I really like the smooth way it drives, it is very comfortable. I had to take out the back seat head resets as I couldn't see behind me with them in place."

SUSAN S., VA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Excellent in the snow. Heat and Ac is difficult to get right. Fans are on the wrong level."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Somewhat noisy on highway."

GEORGE C., AB (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Seat design and driver electric seat is good. Pasenger is not too good for a short person."

JULIAN K., OR (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Excellent lumbar support on long rides . Cold a/c even on hot days"

ROBERT S., FL (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"After only a short time (1/2 hour) the seats, especially the passenger seat is awfully uncomfortable. I would never have bought this car if I had had an opportunity to know this prior to having purchased it."

SARA G., MA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Very nice looking in the red paint scheme; very comfortable; excellent visibility;standard back-up camera; road noise is very minimal; excellent for getting around in snow&ice; capable off-road (AWD); great cargo space; excellent handling & road feel. I'd for sure buy this car again. Excellent buying experience through Costco."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Ride is comfy, lots of adjustments, quiet enough (a little noisy on freeways), climate control is good but the vent placements are a little funny."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"There is too much road noise in this vehicle."

MARY T., TX (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"noise on highway too loud. Ride in general especially in back seat bumpy and harsh"

Anonymous, QC (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"I can ride in this CX5 all day and not feel sore when I get out of the vehicle. Noise levels at high speeds could be better."

NICHOLAS S., WA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"We tried 17 different vehicles of this style, and found this one at or near the top in comfort, quiet cabin and ease of operation."

BRIAN A., ME (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Heated seats do not adequately heat up"

TOM L., WI (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Air conditioning vent to low on dash. Makes it difficult to direct air flow."

Anonymous, ME (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"The engine noise is never a problem except when going through sharper turns at any speed. During sharper turns, you can really hear the rumble of the engine. Otherwise the car is amazing."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"front seats are very uncomfortable, too tight on the bucket sides."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"The air controls are impossible to regulate between the front and back. Big enough to need rear air controls!"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Road noise"

PAULA W., OH (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"I find our CX-5 to be relatively quiet for an SUV, but the center A/C vents are too low for optimum cooling in the hot summers."

ROBERT G., AZ (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"The CX-5 handles very well, is quiet, and provides adequate storage along with room for 4 persons. Gasoline mileage averages 28-32 mpg consistently."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"I really enjoy the car; however, on long road trips the seats become very uncomfortable. We purchased the "top of the line" but the seats don't even have a lumbar adjustment. Also, the passenger seat is not electric and there is no "memory" setting for either of the seats. Very disappointing."

LINDA C., CA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"This is the second CX-5 I have had. I've also had a Mazda Minivan and a Mazda 5 (? microvan). Of all the cars I have ever driven, the CX-5 is by far my favorite. I'm not quite 5' and I feel very secure in this car. It drives tight and secure and I would (and will) lease another one as soon as this one is ready to turn in. I'll even probably get the same color! Love this car!"

LISA P., NE (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"This is a great vehicle with two major exceptions. the seats are the least comfortable i have ever sat in. they are fine for the first 15-to-20 minutes, then..... The front post on the driver's side completely blocks the viewing area when turning left, this is more than a comfort issue it can be a safety problem."

DENISE R., CA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"The heated seats don't get hot enough (compared to our other car, a GMC Yukon)."

Anonymous, MD (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"The ride is particularly smooth and comfortable."

STEPHEN B., NH (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"I hve the leather seats, the seat itself is very hardk and after one hour driving y back and bottom hurt, they are also very stiff, there are NO arm supports in the front seats. the middle console keeps poopping oopen."

Anonymous, RI (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"The ride is harsh and I can feel every bump on the road. Very tiring to drive on long trips because of the harsh ride. Excessive road noise adds to the overall discomfort of long trips"

J D., FL (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"The seats are fairly comfortable, however it does not have a seat position memory which makes it hard to use this for road trips where 2 or more drivers regularly driving the car."

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"The only think that is disappointing is the road noise. It is excessive"

PAUL M., TN (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Rear seats are too upright for long journeys"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Front seats are too hard, too narrow (had to add an extra cushion) Rear seats do not provide enough leg room. Car is too noisy at 45 mph and up Ride is too stiff"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"The seats are very comfortable and conform to the driver and passengers. The driver seat has multiple angles of adjustment to get the perfect position and comfort."

LORI O., TX (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"The one thing that is missing (for older people) is a button to close the hatch."

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

"The center console is too far back and hard to access at times. The sunglass holder is very close to the interior light master control. On a couple occasions I have opened up my sunglass compartment and turned on the lights without realizing it. When I turn off the engine, I can still operate my driver's side window. I love this! However, I can't operate any other window with the engine off. Hate that."

MARY F., OH (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Noise is a little loud."

DALE B., OK (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"wind and road noise. seats uncomfortable lump and hard"

JOHN G., NY (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"A/C a bit slow to cool down car"

Anonymous, OK (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"The A/C system is not quite up to handling the hot temperatures of Southern Nevada summers. It takes much too long to cool down."

RAM C., NV (2015 Mazda CX-5)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Like driving a keep in the snow"

Ken C., WA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Lots of options for price. Is fun car to drive for price. Excellent dealer"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"good value"

Matthew B., OH (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"comparing my car with its top of the line options and safety features to similar vehicles I most other cars cost more. To get the features that I desired on my car I had to get them in packages and pay for options that I did not want."

JIM T., OH (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"As with all Mazda's the driving position and the great ride are principal. I hate driving long distances, my back gives out, but not with the Mazda, I can drive all day with no back aches. I keep the Mazda just for trips because it is the best of the best."

KEN W., TX (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Excellent vehicle for the money, we bought for our daughter to drive to college. Can't beat great looks,and solid value."

JOHN R., NJ (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"You get a good value per dollar with the purchase of this car"

ROBERT S., FL (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"EXCELLENT CAR...I WOULD LIKE MORE POWER LIKE IN A VW R MODEL GOLF"

Anonymous, OR (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"We got a great deal - three dealers in town had the exact car my Wife wanted. Great brakes, great handling, strong accelleration"

DON H., CA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"I got 0% financing for 63 months and free Lifetime synthetic oil changes from mazda."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Excellent value and quality."

ROBERT B., OK (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"I didn't think I needed all the "bells and whistles " the car came with BUT they are wonderful features !"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"A really good car for the money. Good economy and good handling"

DICK P., FL (2015 Mazda CX-5)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I am disappointed with the quality of the leather interior in the car."

VIRGINIA J., MN (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Nice looking and handles the best of its class."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"I paid additional for paint and interior protection and neither one of these warranties or treatments works. The interior leather/vinyl seats have blue jeans staining and you have to continually get it re-dyed to have it look clean-but it's a hassle to do this. Also, the dealer provides a free car wash and that has made the dark blue pains swirly and with fine light scratches-which I imagined would have been protected by the paint treatment-it doesn't and that isn't covered in any way. I bought"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"This is still the best designed Small suv in the market 2 years from the time we bought it. I just love its looks and upscale features u dont find in any other car in the segment. Great value"

ISHINDER S., CA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"I enjoy looking at the car from the outside. I feel like I am in a brochure. The inside is so clean and simple. People think it is a much more expensive vehicle."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Lines of styling are great,and different"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"MAKES MY WIFE HAPPY"

ALAN F., NC (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Very bad visibility when backing up or trying to see out of the back window. Backup camera is fine, but does not give me visibility to the left and right sides. This is very annoying and dangerous."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"It is a very good desigh but all the cars of similar manufacturers look almost the same. The back window is way to small for safely in U.S."

JULIAN K., OR (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"It is very stylish looking."

DALE B., OK (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"color - should have gotten red or white"

JON J., KS (2015 Mazda CX-5)

"Wife loves the Red Paintjob"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Mazda CX-5)

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