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Spry and fuel-efficient, Mazda's small SUV is rewarding to drive and is reliable. Nimble handling and a taut ride--combined with ample power from the 2.5-liter, 184-hp four-cylinder--make it fun to drive. The one downside is that the cabin is louder than most in the segment. A complex 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. This is a viable choice against a VW Tiguan or Ford Escape. The redesigned 2017 CX-5, promises to be more upscale and quiet.

See Reliability page for the latest 2016 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

In a marketplace where all small SUVs start to look the same, the Mazda CX-5 offers an alternative. Agile handling, sporty looks, and a well-trimmed interior make the CX-5 feel somewhat less utilitarian than many rivals. Add in very good fuel economy...

Highs

  • Fun to drive, with agile handling
  • Impressive fuel economy paired with strong acceleration

Lows

  • Relatively noisy inside
  • Ride is on the firm side

Best Version to Get

Here are the major decisions you need to make when picking a CX-5: At this point, should I wait for a 2017? Maybe. Mazda will likely be wheeling and dealing to clear out 2016.5 CX-5s to make room for the 2017 redesign. But you might want to wait. The redesign is an evolution of the c...

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)