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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, a roomy interior and a generous array of features, and the Mazda CX-5 ranks in the top tier of small SUVs. True, a noisy cabin and choppy ride can be nuisances.
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

Worse Better
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.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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

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, a roomy interior and a generous array of features, and the Mazda CX-5 ranks in the top tier of small SUVs. True, a noisy cabin and choppy ride can be nuisances. 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.

Most CX-5s come with a muscular 184-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic. Acceleration is quick, yet the CX-5 posts impressive fuel economy: 25 mpg overall with all-wheel drive. A less powerful engine comes only on base front-wheel-drive models with a manual transmission.

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)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 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

“Forward camera keeps reporting that it is blocked on clear days”

Anonymous, PA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“auto dimming and bright feature does not work well. dims sometimes when it should not and vicve versa. Also shows error message saying camera is blocked???? Replaced cameraz and Mazda said that's how it's supposed to work. Crappy!”

Anonymous, MO (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring Unsure)
CD player

“It is not set to random but it randomly jumps from track to track when I turn off the car. It was replaced, but the new one does the same. The best I can do to keep it on track is, before I turn off the car, move the dial to pause and hit it, then put the volume on pause. Usually this will keep it on track. I use the CD to listen to books on CD. It is very frustrating to find the CD not where is was when I turned off the car. I do not always remember to do the above routine to make it resume whe”

Beverly R., FL (2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Difficult to see”

Al T., MB (2016 Mazda CX-5 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

“Screen freezes up and when rebooted loses all settings”

Dennis M., MI (2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The display screen will freeze and not work sometimes. Especially when it re-pairs with the bluetooth after every time the car is turned on”

Jack K., CA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Sometimes for odd reasons the screen just goes blank for intervals. It is rare, but annoying”

Jack K., CA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Display will go blank at random times”

Mark M., TN (2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Periodically the display screen would not work. It was resolved with an update to the system”

Anonymous, WA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Sport Unsure)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“My cell Phone not compatible with a software update requiring a replacement of my cell phone”

Anonymous, MN (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Feel the system ix not at all intuitive. Liked the nav system in the 2014 model much better”

Anonymous, SC (2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“System not properly integrated with Sirius”

Anonymous, PA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Nav system would lose track of where I was”

Anonymous, OH (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“gps froze and did not respond”

Joel F., PA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Navigation system chip faulty”

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“IT WAS GIVING UNRELIABLE DIRECTIONS. IE, IT HAD US MAKING U TURNS ON FREEWAYS AND OTHER POOR INSTRUCTIONS. MAZDA REPLACED THE WHOLE UNIT AND IT IS WORKING PROPERLY NOW”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The nav system abruptly stopped working. There was a display, but it did not connect or provide directions”

Janet C., MO (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rebooted periodically”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Gps determines routes that are not accurate and miss directed”

Anonymous, MA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Without warning, the GPS menu disappears and is not usable. Dealer said to update software online. I did and issue has not reoccurred”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring Unsure)

“Features are locked out while the vehicle is in motion. This only applies to vehicles sold in the US; in every other country in which Mazda sells, these features are operational. GPS is therefore useless”

Mark B., VA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“My old cell phone was not on a list of cell phones their software supported after an update”

Anonymous, MN (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Loses Bluetooth connection frequently. Often cannot take an incoming call. Have discussed with dealership but can,t seem to correct the problem”

Anonymous, SC (2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I experienced issues with bluetooth pairing but more specifically with the ability for the infotainment system to play bluetooth audio (Primarily Pandora). I took the vehicle in for a firmware update because the service adviser stated that they've seen similar behavior in other vehicles and the firmware update seemed to fix things. Since the update I've experienced situations where I get into the vehicle and the screen stays black until my phone is done importing contacts. Every time my p”

Mark B., CO (2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“When starting to drive, my phone will sometimes automatically dials my number. Not sure if this is the phone or the car”

Anonymous, MA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“Loses radio station memory”

Dennis M., MI (2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Infotainment screen goes blank, lose all functionality. Will spontaneously reboot and resume in 5 to 30 minutes”

Mark M., TN (2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The radio controls froze up so that the stations could not be changed, and the radio could not be turned off. Nothing worked to fix this, until I turned the car off overnight and turned it on the next morning (to go to the dealer for repairs). The problem disappeared and has never returned”

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Voice recognition has difficulty understanding voice commands”

Anonymous, TX (2016 Mazda CX-5 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

Squeaks or rattles

“Rattle from glove box area on bumpy roads”

Anonymous, PA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Overhead panel with int.lights, moon roof control rattles”

Anonymous, OH (2016 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver side Air conditioning vent was not connected at the factory...repaired by the dealership. Additional noises rattles coming from the rear cargo area not repaired”

Leslie B., NC (2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The brake disk protectors were bent by mistake (human mishap), thus creating a friction noise”

Anonymous, QC (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Ongoing rubbing squeak between dash and windshield when travelling over rough terrain and numerous visits to dealership has not fixed it. Loose parts inside have had to be tightened or reattached after they fall off”

Jorge L., ON (2016 Mazda CX-5 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Slowing to a stop, loud vibration from steering column area”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Been back to dealer twice due to rattle below drivers area. Sounds like an exhaust heat shield. Can hear it only on brick streets”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring Unsure)

“Water leaked onto floor front passenger”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring Unsure)

“Water drips from the roof through a plastic piece on the inside at the rear of the car. This is a recent development and it is scheduled to be serviced next week”

Jorge L., ON (2016 Mazda CX-5 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“passenger side water leak below dash”

Howard S., NJ (2016 Mazda CX-5 Unsure Unsure)

“I'm noticing more air noise coming into the car but the dealer says they can't hear it”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“I had window vents installed when purchasing the car. When driving on the highway, the wind noise was really annoying, so the dealer said to remove the window vents. Shouldn't official Mazda window vents, installed by a Mazda dealer, not cause wind noise? I've always had window vents on my cars, and never had this issue”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wind noise is a problem. Road noise is also a problem. The weatherstripping struggles to keep rain out of the vehicle”

Jes D., OR (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Driving at highway speeds, excessive wind noise from wind-to-door frame seal”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Too much”

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand 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

Heated or cooled seats

“UPON DELIVERY OF AUTOMOBILE -FRONT PASSENGER SEAT HEATING ELEMENT WOULD NOT GENERATE SUFFICENT HEAT. DEALER HAD TO REPLACE ELECTRONIC HEATING ELEMENT INSIDE SEAT BOTTOM CUSHION”

Kevin C., KY (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Seat heater failed and the bottom of the seat had to be replaced. The service was done quickly, but it took a bit longer than I would have liked for the part to come in - especially since it was the middle of winter”

Jim C., NH (2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
12V power plug

“The power plug does not work and is located in a very difficult to reach place inside the center arm rest”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring Unsure)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“turn signal light was not functioning properly”

Mary S., WA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Daytime Running LED's of drivers side front non functioning. Waiting for parts from dealer will be repaired under warranty”

Ken Y., CA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

“Nothing serious. It is just that some lights appear quite fast for oil change due or changed tires from winter to summer after the work was done. If the settings are not readjusted after service the lights come on for no reason. It is annoying because I have to go back to have it reset. I guess I should read the manual of how to reset those control lights. I appreciate the car overall very much. Sometimes the new technology is overkill and highly sensitive”

Daniela N., ON (2016 Mazda CX-5 Sport Unsure)
Warning lights

“Blind spot monitoring system failed. It was fixed under warrantee, but only after we fought with dealer who blamed an earlier minor accident. We proved it was unrelated”

Steven S., MA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand 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

“Trim has randomly fallen off of the doors and wheel weels three times in the last year. Each time it was simple to press the panels back in place, but they should not be popping off with either no force or a gentle nudge”

Anonymous, WA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Loose molding on front bumper covering fog light”

William R., FL (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver's side A pillar trim was coming off and had to be re-secured (under warranty)”

Anonymous, WI (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Fuse panel keeps popping off and front passenger left foot center console kick panel keeps popping off. Will be repaired under warranty as soon as parts arrive. They are on BackOrder”

Ken Y., CA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“The paint on the car seems to be razor-thin. Normal highway debris that wouldn't cause damage on other vehicles is able to take out chunks of paint down to the body metal on this vehicle. In less than a year and a half there are already several spots that require paint repair and re-application”

Anonymous, WA (2016 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

Doors or sliding doors

“Door was misaligned causing excess wind noise, dealership adjusted to fix issue”

Michael S., AR (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Glass defects

“The windshield developed a horizontal crack about 18 inches long overnight during winter. I had not noticed any chip or crack previously”

Janet C., MO (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

“the latch on the center console storage bin broke and had to get replaced (under warranty)”

Anonymous, WI (2016 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

“Car delivered with bad transmission”

John M., CA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Unusual humming sound from transmission after around 12000 miles. Dealer acknowledged similar complaints, and that it was not an operational problem, but they replaced transmission under warranty anyway”

Anonymous, VT (2016 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 brake sensor failure causing vehicle to go into "limp mode"”

Anonymous, IN (2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring 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

Transmission computer

“The transmission delayed shifting to higher gears from 1st gear. A software update solved the issue”

Matthew C., OR (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand 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

Condenser

“Leak in condenser. Replacement covered by warranty but few available resulted in long wait”

William F., MA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand 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

Alignment

“Improper alignment from factory. Mazda and dealer would not take responsibility”

Anonymous, PA (2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“ABS, DSC, Smart city brake malfunction errors showed up at the same time making the car to stall. Towed car to dealer and they had to replace entire sensor module”

Anonymous, IL (2016 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

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.

Engine Major

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Minor

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

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