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It may look like the original CX-5, but the latest version is thoroughly redesigned and much improved. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission make for a responsive, docile and unobtrusive powertrain. Fuel economy of 24 mpg is good but not a standout. Handling is responsive and enjoyable, and the ride is absorbent and steady, among the best in this class. The cabin is quiet, and interior quality now feels substantial and looks attractive. Soft-touch surfaces, some detailed stitching, and touches of chrome trim add class. The seats are comfortable both front and rear. However, there is a learning curve to mastering the infotainment system. 2018 brings standard forward-collision warning with city speed automatic emergency braking.

Road Test

With the redesigned CX-5, Mazda retained most of the sporty handling that made the first-generation enjoyable, but the SUV is much more mature now with vastly improved ride comfort, noise isolation, and interior quality. It's one of the more desirabl...

Highs

  • Rides comfortably
  • Quiet cabin

Lows

  • So-so visibility to the rear corners
  • Infotainment learning curve

Best Version to Get

Top trim Grand Touring comes with all the active safety features, luxury amenities, and 19-inch wheels, which compromise ride comfort slightly. We liked our Touring with the Preferred Equipment package with sunroof, Bose audio and navigation, but we wish it came with high-speed automatic emergenc...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (187 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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