With the second generation CX-5, Mazda retained most of the sporty handling that made the first-generation enjoyable, but this SUV is much more mature now with vastly improved ride comfort, noise isolation, and interior quality. It's one of the more desirable models in the compact SUV class. Unlike purely rational choices like the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester, there’s a bit of joie de vivre with the CX-5.
The standard powertrain is a 187-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. This makes for a docile, responsive, and easy-to-drive combination. Due to the added weight that achieved a quieter cabin, fuel economy is down by one to a still competitive 24 mpg overall. That's a tradeoff we embrace. A punchier turbo engine comes on top trims.