The new 2017 Mazda CX-5 may look like the outgoing model, but the changes go deep and are, indeed, substantial. Although the styling updates may seem subtle, the new CX-5 is both longer and lower than the previous version.

The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine carries over; output for the 2017 model wasn’t disclosed, but the last iteration of this powerplant put out 184 horsepower. Mazda has hinted that a diesel engine might come to the U.S. Buyers can still opt for either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Mazda says the 2017 models also get an enhanced stability control system.

Slide the arrows back and forth on the photos below to compare the 2016 Mazda CX-5 and the 2017 Mazda CX-5.

(Story updated with video from the 2017 Detroit auto show.)

2016 Mazda CX-5 SUV 2017 Mazda CX-5 SUV


The new CX-5’s interior looks more premium with, additional soft-touch surfaces throughout the cabin. In addition, the controls seem to mimic those in the Mazda CX-9 with well-placed dash vents, a high-mounted screen, and a control knob for the infotainment system continues to reside behind the shifter. A head-up display is optional.

We'd expect the new model to retain the nimble handling and good fuel economy of the last version, which returned a respectable 25 mpg overall in our tests. Mazda also says they are paying more attention to noise isolation, so hopefully the new CX-5 will be quieter.


The previous CX-5 was a strong competitor in the compact SUV category, which for years has been dominated in our ratings by the Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4. Mazda’s approach always highlighted the fun-to-drive factor but also brought a noisy cabin, a somewhat rough ride, and a confusing infotainment system.

Pricing was not released, but the new CX-5 goes on sale in April-May 2017.