We always enjoy driving the CX-5 line. Mazda builds a solid vehicle and adds plenty of features so you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth. With a base starting price of $24,045, there’s sure to be a model to fit most budgets.
There’s no feeling sluggish with the 187 horsepower 2.5L engine. It’s not a sportscar, but it is certainly powerful to pull out in traffic and feel like you’re quickly at speed.
My favorite feature is the “Windshield-projected Active Driving Display with Traffic Sign Recognition” also known as head-up display. Your speed, and the speed limit are straight ahead for quick and easy viewing. Stop signs also pop up. You should definitely still know your surroundings, but every bit helps.
There are a couple features I don’t find appealing but it’s more nit-picky than anything else. Mazda’s information screen sits up on the dash. It’s great for keeping your eyes up, but I can’t help from wanting to make it retract down into the dash, or fold down, when the car is off. I’m sure that’s expensive, so I’ll live with the weirdness of it.
Also, the cup holders are shallow, and wide. I had an energy drink (judge away) that isn’t “cup” sized and it fell over as I turned the corner.
If you can get past a few oddities, the CX-5 is stylish and a fun drive.
Mazda is a definite top in the list of potential purchases in our family. Depending on your needs for space, Mazda has options. Be sure to check out the CX-9 and CX-3.
Price as tested: $33,765
Starting Price: FWD Sport $24,045
City / Highway / Combined
23 / 30 / 26
-Windshield-projected Active Driving Display with Traffic Sign Recognition
-MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system with 7-inch, full-color touchscreen display
-Standard rearview camera
-Multi-function Commander control
-Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) with close proximity warning
-Standard Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio
-BOSE® 10-speaker surround sound system with Centerpoint® 2 and AudioPilot® 2
-2.5-liter four-cylinder SKYACTIV-G engine
-187 horsepower at 6,000 rpm
-185 lb-ft torque at 3,250 rpm FWD (4,000 rpm for AWD)
-SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-speed automatic
-Front Wheel Drive and available i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive
-Standard G-Vectoring Control vehicle dynamics enhancement
-PZEV emissions (50 state)
Safety information from Mazda:
“Mazda CX-5 compact crossover SUV has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) “Top Safety Pick+” designation, the nonprofit institution’s highest rating. Every 2017 model year Mazda vehicle tested by IIHS has been rated a Top Safety Pick+, when equipped with optional front crash-prevention and specific headlights, leaving Mazda as the only full-line automaker able to make such a claim.
CX-5 has been awarded as a Top Safety Pick every year since its debut in 2012. This marks the fifth-consecutive year as a “Top Safety Pick+” winner. CX-5’s standard Smart City Brake Support and the effectiveness of its standard LED headlights were both instrumental to CX-5 earning top scores in the latest, strictest additions to IIHS’s safety criteria.”
For more information about the 2017 CX-5, visit: https://insidemazda.mazdausa.com/cx-5/
For more information about the IIHS, visit: http://www.iihs.org/