With over 250 enhancements, let’s begin with the exterior, the CX-5 offers an available power liftgate, which drivers can now program the height to accommodate for overhead obstructions or simply to match their desired reach. The A pillars have been pushed back to reduce blind spots for the driver and LED headlights are now standard. Changes were also made to make for a quieter cabin ride, a thicker windshield, longer lip on upper door seal, new seals behind the pillar trim, at rear quarter window, behind chrome trim and at the door frame pinch weld. A felt-lined plastic undercover was added as well as two dynamic dampers per strut.
There were also changes made to the interior for a quieter ride, these include, a more absorptive headliner, more insulation behind door panels, in C and D pillars, and inside rear hatch. A new seal was added around the interior door panel, more carpet coverage and a sound blocker between back seat and cargo cover.
The changes made to the interior are impressive and well thought out. Mazda gives us more storage in the door pockets. The steering wheel was redesigned for a better grip and more natural feel. ‘Active Driving Display’ is available and super helpful for keeping your eyes on the road while giving you access to pertinent information. I was familiar with ‘Active Driving Display,’ but I noticed something new on the CX-5….the technology in the display was able to pick up not just stop signs and display them, but all active traffic signals indicating warnings, speed limits, etc. The cluster is full color and larger, 4.6 inches, and the infotainment system is a 7 inches full color display. The infotainment display was one of my favorite things about the CX-5, positioned for improved visibility. A Bose 10-speaker surround sound system is available on the Touring trim level and the Grand Touring trim.
The rear passengers have easy in-and-out as the door opening angle is larger, also makes it easier for mom to handle those car seats. If you aren’t dealing with car seats then you are likely dealing with electronics. Mazda included two USB ports so that everyone stays connected. The rear seat now has two cup holders in the armrest as well.
Mazda has worked to make the connection between the car and driver one. The CX-5 uses G-Vectoring Technology which connects the steering and powertrain, to provide a more natural steering response and enhance vehicle grip and performance. This improvement gives the driver confidence, reduces fatigue and stabilizes the vehicle in poor road conditions.
The CX-5 has a 2.5-liter engine that delivers 187 hp. I received approximately 26 mpg/city and 31 mpg/hwy, not bad for a vehicle that put on 100 lbs due to those additional deadening installations for a quieter cabin.
The base model, the Sport Trim level comes standard with the following: 17-inch alloy wheels, black cloth seats, cruise control, a/c, power windows and mirrors, pushbutton start, LED headlights, variable intermittent windshield wipers, carpeted floor mats, power door locks, AM/FM/HD radio, vehicle diagnostics, backup camera, Bluetooth phone and audio integration, a 7-inch color touchscreen, Smart City Brake Support and those TWO USB ports for phone connectivity and charging.
The aforementioned Smart City Brake Support works at speeds under 20 mph. There is a windshield mounted laser that is able to sense when a car is in front of you If the laser system detects a risk of collision, the brake system delivers max brake power if evasive action is not taken by the driver. As the brakes are applied, the engine output is decreased to lessen the severity of the impact. It is specifically designed to work in a city environment. Smart Brake Support is standard on all trim levels.
The beautiful Soul Red Crystal Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring that I test drove begins at $29,395. The base Sport trim begins at $24,045.
If you are in the market for an SUV, you should definitely give the Mazda CX-5 a drive. It recently won “Mid-Size CUV” at the Texas Truck Rodeo. In fact, Mazda won the “Compact CUV,” the “Mid-Size CUV” and the “Full Size CUV” categories. Congratulations Mazda on your impressive line of CUV’s.