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2017 Mazda CX-5 Review

By Matt Zimmerman


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2017 Mazda CX-5

Mazda had been famous for its family rides. Every next vehicle that it launched was meant to run chores. But since last decades, Mazda has revamped its production lines. Now we get more amount of performance cars from Mazda, rather than the family rides. Even the family rides from Mazda have turned into performing beasts.

Same is the case with Mazda CX-5. This car was introduced in 2012 for the model year 2013. It is even the first car from Mazda to use a different designing structure. CX-5, Mazda3 and Mazda6 use the same platform.

Mazda CX-5 has entered into its second generation. The first generation continued till last year. During the Los Angeles Auto Show, in November 2016, the second generation of the car was introduced for the model year 2017.

The performing capabilities of CX-5 allowed it to rank at the top of the Crossover SUVs category. But later it went in the competition with a national rival. The refreshments made for the second generation may earn CX-5 the higher rank once again.

The MSRP of Mazda CX-5 is $24,045. The trim line consists of the Mazda CX-5 Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Let’s dig into some further detail of CX-5.

As part of the marketing campaign, Mazda CX-5 has been featured in Universal Pictures’ movie Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. The effort received acclaim as well as hefty criticism from the audience.

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2.0 – 2.5 L6 – speed manual

6 – speed automatic

147 164 hp155 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPHTop SpeedBody StyleMPG
7.6s120 mphSUV29 city/ 35 highway


Hood of 2017 Mazda CX-5

Mazda has been using the Skyactiv engines since long. But in the CX-5, Mazda has introduced the complete drivetrain from the Skyactiv. Mazda CX-5 begins with the 2.0 L Skyactiv inline 4 gasoline engine with 155 hp of power to roll at 150 lb – ft of torque. The engine is mated with a 6 – speed manual transmission. Then is the 2.5 L Skyactiv inline 4 gasoline engine available with 184 horses galloping at 185 lb – ft of torque. This is the standard engine offered in all the trims of CX-5. This engine is mated with the 6 – speed automatic transmission.

The base 2.0 L can ensure a good fuel economy for the city riding. But it won’t be your superstar engine. But 2.5 is something the driving enthusiast would like. Mazda wants you to be a driving enthusiast, that’s why they offer 2.5 L engine as standard.

Among the drivetrain options, we even get a 2.2 L Skyactiv diesel engine with 173 hp of power and 310 lb – ft of torque. This is an environment-friendly drivetrain. We’ve noted a 120 g per Km CO2 emission from this machine.

Front – wheel – drive is the standard configuration of Mazda CX-5. While an optional all – wheels – drive configuration is even available. When it comes to the handling, then Mazda CX-5 is pretty smooth and sharp. It makes it much like an urban rider that could move through alleys and streets easily.

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2017 Mazda CX-5 Exterior

Exterior of Mazda CX-5 has received some major changes. At the front, the grille design has been revamped. Actually, it is certainly the same, but the headlights give a different view now. Xeon headlamps have been replaced with LED ones, which make the grille look smarter rather than enormous. 17 and 19-inch alloy dual spoke wheels are offered in CX-5. The 17-inch wheels are available in Sport and Touring trim, while the 19-inch is available in Grand Touring. The rear lamps are even drawn sleeker for the CX-5. Previously there were the widely drawn eyes at the rear which have now become sexy. Rest of the design looks similar to the previous generation.

At the rear of the car, there is a sleek spoiler available. Along with that, some groove lines are even available in the design of the car. But we don’t get much application of aerodynamics in CX-5.


Interior of 2017 Mazda CX-5

As like before, Mazda CX-5 has a rich interior. Leatherette seats, steering wheel and gear are available in upper trims of CX-5. Just the leather type used is different. The door panels even have leather on them.

The cockpit is sporty now. It is yet another ambassador of Mazda Sporty series. The front row is pretty spacious and comfortable. Even the rear row has ample space to fit in 3 passengers.

The trunk has 30.9 cu ft of space with the rear seats up. On folding the seats you get 59.6 cu ft of space. This is yet another plus point of Mazda CX-5 in its class. And this is even yet another credit which ranked it highest in its class.


Features of 2017 Mazda CX-5

Mazda says that CX-5 has 250 more features now. And most of those features ensure safe driving.

The Mazda CX-5 comes with the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The Mazda Connect empowers the system. The higher the trim, the more feature you could avail. The HD Radio, navigation and Bose Audio system are available in the upper trim level. Subscription to Sirius Multimedia is optional. Heads-up display even stays an optional feature for Mazda CX-5.


2017 Mazda CX-5 Safety

The safety authorities have no complains about the safety of CX-5. The second generation of the car has increased number of passive safety equipment. Definitely, there’s a firm seatbelt, increased number of airbags and other passive safeties available in the car.

The second generation of Mazda CX-5 has more active safety features.  Traffic signal recognition, Cruise control via radar sensors and electronic braking system are available in the car.


Honda CR – V

Reliability matters the most in automobiles. The more the reliable the vehicle is, the better impact it would have on the market. The test score of some 5 crossover SUVs of the same class revealed that Mazda CX-5 is a reliable car, but it’s not that much reliable. Though according to the results the Honda CR-V ranks higher than the Mazda CX-5.

The Mazda CX-5 deserves a chance. It’s smooth, sharp and comfortable. Indeed it’s a fun to drive car.



About Matt Zimmerman

Matt is no stranger to the automotive world, writing about cars since 2008 as a contributor for several huge automotive websites such as Car and Driver, AutoEvolution, Motor1, CarAdvice or MotorTrend. A true fan of everything with wheels, his garage includes a dozen of different cars, including an old BMW M3 and a Tesla Model S. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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