IT’S A BEST BUY BECAUSE:

The CX-5 boasts nimble handling, an excellent steering feel, a classy interior, and a fine selection of available features in a cohesive, well-put-together package.

BUT…

Only one engine is available, cargo space doesn’t rank with the best in the class, and some testers dislike the console-mounted infotainment-system controls.

WORTH NOTING:

The CX-5 utilizes Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control system, which varies engine torque in response to steering inputs for better cornering performance and ride stability.

WHAT IS IT?

The CX-5 is Mazda’s 5-passenger compact crossover SUV. The sole powertrain is a 187-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Trim levels ascend through Sport, Touring, Grand Select, and Grand Touring models, all of which are available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Available safety features include forward collision warning and mitigation, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and traffic-sign recognition. Other available features include a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, head-up instrument display, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, two-position reclining rear seat backs, a power liftgate, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality.

WHAT’S NEW?

Official information on the 2018 Mazda CX-5 was unavailable as of this writing, but we’re not expecting any major changes after the CX-5’s redesign for 2017. Mazda is reportedly working on a diesel engine for the CX-5 that could be released in the near future.

FUEL ECONOMY

EPA numbers for the 2018 CX-5 were unavailable as of this writing, but we are not expecting them to change. For 2017, the EPA rated the CX-5 at 24 mpg city/31 highway with front-wheel drive and 23/29 with all-wheel drive. In Consumer Guide® testing, an all-wheel-drive Grand Touring returned 24.5 mpg in 55-percent highway driving.

VALUE IN CLASS

The Mazda CX-5 doesn’t offer quite as much cargo space as many class competitors, but it has long been a Consumer Guide® favorite for its impressive fuel economy, fun-to-drive character, and competitive pricing. The CX-5’s redesign for 2017 made it even better, adding more-upscale cabin trim (especially in the top-line Grand Touring models), better interior ergonomics, and several desirable technology features.

BASE PRICE RANGE $24,045 – $30,695
BODY STYLES 4-Door Wagon
AVAILABLE ENGINES 187-HP, 2.5-Liter 4-Cyl.
DRIVE WHEELS Front or All-Wheel Drive
BUILT IN Japan
EPA FUEL-ECONOMY RANGE 23-31 MPG

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