The two-row crossover segment is now America's largest, having passed both midsized sedans and full-sized pickups. We've tested every crossover in this segment and can happily report there isn't a bad one in the bunch. However, some do stick out as better than the pack. The Mazda CX-5 is one of those special crossovers.
Mazda's CX-5 has evolved from a run of the mill family crossover with one weak engine and one adequate engine, to a premium-quality crossover with a good engine and one that leads the segment in every objective and subjective way. Mazda's attention to detail and amazing list of available features has bumped the CX-5 up and out of the mainstream, while retaining its mainstream price structure. The CX-5 is a gem and is one of the highest-scoring vehicles we have tested of any type recently.
Mazda redesigned its CX-5 compact crossover last year where it made a number of notable improvements. This includes a premium interior, more active safety features, a slightly improved ride and more sound deadening. The automaker could have just rested on its laurels and not make any changes for 2018. But Mazda decided to make some updates that include new tech for the four-cylinder engine and adding more active safety features to lower trims. Do the changes help keep the CX-5 in the running as one of best compact crossovers?
The Mazda CX-5 was introduced in 2013 as a new small crossover and it immediately rivaled mainstays in the marketplace with its dynamic feel and fun everyday drive. For 2017, Mazda revamped the CX-5 to add more comfort, a better interior and advanced safety systems as standard equipment. It's now one of the highest-rated crossovers in any class.
With these upgrades, Mazda didn't mess with its winning formula. The CS-5's SKYACTIV chassis and drivetrain remain much the same and just as sporty and fun. Mazda also left the CX-5's pricing structure and trim point levels roughly the same, keeping this little crossover poised to remain a high seller in the small, two-row crossover market.
There's a lot to love about the 2017 CX-5, from its charismatic good looks to its award-winning interior and engaging drive.
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 comes in four trim levels with front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive as an option. This two-row crossover has seating for up to five and a standard split-fold rear bench.
Most everything is carryover for model year 2015 in regards to Mazda's hot selling compact family SUV which surprised even the manufacturer by managing to sell about 100,000 units each year it has been on sale. Those figures aren't ahead of the giant heavyweights in this class like the CR-V, RAV-4 and Escape but it does outsell a surprising number of rivals with a planned future increase in production capacity for the CX-5 one possible way for this vehicle to finally reach the upper echelon of this hot vehicle class in terms of units sold.
But even though models in the compact family SUV segment exist in a hyper competitive and very lucrative segment, the important thing we are here to answer is whether or not the 2015 Mazda CX-5 belongs on your test drive short list. Or even more, does it belong in your garage? Because these vehicles are the everyday family workhorses that never get a day off. They take the kids to school, you to work, on weekends they haul home the stuff you didn't really need to buy at Home Depot and Costco and so they need to be unfailingly dependable and easy on the family finances.
So, has Mazda succeeded with the CX-5 in creating a crossover SUV that can be all things to all people? Read on to find out.