NEW FOR 2015:
- Unlimited mileage warranties
- No changes
Following last year’s introduction of a more powerful upgrade engine and some additional equipment, Mazda has carried over the CX-5 unchanged for model year 2015.
Like many of its similar-sized rivals, the CX-5 offers buyers more interior and cargo space than a standard compact hatchback not to mention a better vantage point on the road. Although not especially stylish, the cabin is nicely finished with straightforward controls. But what really sets the CX-5 apart from its rivals is the way it takes to the road. Its handling and ride have a balance that no rival can touch. Those who designed it clearly had driving enjoyment as a priority.
The CX-5 is available in three trims, GX, GS, and GT.
GX models continue to be powered by a 2.0-litre direct-injected four cylinder that makes 155-hp and 150 lb-ft of torque and is shared in common with the Mazda3. It can be had with front-wheel drive and paired to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, or, with all-wheel drive where it is mated exclusively to the automatic.
GS and GT trims come with a larger 2.5-litre direct-injected engine sourced from the midsize Mazda6 sedan. With 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque, it’s one of the segment’s more powerful options, and offers a sizable boost in performance over the entry-level motor. While the larger engine can be had with front- or all-wheel drive, only a six-speed automatic is offered.
The base GX comes standard with keyless entry, heated power side-view mirrors with indicator lamps, auto-off headlamps, rear spoiler, body-coloured door handles, tilt and telescoping steering column, air conditioning, cruise control, four-speaker AM/FM/CD player with USB port, push-button start, and 60/40 split folding rear seats.
The Convenience Package adds 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, Bluetooth, 5.8-inch infotainment screen, and HD radio.
GX AWD models include the Convenience Package and six-speed automatic as standard equipment.
The GS builds on the GX Convenience Package and adds a power sunroof, blind-spot monitoring system, foglights, six-speaker stereo system, rain-sensing wipers, reverse camera, upgraded cloth upholstery, heated seats, six-way power driver’s seat, 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat, and rear-seat arm rest. AWD is available as an option.
Opting for the range-topping GT adds standard all-wheel drive, 19-inch wheels, proximity key, nine-speaker Bose stereo system, dual-zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, and parking brake, eight-way adjustable power driver’s seat, leather upholstery, and auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
The Technology Package adds navigation, adaptive HID headlights, satellite radio, and pre-collision braking system.
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