2017 Mazda CX-5

Buyer's Guide

Mazda has redesigned its compact CX-5 crossover into a second generation for 2017. The makeover isn't incredibly dramatic, with Mazda's most popular crossover model adopting styling cues that better link it to the brand's other

The CX-5 is one of Mazda's most popular models, yet it waited until this year for an update that brings it in line, styling- and technology-wise, with the brand's other crossovers, the little CX-3 and mid-size CX-9.

Following its debut at the LA auto show in late 2016, the CX-5 gets a tauter, more aggressive look that we think will appeal to drivers drawn to this Japanese brand for its focus on fun driving dynamics clothed in affordable and practical shapes.

CX-5's interior has been updated, too, gaining the tablet-like infotainment screen borrowed from other Mazda models, along with the console-mounted rotary dial that controls it. Other design improvements include a shift lever mounted higher to optimize the driving position, and door speakers positioned to reduce door panel rattle.

Under the hood, the 2.0L four-cylinder engine is now relegated to the absolute base model, the GX with front-drive and six-speed manual transmission. All other models -- GX and GS with automatic transmission and front- or all-wheel drive, and the AWD-only GT -- get the 2.5L, which is just as well, given the 2.0L is a bit underpowered here.

Getting deeper on the technical side of things, the CX-5 now gets Mazda's G-vectoring control, which reduces engine torque when the driver turns the wheel to enter a corner, the idea being to shift weight onto the front wheels and enhance cornering grip and steering response. Mazda says GVC also helps reduce driver fatigue by reducing the need for small steering corrections in highway driving.

Mazda has also expanded the availability of its i-Activesense safety suite by bundling together items like radar cruise, smart brake support, forward obstruction warning, lane departure warning and lane keep assist in a package available in the mid-range GS trim.

Also new are standard LED headlights in all trims, a power tailgate in GS and GT models and in the GT exclusively, heated rear seats and a traffic sign recognition system that displays the speed limit in the head-up driving display.

Other standard feature highlights include 17-inch alloy wheels (on GX and GS; the GT gets 19s), auto-off headlights, noise isolating windshield, four-speaker stereo, seven-inch infotainment display, air conditioning, push-button start, keyless entry, power windows, manual six-way driver and four-way front passenger seat adjustments and trip computer.

GS models get auto on/off auto-levelling headlights, rain-sensing wipers, front wiper de-icer, six-speaker stereo, two USB ports for rear-seat passengers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats with leatherette trim, power driver's seat and six-way manual passenger seat and heated steering wheel. A comfort package adds sunroof, dual-zone climate control and passive keyless entry; that group can be augmented with the i-Activesense active safety suite.

GT adds dual-zone automatic climate control, passive keyless entry, navigation, 10-speaker Bose stereo and leather seating with electric 10-way driver and six-way front passenger adjustments. A technology package adds the i-Activesense suite.

Fuel consumption estimates are 9.4/7.4 L/100 km (city/highway) with the 2.0L engine and manual transmission. Figures for the GS with its 2.5L engine and FWD are 9.8/7.7, and with AWD they rise to 10.2/8.3 L/100 km.

2017 Mazda CX-5 Specifications

There are 6 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $24,900 MSRP
8.4
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
155 hp @6000 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style SUV
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
FWD 4dr Man GX $24,900 5 SUV
FWD 4dr Man GX 155 hp @6000 rpm 150 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
FWD 4dr Man GX 179.1" 72.5" 65.4" 106.2"
FWD 4dr Man GX
FWD 4dr Man GX Cloth Seats
FWD 4dr Man GX
FWD 4dr Man GX
FWD 4dr Auto GX $26,300 5 SUV
FWD 4dr Auto GX 187 hp @6000 rpm 185 ft-lb @3250 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
FWD 4dr Auto GX 179.1" 72.5" 65.4" 106.2"
FWD 4dr Auto GX
FWD 4dr Auto GX Cloth Seats
FWD 4dr Auto GX
FWD 4dr Auto GX
AWD 4dr Auto GX $28,300 5 SUV
AWD 4dr Auto GX 187 hp @6000 rpm 185 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AWD 4dr Auto GX 179.1" 72.5" 65.4" 106.2"
AWD 4dr Auto GX
AWD 4dr Auto GX Cloth Seats
AWD 4dr Auto GX
AWD 4dr Auto GX
FWD 4dr Auto GS $29,100 5 SUV
FWD 4dr Auto GS 187 hp @6000 rpm 185 ft-lb @3250 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
FWD 4dr Auto GS 179.1" 72.5" 65.4" 106.2"
FWD 4dr Auto GS
FWD 4dr Auto GS Premium Synthetic Seats
FWD 4dr Auto GS
FWD 4dr Auto GS
AWD 4dr Auto GS $31,100 5 SUV
AWD 4dr Auto GS 187 hp @6000 rpm 185 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AWD 4dr Auto GS 179.1" 72.5" 65.4" 106.2"
AWD 4dr Auto GS
AWD 4dr Auto GS Premium Synthetic Seats
AWD 4dr Auto GS
AWD 4dr Auto GS
AWD 4dr Auto GT $34,700 5 SUV
AWD 4dr Auto GT 187 hp @6000 rpm 185 ft-lb @4000 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
AWD 4dr Auto GT 179.1" 72.5" 65.4" 106.2"
AWD 4dr Auto GT
AWD 4dr Auto GT Leather Seats
AWD 4dr Auto GT
AWD 4dr Auto GT

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Owner Reviews: 2017 Mazda / CX-5

Average Rating

2013 Mazda CX-5

Trim: GS
by sodevi on 11-07-2012
Good so far!
I love the car. I've had it for 6 months now. The fuel economy is exagerated but it's still great. I've averaging 8.4L per 100km The only downside to this car so far is it's under powered. I guess if you want fuel economy you have to sacrifice something.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
4/5
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

2009 Mazda CX-5

by ChrisD on 10-28-2012
Mazda 5 - Great family vehicle
We have loved our Mazda 5. Drives great, pretty good on gas, nice interior features. The brakes are a bit noisy - that has been my only complaint. I definately recommend it for families.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
5/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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2013 Mazda CX-5

Trim: AWD GS
by Bloodmuse on 10-12-2012
Car of the year material, hands down.
Looks amazingly stylish, with great interior, reliability, best in class fuel economy. It is quite comfortable, with performance that belies its small engine. Mazda has really set the bar with SKYACTIV technology to provide a car that is fun to drive, yet great on gas. I bought this car with very little discounts / rebates and never regretted it (due to demand in Japan / US). Great value / features.

The CX-5 makes many of its competitors feel second rate. 100% highly recommended.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
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