Mazda CX-5

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Great handling and upscale interior

Date Posted: July 4, 2016
By Zack Spencer

The Mazda CX-5 is popular, Canadians like the style and handling. Canadians love small crossovers and SUV, this Mazda CX-5 is a good choice for Canadians. This compact crossover vehicle has room for five people and features Mazda's Skyactiv engine technology for good power and fuel economy.

Mazda, as a brand is defined by above average driving dynamic, good fuel economy and refined interiors. The system they use to design and built its vehicles is called Skyactiv. This is a suit of technology that provides a solid car-like platform, fuel-efficient engine and responsive transmissions.


The CX-5 is based on the Mazda3 platform and built with an eye-catching design that helps set it apart. The CX-5 is available with two high-tech engines that feature high compression but only require regular pump gas. The first is a 2.0L Skyactiv engine with 155hp and 150lb.-ft. of torque. This is the value engine; the larger 2.5L version is the one to get for moving this compact SUV around. It has 184hp and 185lb.-ft. of torque. The CX-5 is one of only a few SUVs to still come with a manual transmission. The 6-speed manual is only available with a FWD 2.0L setup; all AWD models and 2.5L versions get the 6-speed automatic. Fuel economy is rated at 9.3L/100km (24 MPG) in the CITY and 7.6L/100km (30 MPG) on the highway, which is good for a small SUV.


One of the other selling features of the CX-5 is the above average interior features and refinement. The cabin feels like a more expensive vehicle thanks to a centre mounted screen that doubles as a backup camera, the centre control unit that operates the screen and first rate materials, like soft touch dash and available leather. Bluetooth comes an almost all models and the 7-inch screen is also offered on most models. Navigation is also available. The CX-5 isn’t the largest vehicle in this class; in fact it might be a tight fit for some families in the back seat.


The Mazda CX-5 comes with standard front, side and curtain airbags and standard stability and traction control. Blind spot warning, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and auto braking are kept for the top models.


The CX-5 starts at roughly $23,000 (US $22,000) and runs all the way to about $35,000 (US $30,000)



The CX-5 has above average handling and the larger 2.5L engine is up to the job. The interior refinement is class above and the CX-5 has a dynamic look and feel


The only thing to check is to see if the back seat and cargo area is large enough for your family. The CX-5 flies a bit below the radar but should be tried by anyone who likes a great driving SUV.



The interior refinement is class above and the CX-5 has a dynamic look and feel
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