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There's no disputing that the CX-5 is a top safety pick and a good value. However, one thing the CX-5 is not, is dull. Rolling into its third model year this five-seat CUV continues to offer the sporty handling and sharp reflexes that live up to Mazda's zoom-zoom heritage. Thanks to Skyactiv technology, the CX-5 also offers fuel efficiency few competitors can match.

What's New for 2015

Changes to the CX-5 are minor since it is mostly a carryover from last year. The addition of keyless entry as standard equipment on the Touring and Grand Touring trims is the only notable change.

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Choosing Your Mazda CX-5

Mazda offers the CX-5 in three models. Each comes with a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive.


Powered by a Skyactiv-G 2-liter engine with 155 horsepower, the base Sport is the only CX-5 model to offer a standard six-speed manual transmission. It delivers an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. A six-speed automatic transmission (26 mpg city/32 mpg) is also available.

Other standard features are pretty typical for this level and include: 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning with pollen filter, power windows, power accessories, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and a four-speaker audio system. Some optional upgrades include Bluetooth capability, 5.8-inch full-color touch screen display, SiriusXM radio and fog lights.


The biggest change from the Sport to the Touring level can be found in the engine, now displacing 2.5 liters and producing 184 horsepower. This increase in power, while relatively minor, makes a significant difference in the overall driving experience. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, it earns EPA ratings of 25 mpg city/32 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway with optional all-wheel drive.

Features for the Touring build on the Sport's specifications with: six-way power adjustable driver's seat, 5.8-inch color touchscreen, a rearview backup camera, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio capability, a one-touch fold-down rear seatback, and upgraded cloth upholstery. Options include a nine-speaker Bose stereo, a moonroof, audio-leveling HID headlights, and a variety of driver assists.

Grand Touring

The Grand Touring comes with almost everything one could want in an upscale car. Standard features include 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated sport seats, a Bose sound system with nine speakers, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and SiriusXM satellite radio.

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CarsDirect Tip

With its advanced safety features and fuel efficiency, the CX-5 Sport features great value and a highly competitive price point within its class. With that being said, taking the step up to a well-equipped Touring model will provide a better overall driving experience and much better value.

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