The Mazda CX-5 will be completely redesigned for the 2017 model year. The updated small crossover will feature the latest evolution of the brand's Kodo design language, taking on some of the mature characteristics of the larger and more expensive CX-9.
The outward appearance, while different, is still very much recognizable. The changes it underwent moving to this new look include a lengthened hood, slimmer headlights, a forward-leaning grille with chrome underline, a more rounded rear hatch and more. Basically, the styling cues are all virtually identical to the CX-9, just downsized to fit this compact crossover.
Inside, Mazda continues to wow with its modern interior on the new CX-5. This new iteration, while familiar, boasts sharply designed air vents, a sporty three-spoke steering wheel, an available 7-inch display, supportive and sporty seats and a driver-centric feel. Drivers will also enjoy improved sightlines thanks to the repositioned A-pillars, the lower hip point and a slightly raised gear shifter.
Under its hood, the CX-5 will come standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine similar to the outgoing generation. Surprisingly, a new variant called the CX-5 Diesel will get an efficient 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D engine as a late addition after the initial launch. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Front-wheel drive is also offered by default, but Mazda’s i-ACTIV all-wheel drive is also available as an option.
EPA fuel economy numbers have been posted for the new CX-5. Sadly, due to updated calculation methods, ratings for the front-wheel drive model have fallen 2 mpg to 27 mpg combined based on 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.
Enthusiasts should be aware that Mazda has discontinued the manual transmission CX-5. Previously, the model had offered a variant of the CX-5 Sport with a less powerful 2.0-liter engine paired to a six-speed manual. The automaker has confirmed that the old base model will no longer be offered.
The current Mazda CX-5 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and we expect nothing less from the new model. For the first time, the new CX-5 will come standard with Smart City Brake Support, which can detect the risk of a low-speed collision and apply emergency braking if necessary. An enhanced version involving radar sensors called Smart Brake Support will be offered on well-equipped versions able to handle higher speeds.
Expect a full review closer to launch.
Pricing & Release Date
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 will go on sale later this month. Based on our analysis, deals on the outgoing model have finally started heating up with a nice choice of cashback, finance and lease deals.
Official 2017 CX-5 pricing will start at $24,985 with destination for the entry-level Sport with automatic transmission. Further up the line, the Touring will start from $26,855, while the range-topping Grand Touring has been priced from $30,335. Opting for all-wheel drive adds $1,300 to any version.
Compared with the outgoing model, the new CX-5 is $490 more expensive at the lower end and $865 pricier on the well-equipped Grand Touring. That said, there are some trade-offs. While Smart City Brake Support is an excellent addition, features like Navigation are no longer standard on Touring models.
Prices for optional equipment have been announced. The $780 Touring Preferred Equipment Package adds 10-speaker Bose audio, moonroof, power liftgate, navigation and more. For an additional $625, the i-ACTIVSENSE Package adds automatic high beams, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, Smart Brake Support and more. At the higher end, the $1,830 Grand Touring Premium Package adds a head-up display with traffic sign recognition, power passenger seat, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel and more.
Pictured: 2017 CX-5