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 have a trio of engine options. The base powerplant will be a 2-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder, while an optional 2.5-liter four-cylinder will continue to be offered. Surprisingly, the new CX-5 will also have an available 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D diesel engine.
Power ratings are not yet available for these engines, but we do know they will all have a standard six-speed manual and an optional six-speed auto. Front-wheel drive will continue as the standard setup, but Mazda’s i-ACTIV all-wheel drive will be available as an option.
The current Mazda CX-5 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and we expect nothing less from the new model. The 2017 CX-5 will carry on with a long list of available safety features, including radar cruise control, traffic sign recognition, auto emergency braking and more.
Stay tuned for a full review.
Pricing & Release Date
Official pricing for the 2017 CX-5 remains unknown at this point, but we anticipate a mild price increase relative to the current model, which ranges from $22,695 to $30,770 (destination fees included).
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 will go on sale in its home market of Japan in February 2017. The vehicle's U.S. launch date has not yet been announced. We'll update this page as soon as new information becomes available.
Pictured: 2017 CX-5