Standing out in the crowded compact crossover field can be tough, but the athletic Mazda CX-5 has always been different enough to stay on buyers' radar. To ensure it remains competitive with the best of the breed, Mazda has treated the CX-5 to a midlife makeover that's especially apparent inside.
What's New for 2016
The interior receives a thorough freshening, highlighted by a new center console and electronic parking brake. The CX-5 also carries a revised grille and updated suspension system.
Choosing Your Mazda CX-5
The CX-5's redesigned cabin achieves an upscale feel this year, something that was lacking in previous editions. Although dimensions have not changed, the elimination of a traditional parking brake and the new storage-rich console give an airy vibe to the interior. The CX-5 is known more for its sprightly handling than its utility, but you do get 65 cubic feet of cargo space, a competitive amount for this class.
The front-drive CX-5 starts out with a 2-liter four-cylinder engine good for 155 horsepower, paired with your choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Either way, expect to get about 29 mpg in combined driving.
The available 2.5-liter four-cylinder provides a boost to 184 horsepower and comes only with the automatic.
The larger engine is standard on the upper trim levels and any model with the $1,250 option of all-wheel drive. It makes a dramatic difference in the CX-5's performance and trails the 2-liter in efficiency by just 1 mpg, even in all-wheel drive spec.
As before, the CX-5 is offered in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trims:
Any CX-5 is a good deal -- even a fully loaded CX-5 Grand Touring with all-wheel drive checks in at less than $30,000.
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