Prices for the 2018 CX-5 start at $24,150 for a front-wheel-drive Sport and run up to $33,910 for the all-wheel-drive Grand Touring trim equipped with the Premium Package and finished in stunning Soul Red. Aside from the typical power features, all CX-5s come with alloy wheels, LED headlights, keyless entry with push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a seven-inch touchscreen, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.
All trim levels come with a rear view camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and low-speed automatic emergency braking. A $625 option on the Sport trim adds automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and all-speed automatic emergency braking – feature that are standard on Touring and Grand Touring models. Still, that's a very good price for that much equipment.
With a single engine and transmission, it comes down to feature set and drivetrain. We'd skip the base Sport with its cloth seats as well as the leatherette-trimmed Touring model and spring for the Grand Touring. Auto-leveling headlights with automatic high beams, heated front seats, and automatic climate control carry over from the Touring trim. Grand Touring models pad that with adaptive front lighting, LED front fog and taillights, heated outside mirrors, a power tailgate, moonroof, leather seats, Bose speakers, navigation, satellite radio, a power passenger seat, and driver seat memory.
Since the AWD system improves winter and overall handling, here's how we'd build it:
- Model: 2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD
- Engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder
- Output: 187 horsepower / 186 lb-ft
- Transmission:Six-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: All-wheel-drive
- MPG: 24 City / 30 Hwy
- Options:All-wheel drive ($1,300)
- Base Price:$30,620 (including $975 destination charge)
- Best Value Price:$31,920