2018 Mazda CX-5 Gets Standard Cylinder Deactivation, Blind-Spot Monitoring

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, Automotive Editor - November 27, 2017

It’s only been nine months since Mazda revealed the redesigned CX-5, but the automaker has already announced a few updates for the 2018 model year of the compact crossover. The largest change is the addition of cylinder deactivation technology for improved fuel economy, while other notable changes include new interior and safety features.

The CX-5’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine can run on just two cylinders at cruising speeds to increase fuel efficiency. The new piece of tech is available throughout the CX-5 lineup as standard. Mazda claims that it's the only automaker in North America to utilize cylinder deactivation technology in a four-cylinder engine.

The automaker didn’t release any fuel economy figures for the updated engine, but we expect to the crossover’s figures, which are currently 24 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the highway for the front-wheel-drive variants, to improve by at least two mpg each. The all-wheel-drive version of the CX-5 is good for 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

As other automakers move towards electrified vehicles, Mazda’s hoping that cylinder deactivation will help improve its vehicles’ fuel economy figures. The automaker recently announced that the updated Mazda6 will feature the same piece of tech and a turbocharged engine (which now feels like a matter of time on the CX-5). That vehicle will be on display at next week’s Los Angeles Auto Show on November 29.

Other new standard features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, as well as blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. These features were only available on mid-level CX-5 Touring trims and above, but are now standard throughout the entire lineup.

Mazda CX-5

The new features have raised the price of the 2018 CX-5 to $25,125, up from $24,985 – both prices include the destination fee. There’s also a new i-Activsense Package for the Sport trims that costs $625 and adds automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic on/off headlights, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

Front-wheel-drive Touring trims for the new year are priced at $27,190, which is an increase of $335 from last year. Pricing for the Grand Touring trim has increased to $30,620, up from $30,335. Getting power to go to all four wheels through Mazda’s all-wheel-drive system costs still costs an additional $1,300 for all of the trims.

The 2018 CX-5 will go on sale at the beginning of December.

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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