The All-New 2017 Mazda CX-5

When you need a finely crafted car that combines efficiency with reliability, look no further than the Mazda CX-5 for 2017. Designed with the ultimate comfort in mind, the 2017 CX-5 places all the driving controls in the most logical places—right at the driver’s fingertips. The CX-5 doesn’t stop with ensuring the driver’s comfort. Each passenger seat is thoughtfully designed for your riding pleasure. Just because it is a compact SUV doesn’t mean that it can’t be comfortable.

Mazda CX-5 Review

The CX-5 has three trim levels from which to choose. Many features are standard across all trim levels, but there are some that are available only on certain trims. The available trims are GX, GS, and GT. The body is designed to be attractive, have curb appeal, and be aerodynamic. Even the paint is specially formulated to enhance every line on the CX-5. Mazda’s exclusive KODO “Soul of Motion” design brings art to life with visual expressions of energy. Mazda seeks to connect its cars with people’s emotions, presenting vehicles that speak to the individual driver. This enables the driver and the car to be in complete harmony with oneanother.

Performance Features

The heart of the Mazda CX-5 is its drive train, with the GS and GT powered by the SKYACTIV 2.5-liter engine. This powertrain couples with an automatic transmission and your choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. This dynamic combination will achieve a fuel mileage of 9.8L/100km in the city and 7.7L/100km on the highway with the FWD and 10.2 city/8.3 highway L/100km on the AWD.

The available i-ACTIV AWD protects you when driving in adverse weather conditions. When the weather is iffy, road conditions can vary from dry to wet to icy in no time. The i-ACTIV system monitors temperature changes, braking patterns, and speed changes to predict when to shift from front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive as needed. You may never be aware of when this change takes place, which is Mazda’s intent. While you focus on your driving, Mazda focuses on making your driving experience as safe as possible.

Interior Features

Moving to the interior, you’ll appreciate the Active Driving Display that projects your speed, route direction, and vehicle status onto the lower portion of the windshield in your direct line of sight. While not obscuring your view of the road ahead, it does help to minimize the distraction of having to glance down at the speedometer. More than 250 enhancements have been incorporated into the 2017 Mazda CX-5. Included in these are a quieter cabin and the available metal wood trim that adds a touch of luxury to the interior. Everyone will appreciate the generous access room that makes getting in and out of the car so easy. The available front and rear-heated seats will ensure everyone’s comfort in chilly weather, and the rear air conditioning vents will add comfort on hot days.

You’ll find plenty of room to stash all your traveling necessities in the glove box, center console bin, overhead console with its holder for sunglasses, pockets in both front doors, and cup/bottle holders in both the front and back. Both front seats are manually adjustable on the GX trim, but the driver’s seat is power adjustable on the GS and GT trim levels. The front passenger’s seat remains manually adjustable on all three trims. The rear seats recline for maximum relaxing comfort. The rear seat also features a 40/20/40 split fold-down to increase the rear cargo capacity. The GS and GT trims also feature a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift.

You will enjoy your favorite music through the available Bose® speaker system. Stay connected with the Bluetooth® hands-free phone capability and the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system. Available in the MAZDA CONNECT are Stitcher™ and Sirius XM™ satellite radio, an emergency 911 system, and SMS text messaging. There are two USB audio ports and two USB charging ports in both the front and the rear seating areas. The steering wheel-mounted audio controls make it simple for the driver to adjust the volume of the music.

The front air bags, front side air bags, and side curtain air bags will help to protect you in case of a collision. The frame is strengthened with side-impact beams in the doors. A rearview camera assists in backing up safely. Other safety features include anti-lock brakes, lane departure warning, traction control, advanced blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, and a ring structure unibody construction.

Mazda CX-5 Price

All three trim levels are priced at under $35,000, making them affordable for nearly every budget. The base GX trim is just under $25,000, easily putting it within reach.

Comparing the Mazda CX-5 2016 with the 2017

Most changes are subtle, but the engine compartment is somewhat longer. The taillights and headlights are slightly longer and narrower. The 2017’s interior is better streamlined and adds more chrome for a classier appearance. The rear seats now have a two-stage reclining adjustment and may be heated. Cabin noise has been reduced by 1.3 dB, making conversation easier. An upgraded steering wheel is a bonus for the driver.