Base Price: $30,695
Engine: 2.5L I-4
Horsepower: 187 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 185 @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Curb Weight: 3,655 lbs.
0-60: 8.1 sec
MPG: 23 City / 29 Highway
Sleek & Stylish:
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is the best looking vehicle in the small SUV class. It has a great shape and follows Mazda’s sleek design language. The designers put the cherry on top with high-quality circular LED lights. You don’t often see round shapes on vehicles because they are difficult to work into the overall design. The designers at Mazda managed to utilize this unique shape to a great extent, which makes the CX-5 really stand out from the crowd.
Ultra-premium Nappa leather, French stitched door panels and real metal accents line the interior of this Grand Touring CX-5. When you compare it to some of the rivals in the segment such as the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Chevy Equinox, the CX-5 blows them out of the water. Plus the interior build quality really makes it feel like an Audi.
Superior Handling but Not Power:
The AWD Mazda CX-5 sports precise and direct steering paired with a finely tuned suspension. I had utmost confidence on curvy roads and sharp turns. A great number of automotive journalists like myself love the overall dynamic handling aspect of this SUV. Unfortunately, the power and acceleration fail to pass muster. The one and only engine available is a 2.5L I-4 which creates just 187 hp and 185 lb-ft. That’s not a lot of power for an AWD SUV which weighs over 3,500 lbs. While the 0-60 time of 8.1 seconds isn’t atrocious, it certainly doesn’t mix well with the rest of this SUV which is sporty and dynamic.
All things considered, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 is an outstanding SUV. It looks incredible, the interior is well crafted and feels much more expensive than it actually is. It’s available in both front and AWD and has a very competitive starting price of $25,045 for the base model. Though it’s not the quickest SUV on the market, I feel that what it lacks in speed it makes up for in handling dynamics. Well, I’m looking forward to a more powerful engine, the CX-5 is still one of the best small SUVs on that market today.