2017 Mazda CX-5 Crossover Drive Review

2017 Mazda CX-5 Crossover Drive Review
- Before Honda CR-V stole the stage, Mazda CX-5 was officially our favorite compact crossover, earlier the Mazda gave the more refined and practical Honda a run for our votes for the best compact crossover with fun to drive

- refined Mazda CX-5, comes with better suspension due to the CUV more technology, more practical interior, pentagon-shaped grille, swept-back headlights, athletic proportions

- rear fenders a more pronounced shoulderlike appearance, tightened up the headlights into slimmer, squintier shapes, canted the grille forward slightly

- stiffened the Mazda CX-5’s structure by 15 percent, extra seals for the doors, additional absorption material to quiet the cabin at speed and reduce impact noise over bumps

- the windshield is thicker, the cargo-area trim now tih carpeted pieces to reduce noise reverberation throughout the interior

- softer initial bump and body-roll compliance from the front dampers by reducing the units’ friction, well-controlled body movements and genuinely sprightly handling

- G-Vectoring Control technology enhances steering response through subtle engine-torque manipulation and rigidly mounts the steering rack to the subframe

- electrically assisted steering setup sneaks some feedback to the driver’s hands, and the brakes work with a direct and reassuring feel

- not quick enough, naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four as standard, six-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive an extra $1300

- new CX-5 might actually be slower with the extra standard equipment and noise-reduction efforts add about 100 pounds

- rear seats weren’t adjustable and didn’t fold entirely flat, rear backrests offer two stages of recline adjustability, and when folded forward they create an uninterrupted load floor all the way back to the liftgate

- cargo and rear-seat space still lag slightly behind the boxy CR-V

- four USB ports, depending on trim

- cabin is rich, truly a class above available in some luxury crossovers

- standard front and center sits a 7.0-inch dashboard display on all models with knob control in the center console

- soft-touch materials everywhere, and the vibe is lusciously upscale on the Touring and Grand Touring trim levels, which have French-stitched padded armrests and dashboard accents and additional interior brightwork

- comfortable driving position, both the door and center armrests sit at the exact same height

- missing Apple CarPlay, Android Auto integration

- a fully loaded 2017 CX-5 Grand Touring tops out at $33,465 without premium paint.

- the CX-5 being fun to drive and continue to be impress us, if Mazda can keep improving its already excellent lineup while keeping its cars’ spirit intact as it did here

Starting Price Sport($24,985), Touring($26,855), Grand Touring($30,355)
Vehicle Type 4 door hatchback, front engine, front or all wheel drive
Engine DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-capable inline-4, direct fuel injection
Transmission 6-speed automatic, manual shifting mode
Horsepower 187 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 185 lb-ft @ 3250 or 4000 rpm
Displacement 152 cu in, 2488 cc
Wheelbase 106.2 in
Length 179.1 in
Width 72.5 in
Height 66.1 in
Curb weight 3550-3650 lb
Passenger volume 102-103 cu ft
Cargo volume 18 cu ft
0-60 mph 7.6-7.8 sec
0-100 mph 23.0-24.0 sec
Top speed 120 mph
Fuel economy (city/highway) 23-24/29-31 mpg
Pros better cabin, expanded functionality, better ride and handling
Cons fuel economy a concern, could have provide more power