What Is It?
2016 Mazda CX-5
What's New About This Model?
The five-passenger 2016 Mazda CX-5 compact SUV is spruced up with a redesigned front grille, new 19-inch aluminum wheel designs and extensive upgrades in the cabin.
How Much Does It Cost?
Pricing has not been announced, but we expect the 2016 CX-5 will be priced similarly to the 2015 model. The base 2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission starts at $22,375, including an $830 destination charge.
What Kinds of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
The engine and transmission offerings carry over from the previous year.
- 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder engine — 155 horsepower, 150 pound-feet of torque
- 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder engine — 184 hp, 185 lb-ft of torque
- Six-speed manual transmission is standard; six-speed automatic transmission is optional
- Available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
The base CX-5 with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission returns 26 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway.
What Are the Biggest Changes?
The relatively spartan cabin in the CX-5 gets a significant makeover that will make it feel more upmarket. Small changes like the switch to an electronic handbrake open up more interior room as well. The center stack and floor console have also been redesigned with more storage space. Buyers have more trim choices, including a new Parchment leather option.
The look of the exterior is slightly tweaked and there are new exterior colors, including Titanium Flash Mica, which was first used on the Mazda 3.
What Are the New Safety Features?
The 2016 CX-5 gets new safety features, including Smart Brake Support. This is available as an option and it is designed to help avoid front collisions or minimize damage when traveling at medium to high speeds.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Ford Escape: One of the most popular compact SUVs offers buyers athletic driving dynamics and an inviting cabin. Bold styling makes it stand out from the increasingly crowded compact SUV herd.
Honda CR-V: The 2015 Honda CR-V has a long list of enhancements, including better fuel economy and bolder styling. It's the most significant midcycle makeover in the SUV's history and is designed to steal some of the limelight from style leaders like the Mazda CX-5.
Toyota RAV4: The stalwart RAV4 is a mainstay for young families seeking a utility vehicle with an affordable price tag.
Should You Wait for It?
There are so many excellent compact SUVs on the market, there's almost no reason to put off shopping at this point. But if you decide to wait for the CX-5, you'll be rewarded with a vehicle with more creature comforts and better safety features.