2018 Mazda CX-5
- Blind-spot monitoring now standard on all CX-5s
- Slight increase in fuel efficiency
- Part of the second CX-5 generation introduced for 2017
- Keen handling and steering make the CX-5 enjoyable to drive
- Attractive and upscale cabin for a premium ownership experience
- Stays quiet at highway speeds
- Not as powerful as some rivals
2018 Mazda CX-5 pricingin Ashburn, VA
2018 Mazda CX-5 video
[MUSIC PLAYING] WILL KAUFMAN: I'm here with the 2018 Mazda CX-5. It's one of the best compact crossovers you can buy, and Mazda didn't even have to pay me very much to say that. The Mazda Cx-5 was completely redesigned in 2017, making it quieter and more comfortable in the cabin. For 2018, there are some minor changes. The most notable-- blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are now standard on all trim levels, and the two and a half liter, four cylinder engine gets cylinder deactivation, which makes it more fuel-efficient on the freeway. But the highlights, here-- this really is the most engaging compact crossover to drive, and I think it has the nicest interior in the class. This is also actually a really good looking little crossover, and you get a few niceties around the outside. LED headlights are standard on all trim levels, and if you opt for the touring or grand touring you get 19 inch alloys, 17 inches on the base model. The first thing you notice when you get into the CX-5 is just how nice everything in here feels. There's nice materials and soft touch points, even the plastics have been textured. This piano black stuff, it really shows fingerprints. But at the same time, it's a much more upscale look than what you get in some of the competitors. For 2018, even in the base trim, you get a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a leather-wrapped shift knob, both of which feel really nice. This is the grand touring trim, which means it feels a little more luxurious. These are leather seats, they're really comfortable. I actually like them a lot. I have no complaints about these seats. Seat heating and the heated steering wheel both are really effective. The base trim gets a single zone climate control. In touring and grand touring you have dual zone. The system works well and you have some pretty obviously labeled buttons that make it easy to control manually. Even the base trim gets some good, active safety features. You get blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking. Driver aids are available as part of a package. So you can get adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist on any trim level. They do come standard on the touring and grand touring. This particular car also comes with the Bose stereo system. That's an optional upgrade on the touring and standard on the grand touring. It's a really good stereo system. This might also be one of my favorites in this class. This vehicle also has thoughtful small item storage. You get a pretty generous bin right up here for small items you want easy access to. You have two generously sized cup holders with anti-tip, and you get a good sized center console box and pretty large door pockets that are able to hold water bottles. Mazda's infotainment system has some strengths and weaknesses. When you're at a stop, you can use this seven inch screen as a touch screen, but when you're moving you can only use this knob. I like this knob-based system. The interface has been optimized pretty nicely to take advantage of it. It's easy to find what you're looking for. There's good clicky response here, and one of the nice things about this is it it lets you look away from the screen when you have to. You don't sort of have to focus on the screen and try and poke a button while you're bouncing around in a moving car. You can move the knob over the function that you want, and if you've got to look away, when you come back to it, it's right where you've left it. One of the things this system doesn't have is Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. It's sort of a shame not to see them here. You do have two USBs up front in this center console box that will let you access files on your phone and use it as sort of an iPod. One weird thing about these USB ports is they don't put out very much voltage. So you can't really charge your phone from them. If you want to charge your phone up, you're going to have to go to the back seat. The touring and grand touring trims, in the back seat, you actually get two 2.1 AMP usb outletS, but it's not super useful for you in the front seat. On this higher trim level, you also get heated outboard backseats, which is nice. This backseat is maybe a little bit smaller than what you'll find in some competitors. I'm sitting behind my driving position, and you can see, I do have knee room, but it's not a ton. There's a sizable toe box under the front seats. So this is pretty comfortable. I could spend a lot of time back here. There's a ton of headroom. Even if you're pretty tall, you're not going to run out of headroom back here. For buyers who are worried about fitting car seats in, there's room back here, but the latch points, while they're clearly marked, they're sort of buried in the seat cushions here. So you're going to have to dig around a little bit to get to them. The CX-5 has 30.9 cubic feet of space behind the second row and a maximum of 59.6 cubic feet of storage space with those seats folded down. That's not as much as you get in some competitors, but it's a really usable space. There's not much lift over here and the load floor is nice and low. Also standard on every trim are 40-20-40 split folding seats with releases in the trunk, and on the touring and grand touring you get a power liftgate. When the CX-5 was first introduced, it really set a new dynamic standard for this class of vehicle. You know, mostly small SUVS were just entirely utilitarian. They were boxes on wheels. That was the whole point. They weren't all that amazing to drive. Mazda's approach to the CX-5 and all of their cars is to make them engaging on the road. That was really something a little different in the mainstream compact SUV market. All trim levels of the CX-5 get a 2.5 liter, naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine that makes 187 horsepower and is paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox. Now, 187 horsepower-- it's not bad. It's not amazing. On our test track, the CX-5 managed a 0 to 60 run of 8.7 seconds. It's quicker than the base engines of a number of competitors, but a lot of competitors also offer more powerful upgraded engines. That also means that the towing capacity for this car is only 2000 pounds. Compact SUVs aren't really a go-to towing vehicle, but considering the class best is 3,500 pounds, if you're actually planning on towing something, even if it's small, CX-5 might not be the right vehicle. This particular model has all wheel drive. Front wheel drive is standard. The all wheel drive model gets 26 miles per gallon combined, and if you stick with front wheel drive, that bumps up to 28 miles per gallon. Unless you're dealing with bad weather, you know, you're really worried about road conditions, the all wheel drive isn't necessary here. This steering is-- it's a little heavier than some of the competition, just to let you know there's some sportiness here. It's not uncomfortably heavy. You can get around in a parking lot just fine, you're never cranking on the wheel or anything. But what's great about this steering is that it feels very natural. So you feel pretty connected to what the car is doing through the steering wheel. The CX-5 is a little stiffer than some of its competition. Suspension is tuned to be a little more sporty. What you get with the CX-5 is a more controlled body motio. So as you go through turns, you can feel the chassis sort of load up and it helps you to know how much grip you have, it makes you feel more confident about putting the CX-5 through turns, and it actually just makes it a lot more fun to drive. The six-speed automatic is a pretty good companion on the road. When it's in normal mode, it's obviously going to try and upshift as much as it can for better fuel economy, but it'll downshift when you need power and you can always put it in sport, which is going to make it more aggressive about staying in a gear. Overall, it's a good transmission and it's well-matched to this engine and this car. There is a manual mode, but there's a little delay on response. It's not exactly the sportiest thing in the world. Another thing I like a lot about the CX-5 is that, for its class, this is a pretty quiet vehicle and that sort of adds to the upscale feel that you get from these great materials and the good design. Our fully loaded, top-of-the-line model also has a heads up display that I really like. It displays a lot of information. There's obviously a speedometer up there, it shows you your adaptive cruise control settings. It shows you the lane keeping. It also has a blind spot monitoring display to let you know if there's a car on one side of you or the other. The very base trim of the CX-5 starts at $25,000. And for that, it's front wheel drive. It's the same motor and transmission, but you'll have leatherette seats instead of leather, and you won't get access to this heads-up display and a few other options. But you can't get the stereo. It'll still be really comfortable, it'll still feel upscale. This model with everything and all wheel drive comes in at just under $34,000. For that price, you can get an upgraded engine from some alternative vehicles, but none of them are going to feel as good as the CX-5 if you're on a windy road. None of them are going to just be as nice to spend time in. I wish it had Android and Apple CarPlay, I wish there was an upgraded engine option. I wish my phone would actually charge from these front USB ports. But, in a lot of ways, the CX-5 punches above its weight class in terms of handling, this steering feel, the quality of the interior. Overall, Mazda's made a really great compact SUV. If you'd like to find out more about the Mazda CX-5, make sure to check out edmunds.com for our full rating and review. If you liked this video, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and check us out on Instagram and Facebook.
2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring Review
Edmunds Associate Staff Writer Will Kaufman takes a close look at the 2018 Mazda CX-5, one of our favorite compact SUVs. In this video, we'll talk about what it's like to drive the CX-5, what technology features the CX-5 offers and what they're like to use, how comfortable the vehicle is, and how much space it has.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite CX-5 safety features:
- Smart Brake Support
- Sounds an alert and applies the brakes when it detects the risk of an imminent front crash.
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Provides gentle steering guidance to prevent you from inadvertently drifting out of your lane.
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Alerts the driver to vehicles approaching from the rear when, say, reversing from a parking stall.
Mazda CX-5 vs. the competition
2018 Mazda CX-5
2018 Honda CR-V
Mazda CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V is one of the class benchmarks and a consistent best-seller. It does the important things right: interior room, ride comfort, tech features, cargo space, and safety. It's not fast or especially exciting, areas where the CX-5 has the advantage. The CX-5's interior design and features also feel more advanced compared to the Honda's relative practicality. But for cargo space, it's no contest: The Honda offers about 8 cubic feet more behind the second-row seats than the Mazda.
Mazda CX-5 vs. Nissan Rogue
The Nissan Rogue and the CX-5 both debuted around the same time. While Nissan pursued comfort at low cost, Mazda sought out a middle ground between performance and utility. The Rogue is indeed comfortable, thanks to its advanced seat design and roomy interior. Cabin materials are also quite nice for the class, and you can get it with a small third-row seat for seven-passenger use in a pinch. But driving a Rogue is a bland experience compared to the CX-5.
Mazda CX-5 vs. Chevrolet Equinox
From its meaty door thunk to its taut feeling on the road, the freshly redesigned Equinox feels solidly built from bumper to bumper. A smooth ride, standard navigation and incrementally better fuel economy, as well as an optional fuel-thrifty diesel engine, are the main reasons to consider an Equinox compared to the CX-5. But the Equinox suffers from even less cargo space and a pokey standard powertrain. A larger engine is available, but the upgrade is expensive.
2018 Mazda CX-5 for Sale
The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is a class-leading compact SUV that receives a number of new, useful standard features this year, such as blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Its options are offered solely in packages. The features in these packages are grouped logically, though inevitably some people will end up with items they don't care for in order to get the ones they want. However, this setup also simplifies the process of selecting the right CX-5.
The 2018 CX-5 is offered in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. The differences between them boil down to comfort and convenience features rather than hardware and drivetrain differences. All of them share the same four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available on all trim levels.
The Sport trim level marks the entry point among CX-5s. While Sport models come fairly well equipped, it's worth spending the extra money for the Touring trim level since it nets you a host of worthwhile comfort items. Notable features of Touring models include heated front seats, simulated leather upholstery, an upgraded sound system, 19-inch wheels and automatic climate control. Sport models can be ordered with the Sport i-Activsense package, and the Touring trim is available with the Touring Preferred package.
The Touring model will likely meet the needs of the most buyers, though if the past is any indication, the top Grand Touring trim will undoubtedly be popular with many shoppers. In addition to the features of a Touring model with its option package, the Grand Touring adds leather upholstery, additional seat adjustments and adaptive headlights. From there you can add the priciest of all packages, the Grand Touring Premium package, for additional comfort and convenience items in the cabin. At this fully equipped point, it's priced accordingly, but the tab manages not to be outrageous.
Among compact SUVs, the CX-5 stands out for its compelling combination of taut driving dynamics, an upscale cabin and competitive fuel economy. It manages this feat while remaining on par with the pricing in its class. As such, you can feel free to indulge on the specification of your CX-5 without the guilt that you're being a spendthrift. Let Edmunds help find the perfect 2018 Mazda CX-5 for you.
2018 Mazda CX-5 Overview
The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A), and Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A).
What do people think of the 2018 Mazda CX-5?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Mazda CX-5 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 CX-5 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 CX-5.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Mazda CX-5?
2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
The 2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,920. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $2,711 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,711 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$29,209.
The average savings for the 2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is8.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Mazda CX-5 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
The 2018 Mazda CX-5 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,490. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda CX-5 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $2,350 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,350 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$26,140.
The average savings for the 2018 Mazda CX-5 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is8.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Mazda CX-5 Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
The 2018 Mazda CX-5 Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,425. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda CX-5 Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,977 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,977 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$24,448.
The average savings for the 2018 Mazda CX-5 Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is7.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Mazda CX-5 Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
The 2018 Mazda CX-5 Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,190. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda CX-5 Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,777 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,777 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$25,413.
The average savings for the 2018 Mazda CX-5 Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is6.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Mazda CX-5 Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
The 2018 Mazda CX-5 Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,125. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda CX-5 Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,478 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,478 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$23,647.
The average savings for the 2018 Mazda CX-5 Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is5.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
The 2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,820. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,990 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,990 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$28,830.
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