2018 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test - New Updates

2018 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test

New Updates


2018 Mazda CX-5: Wrap-Up

by Edmunds

2018 Mazda CX-5

We drove a 2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring model for more than a year. Although its power and fuel economy were underwhelming, its style, quality and dynamic character kept it high in its class.

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2018 Mazda CX-5: Monthly Update for March 2019

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2018 Mazda CX-5

Where Did We Drive It?
Our time with the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is coming to an end. March was its last full month with us, and we drove it about 815 miles. We nearly doubled last month's miles. But barring any last-minute cross-country trips, it doesn't look like we'll get to the 20,000-mile goal we set for our long-term vehicles.

This month, we logged observations on the CX-5's head-up display, weak USB port and how it is still one of the more comfortable vehicles in our fleet.

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2018 Mazda CX-5: Monthly Update for February 2019

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2018 Mazda CX-5

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2018 Mazda CX-5 is in stoppage time now, to borrow an old soccer term. Its loan to us, which should have ended in February, has been extended by a couple of months. We were short on miles in February, adding a paltry 468, a record low, to the odometer. But we hope to make it closer to the 20,000-mile mark in the final stretch.

Our limited comments this month seem to go hand in hand with the miles driven. In this month's update, we discuss how the CX-5's engine noise affects its premium status and admire its looks, especially compared to the competition.

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2018 Mazda CX-5: Monthly Update for January 2019

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2018 Mazda CX-5

Where Did We Drive It?
After a slow December, our 2018 Mazda CX-5 was back on track in January, with a solid 1,125 miles added to the odometer. We're about a month away from the end of our tenure with the CX-5, which means that many of us are starting to run out of things to say about this solid crossover.

But what our logbook comments lack in quantity, they make up for in quality. We found out how the CX-5's transmission acts on hills and what it's like to park on a short driveway. And we also have a few early impressions on the 2019 CX-5's new turbo engine.

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2018 Mazda CX-5: Monthly Update for December 2018

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2018 Mazda CX-5

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2018 Mazda CX-5 had a low-key December, as we only drove it about 860 miles. Part of that was due to the holidays, in which many of us were off from work and didn't need to commute as much.

We still found time to praise our CX-5 for its interior and run into the limits of its cargo capacity. We even used it as a rescue vehicle.

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2018 Mazda CX-5: Monthly Update for November 2018

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2018 Mazda CX-5

Where Did We Drive It?
It was back to commuting as normal for our 2018 Mazda CX-5 in November. Though a far cry from the 3,500 miles we drove in October, we added 1,300 miles in November, mostly local but with a long-distance desert drive to boost the total. With more than 13,000 miles on the odometer, we've still got thoughts on the CX-5's engine and performance, and we're contemplating an upgrade to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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2018 Mazda CX-5: Monthly Update for October 2018

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2018 Mazda CX-5

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2018 Mazda CX-5 really stretched its legs in October. We drove it about 3,500 miles, including trips to Sonoma and even north of Lake Tahoe. We set new fuel efficiency and range records, further lamented the lack of a cargo net and had some impressions of the CX-5's tech features.

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2018 Mazda CX-5: Monthly Update for September 2018

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2018 Mazda CX-5

Where Did We Drive It?
We drove our 2018 Mazda CX-5 about 1,700 miles in September, making up for a low-key, low-mileage August. The CX-5 traveled everywhere, from Northern California's Bay Area to Universal Studios in nearby Hollywood. In the course of those miles, we found a workaround for a lack of cargo hooks, learned how easy it is to install a front-facing child seat, encountered a slight stalling issue, and heard the rumor mill churning about a much-need powertrain upgrade.

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2018 Mazda CX-5: Monthly Update for August 2018

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2018 Mazda CX-5

Where Did We Drive It?
It was a low-key month for our 2018 Mazda CX-5. It spent most of its time with editor Brent Romans and was only driven about 890 miles. Brent was impressed by the CX-5's manual shift mode, climate control system, and blind-spot monitoring system indicators on the head-up display.

In late August, one of our commenters had posed the following questions: "Can you please tell us how the Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint is holding up? I hear horror stories of significant chipping, especially (but not limited to) the hood and the front bumper. I'd like another data point. And is acceleration really all that horrid?"

I did a brief walkaround and found no evidence of paint chipping. It seems to be holding up so far at just under 7,000 miles of driving. We'll keep an eye on it in the future.

As for the CX-5's performance, it definitely feels slow, but its acceleration time seems to be on par with the Toyota RAV4's, so it isn't that "horrid."

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2018 Mazda CX-5: Monthly Update for July 2018

by Dan Frio, Staff Writer

2018 Mazda CX-5

Where Did We Drive It?
We wrestled away the keys to our 2018 Mazda CX-5 from editor Brent Romans, who helped tally around 1,400 miles in June. And after wrestling, we rested. Or at least that's the story the odometer tells since we drove a paltry 840 miles in July. There weren't any road trips on the agenda or steady, long commutes. Instead, we drove around town and took the CX-5 to the dealer for service and a recall inquiry.

We did, however, put enough commuting miles on it to extend its range record. In July we traveled 329.2 miles on a tank, beating the previous mark by just 5 miles.

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2018 Mazda CX-5: Monthly Update for June 2018

by Brent Romans, Senior Editor

2018 Mazda CX-5

Where Did We Drive It?
I drove our 2018 Mazda CX-5 about 1,400 miles in June. I came away from that time believing our CX-5 is a likable crossover SUV. It's got a classy interior, a suitable amount of interior and cargo room, and an appealing set of premium features. Interestingly, though, I was left a little underwhelmed by two things I thought the CX-5 would be great at: fuel economy and the way it drives.

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2018 Mazda CX-5: Monthly Update for May 2018

by Carlos Lago, Senior Writer

2018 Mazda CX-5

Where Did We Drive It?
Now that the honeymoon period is over, our 2018 Mazda CX-5 has settled nicely into the long-term fleet. In its second full month in service, the CX-5 amassed the most miles along with record range and fuel economy figures. It's still shy of EPA ratings, but it's inching closer to them.

We still like driving our CX-5 and keep finding new traits that make it feel more premium than your typical compact luxury SUV. But a bit of the luster has worn off, and editors are finding small annoyances with the engine response and some of the interior brightwork.

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2018 Mazda CX-5: Monthly Update for April 2018

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Manager

2018 Mazda CX-5

Where Did We Drive It?
As we do with any other vehicle that joins the Edmunds long-term fleet, we covered the recommended break-in miles in our still fresh-smelling 2018 Mazda CX-5 and immediately went to the test track to lay down some baseline performance numbers and see how it stacks up to other compact SUVs.

We were more than a little surprised at the results.

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2018 Mazda CX-5: Introduction

by Dan Frio, Staff Writer

2018 Mazda CX-5

Edmunds is doing a yearlong test of a 2018 Mazda CX-5. How will this new second-generation model stack up against the rest of the field?

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