Monthly Update for May 2018 - 2018 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test

2018 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test

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2018 Mazda CX-5: Monthly Update for May 2018

by Carlos Lago, Senior Writer

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.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
During its second full month in the long-term fleet, our CX-5 amassed nearly 1,600 miles and averaged 23 mpg — its best month yet both in terms of distance traveled and fuel economy. Not stopping there, the CX-5 also set bests in both range and consumption on a single tank, 324 miles and 28 mpg, respectively. These figures give us hope that the CX-5 will get closer to its EPA fuel economy ratings as time goes on.

Average lifetime mpg: 21.4
EPA mpg rating: 26 combined (24 city/30 highway)
Best fill mpg: 28.1
Best range: 324.8 miles
Current odometer: 3,613 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
None.

2018 Mazda CX-5

Logbook Highlights
Performance
"The 187 horsepower is more than adequate for normal cruising speeds, but if you push the CX-5 at all or try an aggressive lane change, the lack of power is very noticeable. The engine growls loudly, but the CX-5 does not move to match the sound. Also in terms of fuel economy, I was averaging just over 20 mpg, which falls short of the EPA ratings. Compared to the fuel economy you can get in the Honda CR-V, which feels larger and more powerful, the Mazda CX-5 doesn't compare." — Edmunds guest contributor

Comfort
"The seats are really comfortable. Good, firm support, yet the back has this air mattress-like softness. The cabin and seats are cleanly laid out and feel great compared to the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4." — Rich Kuras, content strategist

Interior
"The chrome material on the wheel does a great job at creating a spotlight directly into my eyeballs. On a mid-morning drive heading northwest, the wheel would catch the sun and temporarily blind me (and I had sunglasses on, no less). The chrome was spread through other interior elements to create this nice cascade/prism of light." — Rich Kuras

"The CX-5's interior and exterior styling are simply stunning. The Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint has real depth and exudes a sense of luxury. In fact, I parked this next to a red Tesla and, while both are metallic, there simply was no comparison to the richness of the CX-5's red. Moreover, the fascia with the large open grille has simple lines, but also an air of masculinity.

"In terms of interior styling, the layout of the dash is clean, and the horizontal strip of wood adds a nice touch of luxury. The matted chrome accent around the vents gives the interior a high-end feel. Moreover, the execution of the seats in Parchment integrated with black accents is well-done. Other carmakers should pay attention, because this is the right way to execute this interior color combination." — Edmunds guest contributor

"The CX-5 feels tighter than the Honda CR-V and seems to be similar to the Ford Escape. However, the rear seating seems to be roomier than the Escape. Either way, the CX-5 can comfortably transport a family of five." — Edmunds guest contributor

Technology-Audio
"The technology on the car is impressive. Blind-spot monitoring integrated into the head-up display is a nice feature. Also, the HUD is clearly visible even on bright sunny days, and the fact that you can adjust its height ensures good visibility. The entertainment display was also intuitive. The only issue is that the screen size could be larger, but in this class of vehicle it's still acceptable." — Edmunds guest contributor

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