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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: 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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