2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV

2018 Mazda CX-5
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2018 Mazda CX-5
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What’s new

  • Blind-spot monitoring now standard on all CX-5s
  • Slight increase in fuel efficiency
  • Part of the second CX-5 generation introduced for 2017

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Not as powerful as some rivals


Which CX-5 does Edmunds recommend?

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is available in three trim levels to suit the tastes and needs of a variety of buyers. We like the midlevel Touring model for its practical combination of value and features, including 19-inch wheels (new this year) and a full suite of safety equipment. The optional Touring Preferred package adds such items as navigation and an upgraded sound system, and all-wheel drive is available for an extra cost for those who need it. We only recommend all-wheel drive if you live in a snowy climate since it hurts your fuel economy.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

8.1 / 10

Mazda redesigned its CX-5 crossover SUV just last year. Notable improvements include a more comfortable ride quality, a nicer cabin, and new safety and technology features. Factoring in the traditionally taut steering and suspension, we think the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is one of the best small SUVs available.

A quiet cabin and refined interior don't detract from this SUV's reputation as a driver's vehicle either. About the only thing that diminishes its appeal is a lack of an engine upgrade. Although performance is on par with the base engines on competing models, there's nothing more powerful available. Rival compact crossovers such as the Chevrolet Equinox and the Kia Sportage offer strong turbocharged engines if you're after something with more oomph, and competitors such as the Honda CR-V have a bit more interior room and better fuel economy.

But overall we like the 2018 Mazda CX-5 for its excellent balance of sportiness, comfort and practicality. The exterior design is sleek and modern, and while not overly generous inside, the interior offers a competitive amount of room for people and cargo. The upscale interior materials, along with a host of standard tech and convenience features, convey the sense of a vehicle that should cost quite a bit more than it does. It's a top pick for a small crossover in 2018.

Notably, we picked the 2018 Mazda CX-5 as one of Edmunds' Best Family SUVs and Best Small SUVs for this year.

2018 Mazda CX-5 configurations

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 crossover is offered in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. All models have front-wheel drive with all-wheel drive available as an option. The sole engine choice is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder (187 hp, 186 lb-ft of torque), which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Standard equipment for every CX-5 includes 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, a 7-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, a 40/20/40-split rear seats (fold and recline), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a four-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, a four-speaker stereo and two USB ports. Low-speed forward collision warning and mitigation and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert are also included.

The available Sport i-Activsense package adds such features as automatic high-beams, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, upgraded forward collision warning and mitigation, and automatic windshield wipers.

The Touring trim adds a healthy dose of comfort items that most buyers will find appealing, such as 19-inch wheels, keyless ignition and entry, heated front seats, simulated leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver seat, two additional speakers and two more USB ports. It also gets the i-Activsense suite of safety features as standard. The optional Touring Preferred package adds such items as navigation, an upgraded 10-speaker Bose sound system, a sunroof and a power liftgate.

The Grand Touring gets you all of the above, along with leather upholstery, driver-seat memory settings, a power-adjustable passenger seat, satellite radio, and LED foglights and taillights. The available Grand Touring Premium package includes a head-up display with traffic sign recognition, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row outboard seats and windshield wiper de-icer.

Trim Tested Module

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring (2.5L inline-4 | 6-speed automatic | AWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Mazda CX-5 has received some revisions. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's 2018 Mazda CX-5, however.

Driving

8.0
Mazda's penchant for handling prowess is alive and well. If your commute involves many twists or turns, you might not consider any other crossover. Just don't expect to get anywhere fast; the engine's thrust is ultimately meek when you really push it. Otherwise, it's an easy vehicle to live with.

Acceleration

6.5
The 2.5-liter provides underwhelming acceleration from a stop or while moving. Overtaking on the highway requires some planning. A sprint from zero to 60 mph on our test track took 8.7 seconds, quick against rivals with similar engines. However, many vehicles in this class offer upgraded engines.

Braking

7.5
It's easy to come to a smooth stop with the moderate pedal firmness and predictable brake effort. It took 121 feet to stop from 60 mph, an average stopping distance in this class.

Steering

9.0
Steering is weighted a bit heavier than in most crossovers, reflecting the sporting intentions. It's never difficult to turn, however, and parking lot maneuvers are executed with ease. A slight buildup of effort at higher speeds helps you know exactly where the wheels are pointed.

Handling

10.0
This is where this SUV excels. Since it's sharp and communicative, you can take corners at speeds greater than rivals without squealing tires or feeling as if you're out of control. The car is unfazed by quick left-to-right transitions. This is the best-handling small crossover. No doubt about it.

Drivability

7.5
The automatic transmission doesn't immediately jump into the highest gear possible under moderate acceleration, which helps with everyday drivability. It's reluctant to downshift, waiting until you really give it the beans. In Sport mode, the transmission hangs onto gears until you totally back off the gas.

Comfort

8.0
Most people will find the comfortable cabin to be quite pleasant. Noise levels are low, and the climate control system excels. A few minor annoyances — a ride that's firm and a rear bench with little thigh support — keep it from being the ultimate passenger-friendly vehicle.

Seat comfort

7.5
The front seats are shaped well and envelop the body comfortably, though the side bolsters squish to the side during hard cornering. The rear bench is flat on the bottom, which might make long-distance travel uncomfortable for rear passengers. However, the rear seatback reclines for added comfort.

Ride comfort

7.5
The suspension setup that makes the CX-5 a world-class handler also gives it a ride quality that is firmer than what you'll find in other compact crossovers. However, midcorner bumps barely faze the chassis, and it never feels floaty. Road imperfections are dealt with immediately.

Noise & vibration

8.0
Noise isn't an omnipresent issue; wind noise and tire noise are really only evident at highway speeds. Even then, you won't have to raise your voice to talk to passengers. Engine noise is apparent from moderate to heavy acceleration. Sport mode hangs onto gears, prolonging the raucous note.

Climate control

8.5
The automatic climate control system works well to keep temperatures constant, aided by the Touring's rear air vents. Heated front seats are toasty in the highest setting, and the heated steering wheel warms quickly. Controls for the rear seat heaters are awkwardly located in the armrest.

Interior

8.0
The cabin is very much driver-oriented, with excellent visibility and a superb driving position. The short center console and wide gap between the brake and dead pedals are a boon for tall drivers. It's slightly less friendly to backseat passengers since there's less room than in some rivals.

Ease of use

8.5
All controls are within the driver's reach. The center display loses touchscreen ability while the car is moving (it's controlled by an easy-to-use knob near the shifter) and doesn't wash out in sunlight. The driver armrests aren't tall enough to rest your elbow and still grip the steering wheel.

Getting in/getting out

7.5
Step-in height is a couple inches taller than that of some vehicles in this segment, but most people will find it easy to enter the CX-5. The tall doors mean you don't have to duck. Exiting is also simple, but passengers sitting behind tall front occupants might have to scrunch their legs to leave.

Driving position

9.0
The driver's seat offers a lot of vertical adjustment, from low-slung (for a crossover) to bury-your-head-in-the-roof. The front of the seat bottom raises fairly high, offering plenty of support on long-distance drives. The steering wheel also offers a nice range of tilt-and-telescoping adjustment.

Roominess

7.0
The cabin feels spacious up front, and there's enough headroom for tall folks all around even with the sunroof. Rear passengers might feel cramped by the sculpted outboard seats, which also make it difficult for an adult to sit in the middle. Rear legroom is a little tight.

Visibility

8.0
An elevated driving position, tall windows and narrow pillars make this an easy car to see out of. The exception is in the three-quarters view; the window is a bit smaller than those of competitors but provides a decent view to limit blind spots. Standard backup camera provides a high-def rear view.

Quality

9.5
There's not a single cheap-feeling trim piece in the CX-5. All materials, from the leather upholstery to rarely used switchgear, feel expensive. The only disappointments are the malleable side bolsters that rub against the center console in turns. Everything else is exceptional.

Utility

8.5
The cargo area is a little small for the class, but you still get the capacity expected from a crossover. The rear seats fold nearly flat at a pull of the remote release latches. The cargo cover is cleverly attached to the hatch, so you don't have to bend over and shove items in. Seats fold 40/20/40.

Small-item storage

9.0
Storage spaces abound, with every door sporting spacious pockets with water bottle cutouts. The center bin is deep but not especially wide, though there's a secondary bin in front of the shifter for extra storage. There's a shallow tray inside the rear armrest complete with USB ports.

Cargo space

8.0
The cargo area is a bit smaller those of competitors, but we were able to fit two large suitcases without impeding rear visibility. The loading height is a little taller than many in this class, and the door opening height is a little shorter. We dig the nifty retracting door-mounted cargo cover.

Child safety seat accommodation

7.5
Four slots on the outboard seats allow access to the LATCH anchors. It's easy to push past the slots, but the anchors are inset a bit. The tethers on the seatback are easy to reach, even with the cargo cover in place; push down on the plastic tab that keeps stuff concealed to access the tether.

Towing

7.5
The CX-5 can tow up to 2,000 pounds. This is above average for the segment, although the Ford Escape and Hyundai Santa Fe can tow up to 3,500 pounds with their upgraded engines.

Technology

8.0
The CX-5 is a heavy hitter on the tech front, with USB ports sprinkled throughout the cabin, multiple advanced safety systems, and a standard 7-inch touchscreen with an intuitive user interface. The driver aids are fairly sensitive, particularly the blind-spot monitor.

Audio & navigation

8.5
The infotainment system is easy to use overall, though some virtual button iconography is hard to decipher. The nav system predicts inputs so users don't have to enter the entire address. Destination entry is disabled while moving, but you can select "Home" or browse through recent destinations.

Smartphone integration

7.5
There are two USB ports in the front and two in the back on the Grand Touring trim, both underneath that row's central armrest. The plugs in front seem to pull less power than in rivals; it takes quite a while to recharge phones. Mazda doesn't offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto yet.

Driver aids

8.0
All of the latest advanced safety features are available. The lane departure warning system emits a unique low-pitched buzzing sound that really gets your attention. The blind-spot monitor is overly sensitive, even triggering while you're passing vehicles several car lengths behind.

Voice control

8.0
The voice control system seems to be totally based around natural speech recognition, with no prompts whatsoever. It's good at destination entry, calling people and tuning to terrestrial radio stations. (We couldn't get it to tune to a satellite radio station, however.)

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Mazda CX-5.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

UPDATE. Sweet ! Almost perfect
TgR,12/22/2017
UPDATE. Still love the little SUV. No rattles. Rides solid. Quiet. Only one complaint and it is a disappointment to me living in a big city. Navigation does not have real-time traffic and cannot reroute you around accidents. I find myself using Waze everyday. It’s a shame really because navigation is desolated on the HUD nicely but I don’t use it anymore. They really need to upgrade that. Wish they can update the software to fix that. That’s my only gripe on an otherwise great vehicle. Grand touring with premium package. Love love the heads up display and all its functions. It really is awesome. Shockingly quiet on the road. Had owned 3 Mazda’s before. They all had road noise. Not this one. This one is a quiet as my wife’s RX350 Lexus. Bose audio is not as good as I hoped. My old 2008 CX9 Bose system was wicked. This one is just okay. I wish they did a better job with the high end audio. Rides great. Fuel economy great. Interior is very nice. Really, for the money, it is awesome.
Great overall value but missing a couple features
Goldy,02/25/2018
I downgraded in size from a 2015 Murano SL AWD to the 2018 Grand Touring AWD with Premium package to save some money and improve fuel economy. I only have the Mazda for a week so I may update this review in the future but so far, I only have one complaint with the vehicle. This model with the Premium package has a ton of safety features but the one it's missing is it doesn't have an all-around camera. This feature was on my Murano and was really helpful when parking as you can see the lines on the sides of you as well as the front and rear of the vehicle. This is also helpful when parking in our garage since I need to back in to my space. On the positive side, the interior seems spacious for the dimensions. My wife drove a 2015 Rogue SL AWD and I got her the same Mazda CX-5 with the exact same equipment since our leases are both up within two weeks of each other in a different color. We both think the CX-5 interior is nicer in every way than the Rogue and all storage other than the glove box and center armrest storage is fine in the CX-5. The paint quality, fit & finish & general build quality are as good or better in every way on the Mazda. All the interior materials seem nicer on the Mazda and the ride quality is definitely better than the Rogue. I think dollar for dollar, the CX-5 will be a great choice if you want a sporty compact SUV with a ton of features for day-to-day driving and very good fuel economy in a fun to drive SUV.
Luxury feel for midlevel price
George C.,07/31/2018
Just got this car 2 days ago. Traded in my 2007 Toyota Rav4 Sport. This car is much nicer inside than my other car. Really like the selector knob to navigate the infotainment system. The infotainment screen is touch screen too. The selector knob is something that you usually only see on higher end cars. I like the seats. In my touring model they are suede/ leather. The seat itself is a bit firm. I opted for the preferred package. This got me the upgraded 10 speaker Bose stereo, navigation, and auto dimming mirror. It is worth the $1200 cost to upgrade. The Bose stereo is not as nice as I thought it would be. I think Mazda needed to install an amplifier. The basic radio doesn't have the wattage to really make the stereo thump. Minor flaw, imo. Perhaps something they need to address in future model years. I expected the stereo to really boom with 10 speakers. Another drawback is no more CD player. Most newer cars are ditching them. The ride is a bit firm, but that is what makes the car handle so well when turning/cornering. Acceleration I think is great compared to my old Rav 4. When you step on the pedal this thing gets up and moves. The accelerator is a little funny feeling. It is floor mounted rather than the usual suspended in most cars. Can't speak on gas mileage as I'm still on my first tank of gas. Lol. All in all I think that this is a great mid price SUV with a higher end feel to the inside. I believe that is what Mazda strives for, and they've succeeded. This is a must try car for anyone in the market for a new SUV.
Luxury at an affordable price!
VAGentleman,07/23/2018
Have had this car for little more than a month & a half and like almost everything about it! In my estimation, it is every bit as smooth riding as my '14 Lexus 350. And a quiet - if not more so. The power is more than sufficient for the size of the car. Have just returned from a trip to the mountains and noticed the engine does "buzz" a bit when accelerating up a steep slope. Got about 33 MPG on the highway, am getting around 23-24 MPG in town. Bought it because of the many safety features which were offered and love all of them. Wish it had parking assist warnings, but the backup camera is excellent. I found the seat position very comfortable during a 5 1/2 hour drive and the power passenger seat is nice - something I couldn't find in the other cars I considered. I do have a complaint about the massive driver's manual that accompanies the vehicle - it is one of the most convoluted things I've ever tried to read! At least 65% of the manual deals with warnings: "Do not lower the rear seat back if someone is seated in the seat as it might cause bodily harm"! Still, very pleased with the purchase and would recommend it without reservation.
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2018 Mazda CX-5 videos

[MUSIC PLAYING] MARK TAKAHASHI: Small crossover SUVs have been wildly popular, outselling the less versatile sedans for quite some time. JOSH SADLIER: Mark and I brought our two current favorites in this segment, and Will over here brought the RAV4, the current top seller. WILL KAUFMAN: We're going to take a closer look at each of these vehicles to let you know what their strengths and weaknesses are. We've put hundreds of miles on each of these movies on the road, but we thought we'd spare you 12 minutes of us going to buy groceries. Instead, we took our three red people movers to our test track where we could make those disclaimers at the bottom of every ad about closed roads and professional drivers come alive. You may never drive your compact crossover like this, but at least you can rest easy knowing someone has. JOSH SADLIER: We've got the latest Honda CR-V here with the 1.5-liter turbo charged four cylinder engine that you get on almost every version you'll find at a dealer lot. There's the 2.4 that comes in the base LX. I don't know if I've ever seen one of those on the road. It doesn't really seem like something people are going to be interested in because you want the turbo motor, it gets better fuel economy and more power. How are you guys enjoying it so far? WILL KAUFMAN: This back seat is cavernous. There's a lot of room for me to flop around back here. JOSH SADLIER: I've been watching that, yeah. WILL KAUFMAN: But-- I mean, it's huge back here. There's just a ton of room in this car. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah, it is very spacious. This is effectively a mid-sized SUV I would say in terms of usability. MARK TAKAHASHI: I'm not getting a sense of that space, though. I feel like the headliner and the windshields are actually a little close to me. [ENGINE REVVING] WILL KAUFMAN: That's interesting. Oof. Oh wow, there's that noise. Ah, it just sounds like the engine wants to leap out of the engine bay. [LAUGHTER] The CVT just does not do it any favors in the sound department. MARK TAKAHASHI: In its defense, though, no one in their right mind is going to be driving a CR-V this-- JOSH SADLIER: Well, MARK TAKAHASHI: --hard. JOSH SADLIER: That's fair. WILL KAUFMAN: And it does provide a good boost and good fuel economy. I mean-- JOSH SADLIER: It does. WILL KAUFMAN: With the gas motor-- JOSH SADLIER: Well, not right now. WILL KAUFMAN: But with a gas motor, this is the most efficient of the three if you don't want the hybrid. JOSH SADLIER: Now this is the front wheel drive one, which means we're going to be getting under ideal circumstances, 34 MPG highway, which is easily the best of any of these competitors. The others are I think 31 and 30 at the top end. So the fuel economy is definitely a strong suit, at least according to the EPA. Now in the real world, if you're in a boost like I've been here, your results may vary. MARK TAKAHASHI: Here's the thing, though. It's making a lot of tire noise, but it doesn't feel sloppy. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah, I wouldn't call it sloppy. I mean, it clearly does not have much tire for this purpose, but in the real world, having driven this around, I didn't feel like it needed more tire like on a country road or something. So I think this is an extreme situation we're in right now, but I do like the way it responds. The steering, there's no slop in it and it goes where you point it. The thing for me about this car is the transmission. I think if people are not used to a CVT, this can be kind of a rude awakening in that it just doesn't always respond as promptly or as predictively as you might expect if you're used to driving like a traditional automatic transmission. MARK TAKAHASHI: And they don't offer any kind of automatic, do they? JOSH SADLIER: CVTs beauties across the board, yeah. Even with the 2.4, it's still CVT. That's the one thing, I think if people take a test drive and-- again, transmission's fine, what's he talking about? Cool, and then you'll probably like the rest of the car. For me it's a deal breaker. MARK TAKAHASHI: Wow, all right. WILL KAUFMAN: See, I didn't-- in normal driving, I haven't felt that way about this vehicle, because of the CVT, when you're just, you know, cruising in traffic, when you're driving on the freeway, when you're driving around town, the response that I expect from a car, the CVT isn't falling short of that. MARK TAKAHASHI: It's not until you start getting onto a highway, you know, on an on-ramp or something and you really want to get up to speed, does it feel like it's at a disadvantage? JOSH SADLIER: Yeah, and the engine gets really frantic. MARK TAKAHASHI: I think this is better suited to someone who has one or two kids. It's comfortable. It just kind of checks all the boxes. JOSH SADLIER: There's still some road noise there I noticed on a longer drive over the weekend. WILL KAUFMAN: It does seem like for this vehicle, they looked at the old RAV4 and they said, OK, it's going to be just better in every measure. Not necessarily tremendously better, but it's going to be better. It's also the only one that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This is the 2018 RAV4, and it's the RAV4 that really started the compact crossover craze way back when. And it's still the bestselling of any compact crossover. In fact, it's the bestselling vehicle in the US next to the pickup trucks that everybody loves to buy so much. But I think part of the appeal of this is that there's nothing complicated about it. There's no other reason you buy it, you don't have to think, oh, I want the one that handles well. You just think, I want the one that will carry all of my people and stuff and I don't want to worry about it. MARK TAKAHASHI: It's not something that I don't think you really aspire to? There's nothing that kind of gets me excited about this car. It's the safe choice. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah. There's actually decent bolstering in these seats. A little more than I expected. Thanks for helping me to feel that with that turn. WILL KAUFMAN: I mean, it is-- it's just a perfectly fine place to spend time. I mean, I agree, there's nothing that stands out here, but that's sort of part of the point of this car, is it just does what it does without any pretension to anything else, and you can get a hybrid power train so you get better fuel economy than any of the others if that's what you're looking for. It's also not a very thrilling engine. The transmission will, even though it's only a six-speed transmission, it will sort of jump around if you're in normal mode and you start asking for a little bit of acceleration. JOSH SADLIER: There's something kind of honest, though, about this power train that I'm drawn to. WILL KAUFMAN: Yeah, it's basically the same power train as the Mazda. MARK TAKAHASHI: Even to be competitive nowadays, you have to overdeliver on a number of fronts-- refinement and comfort and performance. Everything has now gotten to the point where everybody is expecting more. This doesn't really overdeliver, it's adequate in almost every way. JOSH SADLIER: It's an aging product that's kind of hanging in there, but you're right, it's not really going the extra mile. WILL KAUFMAN: The ride and handling isn't bad. It is a little rough around the road than that CX-5, you definitely feel the bumps a little bit more. I mean, it's not sloppy around these turns. MARK TAKAHASHI: It was that little boaty coming out of that last turn, though. I felt a little bit of residual bounces as you set it into the turn. JOSH SADLIER: Yeah, you wouldn't call this the driver's choice. MARK TAKAHASHI: No, no. JOSH SADLIER: But at the same time, I feel like if someone told me, hey, I just bought a 2018 RAV4, it would be hard to argue against that. MARK TAKAHASHI: Oh no, no, no. JOSH SADLIER: Well maybe-- MARK TAKAHASHI: He would say, why didn't you get the 2019 and just wait nine months? JOSH SADLIER: Well, it's an all-new model, you want to give it a year or two to sort things out. MARK TAKAHASHI: Do ya? WILL KAUFMAN: The other thing is, you'll be able to get a really good deal on one of these-- when it's on dealer lots and a few months when the new one's out. JOSH SADLIER: That's a great point. WILL KAUFMAN: This is going to get cheaper. You don't always see sales on Toyotas. MARK TAKAHASHI: Welcome to the best small crossover you can buy today, the Mazda CX-5. It's a little sporty, it's a little more reactive and responsive. Sure it's an SUV, it's a little tippy, but there's only so much you can do in regards to physics, right? WILL KAUFMAN: One of the things that impresses me in this car is the body roll is really well-controlled. JOSH SADLIER: You should try sitting in the middle back here, but I take your point. MARK TAKAHASHI: Well, in addition to better driving dynamics, I think it's also the best-looking in the bunch. JOSH SADLIER: I would agree with that. MARK TAKAHASHI: I mean, it's better to look good than feel good, but this does both. JOSH SADLIER: If you look around at the competition, there's not really another crossover at this price point that actually makes a style statement. Not one that I can think of, at least. MARK TAKAHASHI: It's not over-styled either. I mean, it just-- like the overall shape is really pleasing. JOSH SADLIER: Yep. WILL KAUFMAN: It's also definitely the nicest interior of any of the ones we have here today. MARK TAKAHASHI: Some of these materials we wouldn't have expected to see except for maybe a luxury car last generation. JOSH SADLIER: Yep. MARK TAKAHASHI: And it's got this great infotainment controller here that's kind of the same as you'd expect from BMW, Mercedes, and Audi. And I love that. It's just well-managed, you know? It's easy to drive, it's fun to drive. WILL KAUFMAN: It raises the question, why do you buy a compact SUV? It is because it handles nicely? MARK TAKAHASHI: You know, there are certain people left in the world who appreciate cars that handle well and are sporty. WILL KAUFMAN: But if you're buying one of these, what you need is practicality, right? What you need is to be able to fit stuff and people and just carry things around. I mean, what are the tricks of this car other than it's nice to put around a turn, which, let's face it, most of the only chance you get to do that is a freeway on-ramp. Not every road is our test track. MARK TAKAHASHI: Well, you don't think that this has enough cargo space? WILL KAUFMAN: You've got two kids, especially if they're small, you've got two strollers you gotta throw in the trunk. That's a lot of space right there. This is definitely going to be the worst at moving stuff. MARK TAKAHASHI: Worst? WILL KAUFMAN: There's no other power train option in this car. This is the only one here today-- MARK TAKAHASHI: I don't think it needs more power. WILL KAUFMAN: Well, the power is only part of it, right? The other thing that-- the other thing that the other power train options on the other vehicles offer is not just more power, but more fuel efficiency. You've got a hybrid motor in the RAV4 and you've got the 1.5 liter turbo in the CR-V, both of which are more efficient than what you get in this car. JOSH SADLIER: But I think the point about cargo capacity for me in this segment is I doubt that many buyers are actually folding down the seats and maximizing every last cubic foot that's available. I feel like what they're looking for is a high seating position. Yeah, a convenient hatchback trunk, sure, you can fold down the seats if you need to, but I think it's the style that really pushes this one over the top compared to other cars in the class for the price. Like, you want to look good driving a crossover, I feel like that's part of the appeal. WILL KAUFMAN: This is also the best seating position of any of the ones we have here today for sure. I mean, you feel a little bit more ensconced in the vehicle, you've got armrests that at least for me actually work on both sides. And that's-- I mean, just that, just the feel of sitting down and in this vehicle, there is a little bit of that sportiness to it. And I also think it's just the most comfortable-- these seats to me are the most comfortable of the three we have. JOSH SADLIER: Starting with acceleration, the CR-V turns out to have a pretty significant advantage. We're talking about a second-and-a-half to 60-- seven-and-a-half for the CR-V, nine seconds-plus for the CX-5 and RAV4. What do we think about that? MARK TAKAHASHI: It's crazy. I mean, the CX-5 feels so much faster and livelier, but numbers don't lie. JOSH SADLIER: Braking distance we go from 60 to zero, full panic stop. Once again the CR-V has a significant advantage-- 121 feet in that panic stop versus 130 for the other two cars. When it comes to cargo space, the CR-V has a class-leading 39.2 cubic feet of it behind the second row. That's on par with some mid-size SUVs. MARK TAKAHASHI: Cargo capacity is one of the main reasons people gravitate towards crossovers like these. WILL KAUFMAN: That is really impressive, but on paper, it's within a cubic foot of the RAV4. In the real world, that makes a difference, though. You can see, after the most unexpected game of Tetris ever, JOSH SADLIER: We are down one golf bag, but only one golf bag, so they're pretty much the same. The CX-5, though, I feel like it's a little smaller. Is that-- Mark? Is it smaller? MARK TAKAHASHI: It's smaller. That is what didn't fit in the RAV4, and all of this is what doesn't fit in the CX-5. At 30.9 cubic feet, it's the smallest capacity of the bunch, but that's still a lot of stuff. WILL KAUFMAN: I know the force is the bestselling vehicle in this segment, but it's really starting to show its age. Compared to these other two, it just can't really hold up. We're going after you run this test again and we get the new model in because I think it's going to be a big improvement. MARK TAKAHASHI: And I realize that the CX-5 doesn't have the greatest cargo capacity, but it really appeals to my left brain. I mean, it looks great, and drives even better. JOSH SADLIER: But here's what the right brain says. The CR-V's got the best fuel economy, best cargo capacity, best braking, and best acceleration in the whole test. Case closed. MARK TAKAHASHI: Let us know what you think. 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Mazda CX-5 vs. Honda CR-V vs. Toyota RAV4 Comparison Test

Edmunds editors Mark Takahashi, Josh Sadlier and Will Kaufman do a back-to-back-to-back comparison of the two highest-rated small crossovers: the 2017 Honda CR-V and the 2018 Mazda CX-5. Also added into the mix is the best-selling 2018 Toyota RAV4, which is due to be replaced by an all-new model later this year. We put these versatile vehicles through their paces to see which one might be the best fit for you.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$30,945
MPG
24 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
187 hp @ 6000 rpm
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$27,515
MPG
24 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
187 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$26,215
MPG
25 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
187 hp @ 6000 rpm
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$29,645
MPG
25 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
187 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

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.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat4 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover17.4%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

Mazda CX-5 vs. the competition

2018 Mazda CX-5

2018 Mazda CX-5

2018 Honda CR-V

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.

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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.

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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.

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2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV for Sale

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More about the 2018 Mazda CX-5

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 SUV Overview

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV is offered in the following styles: 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 SUV?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 CX-5 SUV 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 SUV.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 CX-5 SUV featuring deep dives into trim levels including Grand Touring, Touring, Sport, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV here.
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We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV 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 SUV Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $2,759 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV 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 SUV Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $2,457 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV 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 SUV Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,996 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

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