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

4 / 5

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.

Trim levels & features

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

4
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

3
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

3.5
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

5
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

5
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

3.5
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

4
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

3.5
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

3.5
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

4
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

4.5
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

4
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

4.5
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

3.5
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

5
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

3
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

4
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

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

4.5
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

5
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

4
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

3.5
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

3.5
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

4
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

4.5
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

3
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

3.5
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

4.5
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.)

Top consumer reviews

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

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.
CX-5 is alive!
Jerry,04/30/2018
It's no speed demon but it's not meant to be. Has quite a bit of safety tech for the money. Should have a CD player but not available on 2018. Bose Sound system is awesome and road noise is low.
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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

MSRP
$30,945
MPG
24 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
187 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$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
MSRP
$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

Mazda CX-5 2018 Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
New 2018
Mazda CX-5
Grand Touring
MSRP$33,930
Est.Loan: $598/mo
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Mazda CX-5 2018 Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
8,347 miles
Certified Used 2018
Mazda CX-5
Touring
List$25,775
Est.Loan: $469/mo
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MAZDA FACTORY CERTIFIED 7 YEAR/100,000 MILE WARRANTY - DEALER PROGRAM CAR - GRAND TOURING - ALLWHEEL DRIVE - NAVIGATION/LEATHER/MOONROOF/BOSE SOUND SYSTEM/ADVANCE SAFETY FEATURES (RADAR CRUISE CONTROL, SMART BRAKING, LANE DEPARTURE, BLIND SPOT AND REAR CROSS TRAFFIC ALERT, HIGH BEAM CONTROL, ADAPTIVE LED HEADLIGHTS, AND SO MUCH MORE)/BACKUP CAMERA/POWER DRIVER AND PASSENGER SEATS/MEMORY SEAT/SAT RADIO/AND SO MUCH MORE - NO HIDDEN RECON FEES - ONE OWNER - CLEAN CARFAX - **Grand Touring upgrades over Touring includes: Adaptive Front-lighting System, LED (fog lights, combination taillights, daytime running lights, and headlights), moonroof, Power Rear Liftgate, Heated side mirrors, Leather-trimmed seats, power driver and passenger seat, memory driver's seat, Auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink, Bose Surround Sound System with 10 speakers, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Navigation** **This CX5's safety features includes: Advanced front air bag with seat belt-use and passenger-weight sensors Front side-impact air bags, side-impact air curtains, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Tire-Pressure Monitoring System, Backup Camera, E911 emergency calling, Blind Spot Monitoring System, Rear Cross Traffic Alert System, Adaptive HID Headlights, Active Driving Display, Smart City Brake Support, Smart Brake Support, Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Distance Recognition Support System, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane-keep Assist, High Beam Control, and Alot more. Top Safety Pick Plus by IIHS and 5-Star Rated by NHTSA for 2018 safety ratings.** **CPO 12-Month / 12,000 Mile Vehicle Limited Warranty 7-Year / 100,000 Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, 24hr Roadside Assistance, 160-Point Detailed Inspection, Zero Deductible, Special APR available** **At Chantilly Mazda we promise you'll have a great experience. All you add is your state's tax, tags, and processing fee. No other fees and we mean it!! (no reconditioning fees, no dealer prep, no CPO fees, no testing fees). For more information or to schedule a test drive, call (855)423-9049. Buy Happy!**
Mazda CX-5 2018 Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
New 2018
Mazda CX-5
Sport
MSRP$26,445
Est.Loan: $472/mo
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**Priorities for Life on All New Priority Vehicles** Engine Guaranteed FOR LIFE** No Cost Oil & Filter Changes FOR LIFE** Parts & Service Guaranteed FOR LIFE** see dealer for details.2018 Eternal Blue Mazda 4D Sport Utility CX-5 Sport 6-Speed Automatic 2.5L 4-Cylinder AWD 30/24 Highway/City MPGAt Priority Nissan / Mazda we believe in MARKET VALUE PRICING all vehicles in our inventory. We use real-time Internet price comparisons to constantly adjust prices to provide ALL BUYERS The BEST PRICE possible. Check Out these other Great Features! 4 Speakers, 4.624 Axle Ratio, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, ABS brakes, Air Conditioning, Alloy wheels, AM/FM radio, Blind spot sensor: Blind Spot Monitoring warning, Brake assist, Bumpers: body-color, Cloth Seat Trim, Delay-off headlights, Driver door bin, Driver vanity mirror, Dual front impact airbags, Dual front side impact airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Emergency communication system, Exterior Parking Camera Rear, Four wheel independent suspension, Front anti-roll bar, Front Bucket Seats, Front Center Armrest, Front reading lights, Illuminated entry, Leather Shift Knob, Low tire pressure warning, Occupant sensing airbag, Outside temperature display, Overhead airbag, Overhead console, Panic alarm, Passenger door bin, Passenger vanity mirror, Power door mirrors, Power steering, Power windows, Radio data system, Radio: AM/FM/HD Audio System, Rear anti-roll bar, Rear reading lights, Rear window defroster, Rear window wiper, Remote keyless entry, Speed control, Speed-sensing steering, Split folding rear seat, Spoiler, Sport Shape Front Seats, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Tachometer, Telescoping steering wheel, Tilt steering wheel, Traction control, Trip computer, Turn signal indicator mirrors, and Variably intermittent wipers We utilize state-of-the-art technology to constantly monitor pricing trends in order to offer our shoppers the best competitive pricing and value. Our entire team is committed to helping you buy a car the way we would want to buy a car! Proudly serving Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC area along with these great communities: Tysons, Vienna, Dunn Loring, Arlington, Merrifield, Annandale, Springfield, Wolf Trap and surrounding areas. Call 703-442-8700 for more Information! Price does not include Tax, Title, License, Destination Charge and Processing Fee; Price does include: $1,000 - Customer Cash. Exp. 10/01/2018

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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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What's a good price for a New 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV?
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 $2,774 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,774 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$29,146.

The average savings for the 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is8.7% below the MSRP.

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

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 $2,422 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,422 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$26,068.

The average savings for the 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is8.5% below the 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 $1,548 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,548 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$24,877.

The average savings for the 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is5.9% below the MSRP.

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

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV 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 SUV Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,752 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,752 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$25,438.

The average savings for the 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is6.4% below the MSRP.

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

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV 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 SUV Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,450 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,450 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$23,675.

The average savings for the 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is5.8% below the MSRP.

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

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,620. The average price paid for a new 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $2,170 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,170 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$28,450.

The average savings for the 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is7.1% below the MSRP.

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