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2015 Mazda CX-5 Overview (See Available Styles)

  • Two four-cylinder engine options
  • Good fuel economy for this segment, up to 35 mpg/highway
  • Sporty handling and driving characteristics
Returning virtually unchanged for the new model year, the 2015 Mazda CX-5 offers the most enjoyable driving experience to be found in the compact SUV segment and good fuel economy as well.

The CX-5, which replaced the Tribute in the Mazda lineup, features an aggressive “Kodo” design that speaks well to its driving character. The front of the CX-5 is dominated by a large, pentagon-shaped grille the Mazda crest flanked by swept headlight clusters. Standard dual tailpipes and a roof spoiler give the rear some added visual flair. 17-inch wheels are standard, while 19-inch alloys are optional.

Under the hood, the 2015 CX-5 offers a pair of four-cylinder engine options, both from Mazda’s SkyActiv family. The base Sport trim features a 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 150 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission (note: models with the optional all-wheel drive system only come with the automatic). Both the Touring and Grand Touring trims use a more powerful engine the debuted on the CX-5 in 2014. It is a 184-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 185 pounds-feet or torque and is mated exclusively to the six-speed automatic. Fuel economy is best with the manual transmission and the base engine, 26/35 mpg city/highway (26/32 mpg with the automatic), while stepping up to the larger engine nets 25/32 mpg. All of the cited figures are for FWD models; AWD models lag by one mpg both city and highway.

Inside, the CX-5 offers a simple, straight forward layout with a lot of black trim pieces. Cargo room is class competitive, 34.1 cubic feet behind the 60/40-split folding second row. Air conditioning, cloth seats, power windows and locks, push button start, and a USB input are standard. Optional technology includes Pandora Internet Radio compatibility, navigation system, 5.8-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, and a Bose audio system. The cabin can also be spruced up with leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated front seats.

The CX-5 offers good crash test ratings, earning a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. Six airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system with traction control are standard. Optional safety features include a backup camera, blind spot warning system, and a new Smart City Brake Support system which helps prevent low speed frontal collisions.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 24 - 26 MPG
  • Highway: 30 - 35 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: *****
  • Frontal Crash: *****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

68 of 74 (91%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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