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2016 Mazda CX-5 Overview (See Available Styles)

  • Updated exterior styling and features
  • Compact SUV that is still fun to drive
  • Good fuel economy for its class
Back for 2016 with a few new tricks up its sleeve, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 compact SUV continues to be one of the best driving vehicles in its class, while also offering good safety ratings and fuel economy.

This is the first significant update the CX-5 has gotten since its debut in 2012 and touches both the exterior and interior of the five-seater. The aggressive front grille adds metallic accents and the headlights have been redesigned, as have the optional LED running lights. There are also new 19-inch wheel designs and new exterior paint options as well for added customization.

Under the hood, things remain the same with both of the CX-5’s engine options carrying over. The pair of four-cylinder engines are both from Mazda’s SkyActiv family of powertrains. Base Sport trim models feature 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 (models with all-wheel drive 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). Stepping up to the larger engine nets 25/32 mpg. All of the cited figures are for FWD models; for AWD models, subtract one mpg on both the city and highway.

The interior layout remain basically the same with some slight changes to the center console that help to accommodate the addition of a control knob that powers the newly available Mazda Connect infotainment system, similar to what can be found in the Mazda3 and the new Miata. Mazda also says that they have added more sound insulation for 2016 which should result in a quieter in-cabin experience. Standard interior features include air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, push button start, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, and a USB port. There is also plenty of optional equipment in addition to Mazda Connect, such as leather upholstery, navigation, HD radio, a Bose surround sound system, and heated front seats.

As of this writing, the 2016 CX-5 has not been crash tested but the 2015 model which uses the same chassis and has the same features got a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA and we expect the same for the 2016 model. Standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system. Also available are a rearview camera, blind spot warning system, lane departure warning, radar based adaptive cruise control, and Smart City Brake Support, which helps to prevent low-speed collisions by automatically braking the CX-5.

EPA Fuel Economy

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

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Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries. Read an article on the current NHTSA crash test program.

Safety Rating

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

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

130 of 140 (92%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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