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2018 Mazda CX-5


City 24 - 25 MPG Hwy 30 - 31 MPG

Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety:
    5 stars
  • Frontal Crash:
    5 stars
  • Side Crash:
    5 stars

Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

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Overall Rating:
4.8 (out of 5)
Value 4.8
Exterior 4.8
Interior 4.8
Comfort 4.8
Performance 4.7
Reliability 4.8
As much fun to drive as my MG

by GaryB. Fun Car Guy from Green Bay WI | November 15, 2019

I like it so much more than the 2017 Ford Escape that I totaled. It's so much fun to drive. Depending on positioning the steering wheel and how you adjust the seat, you can get the feel of a 50's stock Car, or a Indy Car or a LeMansCar. It really holds the line on curves and the Gas Mileage is great. I love it......However the Instrument cluster sucks so bad on the 2018 that I plastered Mickey Mouse Stickers all over it. If the sun hits the information Gauge it disappears. I can get the same information that I got on my '38 Chevy. The 2019 model is entirely different. I'm a little peeved that they didn't recommend the 2019 if only for that reason. I jacked knifed my trailer both ways and broke out the 2 lower reflectors on the back bumper. The Shocker was that practically the whole rear end was one piece and would cost $1000.00 to replace. I cobbled it back together with Gorilla glue and zip ties. Got a reflector from Amazon for $54.00 and glued the other one. Bottom line if fun is a big factor then get a 2019 CX-5, I overlook the drawbacks of the 2018 but fun is a big factor for me and I'll trade up in a couple years.

Sweet Compact SUV and Pretty, Too

by Joe C. X5 from Beaverton | October 26, 2019

I have two complaints about this gem, only two. The A-pillars are too thick, they have hidden pedestrians from my vision several times. I have learned to move my head and look around them. And the onboard infotainment system seems like was designed for a 1994 Edsel, if there had been one. It is just awful. Installing Android Auto helped a lot, but one must then remember to plug the phone into the USB-C, wait and wait for the onboard (perhaps vacuum tube operated?) system to wake up, recognize it, and manually establish the link to Android Auto. It is SO clunky. Other than those niggles, the CX-5, mine's a GT, is a delight that is pleasant to drive, carries two bicycles in back, is quiet, so comfortable that passengers often compliment it, and feels like it's going to last a very long time. Very likely, longer than I will. And here's a unique good thing about this car: I thought I'd miss my Honda S2000, one of the best sports cars ever, which I traded on the Mazda. The CX-5 is so all 'round good, that S2000 ain't even a whistle down the valley.

Love it. Traded a CX-3 for a slightly larger CX-5

by Nelsononics from Kirkland, WA | September 25, 2019

I absolutely LOVED my CX-3 but had a baby so needed a slightly larger car. Liked and went with the CX-5, which is really great for a small family

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2018 Mazda CX-5 Overview

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is a compact premium SUV that seats five passengers.

Three trims are available: the Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring.

The CX-5 is powered by a standard 187-hp, 2.5-liter SKYACTIV four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. Front-wheel drive (FWD) comes standard, while all-wheel drive (AWD) is available. Fuel economy for the FWD model is an EPA-estimated 24/31 mpg city/highway. The rating slightly lowers to 23/29 for the AWD model.