Gross sales normally taper off towards the top of a automobile’s life cycle. Autos are typically outdone by newer and extra up to date opponents, or consumers will wait a couple of months for the inevitable successor. Not the CX-5. It has been Mazda’s best-selling car two years in a row (2015 and 2016), and December 2016 was its best-ever gross sales month. This might be attributed to the rising demand for SUVs and crossovers, however it may be as a result of the CX-5 is only a nice automobile. Interval. The last-gen mannequin gained our final Huge Take a look at towards eight different small crossovers, a few of which had been a lot newer than the CX-5. The brand new 2017 CX-5 has some fairly huge footwear to fill, and including it to our long-term fleet ought to assist us discover out simply how a lot Mazda improved its common crossover.
Like with our previous 2013 CX-5 long-termer, we determined to go for the top-of-the-line Grand Touring AWD, this time in Machine Grey with creamy parchment leather-based inside. All trim ranges get Mazda’s Skyactiv 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 187 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed computerized. Different normal options embody a rearview digital camera, 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, a 7.Zero-inch touchscreen, and Mazda’s cool new G-Vectoring expertise.
The Grand Touring trim nets you fairly a couple of goodies. Exterior options embody 19-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers, heated energy mirrors, a sunroof, adaptive LED headlights, LED foglights, and an influence liftgate. The inside will get leather-based, an eight-way energy driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar help, dual-zone computerized A/C, a Bose 10-speaker audio, a heated entrance seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and Mazda’s navigation system. Notable security options embody blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, sensible metropolis brake help, lane departure warning, and lane maintain help. We ticked the field for the $1,830 Premium package deal, which provides two-position driver’s seat reminiscence, a six-way energy entrance passenger’s seat, heated outboard rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a head-up show with site visitors signal recognition, and the SoCal must-have windshield wiper deicer. Different choices embody a cargo mat ($70), a rear bumper guard ($125), and attractive Machine Grey paint ($300). All these goodies add as much as a MSRP of $33,960, which is fairly cheap in the event you ask me, although I might skip out on the Premium package deal if I had been to purchase one myself.
In a current Motor Development comparability, the CX-5 misplaced by a hair to the CR-V because of the CR-V’s extra spacious inside, higher gasoline economic system, and expertise. The EPA charges the AWD CX-5 at 23/29/26 mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed, and I’m curious to see what sort of mpg numbers I can obtain in actual life, although with my lead foot I’m not so assured. Can’t do a lot about house, however the additional 16.2 cubic ft of house behind the primary row that the CR-V presents shouldn’t be a deal breaker for me. Mazda has additionally hinted on the addition of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in newer fashions or an replace obtainable for present CX-5s to make it extra aggressive within the tech division. Hopefully that replace will come throughout our yr with the CX-5.
Mazda has gone by means of nice lengths to present the automobile a extra refined and upmarket really feel inside and outside. I’m trying ahead to seeing how the successor for his or her best-selling car improves on an already enjoyable and fascinating package deal. Though I used to be disenchanted to be taught that the CX-9’s turbo-four wouldn’t make it within the CX-5, I feel all of the little enhancements ought to add as much as a a lot better all-around crossover.
Keep tuned to search out out if I can handle to maintain that tasty white leather-based clear.
|2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$33,960|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Entrance-engine, AWD, 5-pass, Four-door SUV|
|ENGINE||2.5L/187-hp/185-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-Four|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||three,653 lb (57/43%)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||179.1 x 72.5 x 65.three in|
|Zero-60 MPH||eight.three sec|
|QUARTER MILE||16.three sec @ 84.Zero mph|
|BRAKING, 60-Zero MPH||124 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||Zero.81 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||28.Zero sec @ Zero.59 g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||23/29/26 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||147/116 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||Zero.76 lb/mile|