CARS.COM — Mazda has added standard equipment to its CX-5 compact SUV — its most popular U.S. model — and raised prices on most models in a midyear change. Mazda is labeling the updated versions as 2016.5 models, and deliveries to dealers will start in January.
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A backup camera is now standard on all versions of the CX-5 with a six-speed automatic transmission; Touring models gain navigation and heated front seats as standard; and Grand Touring models add standard navigation.
Price increases vary by model and include a $900 destination charge, which is up $20 from $880. The all-wheel-drive Sport increases $470 to $25,795; the all-wheel-drive Touring increases $70 to $27,415; the front-wheel-drive Grand Touring is $370 higher at $29,470; and the all-wheel-drive Grand Touring is $420 higher at $30,770. A front-wheel-drive Sport with the optional six-speed automatic increases $420 to $24,495 because the backup camera is now included with the automatic.
The only CX-5 model that doesn’t have a standard backup camera is the base front-wheel-drive Sport, which comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and six-speed manual transmission. The base price is virtually unchanged at $22,695, and the camera remains a $400 option. All other models use a 2.5-liter engine.
Despite the mid-model-year increases, the base price of the CX-5 remains lower than that of competing compact SUVs for the 2016 model year. The Ford Escape starts at $23,995 including an $895 destination charge; the Honda CR-V starts at $24,495 with a $900 destination charge; and the Toyota RAV4 starts at $25,250 with a $900 destination charge.