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2015 Mazda CX-5

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

178.7” x 65.7”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Performance of 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Driving dynamics
  • Steering feel
  • Cabin materials
  • Gas mileage estimates

The bad:

  • Performance of 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Ride quality might be too firm for some
  • Available touch-screen is on the small side
  • TomTom-based navigation system's ease of use

3 trims

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Our 2015 Mazda CX-5 trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine available
  • Low-speed collision-avoidance option
  • Integrated text messaging support available
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • FWD or AWD

2015 Mazda CX-5 review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2015 Mazda CX-5?

The 2015 Mazda CX-5 is a compact SUV with seating for five that compares to the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4. It is available in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. All trims are available with front- or all-wheel drive.

What's New on the 2015 Mazda CX-5?

There have been no significant changes for the 2015 model year.

How Does the 2015 Mazda CX-5 Compare to Other Small SUVs?

The Mazda CX-5 is already a strong contender in the market, and recent updates make it an even more appealing choice. Its enhanced power allows it to compete with the best of the best, even in this crowded vehicle class.

What Features in the 2015 Mazda CX-5 Are Most Important?

The CX-5 comes equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 155 horsepower. It is paired with a six-speed manual transmission, but a six-speed automatic is also available. For additional power, drivers have the option of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that delivers 184 hp.

Significant standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, dual tailpipes, body-colored side mirrors with integrated turn signals, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cloth upholstery, air conditioning, cruise control, push-button start and a 60/40-split folding backseat. Available amenities include adaptive bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, fog lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a power moonroof, a Bose premium stereo, navigation, heated leather-trimmed seats and Bluetooth connectivity and streaming audio.

As required on every new 2015 vehicle, the CX-5 is outfitted with front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Additional standard safety features include side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags and Hill Launch Assist. Available safety amenities consist of a backup camera, blind spot warning system and Smart City Brake Support.

Should I Buy the 2015 Mazda CX-5?

Its driving dynamics and luxurious cabin materials make the Mazda CX-5 a standout in the class. However, when it comes to tech features, the available touchscreen is fairly small, and the navigation system is not the most user-friendly.'s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.7
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Most recent consumer reviews


Can’t go wrong with this vehicle!

I love my 2014 Mazda CX-5. It is technically a 2014, but apparently no 2014s on to review. It is so reliable—requires just basic maintenance like oil changes, new windshield wipers and tires as you’d need on any vehicle. Handles well, even on snow. Wish it had a turbo engine, but it’s plenty fast and not an issue. Never had any big expenses or surprises. My only 1st world complaint is the outdated/cumbersome GPS system and it sometimes doesn’t connect to my Bluetooth when trying to play Pandora—but the phone has never been an issue. I may look for a newer to me CX-5 just for something new to drive! My step-son may be the lucky one in line to drive the 2014 CX-5 next!


Fun and well built.

I bought the 2015 cx5 used a few months ago with 88k miles on it. Based on my research it should last up to 300k miles with regular maintenance and non aggressive driving. I have the grand touring trim in all black. It's a very good looking vehicle inside and out. Placement of gauges is very good and buttons/functions are easy to access. Temperature functions are simple and work really well. Good venting. Windshield wipers work fine but the intermittent timer sometimes seems to fluctuate either based on speed of the car or there's something malfunctioning. I can't tell to be honest. Storage is good and there's enough pockets, compartments and spaces for personal items. Overall the look and feel seems right on the bubble of being luxury. The handling is on the stiffer side made to give a feel of performance which it does. I get a pretty strong connection with the road. The turns are tight. It feels good to drive and it's even fun though I don't push that. I used to have a Mazda protege in the 90's and it gave that handling excitement despite its modest power. The cx5 reminds me why I liked that car. The lag when pressing hard on the gas is a bit annoying and the 0-60 time seems a bit slow for the 184hp 2.5l engine but once it gets into it's power band it goes. Gas mileage is very good imo. I get 26 mpg combined city/highway. Seats are comfortable enough though I might have chosen the touring model for the cloth seats instead of leather because items slide off the seats and I notice some wear and stitching tears that I'll need to have repaired. The adjustments with the seats are very good I think. I like the lumbar support. The hatchback works well but I would have appreciated an automatic open/close function. I haven't had a large hatchback before and it's a bit annoying having to force the closing if I have items in my hand. 1st world criticism certainly. The biggest issue with this model year (and I think all models up to 2018(?) is the gps and entertainment unit. It uses the old TomTom navigation system which is very clunky and too frustrating to bother with. I use my phone instead. The entertainment system works well enough but I'm surprised it included a CD player even in 2015. I don't listen to the radio or have a Sirius subscription so I mostly Bluetooth connect my phone for streaming music and navigation. It shouldn't be necessary with an integrated system already in place but the installed system is that bad. It's all made worse by the Bluetooth tech. It often disconnects for no reason and sometimes takes a minute or longer for the system to recognize my phone. Sometimes it will be connected but there's no sound, again for no reason I can see. Usually these issues happen at start up and once I'm driving a few minutes it works fine. If I watch a video on phone there's a big latency lag from the phone to the stereo. It's big enough that it's unwatchable since a mouth moves but the sounds come later. I have to disconnect bluetooth when watching a video which is a major annoyance. I'm planning on replacing the stereo head unit in the future which hopefully will solve all these problems. Overall it's really a great car.


Feeling good so far

The vehicle is very comfortable and drives very smooth. I have never owned a Mazda before, but would very much consider getting another one in the future.

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Based on the 2015 Mazda CX-5 base trim.
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New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles

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