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2015 Mazda CX-5

$12,332 — $22,240 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
26-29 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2015 Mazda CX-5 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 Mazda CX-5
  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine available
  • Low-speed collision-avoidance option
  • Integrated text messaging support available
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • FWD or AWD

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

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2015 Mazda CX-5 Overview

by Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The CX-5 is Mazda's entry in the small-crossover segment. With five seats and front- or all-wheel drive, it's one ... Read More

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
108 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Reliable car with loads of interior space.

by SgtLaughter from Virginia Beach, VA on October 27, 2018

I've driven this car as a daily driver and taken it on 14+ hour road trips and it has performed flawlessly in both situations. The seats are comfortable enough to take on long trips especially with ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great Car. Good Investment. Safe.

by MazdaFam from Pittsburgh, PA on October 17, 2018

This car has met my family's needs. It is sleek, safe, comfortable and great in the winter months. Would absolutely recommend to single friends or families of 5! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2015 Mazda CX-5 currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
good
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mazda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CX-5 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

B

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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