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2016 Mazda CX-5

2016 Mazda CX-5

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$12,478 — $21,854 USED
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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

  • Interior quality
  • Performance of 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Steering feel
  • Cabin materials
  • Gas mileage estimates

The Bad

  • Available touch-screen is on the small side
  • TomTom-based navigation system's ease of use
2016 Mazda CX-5 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Mazda CX-5
  • New front styling
  • New interior materials and sound insulation
  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine available
  • Low-speed collision-avoidance option
  • Integrated text messaging support available
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • FWD or AWD

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2016 Mazda CX-5 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

After four days of testing outside of Baltimore with experts from Cars.com, USA Today and "MotorWeek" as well as a real-life family, here's a video on how each car performed:

Vehicle Overview

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 gets a mildly face-lifted exterior, revised control layout, new cabin materials and additional connectivity systems for 2016.

Mazda’s compact SUV was new for 2012, and the automaker has updated it slightly for every model year since its launch. For 2016, the CX-5’s face gets a slightly bolder grille with new metallic gray accents. The headlights have a revised interior layout, and Mazda’s “signature” LED lighting is optional with the Technology Package.

Under the hood, the CX-5 is again available with either a 2.0-liter or 2.5-liter four-cylinder, and Mazda says it has updated the crossover’s suspension for a more compliant ride. Drive Selection, which allows drivers to switch drive modes “for a more responsive driving experience,” Mazda said in a statement, is also newly available this year. The ride should also be quieter thanks to additional sound insulation throughout the body.

Inside, the climate control buttons have been moved up slightly on the panel, and the new CX-5 uses the latest version of the Mazda Connect knob-controller-based multimedia system. Other highlights include an electronic parking brake, longer rear-seat cushions, larger door pockets for more storage and new interior trim options: an aluminum-look panel with a vertical hairline finish, a metallic-finish panel and a piano black panel.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
283 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Love it!

by Boz44 from Winfield IL on July 6, 2020

Just fast enough, great styling and handles like a more expensive European model. I wanted an AWD vehicle for the Chicago winters and something my Wife and I could get in and out of easily. Didn’t ... Read full review

(5.0)

Love my CX 5

by LA Women from Los Angeles, CA on July 2, 2020

Love this car inside and out. A superior car for road trips. Very comfortable and great mileage. Get 33 mpg and about 28 mpg in the city. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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

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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

(third row)

N/A

Booster

(second row)

B

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

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