2016 Mazda CX-5

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2016 Mazda CX-5
2016 Mazda CX-5

Key specs

Base trim shown


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

3 trims

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Notable features

  • 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

2016 Mazda CX-5 review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Happy after an accident

I did a lot of research before buying this car for my teen son. He was in a pretty significant accident in the car (he was rear ended on an Interstate). The car is likely totalled, and he didn't have any injuries. The driver seat actually reclined him (not sure if this is safety feature) when his car was thrown from the freeway sliding into a grass median. The seat bottom did break (it was split with the insides of the seat showing). With the speed of impact and the damage to the car I am amazed he walked away unhurt. I will be looking for a replacement with the exact same car.


Does not meet speed performance expectation

Very slow acceleration as if it can not carry her weight. When you accelerate you can feel right away the effect but just sound helpless to move faster. Interior and external style is perfect.


Rivals my 2015 BMW X3 actually sportier OUTSIDE

I bought my CX-5 used, so not everything is going to be always shiny, spic and span based on the previous owner. Mostly for things that should be in god condition regardless of past ownership for a 6 year old vehicle is pretty good, and shows the Mazda quality I have always been told (This is my first ever Mazda purchase). The exterior is so eye catching, add in the tiny touch of a nice side pin stripe and it looks way above other CX-5's. The Interior is actually not my favorite when it comes to what you would expect from the exterior, but its not horrible, just more dull than expected. I have the Grand Touring with heater leather seats and pretty much all the bells but one thing that has caught my eye is while I looked up my vehicle, unless there was an ADDITIONAL package that came with the already high end trim level, the dash give away that there is a feature I apparently dont have that I wish I did- the front collision sensing and looks like lane assistance. This has baffled me I bought the highest trim and that wasnt included? The Knob based infotainment system is excellent and rivals my last vehicle a 2015 BMW X3, which had the same setup which is so cool! I love the sporty feel but it has way more no sporty get up than expected. Overall, the Bose system is great, sunroof has express open, but not express close, and a very small gas tank for the size of vehicle. Quality wise, it has been amazing though, no engine trouble yet, knock on wood. I would still recommend this to a daily commuter like myself who wants a good used vehicle.

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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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