2016 Mazda CX-5

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2016 Mazda CX-5
2016 Mazda CX-5

Key specs

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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


2016 CX-5, Sturdy Sporty Descent Drive

Pretty good sporty drive, the kicker switch is cool! Feels somewhat bumpy over potholes and bumps in the road. USB ports located in front of the gear shift knob. . . Hard to find and see. The cigarette lighter is under the armrest console, very dumb place. 5 yrs later at 51k miles I heard a noice of rattling like somethings loose. I believe it’s the plastic wings on the side of the rear window. Ever time I go over a bad bumpy road it rattles, very annoying!!!!!!!


High Tech and Reliable!

What an amazing car! I was looking at the CX-5 for a while for its reliability and safety, and when I got one I was blown away by its technology, safety features, design, and gas mileage! A very nice infotainment system that is very easy to use, controlled by a knob. It’s blind spot monitoring is responsive and only has a sound when using your turn signal. The gas mileage is amazing for an SUV, about 24-32 mpg. The car has a very clean design, even better than some of the 2020s. I would only recommend getting the 2.5 L I4 that is available in the Touring and Grand Tourings, as I’ve heard the 2.0 L I4 is a bit sluggish. Handles very well, very capable.


most reliable and best value car i've ever owned

i bought my 2016 cx-5 brand new with 35 miles on the odometer. it has been proven to be one of the most enjoyable to drive cars i've ever owned or driven, and i;ve owned or driven dozens of cars in my 62 years.

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