2016 Mazda CX-5Change year or vehicle
Key specs of the base trim
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- Interior quality
- Performance of 2.5-liter four-cylinder
- Steering feel
- Cabin materials
- Gas mileage estimates
- Available touch-screen is on the small side
- TomTom-based navigation system's ease of use
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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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:
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.
Three years in, no complaints
Bought this car new at the very end of 2015. It's held up great over the years, and the fact that Mazda retrofitted CarPlay (for a fee) was an added bonus to keep the in-dash technology fresh. Gets ... Read full review
Very Efficient, great on gas mileage, reliable vehicle, safe, very spacious, fun, good technology, low maintenance, comfortable, great for family, would buy another and recommend Read full review
The 2016 Mazda CX-5 currently has 4 recalls
Crash and Rollover Test Ratings
New Car Program Benefits
36 months / 36,000 miles
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36 months / 36,000 miles