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2016 Mazda CX-5

$14,934 — $25,646 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

  • 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

Our Take

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
211 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Such a great SUV!

by Annette from Milford on November 6, 2018

I really love the way this smaller SUV drives. Includes lots of back storage space that I need. Nicely priced with backup viewing, Bluetooth, both on column and console controls that's very handy. Not ... Read full review

(5.0)

Just an absolute wonderful vehicle

by Jephy from Edmonton, AB on November 3, 2018

The car is excellent on fuel smooth ride very safe and reliable lots of room never breaks down I love the vehicle all around great product Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Mazda CX-5 Sport

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
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

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.

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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