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2018 Mazda CX-5

2018 Mazda CX-5

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$16,813 — $26,629 USED
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SUV
5 Seats
26-28 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Excellent steering and handling
  • Quiet cabin
  • Adaptive cruise control that works to a stop
  • Interior materials
  • USB charging ports in backseat
  • Gas pedal and transmission responsiveness

The Bad

  • Touchscreen locks when SUV is moving
  • Less cargo room than competitors
  • Backseat legroom
  • Multimedia control knob tricky to use
2018 Mazda CX-5 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Mazda CX-5
  • Blind spot warning system now standard
  • Four-cylinder engine adds cylinder-deactivation technology
  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • LED headlights standard
  • Active safety features available

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2018 Mazda CX-5 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team


What it is: Since its launch in 2012, the Mazda CX-5 compact SUV has been a hit for the Japanese brand, accounting for a quarter of Mazda sales around the world. The CX-5 was fully redesigned last year and delivers an above-average driving experience. It competes with the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape.

New for 2018


New standard features include a leather steering wheel and shift knob, and blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert. Meanwhile, the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine gains cylinder-deactivation technology that shuts down the outside cylinders when cruising to save gas.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Lovely car, fun to drive

by shopper from saddle brook, NJ on June 10, 2020

The car is comfortable and beautiful. A real pleasure to drive. Makes a long trip to work enjoyable! I am very happy with it and my friends love it too. Read full review

(5.0)

Love driving my CX5.Very classy looking.

by EyshasCX5 from Los Angeles on June 1, 2020

All my cars I previously owned were Mazdas . I made the eight choice when i chose CX5 . To date I have no complaints . I love the CX5. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 currently has 2 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.*

Latch or Latch system

A

Infant seat

C

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

B

Booster

(second row)

B
* 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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