2018 Mazda CX-5

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2018 Mazda CX-5
2018 Mazda CX-5

Key specs

Base trim shown


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

3 trims

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Notable features

  • 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

2018 Mazda CX-5 review: Our expert's take

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 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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Absolutely love this car

I’m 72 and have owned many cars including jags, Volvo, bmw, ect this is the nicest, comfortable car I’ve had, l suspect that kept in good condition and serviced correctly it will last many years, if you are looking for a reliable, attractive, zippy car then this is for you, l test drove all the similar cars and the cx5 was the car for me.


Fantastic Car and love Mazda Customer Service

My CX-5 is perfect for me. I love the look, the reliability and the brand. For a mid-priced car, the customer service is wonderful. Mazda has nailed the red and I love the apple car play.


Traded in my Subaru for a 2018 Mazda cx-5

I owned a 2016 Subaru Legacy for 5 years. After driving my wife's 2020 Mazda cx-5 I just had to have one also. While I enjoyed my legacy it felt rather boring in comparison to the Mazda. The cx-5 feels very upscale. It's very comfortable for 4 people and hey, it drives like a Mazda. Enough said.

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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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