2018 Mazda CX-5

 
2018 Mazda CX-5
 
2018 Mazda CX-5
 

2018 Mazda CX-5

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Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 31 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.5 L Regular Unleaded I-4, 187 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 competes with the likes of the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape. Even in this crowd, it's one of the sportiest-driving models, with surprisingly good fuel economy ratings considering that. The CX-5 also stands out for offering a great ride quality and a flexible, spacious interior. The CX-5's infotainment system, with Bose sound, is one of the most feature-packed in its competitive set, too, with features such as well-integrated Pandora internet radio.

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What's New For 2018

After a redesign last year, the Mazda CX-5 returns for 2018 with more standard features. Chief among these is a new cylinder deactivation system, which works by shutting down two of the four cylinders in the Mazda's engine when to save fuel when cruising on the highway. The system promises to be seamless and should improve fuel economy. Other new standard features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob as well as a some new safety features such as a blind spot monitoring system and a rear cross-traffic alert system. Touring models also get a bump in features, now with standard 19-inch wheels and an active lane assist system, adaptive cruise control, rain sensing wipers and automatic headlights.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 4 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2018 Mazda CX-5

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Emergency Sos
    • Blind Spot Monitoring Blind Spot Sensor
    • Smart City Brake Support Forward Collision and Rear Cross Traffic Alert Rear Collision
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • Radio: AM/FM/HD Audio System -inc: 7" full-color touch-screen display, 4-speakers, digital clock, audio menu voice-command, auxiliary audio input jack, Bluetooth hands free phone and audio, multi-function Commander Control and 2 USB audio inputs, Aha Internet Radio, Pandora Internet Radio, E911 Automatic Emergency Notification, Infotainment System Voice Command, Stitcher Internet Radio, Radio Broadcast Data System Program Information, SMS Text Msg Audio Delivery & Reply
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 17 x 7J Aluminum Alloy
    • Tires: P225/65R17
    • Wheels w/Silver Accents
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper, Heated Wiper Park and Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Accents
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Auto Off Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Interior Features
    • Sport Shape Front Seats -inc: 6-way manual driver's seat and 4-way manual passenger seat
    • 40-20-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • Selective Service Internet Access
    • Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look/Piano Black Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Cloth Seat Trim
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Digital/Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • 14.8 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • 100 Amp Alternator
    • Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • GVWR: 4,515 lbs
    • 4.325 Axle Ratio
    • Transmission: 6-Speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE Automatic -inc: manual-shift mode and sport mode
    • Engine: 2.5L SKYACTIV-G DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder -inc: cylinder deactivation

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.7
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.9
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - 38
    • Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - 57
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 41.3
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 32.4
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 59.6
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 30.9
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 30.9
  • Electrical Features
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 100
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.5 L/152
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 187 @ 6000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 186 @ 4000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 106.3
    • Length, Overall (in) - 179.1
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 72.5
    • Height, Overall (in) - 65.3
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.8
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 62.8
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 7.6
    • Liftover Height (in) - 29.4
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 14.8
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 103.6
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.7
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 57.1
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 55.2
    • Second Head Room (in) - 39
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 39.6
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 54.8
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 55.3
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 28 (Est)
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 25 (Est)
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 31 (Est)
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Mazda CX-5
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P225/65HR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/65HR17
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 2000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 200
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 2000
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 200
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 2000
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.55
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.02
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.45
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.00
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.71
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.60
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.89
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.33
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.3 (Est)
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3527
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2018 Mazda CX-5 Photos & Colors

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  • Eternal Blue Mica Sonic Silver Metallic Soul Red Crystal Metallic
  • Eternal Blue Mica
  • Sonic Silver Metallic
  • Soul Red Crystal Metallic

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Introduction

The Mazda CX-5 is a midsize crossover that delivers crisp driving response with practical cargo and people hauling capability. Rivals include the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape and Subaru Forester.

The CX-5 was redesigned for 2017, with a retuned engine, stiffer chassis with wider track, more stylish exterior, better-looking and much quieter cabin, and many detail improvements. So for 2018 there are no changes, except for the addition of some equipment, for a very small increase in price.

Standard is a 2.5-liter gas engine that makes 187 horsepower, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The powertrain of the CX-5 is crisp, and the steering precise, thanks to the rigidity of the chassis, as well as its standard brake-based torque vectoring system that shifts torque to outside wheels in corners. The CX-5’s excellent handling makes it more fun to drive than the other compact crossovers. Ford and Subaru off more powerful turbocharged engines.

The CX-5 is small for a compact crossover, with a wheelbase of 106.3 inches and overall length of 179.1. As a result, it has less room inside than the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue. But that same trait makes it easier to park and enhances its responsive handling.

Fuel mileage is 24 miles per gallon city, 31 highway, and 27 combined with front-wheel drive, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The 2016 CX-5 earned Top Safety Pick+ of the insurance industry’s IIHS, so the 2018 model should equal that, with the stiffer chassis including stiffer roof pillars.

Lineup

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 comes in Sport ($24,150); Touring ($26,215); and Grand Touring ($29,645). All-wheel drive is optional ($1300); front-wheel drive is standard.

CX-5 Sport comes with LED headlamps, 7.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera; cloth upholstery, and two USB chargers that can charge bigger things.

CX-5 Touring adds leatherette upholstery, acoustic front windows, power driver’s seat, heated front seats, better six-speaker sound system, rear USB ports, and blind-spot monitors. An optional package ($780) adds automatic headlamps, navigation, power liftgate, and Bose 10-speaker sound. Another package includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning ($625).

Grand Touring models add leather and 19-inch wheels to the above. Options beyond that include heated rear seats and a new head-up display.

Walkaround

The CX-5 is an eye-catching compact crossover. It doesn’t look boxy. It states style. The styling changes made for 2017 were subtle, and should hold up for years.

It’s a cliche to say a car looks like it’s moving when it’s standing still, but it’s a near-impossibility to say that about a crossover. However we will say it about the CX-5.

The front pillars are pushed back, and the shoulders follow. There’s a slim chrome boomerang under the windows to accelerate the flow. The mesh grille is classier than chrome bars in other SUVs, a bold rounded trapezoid that reaches toward LED headlamps. The black cladding is thin and the taillamps are tidy.

Interior

The CX-5 cabin is much like that of the more deluxe CX-9. It’s enhanced by some of the details that were addressed for 2017, for example clean interior lighting, a tidy steering wheel, and a shift lever located in a natural position for the driver’s hand. Mazda pays close attention to ergonomics. The pushed-back A pillars allow good visibility from the driver’s seat, and better ergonomics because the armrests are raised to a more natural position.

Thanks to the addition of nearly 100 pounds of sound-deadening material, the cabin is as quiet as a Lexus. However, cabin engineers missed a couple things. The 7.0-inch touchscreen sits atop the dash, a bit too far away, and reflects smudges. The resolution is sharp, but the infotainment system is finicky; things like programming presets or entering destinations take more touches than should be necessary, and the controller on the center console is a bit hard to grip.

Mazda takes a Spartan approach to infotainment. This works when it makes things simple, but it’s difficult to find a happy functioning medium.

There’s decent shoulder room in the rear, with rear doors that open wide. Thanks to scalloping in the back of the front seats, there’s enough legroom for a six-footer in the rear, although three of them might push the comfort level a bit. The rear seat reclines, another feature new for 2017.

Behind the rear seat, there’s 31 cubic feet of storage, and 60 cubic with the rear folded flat. That’s quite decent, although a bit less than those competitors we’ve mentioned, the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, and Subaru Forester. However we can state that we stuffed a ton of stuff inside, including furniture, along with a kayak and four Jeep tires on the roof, to take a kid back to college.

Driving Impressions

The response in every direction feels finely tuned. Mazda nailed it. We’re not surprised.

The performance is sharp from the engine, transmission, and especially the steering. The throttle response is quite sharp, which encourages smooth driving; that also means it’s not very forgiving of a loose or unthinking foot, but we’ll take that over sloppy any day.

The transmission is programmed to stay in gear for a bit longer under acceleration, which you especially feel when the car is accelerating onto freeways. It knows where it is, at least most of the time, by reading your foot.

We got about 150 miles of seat time at the launch of the CX-5, and then another full week carrying around equipment like kayaks and bikes. That time was all on models with 19-inch wheels, rather than the standard 17s. The ride is usually firmer with bigger wheels because the tire sidewalls are thinner, but ours didn’t feel stiff. Most of the bumps were soaked up by the independent front suspension and multi-link rear. The steering rack is mounted directly to the front suspension for more sensitivity, and better feedback. But not too much, on bumpy roads.

The precise cornering comes with progressive steering that’s firm but not heavy. The torque vectoring helps cut down head toss. Torque vectoring works by making tiny adjustments to the power and traction in individual wheels, in the corners; this improves balance which makes steering and handling sharper and more accurate. That’s what the driver feels: precision and better balance.

Summary

Long list of exceptionals here, starting with the big four: powertrain, handling, looks and cabin. When you’re tops in those four, you’re virtually for sure the best in class. Infotainment might be the only area where it doesn’t beat its rivals. In short, the Mazda CX-5 is hands-down a winner.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

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A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.

 

Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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