2015 Mazda CX-5 Review


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2015 Mazda CX-5 Overview

Agile, yet offering a comfortable cruise, Mazda’s 2015 CX-5 compact crossover takes advantage of last year’s introduction of a re-powered 4-cylinder engine to again challenge Honda’s CR-V, Ford’s Escape and Subaru’s Forester for market supremacy. The 5-passenger CX-5 returns with 3 trims, the base Sport, the midlevel Touring and the top-shelf Grand Touring, each of which boasts 65.4 cubic feet of total cargo capacity, those surprisingly supple moves and a pleasing plethora of standard and optional amenities. Oh, and once again, the CX-5 lineup comes in standard front-wheel drive (FWD), but full-time all-wheel drive (AWD) remains available to all trims.

The once-optional Advanced Keyless Entry is now touted to be standard aboard the 2015 Touring and Grand Touring trims, while returning bling for the base Sport includes standard 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, simulated alloy cabin accents and full power accessories. Cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering also remain standard aboard this entry-level trim, as do air conditioning and a single-CD player with 4 speakers and a USB port.

Moving up to the Touring trim, look for a rear spoiler, premium cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat to complement the now-standard Advanced Keyless Entry, while a rear-view camera, 6-speaker audio and Bluetooth hands-free calling all make an encore appearance.

The flagship CX-5 Grand Touring, meanwhile, is expected to return with such extras as 19-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof and leather upholstery. Look, as well, for heated outside mirrors, dual-zone climate control and a 9-speaker Bose premium audio system to again be delivered with this high-end hauler.

Options for all trims, meantime, should include remote engine start (automatic transmission only), cargo management systems and Bluetooth audio. Rear parking sensors and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror are also expected to remain available trim-wide, while the Touring and Grand Touring trims can each be delivered with an available Technology Package sporting a navigation system, adaptive and pivoting high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights, rain-sensing wipers and a remote garage door opener.

Expected in the base CX-5 Sport for 2015 is a fuel-miserly but still somewhat anemic 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine that combines with the standard 6-speed manual transmission for 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission remains available to this base trim, with mileage numbers running 26 mpg city/32 highway with the stick-shift version, 26/32 in the FWD 6-speed automatic edition and 25/31 in the AWD automatic variant.

Again, the 2015 CX-5 Touring and Grand Touring iterations are slated to retain the peppy 2.5-liter I4 powerplant and 6-speed shiftable automatic for 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. Look for mileage figures of 25/30 in FWD editions and 24/30 in those variants packing AWD. Max trailer towing capacity, meantime, is expected to remain 2,000 pounds with the optional towing hitch and wiring installed.

Standard safety features, finally, are expected to remain the usual 4-wheel antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and active front headrests. Daytime running lights and a remote antitheft alarm are also expected to return lineup-wide, with front fog/driving lights remaining optional in higher trims.


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