2017 Mazda CX-5 Review


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2017 Mazda CX-5 Overview

Mazda made huge waves when it introduced the compact CX-5 crossover for the 2013 model year. A breath of fresh air in a somewhat stale class, it offered sharp driving characteristics, high fuel-economy figures, and an attractive exterior shape. Since then, however, automakers have stepped up their efforts in what is becoming a highly competitive segment—thanks to an increased demand from buyers, who are now opting for crossovers over any other type of vehicle. To stay ahead of the pack of new and updated models, Mazda introduces a redesigned 2017 CX-5 that will be available at dealerships this spring.

Inspiration for the 2017 CX-5’s design comes from the larger CX-9 crossover. Up front, both models feature a large pentagonal grille with chrome edging, slim LED headlights, and an aggressively sculpted front bumper. The sharp side profile reveals a lowered belt line, a character line that runs from the front fenders into the rear doors, and a raked roofline. At the rear, the CX-5 shares the same tailgate design as the smaller Mazda3 hatchback, complete with smaller taillights.

The CX-5’s interior features an all-new dashboard like that of the larger CX-9 and the Mazda6 sedan with flowing lines, plenty of aluminum and wood trim, and a simple, intuitive control layout. Mazda’s clever use of different colors above and below the instrument panel emphasizes the roominess of the interior, and three different interior design packages are available for further customization. A new 4.6-inch color display in the instrument panel provides key driving information, and vehicles equipped with the Mazda Connect infotainment system come with a 7-inch color touchscreen mounted on top of the dash. A 10-speaker Bose Surround Sound system is an available upgrade and features noise-canceling technology to reduce outside noises.

The powertrain lineup for 2017 CX-5 is mostly similar to that of the outgoing model. The base engine is a 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G 4-cylinder with 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque. Next up is a 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G 4-cylinder good for 184 hp and 185 lb-ft, and new for 2017 is a 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D turbodiesel. Mazda hasn’t revealed power figures for this engine, but it should give the upcoming 2018 Chevrolet Equinox diesel some competition. Available transmissions include a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic. Mazda says all the engines will get excellent fuel economy for the class, but we’ll have to wait for the EPA numbers to be released.

Front-wheel drive (FWD) comes standard on the CX-5, while Mazda’s i-ACTIV all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is available. i-ACTIV stands out from other AWD systems in being able to interpret road conditions through the vehicle’s various components and sensors. For example, if you turn on the windshield wipers, the system understands that it’s raining and makes the necessary adjustments to keep the vehicle on the road. The 2017 CX-5 also comes equipped with Mazda’s new G-Vectoring Control (GVC) system, which improves stability on cornering by reducing engine torque, allowing a small amount of the vehicle’s load to be put on the front axle.

As for safety equipment, the CX-5 will be available with the i-ActivSense active-safety suite. This includes adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, and Smart City Brake Support, which prevents rear-end crashes at slow speeds. A revised radar cruise control provides the ability to follow a vehicle from a standing stop, and a Traffic-Sign Recognition feature can read road signs up ahead and project them onto the optional heads-up display.


Ask William Maley how he started as an automotive writer and he would say he just fell into it. Based in Michigan, William has driven vehicles of all sizes and shapes. His work has appeared on Autobytel, CARFAX, Cheers & Gears, and U.S. News Best Cars.

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