The all-new Mazda CX-5 impresses us with its fuel economy, comfort, versatility, road manners, styling, and safety features. And while acceleration is so-so, its agility and exceptionally accurate steering make the CX-5 entertaining to drive. All-wheel drive gives it sure footed traction and is the best choice for the Snow Belt. The sportiest setup, however, is a front-wheel-drive CX-5 Sport with manual gearbox.
Tony Swan reported from Detroit, with Mitch McCullough reporting from Monterey, California.
Model Line Overview
Mazda CX-5 Sport ($20,695), Touring ($23,895), Grand Touring ($27,045)
2.0-liter DOHC 16v I4
6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):
dual-stage front airbags, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, rear seat child seat anchors, front seat belts with automatic tensioning system, electronic stability control, traction control, ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, tire-pressure monitoring system
Safety equipment (optional):
all-wheel drive; rearview camera; blind-spot monitoring system
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Mazda CX-5 Touring AWD ($25,145)
upgraded cloth upholstery, 5.8-inch color display with rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring system, six-way power driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, 40/20/40-split fold-down rear seats, rear-seat armrest with cupholders, illuminated vanity mirrors, Bluetooth, HD radio, fog lights; AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio with four speakers, USB, tilt/telescopic steering wheel with remote controls, cruise control, remote keyless entry, power windows and locks, 60/40 split fold-down rear seats, push-button start, 17-inch alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
Technology Package ($1185) includes TomTom-based navigation, rain-sensing windshield wipers, high-intensity discharge headlights with auto leveling, auto-off and AFS adaptive front-lighting system, auto-dim mirror with HomeLink, burglar alarm
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
155 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
150 @ 4000
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
65.0 cu. ft.
MacPherson struts, lower control arms, antiroll bar
multilink, antiroll bar
vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of February 08, 2012.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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