Summary, Prices, Specs

By March 13, 2012


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
Model lineup:Mazda CX-5 Sport ($20,695), Touring ($23,895), Grand Touring ($27,045)
Engines:2.0-liter DOHC 16v I4
Transmissions: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
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Mazda CX-5 Touring AWD ($25,145)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):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
Destination charge:$795
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$27125
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):155 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):150 @ 4000
Transmission:6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:25/31 mpg
Wheelbase:106.3 in.
Length/width/height:178.7/72.4/65.7 in.
Track, f/r:N/A
Turning circle:36.7 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.1/55.2/41.0 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:39.0/53.7/39.3 in.
Cargo volume:65.0 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:2000 Lbs.
Suspension, f:MacPherson struts, lower control arms, antiroll bar
Suspension, r:multilink, antiroll bar
Ground clearance:8.4 in.
Curb weigth:3426 lbs.
Tires:225/65R17 Yokohama
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:15.3 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of March 13, 2012.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-222-5500 -