So why buy a Mazda CX 5 when there’s so many Toyotas, Hondas, Fords, Chevy’s, Hyundais, KIAs, and now, even Mitsubishi’s to choose from?
Well, ever since it’s first year on the market, Mazda’s CX 5 has pretty much been the automobile enthusiasts’ choice….offering just a bit more “feel” than most of the competition.
And with their re-design for ’17, Mazda has simply upped the ante.
Now something called “G-Vectoring Control” is standard on all CX 5’s….regardless of whether it’s their base “Sport”…or their top-of-the-line Grand Touring. So what’s G-Vectoring Control? Good question.
When cornering, your CX-5 will slightly adjust both your power as well as ever so slightly shift your vehicle’s weight….all just to give you a hair more feel and control.
Frankly, that sounds like quite a bit to engineer into every CX 5 for just a “hair’s worth more” feel and control. But then that’s what Mazda is about…and that’s what distinguishes Mazda from the other guys. “Feel”.
That said, the CX 5 makes a pretty good imitation of a luxury vehicle, too….especially in their line-leading Grand Touring trim. Heated perforated leather abounds, along with 17” alloys, a heads-up display, and every warning and alert that’s common today. It’s a good look, and one that could be found on a vehicle costing an easy 10K more.
Mazda’s CX 5 is a strictly two-row vehicle. Mazda’s third-row option is called a CX 9….a larger Volvo-ish vehicle that, also, has recently been redesigned.
Four different trims are available, stickering from the mid $20’s to the high $20’s. Adding a $1,300 AWD system will push you into the low $30’s, and cost the expected one MPG. Our test AWD Grand Touring was rated at 24 city and 31 Hwy MPGs. We touched 33 in a stretch of speed-limit two-lane driving, but got closer to the mid-20’s in our usual commute….on regular.
A 2.5 liter, 187 HP four with a six-speed auto is the only option offered, and most drivers should find it to give them all the “Go” that they need.
But if “feel” is not enough….and you need one more reason to consider Mazda’s CX 5, it’s an Institute of Highway Safety Top Pick, when equipped with Mazda’s adaptive front lighting system.
Nicely re-designed for ’17, expect no major changes in ’18.