2018 MAZDA CX-5

Original MSRP Range
$24,150 - $30,945
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
24 - 25 MPG City / 30 - 31 MPG Hwy
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2018 MAZDA CX-5

What We Like

Beautiful interior; smooth ride; quiet cabin; excellent handling; sophisticated AWD setup; good fuel economy; future diesel engine offering; reasonably priced

What We Don't

Dash-mounted touchscreen only operates when the car is stopped; no high-output turbo or V6 engine option; Grand Touring's 19-inch wheels create a firm ride; no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto; heated side mirrors only offered on most expensive trim


Expert Rating

4.7/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.5/ 5


What's New in the 2018 MAZDA CX-5?

For 2018 the CX-5 gains cylinder deactivation on its 2.5-liter gasoline engine. The Sport trim adds blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, while the i-ACTIVSENSE suite of driver-assist features is made standard on the Touring and optional on the Sport. The Touring trim also gains automatic on/off headlights, while the Grand Touring picks up a 6-way power passenger seat. See the 2018 Mazda CX-5 models for sale near you

Which CX-5 is the Best?

We think the best value is the Touring trim with the optional Preferred Equipment package. This version gives you everything you'll need for both comfort and safety. We also feel the CX-5's ride is much better with the 17-in wheels. As the CX-5's low ground clearance and prominent front chin spoiler preclude it from tackling most off-road adventures, we'd suggest opting for AWD only if you live in a place where snow is a regular occurrence.

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How Much Does a 2018 MAZDA CX-5 Cost?

Mazda's CX-5 for 2018 is offered in three trims: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. All-wheel drive is an option for all three trims.

The CX-5 Sport ($25,125 FWD; $26,425 AWD) includes power windows, power locks, power mirrors, remote keyless entry with push-button start, 17-in alloy wheels, cloth seating, cruise control, a leather-wrapped tilt-telescopic steering column, manual air conditioning, variable wipers, LED headlights, Smart City Brake Support, a 6-way manual driver's seat, an electronic parking brake, a 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat, a 7-in color touchscreen with 4-speaker audio, Mazda Connect with voice activation, a rear backup camera, Bluetooth hands-free cell phone connectivity and two front USB ports. Standard safety features include blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Optional on the Sport is the i-ACTIVSENSE package, which includes auto high-beam control, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control and Smart Brake Support emergency braking.

The CX-5 Touring ($27,190 FWD; $28,490 AWD) adds a 6-way power driver's seat, leatherette seating with suede inserts, automatic on/off headlights, heated front seats, rear privacy glass, auto-leveling headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, an additional two speakers for the audio, Mazda Advanced Key proximity keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, rear-seat vents, a rear-seat center armrest, reclining rear seats and rear-seat USB ports. The i-ACTIVSENSE suite is also standard. Optional on the Touring is the Preferred Equipment package, which includes a 10-speaker Bose CenterPoint 2 audio system, a power moonroof, a power lift gate, navigation and an auto-dimming mirror with Homelink.

The CX-5 Grand Touring ($30,620 FWD; $31,920 AWD) adds the Touring's optional packages plus leather seating surfaces, 19-in alloy wheels, an 8-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support, a 6-way power passenger seat, rain-sensing wipers, heated exterior mirrors, adaptive headlights and LED fog lights and taillights.

The optional Grand Touring Premium Package adds a head-up display with traffic-sign recognition, driver's-seat memory, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel and a windshield-wiper de-icer.

CX-5 Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
CX-5 Grand Touring AWD$30,945 / $29,7524 Cylinder18724 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
CX-5 Grand Touring FWD$29,645 / $28,5034 Cylinder18725 / 316-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
CX-5 Sport AWD$25,450 / $24,9854 Cylinder18724 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
CX-5 Sport FWD$24,150 / $23,7104 Cylinder18725 / 316-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
CX-5 Touring AWD$27,515 / $26,7344 Cylinder18724 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
CX-5 Touring FWD$26,215 / $25,4724 Cylinder18725 / 316-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
MAZDA CX-5 Safety

Is the 2018 MAZDA CX-5 a Safe Car?

The 2018 CX-5 comes with the standard complement of safety features, including antilock brakes, electronic traction and stability control and six airbags, including front-seat side-impact and front and rear side-curtain airbags. Standard Smart City Brake Support can sense an impending collision (at speeds of up to 19 mph) and prepare the brakes for faster activation. The system emits an audible alert and will even apply the brakes if the driver fails to take action. A number of active safety features are offered, including autonomous emergency braking, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.

In crash tests, both the government and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety give the CX-5 excellent scores, with a 4-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS.

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5 Year Cost to Own

$37,270 ($0.50 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Preferred Pkg
  • Bumper Trim Pkg


2018 MAZDA CX-5 vs the competition

2018 Kia Sportage -- The Sportage offers equally handsome styling, features and safety equipment, plus the options of a turbocharged engine, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The CX-5, however, offers a bit more room and superior ride and handling.

2018 Honda CR-V --The CR-V has more interior room, a larger cargo hold and gets better gas mileage. But the CX-5 can tow more weight (2,000 lbs. vs 1,500), has a more upscale interior and more luxury options.

2018 Ford Escape --The Escape is slightly smaller inside but offers better audio and infotainment features, more features on its lower trim models and a choice of three engines, including two turbocharged units.

Used Subaru Outback -- A 2015-2017 Subaru Outback will give you more room, superior off-road ability, better ground clearance and a number of driver assists, including the excellent EyeSight system. The Outback also gets slightly better fuel economy.

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