Beautiful interior; smooth ride; quiet cabin; excellent handling; sophisticated AWD setup; good fuel economy; future diesel engine offering; reasonably priced
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
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
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.
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.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
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.