Affordable; fun to drive; good fuel economy; simple but elegant dash and instruments; supportive seats; Bose audio
Slightly underpowered base engine; manual transmission only offered on the base model; heated seats and side mirrors only available on most expensive trim; navigation option somewhat slow with poor voice-command functionality
Mazda's advanced keyless entry feature is now standard on the Touring and Grand Touring trims.
If you're looking to spend as little money as possible on a great-handling, incredibly fuel-efficient and functional small crossover, the base CX-5 Sport with manual transmission and FWD is the best value around. For those who want a fully upgraded AWD vehicle that still returns pretty amazing fuel economy but can handle not having all the latest technology, the CX-5 Grand Touring is also a relative bargain. While we like the Touring trim's smaller wheel size and cloth seats, its unfortunate buyers have to move to the Grand Touring to get such desirable features as heated seats and side mirrors.Find aMazda CX-5 for sale
Mazda offers the CX-5 in three well-equipped trims: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. All three can be equipped with AWD, but only the front-drive Sport trim can be had with a manual transmission.
The CX-5 Sport ($22,375 in FWD and $25,025 in AWD) includes a 6-speed manual transmission, a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, an AM/FM/CD stereo with four speakers and USB audio input, cloth seating, auto-off headlights, intermittent wipers, an intermittent rear wiper/washer, keyless entry with push-button start, cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, a multi-information screen with a trip computer and power functions for the windows, door locks and mirrors.
The Touring trim ($25,795 in FWD and $27,045 in AWD) adds a 2.5-liter SKYACTIV engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with sport shift mode, advanced keyless entry and start, fog lights, a 6-way power driver's seat with manual lumbar support, a blind spot monitoring system, a 5.8-in full-color touchscreen display with a rear backup camera, an AM/FM/CD stereo with HD radio and six speakers, Pandora Internet Radio capability, Bluetooth, SMS text message delivery and reply, a voice-activated menu, rear privacy glass, upgraded cloth seats, a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
The Grand Touring trim ($28,800 in FWD and $30,050 in AWD) adds leather seating, heated front seats, 19-in alloy wheels, Bose Centerpoint surround sound audio with nine speakers, a power glass moonroof, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-way power driver's seat with power lumbar control, automatic headlights and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Optional equipment for the Sport trim includes the Bluetooth Audio package that adds Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, steering wheel controls, a color touchscreen with Pandora Radio capability, SMS text messaging and voice control. The Touring trim can be equipped with the Moonroof and Bose package, while both the Touring and Grand Touring trims offer a Technology package that adds TomTom navigation, Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), rain-sensing wipers, adaptive bi-xenon headlights and an auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
Ford Escape -- The Ford Escape has never been better. Its handling is close to that of the CX-5. With multiple engine choices and a much more modern interior and technology package, the Escape is the CX-5 model's strongest competitor.
Honda CR-V -- As the small-crossover class leader, the CR-V certainly has its share of fans and is value-packaged, but it lacks fun and personality and doesn't handle nearly as well as the Mazda.
Subaru Forester -- The Forester comes standard with AWD and has better fuel economy than the AWD CX-5, plus the Forester can be had with a turbocharged engine.
Chevrolet Equinox -- The Equinox has been around for some time now and is starting to look a bit long in the tooth. Although it's well-designed and has been rated as a solid performer, the Equinox suffers on the fuel economy front.