What Is It?
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is a fully redesigned version of Mazda’s highly popular CX-5 compact crossover. It’s launching this year at the LA Auto Show and replacing the first-generation CX-5, which has been on sale since 2013.
On the outside, the CX-5’s styling isn’t radically different from its predecessor’s look, but it incorporates some major changes that are largely centered around design touches from the brand’s new CX-9 SUV. Inside, the 2017 CX-5 offers more of a grown-up, high-end cabin than the one in the outgoing model — and the infotainment screen remains controversially tacked on the dashboard, as in other Mazda vehicles.
Under the hood, the CX-5 will reportedly offer three engines. Two remain the same — a base-level 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, which will likely make 155 horsepower, and a 2.5-liter SkyActiv 4-cylinder, which will likely make 184 hp — while Mazda says the CX-5 will also get a diesel variant. It’s worth noting that the brand said the same thing about the latest Mazda6 when it went on sale several years ago, but a diesel model never appeared.
Of course, we also expect that the CX-5 will offer all the latest high-tech safety gadgets — like forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning and more — much like the current model does.
Pricing for the 2017 model hasn’t yet been announced, but we don’t expect a huge jump over today’s MSRP of $22,800 — unless Mazda does away with the CX-5’s base-level, front-wheel-drive, stick-shift model, which is possible.
When Can You Get It?
Add It to Your Shopping List Because…
We’ve always held the Mazda CX-5 in high regard — even among other compact crossovers — largely due to its reasonable pricing, its excellent fuel economy, its sporty driving experience and its long list of high-tech features. The new model simply appears to build on the older one: It will likely offer all those same perks again, along with a freshened face, an updated interior and likely some new equipment. Even though the outgoing CX-5 was 4 years old, it was still one of the best small crossovers on the market, and we think the new one will likely build on the outgoing model’s success.
Other Cars to Consider
2017 Ford Escape — The recently refreshed Ford Escape is an excellent compact crossover, offering bold styling, lots of high-tech features, reasonable pricing and several desirable engine choices.
2017 Honda CR-V — Also present at this year’s LA Auto Show is a fully redesigned version of the Honda CR-V, which will surely give the CX-5 a run for its money. While the CR-V’s driving experience hasn’t historically been on par with the CX-5’s, the Honda boasts a user-friendly cabin and notorious durability.
2017 Toyota RAV4 — While the RAV4 is getting up in years, it was recently updated with some new styling and — most importantly — some new tech. The RAV4 also now offers a hybrid powertrain, which gives it better fuel economy than any CX-5.
Used Mazda CX-9 — If you like the CX-5’s styling, driving experience and interior, but you need more space, consider Mazda’s larger CX-9. It’s sort of like a bigger version of the CX-5 — and while it’s more expensive than the CX-5, a used model will (obviously) be more affordably priced.