We are off to explore in the new Mazda CX-5! This is only the 2nd or 3rd Mazda I have test driven and they never cease to amaze me! The CX-5 offers safety and stability I expect when traveling with the family. When the CX-5 pulled into my driveway I was in love!
What’s Inside and Under the Hood
While it doesn’t too many bells and whistles on the inside, I think that is what I loved most about it. Everything was simple and easy to navigate.
“When Driving Matters, excellent fuel efficiency should never come at the cost of performance. So, of course, our driving-obsessed engineers found a way to enhance both. It’s called SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY1. Every aspect of the vehicle is engineered to maximize driving dynamics and efficiency: from body construction and engine technology to the chassis and transmission. Offering impressive EPA-estimated MPG ratings. Without compromising performance. SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY is just one of the ways Mazda makes driving better.”
Horsepower and Fuel Efficiency
Now while I do like to save on fuel (prices aren’t too bad here in Florida, in my area at least, the average is around $2.10/Gal). I was able to go almost the full review week with the Mazda CX-5 without having to stop at the gas station. We drove it EVERYWHERE in places I didn’t really have to go lol. Yes, it was to show it off but why not the car is beautiful!
“Choose the available 184-horsepower 2.5L SKYACTIV-G engine and performance is readily within your grasp. On all automatic transmission and AWD models, it promises more power with ultra-low emissions and low fuel consumption as well, offering up to an EPA-estimated 33 highway MPG2. Our SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine produces 10% to 15% more low/mid-range torque, yet 15% lower fuel consumption and emissions than our previous 2.0-liter engine.”
Pretty Roomy for a Crossover
“The CX-5 comfortably seats five plus your gear with more rear leg room, passenger volume and cargo volume than Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson. On Touring and Grand Touring models, the easy-release 40/20/40 split fold-down rear seatback lets you customize seating with up to 65.4 cubic feet of cargo space. The CX-5 Sport offers a convenient 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback and up to 64.8 cubic feet of cargo space. While the world around you constantly changes, the CX-5 helps you handle it all.”
My Thoughts Overall
Overall I really enjoyed my time with the CX-5. It was fun to drive and comfortable for the entire family. While I no longer have to put up with car seats I think the only thing I would change about the CX-5 is the leg room for the backseat passengers. My kids got their height from my husband so even for a 7 and 9-year-old their legs are long so I felt some push on the back of my seat but not bad. The width of the space in the back meant no “stop sitting so close to me” arguments.
Disclosure: RoadsideTravels was loaned a 2016 Mazda CX-5 for the period of one week for consideration in this review.