2018 Mazda CX-5 Test Drive: Affordable Luxury


Mazda vehicles have been on an upswing in the the past year. April 2018, Mazda sales were up by 15 percent. Luxurious features in the 2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD is a testament to a slew of new engines and technology enhancements from Mazda.


The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is a sporty five-seat compact crossover (CUV). Available in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring, the CX-5 has a standard cylinder deactivation engine that generates 187 horsepower from a 2.5-liter inline-4. When all four cylinders are not needed, the Mazda SKYACTIV engine will use only 2 cylinders to save fuel.

I tested a Soul Red Crystal Metallic Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring with all-wheel drive, independent front and real suspension, stabilizer bars, electric power steering and many other performance and safety features. I prefer the handling and agility of the AWD over the standard front-wheel drive. The electric power steering is very responsible on sharp turns and lane changing.


The CX-5 is positioned between the larger CX-9 with three row seating and the subcompact CX-3 models, which arrives in dealerships later this month. All-wheel drive is optional on all models. Standard features on CX-5 models include blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and leather is wrapped around the shift knob and steering wheel.


The luxurious CX-5 Grand Touring comes standard with leather upholstery, a Bose audio system, power driver seats, adaptive LED tail and headlights, fog lights, navigation, lift gates, and a moon-roof.

Fuel economy is similar to the 2017 model, which has an EPA mpg rating of 25 city and 31 highway. The CX-5 competes with the Hyundai Tucson, Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, and the Honda CR-V. The CX-5 starts at $24,150 and goes up to $29,645 for the Grand Touring.

A recently redesigned 2018 Mazda 6 was also introduced recently with significant upgrades and added sheet metal. The Mazda 6 is priced around $23,000, which is $500 less than last year’s model. The 2019 Mazda CX-3 comes to dealerships late May, 2018 with an MSRP of $20,390. For more information on ratings, specs and pricing click here.

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