2016 Mazda CX-5 is the sports car of crossovers. What is so special about Mazda is that apart from meeting the usual requirements, it has outstanding safety reviews, offers a smooth and quiet ride and has a beautifully trimmed cabin. It will be available in three trim levels: Sports, Touring and Grand Touring.
The exterior remodeling and improvement include styling tweaks to the front and rear ends, a painted D-pillar and a flat roofline, an electronic parking brake, added sound insulation for reduced road noise. The base Sport and the Touring have 17-inch alloy wheels, whereas the Grand Touring comes with 19-inch wheels plus automatic headlights, automatic windshield wipers and heated mirrors.
The Sport: The interior includes air-conditioning (control), a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack and an iPod /USB interface. It will also offer an optional Mazda Connect package that adds a 7-inch touchscreen interface, a multifunction controller knob, HD radio, Pandora Internet radio, automatic crash notification, SMS text message reading and audio system voice controls. The safety part includes antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbag.
The Touring: All the above plus keyless ignition and entry, blind spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems, a six-way power driver seat, a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat, a six-speaker sound system, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather steering wheel and a six-speaker sound system. The Moonroof and Bose Audio option package adds a sunroof and an upgraded nine-speaker Bose audio system.
The Grand Touring: As the most built up trim level, it contains all of the abovementioned plus dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, heated leather-upholstered front seats.
Engine and performance
The clientele of 2016 Mazda CX-5 can choose between two powertrains: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 155 hp and 150 pound-feet of torque paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, and a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is recommended for the small crossover buyers due to its great power and virtually identical fuel economy.
In unofficial journalists testing, 2016 Mazda CX-5 developed acceleration of 0- 60 mph in 8.0 s with the 2.5 liter engine. It’s a fairly good performance when it comes to this class.
Price and release date
According to the official Mazda news, 2016 Mazda CX-5 will be unveiled for the USA market in early 2015 (the clock is ticking). It will be available in three already mentioned trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring; the prices are starting at $21,795, $25,215 and $28,220, respectively.