A Third Year of Fun for the 2015 Mazda CX-5
When Mazda unleashed the CX-5 on the scene two years ago there was no telling what would happen. Enhanced by performance and fantastic good looks this awesome crossover SUV came in strong and has carried the mantra of “zoom-zoom” for Mazda for two full model years. Coming out for a third tour of duty the CX-5 has even more enhanced performance from a more powerful engine, but also keeps up with fuel efficiency most car owners are clamoring for these days. Add to this the advanced safety features, great handling and the CX-5 handles the competition from the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape with ease and brilliance.
Mazda obviously felt it was close to perfection with the 2014 model of the CX-5 because the only change for the 2015 is the addition of Advanced Keyless Entry for the Touring and Grand Touring trims. Otherwise unchanged, the CX-5 is a gorgeous crossover SUV that offers a host of technology and features for all shoppers to enjoy and fall in love with very easily.
Driving the CX-5 is nothing short of pleasure as the fantastic SUV shows massive potential under the hood and a desire to get going quickly. The suspension has been even more highly tuned if that was possible and the steering is so responsive it seems as if it knows what to do before the driver inputs are sent to the steering system. This awesome vehicle handles all types of roads with ease and precision making owners seek out the nearest canyon run or curvy road to enjoy the driving excitement. The interior is quiet, dispelling any road noises and allowing the occupants to enjoy their own variety of musical selections rather than the road noises.
Under the hood two engine offerings are in place to provide the necessary power for the zoom in this vehicle. Both engines take advantage of the Skyactiv technology to get the most mileage out of the fuel that they can. Starting off the lineup is the 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that offers 155 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque. While not a massively powerful set of numbers, this engine does offer enough power to enjoy and when matched to the standard six-speed automatic transmission offers fuel efficiency of 26 city/32 hwy mpg for the front-wheel drive (FWD) and 25 city/31 hwy mpg for the all-wheel drive. A six-speed manual transmission is available for this engine but is only offered as FWD with fuel numbers that come in at 26 city/35 hwy mpg.
Second in the lineup is the 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine offered on the Touring and Grand Touring models. This great engine comes in with 184 horsepower and 185 lb.-ft. of torque and when matched up with the six-speed automatic transmission offers fuel efficiency of 25 city/32 hwy mpg for the FWD models and 24 city/30 hwy mpg for the AWD models. Both powertrains are capable of towing up to 2,000 pounds to wherever the destination may be; enough to get some of the smaller toys to the lake or carry plenty of camping gear for the weekend.
The cabin of the CX-5 offers a very nice amount of space for storage in the rear which is a bit deceptive from its size. The controls are all very easy to find and all seats are comfortable and easy to enjoy. Plenty of soft and enjoyable materials are used throughout the vehicle to offer a smooth and comfortable ride. The rear seat folds down in a 40/20/40 fashion to accommodate long thin cargo to reach through the middle while the outer seats are still being used.
From the outside the offers a view of smooth, easy to enjoy and interesting curves and angles all over the SUV that also appears to be very muscular and stout with its squat stance. A smiling grill sits up front to remind owners this SUV knows it is made to zoom down the road and take control of the situation, no matter what that might be. Dual exhaust ports in the rear are standard, which is not something found in many others in this class, and the rear roof spoiler adds a touch of sportiness to the overall look of the vehicle. Finishing off the grand appearance is a set of aluminum-alloy wheels that are spoke designed and add the final touch of good looks this vehicle enjoys.
The standard features for the is great crossover SUV include stability and traction control, antilock brakes, a full complement of airbags, push button starting, a four-speaker audio system with USB input, and cruise control for the Sport model. The Touring model adds blind spot monitoring, Bluetooth connectivity, a 5.8-inch color display, HD radio and a backup camera. The Grand Touring trim finishes off with a nine-speaker Bose audio system, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic windshield wipers, and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
The CX-5 offers a nice list of optional equipment as well including Bluetooth connectivity and a 5.8-inch color display screen for the Sport model. The Touring and Grand Touring trims can add the Smart City Brake Support system, a navigation system, HID headlights, adaptive front lighting, front and rear parking sensors, fog lights, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a trailer hitch. All of this helps the CX-5 to be an awesome crossover SUV that many shoppers are looking for to enjoy their ride whenever they enter the vehicle.
Starting out the pricing with the Sport model with the manual transmission the price comes in at $21,545 while adding the automatic transmission will bring the price to $22,945. The Touring model starts out at $24,965 and the Grand Touring will fetch a price of $27,970 to start. Adding AWD to any of the models adds $1,250 to the price keeping the CX-5 one of the most affordable and fun to drive crossover SUV’s offered for the new model year. Anyone in search of a great new SUV will be very excited to drive the CX-5 and enjoy the “zoom-zoom”.