Updated Mazda CX-5 SUV keeps strengths, upgrades luxuries …

Since 2013, when it initial entered a marketplace, Mazda’s CX-5 compress crossover SUV has one-upped a comparably labelled competitors by besting their pushing characteristics. Along with a approaching application and load coherence of all compress SUVs, CX-5 behaves some-more like a sporty car, with fast manageable steering and accurate handling.

For 2017, a CX-5 is almost changed. Superior pushing characteristics aren’t discontinued during all, though constructional improvements and element upgrades within a newcomer cabin have combined a new CX-5 whose interior is some-more sophisticated, some-more appealing and unusually quiet. Exterior styling revisions make a automobile some-more large than ever.

New facilities combined to a 2017 CX-5, customary or discretionary depending on a trim level, embody a energy liftgate, exhilarated steering wheel, two-stage recumbent back seat, exhilarated motorist and front newcomer seats, exhilarated outboard back seats, back atmosphere conditioning vents, dual additional back USB ports (for a sum of four), a sensuous new extraneous tone called Soul Red Crystal, and a windshield-projected active pushing display.

The final intent on that list of facilities is popularly referred to as a head-up display. Windshield projection is a acquire alleviation over Mazda’s progressing versions, that had a bound pure shade adhering adult from a lurch onto that a information was projected. I’m no crony of head-up displays in general, though those with windshield projection can during slightest be involuntary off but withdrawal an intent still in place, arrange of spoiling an differently unrestricted perspective of a highway ahead.

The 7-inch Mazda Connect infotainment shade has been tweaked to broach larger fortitude and contrast, and is positioned aloft on a lurch in a less-raked position for improved prominence during a glance.

The 2017 CX-5 is accessible in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels, with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. All models are powered by a efficient 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine producing 187 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque, merged to a six-speed involuntary transmission. EPA fuel economy ratings are 24/31/27 mpg (city/highway/combined) with front-wheel drive, and 23/30/26 mpg with all-wheel drive.

My tester was a top-of-the line Grand Touring indication with all-wheel drive. Its list of fascinating facilities enclosed as customary apparatus was comprehensive, and along with them came a Premium Package ($1,830) adding motorist chair memory with dual positions, a six-way energy front newcomer seat, exhilarated back seats, exhilarated steering wheel, windshield wiper de-icer, and a active pushing arrangement we praised for a ability to be totally finished divided with.

A stout retractable load cover, something no compress SUV should be without, bumped a bottom line by another $250.

Pricing for a 2017 Mazda CX-5 starts during $24,985, that includes a $940 end charge, for a Sport indication with front-wheel drive.


Base price, including end charge: $31,635

Price as driven: $34,085

Mary Lowry is an eccentric automotive author who lives in Snohomish County. She is a member of a Motor Press Guild, and a member and past boss of a Northwest Automotive Press Association. Vehicles are supposing by a manufacturers as a one-week loan for examination functions only. In no approach do a manufacturers control a calm of a reviews.

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