I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I’m a sucker for SUVs. It’s the amount of space they offer, the ride and the functionality of a car all within one vehicle. The 2016 Mazda CX-5 checks all of those boxes, and in my opinion would be considered a mid-sized or even smaller SUV.
When the Mazda CX-5 was first delivered to review, the first thing that stuck me about the vehicle was the look of the car. It has smooth lines, and the one that was dropped off had a glittery blue exterior that not only catches your eye but the sun as well. The interior was a very simplified design with grey on grey accents and white leather seats with grey. The CX-5 had style inside and out, and would easily seat five comfortably. The back seat does allow for three passengers, but depending on how much leg room is needed in the front, it may limit who actually can sit in the back.
While driving the CX-5, the driver has everything they need at their finger tips. From hands free calling, radio control, satellite and even a touch screen GPS. All of this while the driver has seats with control of 8 different sections of their seat, heated seat options and a telescoping steering wheel. It’s a comfortable ride around town, to work or even shopping.
The Mazda CX-5 has a 6 cylinder engine, and offers traction control, lane departure detection and a full back up camera that shows you an above head view. For me, however the CX-5, drove felt like it it had a 4 cylinder engine – however you can boost your ride with a simple toggle near the gear shift. On screen controls, as well as some pretty awesome local interest search options, can be controlled by the dials in the center console and easily accessible to the driver as well as the front passenger. The only time this became a problem was when the passenger was quickly scrolling through options and it started to mess with my peripheral vision.
I tend to look for larger SUVs when I’m shopping for a vehicle, I like having the option to haul items when we need to. I was a bit concerned that the Mazda CX-5 wouldn’t hold what we needed it to. Besides a trip to the farmer’s market, the CX-5 became the hauling vehicle for a large pallet crate I needed for this coming year’s garden. Overall, the bin measures almost 4′ x 4′ x 4. It was a bit of a tight squeeze but the bin fit in perfectly (and left some dirt on the way).
Even without a large crate inside the back, you can fit a ton in the back of the CX-5. The seats were easy to drop down when we needed more space, and put in the concealing bar when we wanted to hide things in the back again. There is more than enough space to haul groceries, strollers and more in the trunk area. I would equate the amount of space you get to that of a larger car trunk- but the without a lid keeping it separated from the rest of the car, it provides you more space and options for arranging items.
I enjoyed driving the CX-5 for the week, and for me it felt a lot like driving a sedan around rather than an SUV. It had all of the features of a larger SUV but the comfort of a sedan, and would be a great family vehicle. With it’s IIHS Superior Front Crash Prevention feature and being a 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick for it’s Smart City Brake Support, and all of it’s other safety features, the CX-5 is going to win over people with it’s style, look and size. With an estimated 35 Highway mileage, the CX-5 starts at around $21,795.