With its functional and spacious interior, fun-to-drive demeanor, engaging driving experience, many desirable safety features, and fuel-thrifty engines, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is a top pick among small crossovers. Its release date should be expected early 2018.
Compact crossovers SUVs have long had their appeal due to their ample cargo capacity, an enhanced foul-weather driving capability, elevated driving positions, impressive cargo volume, and good fuel efficiency, and the CX-5 seems to continue with the same tradition juts like the previous models before it.
However, the segment has recently become overcrowded with plenty of crossovers offering just about anything. And even so, the new 2018 Mazda CX-5 has managed to beat all odds to gain a favorable spot at the zenith of the segment. What catapults the CX-5 to such popularity, in addition to the segment’s threshold, though is its nicely trimmed cabin, a smooth and hush ride, excellent safety features, and good visibility.
Also a rarity in the segment that the CX-5 has managed to offer is the fun-to-drive demeanor that is brought about by the sporty handling and precise steering. And with high fuel economy and a peppy acceleration also in its CV, it undoubtedly becomes a vehicle that you can rely whenever you are running daily errands, driving to work, or dropping the kids off somewhere.
Few things on the CX-5 have either been added, refined or altered. For instance, refinements include a revised suspension tuning, a more comfortable ride, reduced road, wind, and tire noise, an electronic parking brake, and front and rear fascia tweaks. And thanks to the bigger console bin and larger door pockets, there is also more cabin storage.
Lest you think the CX-5 doesn’t have faults, nitpicking has revealed the base engine disappoints with its weak acceleration, the sound quality of its base stereo is wanting, and the overall refinement is generally average as well.
Hopefully. The segment is chock full of other good choices, so it’s worth checking out your options before making a decision. Some of them include the 2018 Ford Escape, 2018 Honda CR-V, 2018 Toyota RAV4, and the 2018 Jeep Cherokee.
While the above choices may provide compelling and appealing features, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 remains an all-rounded vehicle in this segment and therefore deserves a strong consideration.
Offered Trims – Mazda CX-5
The compact crossover 2018 Mazda CX-5 SUV is offered in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trim models. All these are provided with a choice of either a FWD or an AWD.
Interior Accessories & 2018 Mazda CX-5 Exterior Review
The 2.0L Sport trim includes a height-adjustable driver seat, a CD player, an iPod/USB interface, Bluetooth phone and audio control, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, 17” alloy wheels, full power accessories, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, adaptive cruise control, an auxiliary audio jack, and a six-speaker sound system.
The larger version – 2.0L Sport trim offers a 7” touchscreen interface, Pandora internet radio, a rearview camera, HD and satellite radio, automatic crash notification, a multifunction controller knob, and voice controls.
Stepping up to the Touring trim adds a six-way power driver seat, keyless entry and ignition, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, a sunroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an upgraded cloth upholstery, a blind-spot monitor, and a split folding 40/20/40-split rear seats.
At the pinnacle of the trim lineup is the Grand Touring trim model which bundles everything above plus a leather upholstery, heated mirrors, 19” wheels, heated front seats, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, satellite radio, and automatic dual-zone climate control.
2018 Mazda CX-5 Engine Specs
Under the hood of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 are two engines. The base 2.0L four-cylinder offers 155 horsepower and 150 lbs. ft. of torque which is forwarded to the front wheels via the standard six-speed manual transmission system.
The other engine offered is a 2.5L four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic transmission rated at 184 horsepower and 185 pounds-feet of torque.
With the 2.0L engine equipped under the hood of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 Sport model, EPA says you should expect 26/35/29 mpg on the city/highway/combined with the FWD model, and 26/33/29 mpg with the rest of the FWD CX-5’s. The AWD versions get 24/30/26 mpg.
Price & 2018 Mazda CX-5 Release Date
We should expect the 2018 Mazda CX-5 release date sometime in January 2018, at least for the U.S market with a sticker price of around $21,795. More details about its lease terms and dimensions can be found in online forums.