A fairly new model that first hit the market in the 2013 model year, the Mazda CX-5 has proven a refreshing alternative to other small crossover SUVs for Tampa and Bradenton drivers. This affordable crossover SUV seats five passengers and offers practical accolades like competitive fuel economy and top crash test scores. What really sets it apart from the competition, though, is the particularly engaging driving experience it provides. From its suspension and brakes to its incredibly tight steering, the Mazda CX-5 inspires confidence at every turn.
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The 2016 Mazda CX-5 returns this year with an exciting list of upgrades. The exterior has been updated with stylish and athletic lines that reflect its sporty character, along with available LED headlights. The interior has earned some updated materials for a more plush experience inside the cabin, along with high-tech features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.
In terms of performance, drivers will enjoy even more responsive dynamics via a revised suspension system and a couple of powertrain options. The base 2.0L four-cylinder gets a balanced 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque, and an impressive EPA-estimated 35 mpg highway, while the upgraded 2.5L inline-four gets 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque without sacrificing too much fuel economy at an EPA-estimated 33 mpg highway.
While we encourage you to visit Cox Mazda to test-drive the 2015 Mazda CX-5 for yourself, it’s also necessary to heed the positive praise from some top industry critics.
- AutoTrader: “While the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 still dominate as sales-volume leaders, neither has the sporty handling or clean, uncluttered instrument panel of the Mazda CX-5, nor can they match its impressive highway fuel economy of 35 miles per gallon. The Mazda CX-5 is also one of the few crossovers that still offers the option of a manual transmission.”
- Kelly Blue Book: “If you want a small, stylish, fun-to-drive SUV, you’ll find it in the Mazda CX-5. If you’re among the few who prefer a manual transmission, this Mazda boasts one of the best available in an SUV. Fuel economy of up to 35 mpg and a sub-$23,000 starting price are added icing.”
- Edmunds: “Easily the most striking thing about the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is its athletic character. Even if you’re just looking for a small crossover to drive to work every day, you’ll notice that its steering, brakes and suspension are uncommonly capable for a vehicle in this class.”
While there’s not yet been much uncovered about the next Mazda CX-5 model, we expect it will continue offering an optimal combination of performance, features, and affordability. Early rumors about the 2017 Mazda CX-5 include the addition of upgraded sheet metal for a lighter frame. Along these lines, we might also look for continuing updates on Mazda’s exclusive SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY.
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