Do you want a small SUV for your growing family but can’t spend a ton of money? The Mazda CX-5 Touring gives you that with the safety you want for your family. Let’s see if this is the next vehicle for you.
The 2016 Mazda CX-5 the we tested is great for a new family or any family with young kids. All the seats are cloth and are easily cleaned with a carpet cleaner. The seat we had were black and very comfortable. The seats fit your body well and the side bolsters make you feel like the seat is hugging you. The flooring is all black carpet including the trunk. The driver has a 6 way power seat and the passenger seat is manual adjust. There is room for 5 in this car. The rear seat will fit shorter adults but if your much over 6 feet tall, it will be a tight fight. The rear seat has 40/20/40 split seats and a built-in arm rest. They also feature the LATCH system to keep your child seat secure. The rear cargo space of 34.1 cubic feet gives you plenty of room for luggage when your family goes on vacation. To make that trip comfortable, the steering wheel has tilt and telescoping options and is leather wrapped with all of the controls to run stereo controls and cruise control. There is also and optional power Moon Roof which ours features.
According to the IIHS testing, the Mazda CX-5 has earned a G on its crash worthiness and a Superior on Frontal Crash Prevention.
To get you to your destination, the CX-5 is powered by a 2.5L Skyactive Gasoline Engine. This gives you 184 horsepower and 175 FT-LB of torque. This power is put to the road through an automatic transmission to the front wheels through 17 inch All Season Tires. Fuel mileage for the CX-5 Touring is a nice 29 MPG Combined. During out testing we achieved 28 MPG Combined. This engine gives you class leading MPG that can’t be matched by Toyota, VW, or Hyundai. There is also a sport mode that alters the shift points when operating in automatic. You also have the option to us the Skyactive Drive 6 speed sport mode manual shift that allows you to up-shift and down-shift.
Now if your going to buy a family car, you want to make sure it’s safe. Lets take a look at all the safety features included in the CX-5. To make sure you never miss getting a flat, they have included a TPMS. While your driving, the CX-5 has Blind Spot Monitoring, large side mirrors with integrated turn signals, and a built-in back up camera. To keep you on the straight and narrow the CX-5 gives you 4 wheel disc brakes, electric power assist steering, independent front and rear suspension, and front and rear stabilizer bars.
When you are driving at night, you have halogen headlights and fog lamps to light the road. The SUV also has daytime running lights to help others see you in the daytime.
The infotainment center features a 7 inch color touch screen with Bluetooth Hands Free phone and audio as well as AM/FM/HD Radio/CD/MP3 player. The music is played to you via a BOSE 9 speaker sound system. They have also included an AUX input as well as dual USB inputs. The 7 inch screen also features the GPS System as well as all the vehicle setting options. To control the radio you can use either the steering wheel controls or the controls in the center console.
Mazda gives you a 60 month/60,000 mile powertrain warranty and a 36 month/36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty with 24 hour roadside assistance.
The base price of the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring is $25,215 with a price as tested of $27,765. This includes charges for the Cargo Mat, Rear Bumper Guard, Retractable Cargo Cover, Door Sill Trim Plates, Wheel Locks, and the Moonroof/Bose package.
Overall, the Mazda CX-5 is a great first SUV for the growing family. It has excellent fuel economy for its size, plus you have multiple options that you can upgrade that give you the ability to make the CX-5 your own. The only real downside I found was that road noise was slightly louder than in most other cars. Check out the Mazda Website and find a local dealer to take a test drive of one today.