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An award recipient in the J.D. Power Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, this CUV is meant for utilitarian-focused buyers who enjoy driving.

  • MSRP: $25,125 (Touring FWD model)
  • Tested Price: $27,765 (includes $880 destination fee)
  • 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission
  • 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft. of torque
  • 26 mpg in the city
  • 33 mpg on the highway
  • 29 mpg combined
  • Cargo Volume: 34.1-cubic feet behind second row; 65.4-cubic feet when second row is folded down

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(Optional leather interior shown.)

Our tester came with the Moonroof/Bose Package ($1,130), which includes a power moonroof and nine speaker Bose audio system. It also came equipped with a retractable cargo cover ($200), cargo mat ($60), door sill trim plates ($125), rear bumper guard ($100), and wheel locks ($55).

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Hits

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel adds a premium touch
  • Steering feel and tightness of handling stand out in a somewhat  
  • low amount of NVH for its segment
  • Engine finally gives enough oomph
  • Lever releases in rear cargo area make dropping the rear seats very easy. 
  • Great visibility
  • Awesome infotainment system is really easy to use
  • All control layout is simple to use and intuitive
  • Massive cargo utility with seats folded down
  • Full size spare (something we’re seeing less of in this cost-conscious segment)
  • Great MPG without turbocharging

Misses

  • No straps to easily pull rear seats back up when standing behind cargo area
  • No hooks in rear cargo area for grocery bags to ensure they don’t slide around in transit
  • Higher profile tires add to a cushier ride, but tend to compromise handling when pushed
  • Sunroof cover materials feel of lower quality than the rest of the vehicle

Our Verdict on Twitter

@NADAUsedCarGde says, “The all-around best mainstream CUV on the market today?”

Value Retention

In regards to value retention, the Mazda CX-5 sits in sixth place (out of 22) within the two-year-old compact utility segment by holding 68.6% of its value in 2015.  Mazda’s CUV outperforms the segment value retention score average of 63.2% for 2015.