Los Angeles 2014: 2016 Mazda CX-5 Unmasked

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

Completing the Mazda trifecta of the all-new CX-3 and refreshed Mazda6 comes the revised CX-5.

The 2016 update gives the crossover a face updated for the times, LED accents, 19-inch wheels, and nine colors from which to paint your world. As for the interior, higher-quality materials, improved NVH and seating, and more places to store all the things are now available, as well as an electronic parking brake to keep things in place.

Under the hood, two engines deliver the power to the front or all four wheels: a 2-liter four-pot, and a 2.5-liter variant that is expected to save the driver from spending more at the pump than necessary.

Finally, the cyborgs in your life can enjoy the automaker’s Mazda Connect infotainment system, as well as the i-Activsense safety suite, which makes driving a little easier with features like radar-based cruise control and smart braking.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Redav Redav on Nov 20, 2014

    So, what are the nine colors? White, off-white, silver, silver 2, gray, dark gray, brownish gray, black, and red?

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    • Redav Redav on Nov 21, 2014

      @dtremit But that would give them two non-grayscale colors. Why would a car company do that? Maybe it's a blueish gray?

  • PJmacgee PJmacgee on Nov 20, 2014

    Why oh why doesn't Mazda provide a more powerful engine option for this and the 6 - diesel or turbo gas, something! The 2.5L in a fully loaded awd CX-5 felt totally gutless.

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    • Redav Redav on Nov 21, 2014

      You are asking why don't they offer an engine they don't have. 1. Diesel: Their diesel doesn't yet pass US emissions requirements while being an "upgrade" over the gas engine. 2. Turbo-4: They don't have one yet. Rumors are they will have one for the CX-9/Speed3 in the 2016-2017 time period. What you ask for, very few consumers actually buy. I believe the take rate on V6 in the prior 6 was only something like 5%. Mazda is making the correct business decision to get their product line filled/fleshed out before saturating the niches.

  • Bd2 If they let me and the boyz roll around naked in their dealership I'll buy a Chinese car.
  • THX1136 I would not 'knowingly' purchase a Chinese built or brand. I am somewhat skeptical of actual build quality. What I've seen in other Chinese made products show them to be of low quality/poor longevity. They are quite good at 'copying' a design/product, but often they appear to take shortcuts by using less reliable materials and/or parts. And , yes, I know that is not exclusive to Chinese products. When I was younger 'made in Japan' was synonymous with poor quality (check John Entwistle's tune 'Made in Japan' out for a smile). This is not true today as much of Japan's output is considered very favorably and, in some product types, to be of superior quality. I tend to equate the same notion today for things 'made in China'.
  • Mike Beranek No, but I'm for a world where everyone, everywhere buys cars (and everything else) that are sourced and assembled regionally. Shipping big heavy things all over the planet is not a solution.
  • Jeffrey No not for me at this time
  • El scotto Hmm, my VPN and security options have 12-month subscriptions. Car dealers are not accountable to anyone except the owner. Of course, the dealer principles are running around going "state of the art security!", "We need dedicated IT people!" For the next 12 months. The hackers can wait.