By on October 27, 2016

CX-5 Mazda Teaser

Everyone assumed that the next incarnation of the Mazda CX-5 wouldn’t make an appearance until next year, so it was a bit of a surprise to see Mazda showing off carefully lit photos of its next-generation compact crossover today.

It’s definitely not an unwelcome surprise, as this 2017 model has one hell of a good-looking profile.

The CX-5 teaser highlights a slightly more dramatic look for the SUV. A swept-back roofline, more muscular sides, long hood, and angular beak all work together to remind onlookers that the new CX-5 will probably remain an enjoyable drive. Mazda has said as much themselves, claiming that they’ve refined its design and technology to offer “new dimensions of driving pleasure.”

While we’re not sure of what all of this entails, it certainly sounds like the automaker will continue to consider driving enjoyment as a priority in its designs.

The small crossover is a big deal for Mazda, as the CX-5 accounted for roughly a third of all of its vehicle sales last year. It also surpassed the Mazda 3 as the company’s best selling vehicle in the United States. Screwing up a winning design in a popular segment with worse looks was never in the cards. It’ll remain familiar while becoming slightly more handsome. (Unless this photo hides something truly horrifying.)

Currently, this teaser image is all Mazda feels comfortable offering, with no information on the vehicle as of yet. No details, pricing, or specifications. All Mazda has said is that the 2017 CX-5 will formally premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 18.

Mazda will also hold a press conference about the new sport crossover on November 16, the first of two press days. Hopefully they will be in a bean-spilling mood.

[Image: Mazda]

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29 Comments on “Mazda Flashes Us a Little Leg With Its Redesigned 2017 CX-5...”

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      Thanks for bringing forth engaging, informed, and interesting dialogue here on this website. I aspire to your level.

      In other news, I’m sure it’ll look good, but what I’m most interested in is whether Mazda will continue the trend it started with the CX-9 and finally include enough sound deadening to have a car that could be called legitimately quiet. They have some really good competition in this segment, I’d love to see them pull out all the stops.

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        You’re quite welcome.

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        I suspect that they will improve sound deadening. They keep saying that they want to move upscale. They’ve got the design for it, both inside and out, and their newer/revised models keep coming with better sound isolation (i.e., the 2016 Mazda6 had better sound insulation than prior models, and the 2017 is even quieter).

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          Mazdas are too noisy. Rode in a rental Mazda6 last month. Way too much road noise. My niece didn’t like it. She’s used to better. That is a reason they don’t sell.

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        Daniel J

        We have a 2015 and out of all the CUVs we drove, the only one that was quieter, both slow and at highway speeds, was the CRV. All of them had road noise, engine noise, or wind noise as loud or louder than the CX-5. The CRV was the exception.

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          I don’t get where all these NVH complaints come from. I don’t want to be 100% isolated from the road. I don’t mind feeling a little feedback in the wheel, or a thrum of an idling engine in a stick shift, or feeling a few bumps in the highway. Riding on a pillow of clouds is for Rolls-Royces and 70’s Caddies, not regular cars.

          I’ve ridden in a few late model Mazdas and found them to be as quiet or quieter than some competitors, including some larger SUVs. And they’re worlds away from my noisy old 2005 Golf, which was probably not that bad of a car for its time.

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    I never liked the last one. I felt it didn’t meet Mazda’s design potential. If this thing has satisfactory oomph, looks, and rear seat room for a convertible infant seat, this could be a decision changer. Hoping and praying they offer the 2.5T, or at least a new 2.0T maybe? Pretty please?

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    This looks like it’ll be along the design lines of being a miniature new CX-9, which will be a good thing. The newest CX-9 is a great looking vehicle, in my opinion.

    We’ve had our 2013 CX-5 since December 2012 when we bought it new. It’s been a wonderful vehicle and we don’t plan to get rid of it anytime soon. Someday, if we have a second child, I may consider an upgrade to a CX-9. Until then, though, the CX-5 suits us fine. It’s economical (I’ve seen 37 MPG several times), roomy (we haul stuff in it constantly), and reliable (only one issue in 40,000 miles – the TCM needed an update). And, it’s paid off, which is the most important part.

    It’s my wife’s vehicle and she loves it, even going so far as to say that if it was wrecked or if anything happens to it, she wants another one.

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    Everybody I know who has one loves it. A friends mother (25 year Honda faithful) recently took a CRV for a drive and it left her cold. She got a CX-5 instead.

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    I’m seriously considering a CX-5 as my next car. I would have bought one already, but I want the latest safety features on the mid-level (Touring) trim, and the ’16/’16.5 only offers them on a fully-loaded GT. (With the leather I don’t want, the too-big wheels I don’t want, and the lighting package I don’t want)

    And Android Auto would be nice too… Mazda’s taking their sweet time on that particular upgrade.

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    Mazda can justifiably crow that the CX – 5 offers driving pleasure, but they need to get serious and offer a version with engine performance equal to the Subaru Forester XT. If Mazda does __and__ offers it with a manual transmission option, tuners and enthusiasts will stampede to Mazda’s showrooms.

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      This is a joke, right? Mazda offers decent engine and transmission options in their other cars, and sales of said cars are anything but a “stampede”.

      If it wasn’t for the CX-5, we’d probably be putting Mazda on the US Brand Deathwatch next year…

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    My opinion is the distance from driver(‘s eyes) past hood to bumper is too long for these things.
    My preference would be a shorter ‘front clip’.

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      That would be more space-efficient, like cab-forward design, but this platform does place the driver near the midpoint of the car. That helps a driver feel more centered and connected, and it’s fun to feel the car pivoting around you in turns.

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    Looks nice, but where’s the damn cargo space? It looks like the chopped it off directly behind the 2nd row.

    Still would prefer the 6 wagon…

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    Lemme guess… just like it’s new little brother, the CX-3, the new CX-5 will no longer be available with a proper clutch.

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      The current CX-5 is available with a clutch only with the 2.slow and FWD in the base trim and in a dark gray color. Last time I did a search there was only one in all the Mazda dealers in the SF bay area.

      The 5 speed has effectively gone in this model already.

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        I beg to differ! The CX-5 Sport (base) model comes in three /lovely/ shades: Jet Black Mica, Sonic Silver Metallic, and Meteor Gray Mica!

        I know, bleh. Meteor Gray’s got a little bluish tint to it, though.

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    Was very interested. Drove a 2.5 model. Decided I’d rather have a Golf Sportwagen for the same money or less. Not much power in standard, too thrashy in sport. Pass, indeed.

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    As I’ve mentioned before, I have a 2016 CX-5 GT, which I like. The handling is very predictable (the vehicle behaves exactly as one would expect without any surprises when it is pushed beyond “normal” driving situations). It is a surprisingly nice drive (surprising because it is a small SUV). No manual transmission is offered in AWD upper level trims, however.

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    Agreed on the sound deadening (current lack and expectation for additional this round). I’ve only ridden in a CX-5’s briefly at lower speeds (Lyft ride), but it was louder that I’d expect in a new vehicle. However, a Mazda 3 that I drove much further surprised me at both it’s all-around goodness and it’s shocking loudness at highway speeds. Quiet these cars down, and they easily feel class above.

    My fear with the new CX-5 is a redesigned interior similar to that in the CX-9, with a high center tunnel and close-in ‘cockpit’ feel. For it’s size the CX-9 feels cramped to me.

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    That’s called a CUV but it’s a stupidly cab-retarded schnozmobile.

    Mazda just doesn’t get it. They’re pretty dumb for Japanese.

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    The turnabout from “everybody smile” to these beautiful cars is quite astonishing. Even if it doesn’t check all the boxes you must appreciate the design…being so distinctive yet pleasing is very difficult to pull off.

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    I’d love for my retired parents to get one of these as their “final” car, but my father has reservations about the lack of a dealer network. The nearest Mazda dealers to them are ~30 miles away, and with plans to travel the US, they worry about things happening out in podunk. My take is Mazda is at least average reliability, so they ought not to worry too much. Thoughts?

    One complaint I do have with them is the comfort of the driver’s seat. I’ve got a relative with a Mazda 6 that’s two or three years old. The driver’s seat is SO uncomfortable after about half an hour. I feel like I’m being poked and prodded on my lower back. The design seems to be similar to the way the seats are in an older Ford Focus: there’s a big gap between the seat cushion and the seat back if you adjust the height to the lowest setting. Has Mazda improved the seats any in recent years?

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    What i’m most curious about, is whether it will have an AC able to keep up in the South? I had a CX-7 for couple years, bought brand new. Unfortunately, i bought it in December and by the time June in Georgia rolled around i was sweating bullets. The AC in Mazdas is not worth a paper i’m sure it’s made out of. It would take 15 minutes after starting it to even get to a point where air coming out of the vents was remotely cool, if you parked outside. I’ve heard from various reviews that it’s same thing with new CX-9. So while i live in the South, unfortunately Mazdas will be off my list until they address the AC…

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    Front overhang looks comically long. The current 3 has the same ridiculous front overhang too. I understand they’re trying to give the illusion of RWD proportions (long hood), but it’s just getting silly now.

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    Mazda, please keep the manual transmission available! But offer it with a few options, the current CX-5 manual comes with significantly less content than the base auto version. No wonder nobody buys them.

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