2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring FWD

Modern Design Meets Stellar Performance. A sleek, modern city crossover.

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The 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring FWD is one of GAYOT's Top 10 Fuel-Efficient Cars and GAYOT's Top 10 Value Cars

One of the most sensible crossover vehicles on the market, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 combines a generous feature set with distinctive styling and decent gas mileage. Powered by a 2.5-liter “Skyactiv” inline-4 shared with the Mazda 6 and uplevel versions of the Mazda 3, the CX-5 Grand Touring FWD nets an impressive 29 mpg overall.

The CX-5 is styled according to Mazda’s “Kodo” design language, which aims to capture a sense of fluid, refined motion. Overall, we think the CX-5 is one of the theme’s better applications. The complex, curved character line and sloping C-pillar do a good job of making the tallish CX-5 look less boxy and more sporty. The Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring also has a well-designed interior. Most knobs and switches are within easy reach, and the gear selector has a substantial, mechanical feel. On the road, the CX-5 behaves much like a taller, larger version of the Mazda 3.

This is good news, since the Mazda 3 is one of the more engaging small cars to drive. The CX-5 we tested was front-wheel-drive, though all-wheel drive is an option. Compared to competition like the Subaru Forester and Ford Escape, the Mazda CX-5 is a little more efficient but a little less spacious. At an as-tested price of just under $33,000, the CX-5 Grand Touring is in the ball park of luxury brand crossovers like the BMW X1. However, those looking for “luxury” in terms of features will find way more in the CX-5 at this price point.

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile "Bumper-to-Bumper" Limited Warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty, 3-year/36,000-mile 24/7 Roadside Assistance Program

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Specs

Base Price: $28,220

As Tested: $28,220

  • 26 / 33 mpg
  • EPA
  • 7.7 sec
  • 0-60
  • 184 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 120 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter engine
  • Horsepower: 184 hp
  • Torque: 185 lb-ft
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
  • Curb Weight: 3,564 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 106.3 in
  • Length: 179.3 in
  • Width: 72.4 in
  • Height: 65.7 in
  • Brakes: 4-wheel disc, diagonal hydraulic
  • Suspension: 4-wheel independent
  • Traction: Traction Control System
  • 0-60 mph: 7.7 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 175 ft.
  • Top Speed: 120 mph
  • EPA City: 26 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 33 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 29 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: Advanced front air bags, Front side-impact air bags, Side-impact air curtains for front and rear outboard passengers, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System

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