2016 mazda cx-5 Model Overview
New for 2016
The refreshed 2016 Mazda CX-5 gains revised exterior, improved cabin materials and sound deadening, reworked front and rear suspensions, updated all-wheel drive system, and a new infotainment system.
The 2016 Mazda CX-5 is a two-row crossover available in front- and all-wheel-drive configurations.
A 2.0-liter I-4 with 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque is offered on the base Sport trim while Touring and Grand Touring models are powered by a 2.5-liter I-4 rated at 184 hp and 185 lb-ft. CX-5s with the base 2.0-liter can be had with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission while the 2.5-liter is only available with the latter. Additionally, all-wheel drive is only available with the larger 2.5-liter I-4. Fuel economy is excellent with the manual-equipped 2.0-liter rated at 26/35 mpg city/highway. Opting for the larger 2.5-liter doesn’t come at the sacrifice of fuel economy with front-drive versions rated at 26/33 mpg and 24/30 mpg with all-wheel drive.
Interior space is generous despite the 2015 CX-5’s curvaceous profile, with plenty of room for four adult passengers and up to 64.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the split-folding rear seats folded and 34.1 cubic feet with them up. Versus competitors, the CX-5’s cargo space lags behind that of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, which offer a maximum volume of 70 cubic feet and 73 cubic feet respectively.
Standard safety equipment includes advanced front airbags, front-side airbags, and side curtain airbags for both the first and second rows. Blind spot warning is standard on the Touring and Grand Touring trims. In the Grand Touring trim, the i-Activsense package adds adaptive cruise control with proximity warning, automatic forward emergency braking with collision warning, lane departure warning, and distance recognition support system. The Touring Tech package and the Grand Touring Tech Package also come with automatic forward emergency braking for those not looking to add the full suite of safety aids.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Base Sport models come with 17-inch alloy wheels, 60/40 split folding rear seats, and Bluetooth connectivity. Opting for the six-speed automatic adds the 184-hp 2.5-liter I-4 on the Sport. Stepping up to the Touring trim adds keyless entry, Mazda Connect infotainment system, Pandora compatibility, 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and blind spot warning. Navigation and LED headlights, taillights, fog lights, and daytime running lights are available as part of the Touring Tech package while a power moonroof and an upgraded nine-speaker Bose surround sound system is available in the Moonroof/Bose package. The range-topping Grand Touring trim adds 19-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a nine-speaker Bose surround sound system, and heated side mirrors. The Grand Touring Tech package adds navigation, automatic forward emergency braking, LED headlights, taillights, fog lights, and daytime running lights.
What We Think
For those who want a crossover that can serve as a family vehicle but not at the cost of driving fun, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is an excellent choice, offering great acceleration and handling without sacrificing fuel economy and usability. In a four-crossover comparison test than also included the Ford Escape, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4, the Mazda CX-5 won because of its stylish exterior design, well-packaged cabin, and superb driving dynamics that made it a lot of fun to drive. The crossover’s powertrain, especially its automatic gearbox, was intuitive and didn’t shifts gears “instantly and seamlessly” in winding roads while its light curb weight made it feel nimble and agile.
In a 2014 First Test review of a pre-refresh model, we noted that the interior was well-designed and built, featuring plenty of soft-touch materials, and a 40/20/40 split-folding second row for increased flexibility. The 184-hp 2.5-liter I-4, which was added in the 2014 model year, made the CX-5 a better crossover overall, offering plenty of power without sacrificing fuel economy. In a 2014 First Drive, we said that the addition of the more powerful 2.5-liter I-4 from the Mazda6 made it “more sprightly” and makes highway passing maneuvers less nerve-wracking thanks to the extra horsepower and torque.
Mazda’s Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter I-4 engines have some of the highest compression ratios of any gas-powered vehicle sold in the United States.
- Great fuel economy
- Fun to drive
- Flexible interior
You Won’t Like:
- Underpowered base engine
- Cargo area isn’t as roomy as some competitors