Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
The Japanese manufacturer advertised the CX-5 as not being just a regular compact SUV.
And for sure, that does sound like marketing, however, we cannot deny that the CX-5 was one of the best looking compact crossover on the market.
For 2016, the looks didn’t change very much, and that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, as the Mazda’s design was popular and liked all over the world.
The front changes included dynamic steering LED headlamps and LED foglamps, while the back was fitted with angry-looking full LED taillamps.
From the side profile, the CX-5 was reminiscent to the BMW’s crossovers. While looking at the rear windows line, it gave the impression that the passengers in the back would have limited headroom.
However, the headroom available in the back was fairly generous, as well as the legroom, and that made the CX-5 a good choice for longer trips with more than 2 people.
A small downside, due to the sloping rear glass, the CX-5 offered less cargo room.
Under the hood, the CX-5 came with a choice of two engines: a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that developed 155 hp. This engine was mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, with no automatic gearbox as an option.
The more powerful 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine cranked out 184 hp and was fitted with an automatic transmission.
Economy wise, the 2.0-liter engine offered a great fuel consumption.
The CX-5 is the first of a new generation of Mazda products that adopt the full range of Mazda’s breakthrough SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY and the new design theme, ‘KODO - Soul of Motion.’
The Mazda CX-5 evolves Mazda’s hallmark fun-to-drive character and will be progressively introduced to global markets from early 2012. Developed around the full range of SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY — including all-new Mazda gasoline and diesel engines, manual and automatic transmissions, body and chassis — the CX-5 delivers precise response and a high-quality ride matched with outstanding environmental and safety performance.
For 2015, the Mazda CX-5 crossover got slightly reshaped to look bolder and has also been fitted with more tech and revised equipment levels, putting the model in line with the rest of its kin.
Looking at the front, you’ll notice a subtle grille change as well as remodeled headlights, a new bumper and bigger side vents. The rear combination lamps now feature an LED signature, there are new 19-inch rims on the table and some new colors of course, such as Sonic Silver Metallic and Titanium Flash Mica. The interior gets a mildly redesigned dashboard, three types of decorative panels, increased storage capacity, Mazda’s Human-Machine Interface (HMI) infotainment system as well as an electrically operate parking brake to declutter the floor console. Mechanically, the car has adopted a new structure at the front to create a smoother ride, along with new rear dampers and optimized bushings. Of course, more insulating materials have been used throughout the car to offer a 10 percent better noise canceling.