2015 Mazda CX-5
The new CX-5 is chock full of new features. Photos Courtesy of Mazda.The exterior design of the new Mazda CX-5 was developed to create optimal airflow, making the overall shape as smooth as possible.
This not only helps it achieve high fuel efficiency but also keeps wind noise to a comfortable minimum.
All models are equipped with a rear spoiler to aid in exceptional aerodynamic performance and complement the aggressive poise.
The driver-oriented cabin is intuitive with easy-to-read screens and a multitude of frequently used controls within well-placed reach. And passengers are welcomed as well to relax in the comfort of supportive seats and soft-touch surfaces. Rear cargo volume is cavernous at 34.1 cubic feet behind the second-row seats. CX-5 offers the ultimate in simplicity of operation with a single-action topside seat button that allows the left- and right-side seat backs to fold down while a looped handled frees the middle section.
Developed by Mazda, SKYACTIV is a philosophy that obtaining more power, more torque and more MPG can be had by creating overall vehicle efficiency and still be offered at a dollar-sign amount attainable by the majority of the car-buying population.
What is lost in the process of improving engineering numbers? Nothing. Safety, spaciousness, style—still all there. The 2015 CX-5 is outfitted with a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine that delivers 155 horsepower. It offers an EPA-rated fuel economy of 26 city/35 highway/29 combined MPG when mated to the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission. Only available with an automatic transmission, CX-5 Touring and CX-5 Grand Touring models receive the SKYACTIV-G 2.5L engine. Touting 184 horsepower, the CX-5 is one of the more powerful non-turbocharged compact SUVs in its class.
Base model estimated mpg: 26/35. Estimated starting price: $21,545.
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Compiled by Motor Matters