2018 Mazda CX-5: Pretty, Practical and Nearly Perfect

    Posted by Shane Kalicharan about 6 months ago

    Mazda’s stylish CX-5 has been a strong seller for the Japanese car company. Now coming on its second year on the market, the momentum hasn’t seemed to stop. It’s not hard to understand why either. After spending a week with the 2018 CX-5 GT, we walked away impressed. But there are a few small things we’d like to see changed.

    It’s hard not to be taken aback by the styling of the CX-5. Mazda’s current lineup, blessed by the company’s KODO design language, looks far more upscale than the brand’s market position, and the CX-5 is certainly no exception, especially in the GT trim level our tester was equipped with. The vehicle’s sharp design is accentuated further by LED lighting and 19-inch alloy wheels. The Eternal Blue Mica paint on our car shined with hues of blue, silver and turquoise in the sun. But the CX-5 is a looker in virtually any of Mazda’s colour choices.


    The real gem of the CX-5 GT though, lies under the hood. Mazda now includes their 2.5L SKYACTIV-G engine on the GT trim. This engine now features a fuel-saving cylinder deactivation system, shutting down two of its four cylinders at cruising speed, which, on paper, reduces fuel consumption and as wear and tear. The engine does a good job of keeping fuel consumption low (for a vehicle of this size and weight,) but does feel sluggish at times. The turbocharged 2.5L fitted to the larger CX-9, would, in our opinion, fit the GT trim much better and further set it apart as the flagship CX-5. But the engine is otherwise, smooth, quiet and efficient.

    Mazda has always prided themselves on keeping driving fun, and that’s more than evident in the CX-5 GT. Buyers shouldn’t expect sports car handling, but it’s still very engaging for a vehicle of its class. While the ride is stiffer, it’s still comfortable and manageable with less body roll during harder cornering. Competitors like the Honda CRV will have a softer ride, but you also lose the fun nature you get in the Mazda. A toggle switch for a “Sport Mode” makes the throttle a little more aggressive and makes the transmission hold gears longer.

    Inside the CX-5, the cabin is comfortable and quiet. The GT trim adds leather sport seats that are supportive and comfortable. We especially love the white finish paired with the blue paint on the outside. Headroom and leg room for front and rear passengers was excellent in our testing. The cabin is also quiet with great visibility for the driver. Mazda’s infotainment system is pretty universal across their lineup, and while it does take some getting used to, it’s fairly intuitive once you learn its quirks. Getting to that point though, admittedly, can take a while. We’d also like to see Android Auto and Apple Carplay capabilities built in. Another sore spot was cargo space. While it’s certainly not bad, we felt the available cargo space in the CX-5 was a bit lacking, especially when you look at other competitors.

    Mazda’s best selling SUV looks fantastic, drives well and hits nearly all the marks. Despite the small gripes we had with it, we think it presents excellent value for money and delivers well on most fronts.

    Tags:

    Latest Articles

    See All
    • Buy New, Buy Used, Or Lease: Pros & Cons
      Buy New, Buy Used, Or Lease: Pros & Cons

      February 15, 2019 - So, let’s simplify things. Below, we’ve looked at the pros and cons of each of the three options, so you can see - at a glance - which might be the most suitable for you.

    • Cutting Down Car Maintenance Costs Like A Boss
      Cutting Down Car Maintenance Costs Like A Boss

      February 15, 2019 - Here, we’ll talk about how you can cut down your car maintenance costs like a boss. Whether you have a little run around or a more expensive sports car, the below tips will help you to cut back on unnecessary payments.

    • 5 Ways To Spend Less On Auto Repairs
      5 Ways To Spend Less On Auto Repairs

      February 15, 2019 - A single repair can land you in financial trouble if you don’t have the money to cover it, but you can’t really avoid it. If the car is broken and you need it, you’ll have to get it fixed whether you can afford it or not. That might mean borrowing mo

    • What To Do If Your Child Is In A Car Accident
      What To Do If Your Child Is In A Car Accident

      February 15, 2019 - This is a worst-case scenario, and we’ve knocked on wood that you or your child will never have to experience this throughout their whole driving career. But well-wishes and hopes don’t help much when the event has just taken place. Instead, you want

    • Making Your Vehicle Your Own
      Making Your Vehicle Your Own

      February 12, 2019 - So, it’s not all too surprising that many of us want to put our own personal stamp on our car and help it to stand out from the crowd. Here are just a few things that you can do to truly make your vehicle your own.

    • How to Make Driving Your Car More Enjoyable
      How to Make Driving Your Car More Enjoyable

      February 12, 2019 - Fortunately, in this day and age there are enough products, services, and other useful bits of advice that’ll have you enjoying your time behind the wheel. Below, we take a look at nine ways to boost your driving experience.

    • One More Will Hurt! Why Do People Still Drink And Drive?
      One More Will Hurt! Why Do People Still Drink And ...

      February 12, 2019 - But we only have to look at other drivers out there who continually take risks, by cutting in front of us, not indicating, and, of course, speeding, to see that risk-taking is a major factor, stemming from a sense of ignorance behind the wheel. And,

    • From Bumper To Driver... What Is The Biggest Problem On The Roads?
      From Bumper To Driver... What Is The Biggest Probl...

      February 12, 2019 - We've all got our own opinions as what is the biggest hazard, from drink drivers to distracted drivers, and all the various subcategories in between, like traffic. But, what is the answer? Is there one overriding problem? Let's see if we can answer t

    • How to Choose which Car Brand is Suitable for You
      How to Choose which Car Brand is Suitable for You

      February 9, 2019 - Buying a new car can be a thrilling experience. The feeling cannot be compared to any other, and when you are cruising down the open road you will know that deep down, you made the right decision. If you are having a hard time choosing a brand for yo

    • But Officer ! What To Do When You're Arrested
      But Officer ! What To Do When You're Arrested

      February 9, 2019 - For anyone who enjoys old cars and good TV shows, the Lucifer series with Tom Ellis is a pleasure for the eyes. Lucifer Morningstar drives a classic 1962 Corvette C1 convertible. The car, entirely black, has appealed to the viewers from the first mom

    Share This!

    or