As the youngest of Mazda’s SUV’s, compact 2015 Mazda CX-5 has one of the freshest designs and most contemporary lines in whole of Japanese manufacturer’s lineup. Third CX-5 which is a 2015 year model is already available and has been carried over.
Engine range of 2015 Mazda CX-5
There are two powertrains to choose from as CX-5 is offered with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine giving 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque, and stronger 2.5L 4-cylinder engine which has 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. Base engine is offered exclusively with base Sport model and has either 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox. Stronger powertrain, however is available across the lineup, in all three trim levels (Sport, Touring and Grand Touring), but is offered only with automatic transmission.
Design – Exterior and Interior
This athletic, neatly designed crossover has Mazda’s front written all over it, with its pentagonal mesh grille and trapezoid headlights. Being an affordable compact vehicle, all exterior details are made of hard plastic, rather than of chrome or aluminum. Out back, CX-5 is rounded off with another set of trapezoid lights, roofline spoiler and thick roof pillars.
CX-5’s interior follows similar philosophy and offers only all-black details with few metallic accents. Seats, however are furbished with leather, at least in Grand Touring models, which is more than this class usually offers. Sturdy dash is simple in design and holds lots of cubies for your possessions. 5.8-inch color touch screen display is available on all models, however, base model has it as a part of an optional package. The same Sport model has four speakers in it, while Touring has six and top Grand Touring comes with nine of them.
Safety features are quite advanced as compact cars usually don’t have all electronic features that CX-5 has. Standard airbag system, stability and traction controls, and ABS with brake assist are what you’ll find in all models. Touring model adds a rearview camera and optional packages even add blind spot alerts and city brake support system which you usually won’t find at all in other compacts.
Another segment in which CX-5 excells is fuel efficiency. Base engine offers the numbers of 26/35 mpg with manual and 26/32 mpg with automatic transmission. Stronger powertrain doesn’t lower the numbers much as you’ll get 25/32 mpg in FWD and 24/30 mpg in 4WD models.
2015 Mazda CX-5 Price
Prices start at $21,545 which is how much Sport model costs. More expensive Touring model costs $24,965, and Grand Touring, the master of CX-5’s lineup has a price tag of $27,970 put on it.
2015 Mazda CX-5 could have had a better timing if it had come during the global recession, but its great fuel economy is always appreciated, nevertheless. Striking design and plenty of safety features make it even more appealing, and so does solid and functional interior.