Mazda CX-5 review #DriveMazda

This adventure was made possible through my blogging partnership with the awesome people at DriveShop and Mazda, who provided me with a vehicle to test drive at the end of January. You can follow the conversation on social media with the hashtag #DriveMazda.

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I spent a whole week with this gorgeous SUV back in January, and I must say, this ride was a head turner! Between the bright and shiny soul red paint job, to the 19-inch alloy wheels, this Mazda CX-5 really made a grand impression at first glance. But it didn’t stop there- the inside is a show stopper as well. This option came loaded with gorgeous black leather seats, and a crisp and clean dashboard that was not only beautiful, but easy to navigate. 




I loved the rear back-up camera, the HUGE rear cargo storage area, which included an super easy way to fold down the rear seats- just a pull of a lever!- (which I have pictured below), the Bose premium audio system, crystal clear LED lighting system, and the gorgeous view from the moonroof/sunroof. I also loved how there was plenty of space to eat my freshly purchased Plant City strawberries after a mini road trip up to Plant City for some shopping 😉




The Mazda CX-5 is great on gas mileage, getting 35 highway MPG with the 2.0L SKYACTIV-G-powered engine, and 33 highway MPG with the 2.5L. 

In addition, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 was named a 2016 Top Safety Pick Plus by the IIHS when equipped with available Smart City Brake Support. There are some amazing safety features, but my favorite would have to be the blind spot monitoring control and rear view back-up camera. It’s a great feeling to know that I those added safety features right at my finger tips. 


Some additional features of the 2016 Mazda CX-5
Engine/Mechanical Features

  • SKYACTIV-G 2.5L Engine
  • SKYACTIV-Drive 6SPD Sport Mode AT
  • 184 Horsepower; 185 LB-FT Torque
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Electric Power Assisted Steering
  • Independent Front/Rear Suspension
  • Front & Rear Stabilizer Bars

Exterior Features

  • 19-inch Alloy Wheels
  • P225/55 R19 All-Season Tires
  • Variable Rain-Sensing Wipers
  • Fixed-Intermittent Rear Wiper
  • Heated Power Mirrors w/ Turn Lamps
  • Rear Privacy Glass
  • Auto-On/Off Halogen Headlights
  • Fog Lamps/Daytime Running Lights
  • Roof Spoiler & Shark Fin Antenna
  • Power Moonroof

Interior Features

  • 5-Passenger Seating
  • Tilt & Telescopic Steering Column
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel w/ Audio/Cruise/Bluetooth Controls
  • Power Automatic Door Locks
  • Power Windows w/ Driver One-Touch
  • Leather Trimmed Sport Seats
  • 8-Way Power Driver’s Seat
  • Driver Power Lumbar Support
  • Manual Passenger Seat Lifter
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Mid w/ Trip Computer
  • Advanced Keyless Entry System
  • Electronic Parking Brake
  • Push Button Engine Start
  • Dual Zone Auto Climate Control
  • HD Radio/Aux Jack/2 USB Input
  • Bluetooth Hands Free Phone/Audio
  • 7″ Color Touch-Screen Display
  • Multi-Function Commander Control
  • Rearview Camera
  • Dual Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
  • Center Armrest w/ Covered Storage
  • 40/20/40 Split Fold-Down RR Seat
  • Rear Seat Center Armrest
  • Carpeted Floor Mats

Safety and Security Features

  • 60MO/60K MI Powertrain & 36MO/36K MI Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty
  • 24-Hour Roadside Assistance
  • 5-Passenger 3-Point Safety Belts
  • Latch Child Safety Seat Anchors
  • Anti-Theft Engine Immobilizer
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • SKYACTIV Body-Ring Structure
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS with EBD & Brake Assist)
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Advanced Dual Front Airbags
  • Front Side-Impact Air Bags
  • Front & Rear Side Air Curtains

If you’re looking for a comfortable SUV that is PERFECT for families, or individuals wanting a bit more space in their vehicles, check out the Mazda CX-5! It’s super affordable starting out at around $22k,! 

Have you driven the Mazda CX-5? What did you think?

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