2017 Mazda CX-5 Comes With Better Standard Equipment Than Its Higher Priced Rivals

Mar 28, 2017 10:30 AM EDT | Joyce Vega

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 has sharper looks inside and out, enhanced technological and safety features, and a strong value proposition. Of course, many competitors such as Mercedes, Audi, BMW, and Lexus offer similar features, but Mazda does all of that for a lesser price.

As reported by Kelley Blue Book, the new Mazda CX-5 comes with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Skyactive gasoline engine that produces 187 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. The engine is tied to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Even though it is not the most powerful nor most efficient in its class, the engine puts up respectable numbers, especially in fuel economy of up to 31 mpg. Front-wheel drive is standard setup, with all-wheel drive as an optional. On the outside, the CX-5 steals some of the design features of its big brother the CX-9. With its Soul Red Crystal production color, the CX-5 has the look of an exotic sports car.

From standard equipment, Mazda CX-5 has push-button start, 7-inch touch-screen display, 4-speakera AM/FH/HD Radio, keyless entry, 17-inch wheels, Smart City Brake Support active safety system, and rearview camera. Some of the optional features include heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, blind-spot monitoring navigation, radar cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, Smart Brake Support, head-up display, heated steering wheel, heated rear outboard seats, and much more.

According to Forbes, Mazda CX-5 scores some impressive wins over the competition, most notably with the linear response of both its steering and throttle action. On the other hand, Audi, BMW, and Lexus had inconsistent responses. However, Lexus offers a superior lumbar and side support to Mazda, Audi’s interior is simple yet a class of its own.  The CX-5 is not without flaws. The ride of the car is slightly choppy, the seats need more side bolstering, and the blind spot warning system is over-sensitive. However, none of these flaws is a deal breaker, especially with the fact that the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD model comes at $33,465, which is $15,000 cheaper than its rivals, and it still comes with better standard equipment in most cases.

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