Mazda CX-5: The Most Effective SUV Of Its Class

Mar 20, 2017 06:08 AM EDT | Joyce Vega

The new Mazda CX-5 is not entirely new. The latest version of this compact crossover SUV is, for the most part, identical to the 2013 model. The biggest changes are in its exterior and interior styling.

According to Auto Week, the new CX-5 is nearly a duplicate to the previous model. They have ditched the entry-level 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine along with the manual transmission. Now, every model comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with six-speed automatic transmission. The most notable upgrade to the CX-5 is the design.

The model looks like a mini CX-9, which is not a bad thing. The sharper nose and the wider hip at the rear makes the car look more aggressive. Mazda has improved the acoustic of the interior as well. They have added more insulation, thicker seals, added linings to absorb sound, and acoustic glass to the front windows. They have also added dynamic sound dampers on the struts that are tuned to cancel out certain frequencies.

As reported by BMW Blog, Mazda has been studying humans as much as cars in an attempt to figure out what feels natural and intuitive. Their way is to make cars that give the right kind of feedback and emotion. With the new CX-5, Mazda provides a more intuitive and sharper driving response than Mercedes, Audi, and BMW. Mercedes has had a problem with poor throttle response, Audi has a lack of steering feel, BMW has odd steering wheel position, while Mazda doesn’t have any of these problems.

Despite the fact that Mazda CX-5 is slower than the competition, and it isn’t as luxurious, it still seems better than any other car in its class. The SUV crossover market is highly competitive. The new Mazda CX-5 is smooth, quiet, and thoughtfully developed, and it should help the brand grab a bigger piece of the pie.

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