2018 Mazda CX-5 Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Soul Red Crystal
MSRP
$22,942 - $28,695
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MPG (up to)
24 City / 30 HWY
Horsepower
187
Seats
5

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.7 Overall Score
Performance 4.6Comfort 3.9Styling 4.7Value 4.6

What's New

Changes for the 2018 Mazda CX-5 include the addition of cylinder deactivation for the 2.5-liter engine and more features added to each trim. The Sport gains blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic detection, while the Touring gets the full i-ACTIVSENSE suite of safety assists (now optional on the Sport).

Mazda CX-5 Models & Trims

chevronDown icon Sport $22,942 - $25,353
Horsepower: 187 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
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check icon Blind Spot Monitor
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chevronDown icon Touring $25,729 - $28,294
Horsepower: 187 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Grand Touring $25,952 - $28,695
Horsepower: 187 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

4.72
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The 2018 Mazda cx-5 is a car that really outshines it is competitors.

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I am really a fan of the vehicle I currently an leasing. The 2018 Mazda cx-5 handles like a dream. I honestly have never driven a car that turns on a dime and that just feels this good to be in. I love that the car has sensors for other vehicles that are on my right and left. They are sort of like blind-spot detectors and the car give a non-distracting small beep when there is a car on either side of me, which helps tremendously when merging. The model I have, has a sport mode, which honestly just makes the car handle so much smoother. This car is such a dream to be in and to drive. I am able to connect my phone to the car via Bluetooth enabling me to manage my music and also make telephone calls as well. I am honestly driving my dream car.

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Overall great buying decision!

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My Mazda is amazing. I just got the cx5 at the end of July, and previously had a Mazda 3. I love the feeling of being in an SUV, and the cabin is incredibly quiet. All of the safety features are great, too, but the auto braking has created some issues along with the lane assist. The lane assist beeps even when you are far away from the car in the next lane and the auto brake comes on when I try to get around a car that is turning in front of me. Overall though, great decision!

Jennifer S
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New Mazda CX-5, Better than most!

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My first new vehicle and I love it! I mean let's be real, any new car is nice and we are spoiled so there are a few things I've noticed. The a/c works good but with only 3,000 miles on the car sometimes it feels like it doesn't blow as cold as most times so I turn the knob to the heat setting and turn it back and it goes cold again. The radio works however if you turn the station there is a noise glitch that it makes before hearing it normal on any station that's chosen.

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$22,942 - $25,353
$25,729 - $28,294

Horsepower

Horsepower
187 (hp)
187 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L SKYACTIV
2.5L SKYACTIV
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Alarm

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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Standard

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard
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Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
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Not Available
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Standard

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41 (in.)
41 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.7 (in.)
39.3 - 39.7 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
39.6 (in.)
39.6 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39 (in.)
39 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Standard
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Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
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Standard
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Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
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Standard
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Standard

CD Player

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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Not Available
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Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Not Available
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Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Not Available
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Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
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Not Available
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Standard

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Standard
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Standard
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Standard
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Standard

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P225/65HR17
P225/55VR19

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.3 (in.)
106.3 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36 (ft.)
36 (ft.)

Length

Width

Width
72.5 (in.)
72.5 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3527 - 3655 (.lbs)
3527 - 3655 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
187 (hp)
187 (hp)

Torque

Torque
186 (ft. lbs.)
186 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Capacity
2000 (.lbs)
2000 (.lbs)

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
200 (.lbs)
200 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Standard
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Not Available
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14.8 (gal.)
14.8 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
28 (mpg)
28 (mpg)

City

City
25 (mpg)
25 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
31 (mpg)
31 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Standard
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Standard
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Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Standard
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Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Standard
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Standard
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Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
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Standard
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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Standard
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Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
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Not Available
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Standard

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
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Standard
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Standard

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Keeping Assist
Optional
Optional
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Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
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Optional
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Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
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Standard
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Standard

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Standard
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Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Side
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Roof Strength
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Driver-side Overlap Front
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Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Emergency Sos *
  • Blind Spot Monitoring Blind Spot Sensor
  • Smart City Brake Support and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Smart Brake Support and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Keep Assist System Lane Keeping Assist *
  • Lane Keep Assist System Lane Departure Warning *

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (1)

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Air Bags > Side/window Jun 24, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Jun 24, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V426000
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2018 Mazda CX-5 vehicles. In the event of a side impact or rollover crash, the side curtain air bags may not properly unfold during deployment. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 226, "Ejection Mitigation."
Consequence:
If the air bags do not deploy properly in a crash, it can increase the risk of injury.
Remedy:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the curtain air bags, free of charge. The recall began July 31, 2018. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500, Option 4. Mazda's number for this recall is 2718F.

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