2017 Mazda CX-5 SUV Review
The all-new 2017 Mazda CX-5 is one entry of many in the compact SUV category. Nearly every manufacturer has a vehicle that fits into this class. But no one else has achieved the combination of ride, handling, sophistication, and overall driving pleasure that Mazda has created with the 2017 CX-5.
All New For 2017
The 2017 CX-5 is truly all new, with a total of 689 changes made to improve it over the previous model. The chassis is 15-percent stiffer, the suspension was revised for a smoother ride, and the sound insulation was improved. Other standard and available improvements include:
- Standard full-LED headlights
- Two-stage reclining rear seats
- Rear doors that open wider for easier child-seat loading and unloading
- Standard 40:20:40 split-folding rear seat
- Windshield wiper de-icer
- Full-speed Mazda Radar Cruise Control
- Windshield-projected Active Driving Display
- Power liftgate, rear HVAC vents, and rear heated outboard seats
Three CX-5 Trim Levels To Choose From
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 comes in three trim levels: GX, GS, and GT. The GX and GS trims come standard with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive optional. The GT comes standard with all-wheel drive.
The entry-level CX-5 GX trim includes G-Vectoring Control, 17” alloy wheels, black cloth-upholstered seats, cruise control, air conditioning, push button start, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, noise-isolating windshield, auto off headlights, and a 40:20:40 split-folding and reclining rear seat.. Also standard is MAZDA CONNECT, which pairs a 7-inch color touchscreen- and Commander-control-knob-operated infotainment display with AM/FM/HD radio, vehicle diag-nostics, a backup camera, Bluetooth phone and audio integration, and two USB ports.
The mid-level GS adds power liftgate, six-way power driver’s seat, leatherette seating surfaces with Grand Lux Suede inserts, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Smart City Brake Support, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, auto-leveling LED headlights, front wiper de-icer, rain-sensing front wipers, auto dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, a six-speaker audio system, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle.
The GS is also available with the Comfort Package that includes a power moonroof, as well as the i-ACTIVSENSE Package that features a suite of driver assistance and safety features. These include High Beam Control, Lane-Departure Warning, Lane-Keep Assist, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Smart Brake Support, Distance Recognition Support System, and Forward Obstruction Warning.
The top-of-the-line GT starts as a loaded GS and adds on more features, including 19”alloy wheels, leather seating surfaces, heated rear seats, ten-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support and memory, BOSE Premium Sound System with 10 speakers, navigation system, and Adaptive Front-lighting system.
The available GT Technology Package features a windshield-projected Active Driving Display, SiriusXM satellite radio, colour multi-information display, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Smart Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane-keep Assist System, and Traffic Sign Recognition.
Two Engines Now, One More Later
The 2017 CX-5 offers a choice of two gasoline engines at the present time. The GX trim with manual transmission and front-wheel drive comes with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0L engine with 155 horsepower. All other CX-5 models come with a six-speed automatic transmission and the SKYACTIV-G 2.5L with 187 horsepower.
Coming later this year as another engine option will be the long-awaited SKYACTIV-D 2.2L engine, which has been designed for high torque, quick response, refinement and hybrid-like fuel-efficiency. Stay tuned!
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 Will Win You Over
The all-new 2017 Mazda CX-5 from Moffatt's Mazda in Barrie has been redesigned from the ground up to be the class of the compact SUV field. Contact us for a test drive – once you get behind the wheel, you’ll be hooked!