Reviews 2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive

20:01  18 may  2017
20:01  18 may  2017 Source:   Truck Trend

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  First Drive: 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Retractable Fastback provides a more premium Miata experienceMazda developed the Retractable Fastback to preserve the Miata's already minimal trunk space, which would be impacted considerably if a traditional convertible hard top,like that of the NC-generation Miata PRHT's, was used,due to the new ND Miata's smaller size. Instead, the RF loses just 0.11 cubic feet of cargo space, so there's still enough room in the back for a duffel bag.

The CX - 5 continues to be the enthusiast’s choice, but its svelte new look, premium cabin, and aggressive pricing broaden its appeal. The 2017 Mazda CX - 5 boasts significant changes inside and out. Highlights include a re-engineered body and chassis, G-Vectoring Control (GVC)

The all-new 2017 Mazda CX - 5 does not present a radical departure from the outgoing first generation. We got about 60 miles of mixed San Diego city, freeway, and back country driving to experience Mazda ’s middle child. But the CX - 5 , positioned between the CX-3 and CX-9 in Mazda ’s

When we reviewed Mazda's all-new ’16 CX-9 three-row SUV last year, we reported that this appealing Japanese brand was moving from mainstream to near-premium with each new vehicle, competing with Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Chevy, Ford, Hyundai, and Kia with quieter, more premium interiors complimenting their winning looks and personalities. And this new ’17 CX-5 compact SUV continues that trend with a cornucopia of new features and nearly 700 improvements, large and small, over its popular predecessor.

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  2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF The curious case of the Miata not-coupe.Mazda has never built a true Miata coupe, the closest examples being a couple of Japan-market fixed-hardtop conversions and the Power Retractable Hardtop (PRHT) introduced on the previous, NC generation. Perhaps the closest yet is the sexpot MX-5 Miata RF we just drove, even if it really is an extension of the PRHT branch of the family tree. To put a finer point on the RF, its closest current analogue just might be the far pricier Porsche 911 Targa, being a demi-convertible with a similarly functioning top mechanism.

For 2017 , the excellence remains, yet myriad changes further improve the redesigned 2017 Mazda CX - 5 . More in the First Drive review right here.

Related: Mazda Announces 2017 CX - 5 Pricing. This is the first full redesign for the CX - 5 since its debut in 2012, and I was excited to investigate the results. There's a dearth of fun-to- drive compact SUVs, which makes sense


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Like its CX-9 big brother, this athletically proportioned new CX-5 stands out in a blossoming segment full of mostly bland or overly aggressive looks. The same holds true inside its cabin, where an abundance of carefully crafted premium-look, soft-touch materials elevate it above most competitors.

2017 Mazda Cx5 First Drive© Courtesy of Mazda 2017 Mazda Cx5 First Drive

Its performance is eager enough to earn Mazda continued Zoom-Zoom status, at least when lightly loaded on level roads, with its standard 2.5L SKYACTIVE-G I-4 pushing 187 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque through its six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission. Peak torque arrives at a mid-range 3,250 rpm with front-wheel drive or at 4,000 rpm with i-ACTIV (yes, they name everything) predictive all-wheel drive, which redirects up to half of it to the rear wheels to maintain traction in slick conditions. Its EPA economy impresses at 24 mpg city, 31 highway, and 27 combined with FWD (one mpg less with AWD). And Mazda promises a 2.2L SKYACTIV-D diesel engine option later in 2017.

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Not to mention, the 2017 CX - 5 is several thousand dollars cheaper than its high-profile competition when equipped with similar features and amenities. To help us understand, the automaker gave myself and several other journalists a few care-free hours to test- drive the car over a Mazda -approved route

At first , the 2017 Mazda CX - 5 seems like a sensible evolution of its well-loved predecessor – there's sexier styling, a more premium cabin, and additional Actually, much of the driving experience can't be matched by a competitor. The previous CX - 5 was arguably the driver 's choice in the segment and

In addition to its 15 percent stiffer body and chassis, hundreds of new features and improvements include windshield pillars moved rearward for better visibility, a windshield-projected Active Driving head-up display, two-stage reclining second-row seats, standard heated front seats, available heated outboard rear seats, available heated steering wheel, two front and two rear USB ports, standard rearview camera, available power liftgate, and 10-speaker Bose surround sound and Mazda Connect infotainment (featuring a 7-inch touchscreen and a console-mounted twirl/poke multi-function control like those in German cars). This rare combination is welcome, but not the fact that the touchscreen works only at rest. Mazda's lawyers apparently believe that the twirl/poke wheel is less distracting while driving than simply touching on on-screen icon, but we find it exactly the opposite.

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Mazda says there are big changes inside and out, as there have been almost every since the first -gen CX - 5 arrived as a 2013 model. Ten tech features make the 2017 CX - 5 stand out: On the road. I test- drove the CX - 5 in San Diego and eastward along the US-Mexico border (lots of border patrol

SAN DIEGO – Consumer demand for compact crossovers in Canada has reached a point where, in the case of Mazda , sales of its CX - 5 are now surpassing that of its traditional bestseller, the Mazda 3 compact sedan and hatchback – which makes the changes to the 2017 model that much more

2017 Mazda Cx5 First Drive Interior© Courtesy of Mazda 2017 Mazda Cx5 First Drive Interior

The CX-5’s i-ACTIVSENSE safety suite includes such new features as full-speed Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) that, along with Distance Recognition Support, uses a front-facing camera to move at speeds below 18 mph and radar at faster speeds to maintain distance from vehicles in front. Working with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist gently nudges you back into your lane should you begin to stray, and Traffic Sign Recognition keeps you informed of posted speeds and warnings.

One other driver-assist is standard G-Vectoring Control. Reacting to throttle input, steering angle, and other sensors, it adds a tiny amount of engine braking by backing off ignition spark entering corners, improving both steering stability and turn-in response. And the worse the traction conditions, the better this industry-first technology works, Mazda says.

2017 Mazda Cx5 First Drive Wheel© Courtesy of Mazda 2017 Mazda Cx5 First Drive Wheel

We found the new CX-5's handling athletic, its steering responsive, its brakes sure and strong, and its cabin quieter than the previous model's. It's no sports car, but it acquits itself well when driven more aggressively than most owners ever will—typical for a modern Mazda.

2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive

  2017 Mazda CX-5 First Drive Mazda’s CX-5 Emerges Better than EverLike its CX-9 big brother, this athletically proportioned new CX-5 stands out in a blossoming segment full of mostly bland or overly aggressive looks. The same holds true inside its cabin, where an abundance of carefully crafted premium-look, soft-touch materials elevate it above most competitors.

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The previous CX-5 was already Mazda's best-selling model, and depending on one's tastes and compact-crossover priorities, this new ’17 iteration is as appealing to look at, as satisfying to occupy, and more engaging to drive than almost any other crossover out there. It should go a long way toward bringing more eager buyers into Mazda stores, particularly given its reasonable starting prices between $24,000 and $33,000.

2017 Mazda Cx5 First Drive Lead© Courtesy of Mazda 2017 Mazda Cx5 First Drive Lead

2017 Mazda CX-5

Vehicle type: Five Passenger, Compact SUV

Base price: $24,045

Price as tested: $33,120

Engine: 2.5L SKYACTIV-G 4-cylinder

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Horsepower: 187 @ 6,000 rpm

Torque: 185 lb-ft @ 3,250 rpm (4,000 rpm with AWD)

Curb weight: 3,527 lbs (3,655 AWD)

Towing capacity: 2,000 lbs

EPA mileage ratings: 24/31/27 mpg (23/30/26 with AWD)

2017 Mazda CX-5 FWD .
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