2018 Mazda CX-5 | CarGurus Test Drive Review

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Mazda’s CX-5 compact crossover has earned an impressive number of industry awards since its 2013 debut and was Mazda’s biggest seller for 2017. The 2017 version launched the second generation with a new look and better tech, and here we’ll review the 2018, which adds cylinder deactivation technology to boost mileage and makes more safety features standard. Chris Wardlaw appreciates the CX-5’s driving experience, swanky interior, and technology, giving the vehicle a perfect 10 for Cost Effectiveness.

All CX-5s use a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that makes 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque and a 6-speed automatic that can deliver power to the front wheels or all four, depending on trim. The transmission does not have steering-wheel-mounted paddles, but it can be manually shifted, and the CX-5 also offers a Sport driving mode. Mazda does not support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and the CX-5 has less cargo room than some competitors, but it’s a great package overall. Read more on CarGurus: https://cargur.us/npKzb

Presenter: Christian Wardlaw
Cinematographer: Dan Sharp

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JCA says:

It has been confirmed by Mazda Canada Apple Carplay and Andriod Auto are coming to Canada in September 2018. 2018 models can be retrofitted via software change. I am sure that will be the same for the US.

Emh0303 says:

Volkswagen “premium”? Kia “premium”? Mazda “premium”? Any automaker who offers a car that starts under $20k can not compete with truly “premium” entry level luxury brands such as Acura or Buick.

Bextar636 says:

2 much moola.

Bextar636 says:

Chris, get yourself some un-tuck-it shirts to be stylish.

Blake Swan says:

They made the refreshed verrsion jeaavier and as a result so much slower. The 2.5L now feels anemic. No zoom zoom here. Add to that the numb steering and soft ride, it’s no longer a fun drive. Chris absolutely nailed this review. Agree a about the looks and horrid wheels of the Chevy Malibu

Gustavo Newman says:

Like always an awesome review. I just don’t understand why the don’t put the turbo engine on the CUV. Or why they don’t make the CX-7 again…

ant sala says:

slow engine, no thank you. mazda needs to stop trying to be premium and offer more engine options

B Blackwell says:

Soon as he said he liked the older looks better, I paused the video, commented and left

Edysin Simon says:

Small seats and small foot wells too!

Mike S says:

As an owner of a 2018 CX-5 Touring, I agree with most all of this. Though I have to say I average 26.5 MPG and occasionally dip into sport mode. I also have no problems at all using the navigation. I don’t care much for the sound of “her” voice, it functions fine. But really, how often are you going to talk to your car? The only time I use it is when I want to go home, simply say “navigate home”. Done. Every time without fail. Furthermore, for us the closet competition were the CR-V and Forester. In fact, I was dead set on getting the CR-V due to its countless awards and Honda reliability. After several days of driving cars, the CX-5 is completely different than those two. CVT transmissions aren’t for me. The CR-V is so loud you have to scream at passengers while on an on ramp. I think we need to get past this “hard plastic” thing. I also think its a shame to overlook some of the perks and downfalls while spending time regurgitating horsepower and torque numbers that most car shoppers don’t understand or care about. How about mentioning that if the touchscreen was the only function, you’d have to roll yourself pretty far forward to poke at the high screen. I actually really like the knob. It doesn’t take long for it to be second nature. I don’t like the cup holders at all. They are too small and to shallow. So putting almost any size coffee travel mug in there will hit your hand when resting it on the armrest. Yadayady. Maybe I should make my own review… lol. My two cents. Still like to hear what everyone else thinks about this car. I really like it. In my opinion, its the best sub 35K car in its class, best looking as well.

Shane Nelson says:

I really wish this had ventilated seats and a 360 camera like the new Mazda 6. Maybe next year.

Tom Eisenmenger says:

Great review (all of yours are great); however, you did a disservice to the Acura at the beginning of the review. Yes, it’s a Honda – a Honda with a standard 3.5l V6. Love that CX-5, though.

Serge Vivier says:

One of the best reviewer in the industry

Mr. Mazda says:

Instantly recognizable in that beautiful red color, the CX-5 is impressing everything before it. Great video – thanks for sharing!

TruthHasSpoken says:


Nice review…. two things though:

– What about the sound level?

– What looks absolutely awful – and I repeated, awful – is that the center console is huge resulting in : it doesn’t look at all that you can move your right knee / leg to the right, which I always do when putting the car on cruise control on a longer drive.

You look really boxed in leg wise.

This is tremendously annoying, at least for me.

Who’s ft size is 13 also.

DeCarlos Williams says:

Hi Chris ! This Mazda overall is striking in appearance. Especially in one of the best shades of red on the market. ( IMO ). However, I agree with you on your preference of the last generation C-X5. I prefer it as well. I think the overall design of the new one works but on a smaller scale like the C-X3. I will say this about Mazda’s, their not boring! Great review as always.

Michael Jensen says:

More powa!

juschill7 says:

Chris, do you have a channel where you review power tools and appliances? If not, could you start a channel for this. Your review style is perfect!

mfmf100 says:

Disagree on styling (of course subjective) – newer car is much cleaner and more upscale.

Bong Lim says:

Decent looking car inside & out with adequate driving dynamis & power As a whole it’s a great car

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