CX-5 Mazda 2018 Review

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Early this year, the Mazda CX-5 finally received a full redesign, getting the brand’s latest Kodo design language and a slew of new features. With only a year under its belt, we anticipate no changes to the 2018 CX-5.

The exterior is expected to carry on with all the same looks that the redesigned 2017 model gained. This newest iteration of the Kodo design brings in a lower, smoother hood; thinner, stretched headlights; 0.4-inch-wider front and rear tread; A-pillars that are pushed back by 1.4 inches; a three-dimensional grille; and a more rounded rear hatch.

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Inside, the 2018 CX-5 will also likely remain unchanged. This includes the new and more premium look from 2017, a raised center console, enhanced visibility, two-step reclining rear seats, and a new infotainment system with a repositioned 7-inch center display. The relatively roomy rear seat comes in at 39.6 inches of leg room, and cargo capacity is respectable at 30.9-59.6 cubic feet depending on whether or not the seats are folded.

We also expect the standard features to remain unchanged. If that ends up being the case, expect standard goodies to include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth connectivity, and two USB ports.

The powertrain will also likely carry over into the new model year. It will include 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 187 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque paired with a six-speed automatic. A previous 2.0-liter engine with less power and a manual transmission option was discontinued for 2017.

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The next-generation CX-5 Mazda 2018, spied wearing some rather psychedelic camouflage and shot near a 7-Eleven selling “classic chicken” sandwiches for $1.99. The CX-5 compact crossover SUV is Mazda’s best-selling model, and the next generation is nearing production.

Looking more evolutionary than anything, the redesigned CX-5 Mazda 2018 appears to wear an all-new version of Mazda’s five-point grille. While the grilles on Mazda’s new CX-9, updated 3, and 6 have endpoints that flow into the headlights, the new CX-5 Mazda 2018 headlights appear to sit atop the grille’s endpoints while also merging with the shape’s upper lip.

Despite having a side-window graphic nearly identical to the current car, the new CX-5 Mazda 2018 should benefit from a modest growth spurt. While we don’t see the new CX-5 vying for the crown for most available cargo space among compact crossovers, we anticipate the new car will be able to more comfortably fit people and their things within its cabin. That interior, by the way, should share some design cues with the new CX-9’s digs, as well as its full-color head-up display.

Why It Matters: The CX-5 is Mazda’s moneymaker. Its success allows the small Hiroshima company to invest in other vehicles including the MX-5 Miata and in technology such as G-Vectoring Control, not to mention additional efficiency advancements that help the current CX-5 Mazda 2018 achieve as much as 35 mpg on the highway.

Platform: Expect the new CX-5 Mazda 2018 to ride on a significantly revised version of its current platform. Given that the CX-5’s driving experience is one of our favorite aspects of the current car, we’d be content to see only mild revisions here.

Powertrain: Mazda is hard at work on its next generation of Skyactiv technology, dubbed Skyactiv 2. Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai recently told Automotive News that the new, more efficient platform and powertrain technology will be introduced in early 2019. Given this, we expect the CX-5 Mazda 2018 to launch with improved variants of its current 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter engines, perhaps offering slightly better fuel economy and a few more horsepower. Front- and all-wheel drive again will be available, and we hope the CX-5 will continue to offer a manual transmission.

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