The 2016 Mazda CX-5 was pretty well-received by professional reviewers. Various styling tweaks, an improved interior, better suspensions and sound insulations are just some of the improvements that appeared with the model launched for this year. We also have various new options like adaptive cruise control, LED lights, lane departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

We can say that Mazda is now one of the best models in the class, arguably the best, because of the core requirements, the trimmed cabin, wonderful safety ratings, the quiet ride, great visibility and comfortable seating.

Options Available

The trim levels available are Grand Touring, Touring and Sport. All of these will allow you to choose between all wheel drive and front wheel drive.

Base sport 2016 Mazda CX-5 will include manual transmission, 17 inch wheels, air conditioning, full power accessories, a 2.0 L engine, height adjustable driver seat, Bluetooth and many extras as standard. You can go for a larger 2.5 L engine and automatic transmission.

The touring 2016 Mazda CX-5 comes with some extras when compared with the Sport trim like keyless ignition, warning systems, upgraded upholstery and leather wrapped steering wheels. Grand Touring stands out as the top of the line trim and offers 19 inch wheels, automatic windshield wipers, dual zone automatic CC, leather upholstery and even satellite radio.

As expected, you can go for various optional packages that come to the table with navigation systems, special LED lights, adaptive cruise control and others.

Performance

2016 Mazda CX-5

In terms of performance, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is better than what you may expect at first glance. We are faced with an economy that is pretty good at 29 mpg combined if you have front wheel drive. 26 mpg combined will appear with the all wheel drive model. The torque is decent and you will want to seriously consider the 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine as it is simply stronger and better.

Safety Features

Safety is highly important for all people that want to buy an SUV and you will like the standard features included in the 2016 Mazda CX-5. Examples can be given in traction control, stability control and antilock brakes. Options can include automatic crash notification, the special Smart City Brake support package and others.

Tests gave 4 star ratings when looking at overall crash protection. The IIHS tests brought in a maximum safety record.

Interior

2016 Mazda CX-5 interior

As already mentioned, the interior of the SUV is quite good. We can say that the cabin will be functional, modern and really attractive. You will appreciate the high quality materials and the soft touch surfaces that are perfectly added to a very good placement.

Speaking about space, you will like the spacious backseat and the legroom available, which is quite plenty when looking at the class.

Conclusions

2016 Mazda CX-5 showcase

On the whole, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is a market leader in the segment. The driving feeling is really good and the SUV is responsive to commands. You will want to focus on the automatic gearbox and the stronger 2.5 L engine but much more is offered when you go for this vehicle. It is definitely a recommended buy.