2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD – Review and Road Test
While Mazda’s cars may no longer go “mmmmm,” the independent automaker certainly does.
The CX-5 crossover, first introduced as a 2013 model, certainly does its part. While the launch model was on the slow side, that was rectified for 2014 with the addition of a 2.5-liter four banger that develops 184 horsepower.
We spent a week with the CX-5 and put it through its paces in a mixture of city and highway driving. Here are our findings and impressions.
INSIDE THE MAZDA CX-5
Mazda gave the CX-5 upgraded interior materials that wouldn’t look out of place in a Germanic vehicle, adding some new features along the way as well, including new LED lighting all around.
Rich, soft materials abound and the dashboard has new accent trim that can be described as tastefully done. The addition of a padded knee rest on the center console was appreciated by this driver on twisty roads where the CX-5 can strut its stuff.
Seats were supportive and comfortable, the leather-wrapped steering wheel felt right, and buttons and controls were easy to reach and interpret. One disconcerting detail is that the volume knob is on the passenger side of the console, which makes sense in the home market where the steering wheel is also there.