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I test drove a brand new, out of the box (is that how they arrive?) 2016 Soul Red Crystal Metallic Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD crossover SUV a few months ago. No highways or fun unpaved roads this time, just driving the Mazda CX-5 around where I live.
I focus on fun reasons to drive the Mazda CX-5 for the McCool Travel audience. To paraphrase Billy Crystal, circa 1985, in the Mazda CX-5 “you will look and feel mahvelous.” Look elsewhere for sources to emit deep analysis and performance statistics.
5 Fun Reasons to Drive the Mazda CX-5
The Mazda CX-5 drives almost like a sports car but also has all-wheel drive for off-road funness. The steering and suspension are more fun than its competitors. I am not the only one who recognizes this. In its review of the 2017 Mazda CX-5, Car & Driver cited “Nimble handling, excellent steering, class-above cabin design and materials” as the Highs of the Mazda CX-5. By the way, Car & Driver gives Mazda CX-5 their Editor’s Choice designation. On Mazda’s website, they label the CX-5 as Artfully Elevated. I love that Mazda put so many controls in the steering wheel, making it easy to change radio stations, adjust volume, and play with cruise control.
I am no automotive expert but I do know most vehicles require me to lean forward when I stop at red lights (traffic signals). The Mazda CX-5 did not. So, I deem the Mazda CX-5 as having better than typical visibility. The moon roof and hatchback window are fun and add to the sweet visibility.
For the driver, the Mazda CX-5 is comfortable and easy to drive, park, and turn around (compact turning radius). The road noise is less than a typical SUV or crossover and the vehicle handles more like a sports car than an SUV. Individual climate comfort controls are a great feature. While the Mazda CX-5 is well suited for a couple, the read legroom is too tight for older children or most adults.
After extended test driving three different Mazda vehicles, I recognize the design similarities between models. Sure enough, Mazda’s elegant KODO design (Soul of Motion) is common across the product line. The interior dashboard is elegantly designed. The entertainment system is controlled by the console controls, the steering wheel, or the touch screen. Two USB charging ports make road trips less stressful.
“My” Mazda CX-5 had the Grand Touring, including a fun entertainment system with Sirius XM radio and navigation system. The AWD Mazda CX-5 averaged 24 MPG for me, which matches the listed fuel efficiency for city driving. The starting price of the 2017 Sport model is $24,000. That is certainly affordable. Finally, it just looks cool, right? The coolness factor rated pretty high for me! I enjoying seeing the passion online from current 2016 Mazda CX-5 owners. US News ranked it #2 of 18 vehicles in its category. Motortrend said it is “the best driving CUV by a country mile.”
What do you think of my 5 Fun Reasons to Drive the Mazda CX-5?McCool Travel tip: Although the current model of Mazda CX-5 is 2017, if you are interested in 2016s, check online inventory for Certified Pre-Owned availability.
By the way, a Mazda CX-5 diesel model is on the way.
Do you own a Mazda CX-5? What are your reasons to drive a Mazda CX-5?
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Thank you to DriveShop for providing me with the opportunity to drive this slick Mazda CX-5 for a week. DriveShop even gave me a #DriveForGood $25 gift card to donate to charity. I was not otherwise compensated and this content represents my independent thoughts about the Mazda CX-5.