CR Says A Fully-Loaded Mazda CX-5 Could Be A Good Alternative To Audi’s Q3

With an updated design, new technologies, and improved materials used throughout the cabin, the new Mazda CX-5 could actually pose a threat for premium-branded models in the compact segment.

This is Consumer Reports’ conclusion after reviewing the Japanese SUV, which was found to be not only good-looking, but also better to drive than its predecessor.

Moreover, sound proofing has been significantly improved, and so has the ride comfort and steering, and the fact that it gets low-speed automatic emergency braking as standard on all versions made it win extra brownie points.

Still, it’s not all gold stars when it comes to Mazda’s all-new CX-5, as its infotainment system could get some time to get used to, the six-speed manual transmission isn’t exactly brilliant, and the 2.5-liter SkyActiv engine that delivers 187hp and 185 lb-ft (251 Nm) of torque to the standard FWD or optional AWD, is actually carried over from the older generation.

Seen here is the Grand Touring variant, which costs upwards of $29,395 and adds features such as the 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, power moonroof, power liftgate, voice command, rearview camera, leather seats, Bose premium audio system and dual-zone climate control. 


  • Benjamin B.

    Problem with CX-5 is the lack of a turbocharged gasoline or V6 Engine like found on VWs and Audis as well as the Ford Escape and the Lincoln MKC.

    • BqWsRe


      SkyActive is just fancy marketing. The soccer moms fall for it.

    • Six_Tymes

      those are coffee warmers. the larger is perfect size for starbucks frappuccinos

  • BqWsRe

    While they could be right, because the Audi is overrated, any “auto publication” that takes an article or video from Consumer Reports to be the definitive word on cars should be shot.

    CR is best reviewing toasters and washing machines, not vehicles. And when they do review cars, there isn’t a Japanese vehicle they don’t like…which probably is explained by their expertise in toasters and other home appliances.

  • donald seymour

    Look, when I say this. I’M not lying. The interior of Mazda is on our with some of the elites. I’m not joking.

  • Sébastien

    never considered Q3 to be an Audi… outdated when it was revealed.

  • Harry_Wild

    Q5 is the same size, not Q3! Price wise maybe right class!

    • Q5 not Q3 I think no?

  • Kash

    I’m not loving the look of this thing, I love the CX-9 but this is a little too small for the design of the CX-9. I think the only old looked better than this one, it was much more proportionate and the styling just fit the size better.

  • krusshall

    “The six-speed manual transmission isn’t exactly brilliant.” Was CR testing the Canadian CX-5 because we sure aren’t getting that option in the US.

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