Mazda has pleasantly surprised everyone with the current compact CX-5, thanks to its engaging road manners and a cabin that looks and feels more expensive that it really is.
For the MY2018, Mazda has updated the spec sheet of the CX-5 and now it includes features like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert as standard across the range. In addition, the 2.5-liter engine gets a cylinder deactivation system for better fuel economy on the highway.
Power remains the same, at 187hp and 186lb-ft of torque while a six-speed automatic transmission is the only choice. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is offered with front-wheel drive as standard, with i-Activ all-wheel drive being an option.
The Japanese compact SUV might not be the fastest or the more powerful in its class but it has proven to be a fun-to-drive crossover, offering that feeling of control to the driver thanks to its good steering and the tight suspension.
In addition the interior is a lovely environment to spend some time in, featuring good-quality materials and an attractive styling. The infotainment system might lack some connectivity features that most of its rivals offer but at least it has an easy-to-use interface as Edmunds points out in their latest video review.