2018 Mazda CX-5: An Engaging SUV With A Lovely Interior, But Is It Enough?

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.


  • Six_Tymes

    love this Mazda. no front charging usb’s? is he correct? thats a pretty big over-site on Mazda if that is true, i mean pretty much everyone charges their phones while driving don’t they?

    • salamOOn
      • SteersUright

        yeah, on your 2011 beater, Not acceptable on a 2018 anything…

        • salamOOn

          why not? i would put it even in porsche, it would have better power delivery than standard on board usb….

          • Mill0048

            True that. That’s why I’ve used them despite my last 3 cars having them on board. They are usually 0.5-1.0 amps and many cheap aftermarket ones can do up to 2.4 amps.

    • SteersUright


      And yes, I agree. Its totally a fail on Mazda’s part especially given their young buyer demographic.

    • U8INIT

      He told the truth about the non charging usb ports in the front seats…

    • Enter Ranting

      I almost never charge my phone in the car. Then again, I don’t live my entire existence through a phone like some.

  • Raul

    Mazda is good, but it needs a luxury division.

    • Ary Wisesa

      Mazda had a luxury division once, it’s called Amati. It’s intended to challenge Lexus, Infiniti and Acura, but it wasn’t successful.

      • SteersUright

        Wasn’t successful? It never launched.
        It was an idea which was then sadly scrapped.

    • SteersUright

      Totally agreed. It would be amazing to see what they could pull off.

    • Cobrajet

      They need a luxury trim level.

    • willhaven

      Mazda had Efini in Japan for a few years.

  • Rocket

    More power and a better AWD system please. It’s a Short wish list, but they’re deal-breaker level features.

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