2018 Mazda CX-5

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Mazda CX-5 highlights

Customer rating


  • Great driving experience
  • Refined interior
  • Quiet at highway speeds


  • Lackluster engine
  • No Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™
  • Slow acceleration

Mileage (EPA estimate)

24 city, 30 highway, 26 combined

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2018 Mazda CX-5 is a balanced SUV that’s fun to drive

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is a small crossover SUV that delivers a comfortable ride, sporty handling and a refined interior. It isn't quite as powerful as some of its rivals, but it's fun to drive and, following a redesign for 2017, is well balanced.

The CX-5 may be the most driver-friendly crossover available thanks to its tight suspension and steering. The interior is also well-designed and good looking. While not as roomy as the CR-V, the Mazda offers comfortable seating for five and enough room for their cargo. USB ports are sprinkled throughout the cabin, and while Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ are not offered they can be added with a retrofit kit from Mazda.

Its only drawback may be the four-cylinder engine. That's the only power option available on the CX-5, while rivals like the Kia Sportage and Chevrolet Equinox offer a turbocharged alternative.

All Mazda CX-5 years

What is new for the 2018 Mazda CX-5?

  • The Grand Select trim has been discontinued for 2018.
  • CX-5 trims have been upgraded with Memory Seat(s) and Leatherette Seats as standard equipment this year.
  • Rear Air Conditioning, Remote Start, and Tow Hitch features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Grand Touring trim now comes with Cruise Control as standard equipment.
  • The Sport trim now comes with Blind Spot Monitor as standard equipment.
  • The Touring trim now comes with Lane Departure Warning as standard equipment.

2018 Mazda CX-5 trims

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  • 187-hp, 186-lb-ft of torque 2.5L
  • Smart Key
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Rear View Camera
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Power Mirrors
  • Cloth Seats
  • View our Mazda CX-5 Sport inventory


Grand Touring:

  • Includes all features available on the Touring
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seats
  • Sunroofs
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Navigation System
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • View our Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring inventory

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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Mazda CX-5

What We Like

Utility: There is loads of small-item storage space throughout the cabin, a highlight of the CX-5. The rear seats fold in a 40-20-40 split, opening up an average amount of space in the back of the cabin for larger items.

Driving: Handling is superb in the CX-5, far better than any other crossover. Taking sharp turns feels comfortable and the SUV rarely feels out of control. The steering wheel is balanced and has a comfortable weight.

Comfort: The cabin is comfortable and quiet at highway speeds. The climate control system is excellent even in extreme temperatures. Front seats are comfortable and adults have enough legroom in the back row.

What Needs Improvement

Tech: The lack of Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto is disappointing for a vehicle that is otherwise relatively well equipped. Its front USB ports also seem to pull less power than rivals, which means slower charging for smartphones.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is a car that is loved by many customers. They like the car's dependability, the car's comfort, and the car's style.

RepairPal gave the Mazda CX-5 an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Mazda CX-5 4th out of 32 among Midsize SUVs.

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Mazda CX-5 features and specs

Grand Touring 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Remote Start
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type


Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41"/R 39.6"

Head room

F 39.3"/R 39"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

200/2000 lbs.



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