The Mazda CX-5 was first introduced to the extremely competitive market of small-sized crossover SUVs four years ago. It did not take long to make its mark in the category. In fact, it has quickly become a favorite among drivers due to its smart design and versatility. The CX-5 is excellent for both short and long trips. It can haul up to 2000 pounds, and has proven fuel efficiency with a combined EPA est. mpg of 30. The 2016 model year will bring even more exciting things for this newcomer. The redesign of the CX-5 for the new model year brings updates and restyling that will keep this crossover in the category as one of the best.
New Engine in 2016 CX-5
New for the 2016 model year is a new engine and a six-speed manual transmission on its Sport edition. The 155-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine gives the car power to get the job done while the new six-speed manual transmission gives it more get up and go. If you want to upgrade, you will enjoy the 184-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the Touring and Grand Touring models. These come with six-speed automatic transmissions.
Modified Body Style
In addition to the redesigned engine, the body style itself is modified. The new CX-5 is expressive. Big wheel arches, a rising window line, and new colors make the car appear lower to the ground and sportier than the versions of the past four years. In addition, the grille is reshaped into a trapezoidal design and the headlights now connect to the grille with bright bars of LED lighting.
The CX-5 has always been one of the best handling SUVs on the road, but now it’s even better. Engineers have tweaked the vehicle with revised dampers and bushings that improve handling. In addition, improvements have been made that result in a quieter ride. No need to turn up the radio to drown out road noise.
Still Tops on Safety Features
Another highly acclaimed feature of the Mazda CX-5 is its safety. The electronic stability control, ABS and driveline traction control, and side impact beams are just the start. Add in dual stage driver and passenger seat-mounted side airbags, and curtain first and second row airbags, and you are protected from all angles.