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The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is new this year, and improves upon last year's model with a better interior and exterior look, quieter ride, a new-ish standard engine, and a coming turbodiesel that could be among the leaders for small crossovers in highway mileage. It's offered in Sport, Touring, Grand Select, and Grand Touring trims with varying levels of creature comforts.
Beyond the typical compact crossover dimensions, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 manages to stand out thanks to a newly designed grille that’s canted slightly forward. The grille reaches into narrower headlights that stop short of the front fenders. The most noticeable change is the single chrome accent running underneath the grille’s trapezoidal face; last year’s bars have been replaced with a mesh grille and a floating badge.
A 2.5-liter inline-4 is standard and makes 187 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers are like last year’s CX-5, although Mazda says the engine has been reworked to provide better response. A 2.2-liter turbodiesel will be available this fall and joins the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain as small crossovers with an available diesel engine. For now, a 6-speed automatic transmission is standard, last year’s manual transmission and 2.0-liter inline-4 have been dropped in the States.
Five passengers will easily fit in the CX-5, with a newly reclining rear seat that adjusts by 4 degrees for taller torsos. The rear cargo area holds 30.9 cubic feet of gear, 59.6 cubes with the rear seats folded flat. Those dimensions are smaller than most of the CX-5’s competitors, including the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Subaru Forester.
For front seat passengers, the driver-centric cockpit is a better place to sit with all-day comfortable seats and outward visibility that’s improved by pushing the front pillars back more than an inch. Mazda says it’s improved ergonomics by moving arm rests up to a more natural position where elbows would fall, and leveled inboard and outboard arm rests. Thanks guys. A 7.0-inch touchscreen is front and center mounted atop the dash, although it’ll likely be a magnet for smudges.
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