2018 Mazda CX-5: Checking Back In With One Of Our Favorite Crossovers

Last year we checked out the refreshed 2017 CX-5, and had high praised for the refinements Mazda made to the sound-deadening and ride-quality. It really lends an overall experience that feels up a class from the price point. When the CX-5 came out in 2013, it really was a hit for Mazda. An affordable crossover that looked great, got good mileage and was comfortable. It had lots of tech for it’s day, getting such additions as blind spot monitors and heads-up display long before some of it’s competitors.


Lately, however, it feels like it’s been lagging behind on tech as it lacks some of the more advanced driving aids. For 2018, Mazda has fixed that.


2018 Mazda CX-5 Review Chicago News 2Now available with their full i-Activsense safety suite on all trim levels, the new CX-5 gets some of the latest tech with only a modest price increase. The radar cruise, lane assist, emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitors are now offered as an option on the lowest trim ‘Sport’ version, for a modest $625 fee. The lower models now join the GT at the top of the range with all these features.


For a vehicle that was on the forefront of in-vehicle tech a few years ago, the lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are significant. Mazda claims to be adding those later this year to their simple-to-use infotainment system, possibly even available as an upgrade to previous vehicles. Once that’s added, the CX-5 will finally feel up to date technology wise, a good match for its already up-to-date looks and driving experience. The 2.5-liter Skyactiv 4-cylinder sips gas as it transmits 184hp to either the front wheels or all of them. Mileage is excellent for a non-hybrid, coming in at 25/31MPG city/highway for the front-drive model and 24/30MPG for the all-wheel drive…


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