2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring Review – #DriveMazda @DriveShopUSA

Fuel efficiency and safety are the top features of Mazda vehicles.  The 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring is in the smaller SUV class and has a lot of great features for any family looking for a car that will fit up to 5 passengers.

2016 Mazda CX-5 - Exterior - Driver Side - #DriveMazda

Mazda 2016 CX-5 Fuel Efficiency

The CX-5 has great fuel mileage thanks to the SKYACTIVE Technology.  This technology was engineered from the ground up, nothing from previous models was carried over into the new design.

Mazda incorporated a better engine, a lighter frame (220 pounds lighter) and a smart automatic transmission which results in a 15% better fuel economy all on 87 octane fuel.

The CX-5 can deliver 35 highway MPG without sacrificing performance.

2016 Mazda CX-5 - Exterior - Skyactive


The Mazda CX-5 is also a safe car, I felt like a better driver while zipping around town.

The Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert is a great feature.

The Rear Cross Traffic Alert is helpful when pulling out of a parking spot because the camera not only monitors the area behind you but to the left and right as well.

This feature was great because one time I was pulling out of a spot and a taller car was next to me, there was no way I was going to be able to see beyond the truck. But the Rear Cross Traffic Alert was able to monitor the situation and provide me with a clear time to exit my spot.

Mazda CX-5 Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Tech Packages

The Smart City Brake Support will automatically apply the brakes if it determines that a collision with an obstruction ahead is unavoidable when driving between about 2 and 18 mph.

It is available as part of the Grand Touring Tech Package and also includes Navigation, LED Headlights, Adaptive Front Lighting, LED Daytime Running Lights, LED Foglights, LED Combination Taillights and Auto-Dim Mirror with Homelink.

You can also get the Smart Brake Support in the GT-I-Activesense Package. The Smart Brake Support will automatically apply the brakes if it determines that a collision with an obstruction ahead is unavoidable when driving at speeds over approximately 10 mph. The package also includes Radar Cruise Control (which I love), Lane Departure Warning and High Beam Control.

Unexpected Safety Features

While the radio controls are not classified as a true safety feature I love the placement of the control knob. It is thoughtfully placed next to where the center console is located.

While the driver will naturally place their arm on the center console, they can easily reach the controls to the command center without leaning forward and taking their eyes off the road. Over time I was able to remember which button did what and never never needed to take my eyes off the road to switch radio stations.

2016 Mazda CX-5 - Interior -Command Center Control

This is a list of some of the features, you can find a full list on Mazda’s website.

Exterior Features

  • 19-Inch Alloy Wheels
  • Heated Power Mirrors with Turn Lamps
  • Rear Privacy Glass
  • Auto-On/Off Halogen Headlights
  • Power Moonroof
  • Roof Spoiler & Shark Fin Antenna

2016 Mazda CX-5 - Exterior - Top

Interior Features

  • 5-Passenger Seating
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel with Bluetooth Controls
  • Leather Trimmed Sport Seats
  • 8-Way Power Driver’s Seat
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Advanced Keyless Entry System
  • Push Button Engine Start
  • Dual Zone Auto Climate Control
  • Bose 9-Speaker Audio System
  • 7″ Color Touch-Screen Display
  • Rearview Camera
  • 40/20/40 Split Fold-Down Rear Seat

Safety and Security

  • LATCH Child Safety Seat Anchors
  • Anti-Theft Engine Immobilizer
  • Rear Cross “Traffic Alert”
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Anti-Lock Break System
  • Advanced Dual Front Airbags

My family and I really liked the Mazda CX-5, driving around town was a blast.The intuitive command center controls, sleek design and great fuel efficiency make this a great choice for any family looking to buy a small SUV. The CX-5 does not offer third row seating, but instead offers a generous amount of cargo space.

2016 Mazda CX-5 - Interior - Cargo

Disclosure: I was provided the opportunity to test drive the 2016 Mazda CX-5 through DriveShop for one week, no compensation was provided and all opinions are my own.

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