2017 Mazda CX-5 The Over Achiever Of Its Class

The new 2017 Mazda CX-5 is not an overture, but it sure does highlight the prominence of its class – luxury SUV. This model rides on the same wheelbase as the 2013-2016 models and certainly doesn’t look a whole different than the outgoing one.

2017 Mazda CX-5 Side View

2017 Mazda CX-5 Powertrain

This new Mazda CX-5 retains the previously used SKYACTIV 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine. This engine’s previous output; 155 HP at 6,000 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm has seen a tad bit of improvement. This engine offers the option for both 6-speed manual and automatic transmission.

As far as fuel economy goes, the figures stay at 26 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined with front-wheel drive. These numbers decrease to 24 mpg city/ 30 mpg highway/ 29 mpg combined with all-wheel drive. Further details of this powertrain include:

  • Displacement – 2488 cc
  • Compression ratio – 13.0: 1
  • Ignition system – Direct coil-on-plug electronic ignition with platinum tipped spark plugs
  • Valvetrain – 4 valves per cylinder with VVT (Variable Valve Timing)
  • Cylinder Head – Aluminum alloy
  • Engine Head – Aluminum alloy

Although not finalized, another engine option is the 2.2-liter inline 4 (Mazda hasn’t disclosed the outputs).

Trims and Accessories

As always, the new Mazda CX-5 comes in 3 different trims – Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. It’s not just the trims, but a range of available accessories also lets buyers personalize this luxury SUV. Some of these accessories are as follows:

  • Fog Lights
  • Trailer Hitch
  • Cargo Box
  • Retractable Cargo Cover
  • Hood Edge Protector
  • Cargo Liner

2017 Mazda CX-5 Front View

Chassis

2017 Mazda CX-5 also improves on electric power steering with rigid mounts. Front shocks of the rear multi-link suspension and front struts are upgrade to incorporate liquid-filled bushing for a better ride control.

The brakes integrate auto-hold function which helps the driver to maintain brake pressure when frantically braking. According to the company officials, Mazda CX-5’s drivetrain has been programmed to modulate power to steering wheel angle. This in turn helps in optimizing traction at each wheels.

Exterior and Interior

The exterior design hasn’t radically changed, though this 2017 Mazda CX-5 is dressed with deeply stamped curves and new chrome touches. These new add-ons (changes) aside, this model still retains its handsome silhouette which also means that the overall dimensions haven’t changed.

By the numbers, this new Mazda CX-5 is 66.2 inches high, 72.5 inches wide, 179.1 inches long and rides on a 106.3-inch wheelbase. The grille wears some changes and arguably looks like the one on Mazda CX-9.

Inside, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 interior cabin has received a more luxurious treatment. The center console is high and wears premium highlights on higher trims. What’s radically improved is the rear seats as they now feature lower seat cushions, reclining, better shaping and optional heating function.

2017 Mazda CX-5 Interior

Competitors, Price and Release Date

This new CX-5 goes on a stiff competition with Ford Escape, KIA Sportage, Chevrolet Equinox and Honda HR-V. 2017 Mazda CX-5 price, hasn’t gone official as of now and is expected to start from $23,000. Speculations are that the dealerships could get this model by the end of 2nd quarter of 2017.        

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