2015 Mazda CX-5

MSRP $21,545 - $29,220

Ranked #2 in Suv

8.4

Overall Rating

2015 Mazda CX-5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 7, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Mazda CX5 has managed to carve a reputation for itself and in a good sense too.It is a really good choice for a new SUV plan.The -5is a affordable,reliable and a capable car which is stunning to look at,loaded with features and superb handling as well.The car is rally safe and can do both family hauling and be great when driving alone.

 

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Pros

Optional Engine is great

Great Handling and car is agile

Good Fuel efficiency

Cons

Base engine lacks punch

Complex Infotainment system

What's New?

Keyless entry in the top models


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21545

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

125 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

155 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

150 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

178.7 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

65.7 in.

curb weight

3223 lbs.

ground clearance

8.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

103.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

64.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1054 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/30/35 mpg

highway range

518 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Sport$21,545 onwards

Touring$24,965 onwards

Grand Touring$27,970 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 Mazda CX-5 in Blue Reflex Mica color
Blue Reflex Mica

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

6.5

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

9.0

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.4

Overall Rating


Yes,this car has both the FWD and AWD drivetrains on offer although the latter is optional.The Price of the car is not too high and is affordable and this puts the CR-V against the likes of Chevrolet Equinox,the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Honda CR-V.


6.5/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2015 Mazda CX-5 Features

6.5/10

The CX-5 starts at a base price of $21,545 and for that price you get the Sport trim with the FWD drivetrain,this is the basic offering and for a few thousand dollars more at $24,395 we get the AWD drivetrain model of the sport trim.The next is the touring trim coming in at a price of $24,695 for the FWD model and $26,215 for the AWD drivetrain.The final fully loaded trim is christened as the Grand Touring and is priced at $27,970 for the FWD and $29,220 for the AWD version.

Trim

Sport

Touring

Grand Touring

MSRP (FWD)

$21,545/ $22,945 (Auto)

$24,695

$27,970

MSRP (AWD)

$24,395

$26,215

$29,220

Key Features

Remote trunk release

Adds to Sport trim features

Adds to Touring trim features

 

Keyless entry

Keyless entry

19-inch aluminum wheels

 

Steering wheel mounted controls

Push-button start

Leather upholstery

 

Power windows

An upgraded sound system

Heated front seats

 

6-way manually-adjustable driver’s seat

6-way power driver’s seat

Rain-sensing wipers

 

Halogen headlights

Blind Spot Monitoring System

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Cloth upholstery

Upgraded interior trim

Power sunroof

 

 

 

Premium audio system

We Recommend

The CX-5 is offered in just three trims and taking into account that the top end model itself around $30,000 including the AWD drivetrain full with all the features and the creature comfort with the peppy engine package will just offer so much satisfaction for the money. The Grand touring trim would be our pick.

2015 Mazda CX-5 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

There is a choice of two engine on offer between the 2.0L naturally aspirated 4 cylinder engine that chucks out a 155 hp and 150lb of torque,the other engine being the bigger 2.5L naturally aspirated 4 cylinder which makes 184 hp and 185 lb of torque.The bigger engine is offered as an option for the Sport trim.

There is an offer of a six speed manual transmission gearbox but only for the FWD drivetrain cars and while the AWD comes with a six speed automatic.The manual gearbox is among the sportiest transmissions offered in the segment.The car offers low acceleration but that does feel good.

Model

Mazda CX-5

Honda CR-V

Toyota RAV4

Ford Escape

MSRP

$21,545

$24,150

$23,680

$23,450

Engine

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.4L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

CVT

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

155 hp @ 6000 rpm

185 hp @ 6400 rpm

176 hp @ 6000 rpm

168 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

150 lb-ft. @ 4000 rpm

181 lb-ft. @ 3900 rpm

172 lb-ft. @ 4100 rpm

170 lb-ft. @ 4500 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.5

8.5

8.2

9.2

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.9

16.7

16.5

16.9

Top Speed (mph)

125

112

120

139

The CX-5 is the least powerful car here but with credits to the manual gearbox is not the slowest.The Rav4 comes as the leader followed by the CR-V however the Ford falls under the mazda all thanks to the weight it has to haul around and that is a huge disadvantage for the Escape’s acceleration.

2015 Mazda CX-5 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The Mazda offers considerably good mileage although bested by the Honda and Toyota.The figures are not too bad considering that we are returned 26mpg in the city and a good 345mpg on the highway.This car has the smallest fuel tank of 14.8 gallons but manages to return a good range of 385miles in the city and 518 miles out on the highway.

Model

Mazda CX-5

Honda CR-V

Toyota RAV4

Ford Escape

MPG (City)

26

27

24

22

MPG (Highway)

35

34

31

31

MPG (Combined)

29

29

26

25

Fuel Capacity

14.8

15.3

15.9

15.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined)

385/518/451

413/520/466

382/493/437

341/481/411

It is just clearly seen that the CR-V is the top of the class in terms of fuel efficiency and the Toyota trails it.The Honda offers a staggering 27mpg in the city and 34 mpg out on the highway and that coupled with the 15.3 Gallon fuel tank gives it amazing range.theToyota is the one with the largest fuel tank with 15.9 gallon capacity and yet is outdone by the more efficient Mazda.The Ford seems to be the least economical of the lot.

2015 Mazda CX-5 Interior

8.0/10

The Outside is sporty but the inside holds taste and is easy,the instrument cluster is very user friendly and easy to read.The seats are really well supported and do a great job of comfort during the curves.There is a bit of a resemblance to the Miata.

The Mazda can seat 5 people but cannot be called the most spacious.The rear seats fail to recline but the cargo space of 34.1cu.ft is quite sizable.

Model

Mazda CX-5

Honda CR-V

Toyota RAV4

Ford Escape

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.1/57.5/39

39.9/58.6/41.3

39.8/57.3/42.6

39.9/56/43.1

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39/55.5/39.3

38.6/56.4/38.3

38.9/55.4/37.2

39/55.3/36.8

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

34.1

35.2

38.4

34.3

There is a shortage of front legroom in the Mazda but that is compensated by offering the best room space in the rear for the passengers and the material quality inside the cabin are quite good.The Heavier Ford Escape comes on the other end of the spectrum and offers the least legroom.

The other interior feature are:

  • Rear center armrest with cupholders
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Leather steering wheel
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support
  • 4-way manually-adjustable passenger’s seat
  • Cloth & leather upholstery

How intuitive is the 2015 Mazda CX-5’s infotainment unit?

A 5.8” touchscreen infotainment system is offered as standard in all trims and it does look pretty old and is very slow.The controls are very distracting and a bit too complicated and not anywhere near being intuitive.

There is no Apple carplay or Android auto on offer.There is a modest and basic four speaker stereo system that is connected to the infotainment setup in the base model but the higher two models get two speakers more.There is access to a Bose speaker system in the higher trims.

The other features include:

  • USB port
  • Satellite radio
  • Navigation system
  • A moonroof
  • HD radio
  • Bluetooth streaming

2015 Mazda CX-5 Exterior

8.0/10

The Mazda’s outside is very sporty,handsome and contemporary compared to most of its rivals.The Body structure is designed with the idea of weight reduction and that in order to help with the fuel efficiency element. Sport and Touring trims wear 17-inch alloy wheels while 19-inch wheels are held only for the Grand Touring trim. The exterior of the CX-5 can be further enhanced by adding an optional moonroof or adaptive xenon headlights. 

Model

Mazda CX-5

Honda CR-V

Toyota RAV4

Ford Escape

Curb Weight (lbs)

3194

3358

3435

3598

Length (in)

179.3

179.4

179.9

178.1

Width (in)

72.4

71.6

72.6

72.4

Height (in)

67.3

64.7

65.4

66.3

Ground Clearance (in)

8.5

8

6.3

7.9

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

103.1

104.7

105.9

The CX-5 has the longest wheelbase and offers the most spacious interior and comfort.The overall length of the rival cars are of the same level except for the ford.The Rav4 is the closest to the ground with a ground clearance of 6.3 inches.

Some of the exterior features include:

  • Body-colored door handles
  • Dual exhaust tips
  • Roofline spoiler
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Fog lamps
  • Daytime running lights
  • Power mirrors

2015 Mazda CX-5 Safety

9.0/10

For those who consider a car safe only based on the safety features provided as standard,this car might not appeal to you completely as there are not many safety features offered but the build quality is really good to make this car the top safety pick but the IIHS and that is saying something.There is an optional package that gives you the benefit of safety features.

The other available features include:

  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Low-Speed Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Rearview Camera
  • E911 Emergency Services
  • Smart City Brake Support

2015 Mazda CX-5 Competition

9.0/10

The Mazda is a great car with a good value for money.There is ample space on offer inside the cabin and a great sporty look as well.The car does not cost too much and is very safe too although not too many features are offered as standard there are enough to make this car safest of the lot and thanks to the very affordable pricing we can get the fully loaded car at a very reasonable price.

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