2017 Mazda CX-5

MSRP $24,045 - $30,695

Ranked #7 in Compact Suv


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2017 Mazda CX-5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Up against some of the gold standards in the compact SUV segment, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 is back for another stint, but this time in a completely new revamped exterior and interior avatar. Slotted below the CX-9, the CX-5 takes cues from Mazda's latest design language. Improving upon the 2016 MY, the 2017 CX-5 gets many more feature updates as standard. Motoring it through will be the same 184 hp 2.5L I-4 engine coupled with a 6-speed automatic unit, whereas reports also suggest for there to be a turbo-four unit too from the CX-9. Available in a total of 4 trim levels, prices for the versatile 2017 CX-5 start from an MSRP of $24,045.

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Best-in-class exterior styling

Segment-best power figures

User-Friendly Infotainment System


Lags in terms of safety quotient

Lags in terms of Cargo Space

What's New?

Refreshed exteriors based on Mazda's new design language

New standard feature additions


vehicle bio

base price



4dr SUV

passenger capacity


top speed

130 mph


front wheel drive

engine type


152 cu.in.


187 hp @ 6000 rpm


185 lb.-ft. @ 3250 rpm


6 speed shiftable automatic


suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension



106.2 in.


179.1 in.


72.5 in.


65.3 in.

curb weight

3527 lbs.

ground clearance

7.6 in.


passenger volume

103.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

59.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1034 lbs.


zero to 60 mph

7.7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

24.2 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph


standing 1/4-mile

16 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

182 ft.

fuel economy


24/27/31 mpg

highway range

506 mi.


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


Pictures & Videos


Sport$24,045 onwards

Touring$25,915 onwards

Grand Select$28,895 onwards

Grand Touring$29,395 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Mazda CX-5 in Deep Crystal Blue Mica color
Deep Crystal Blue Mica

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Engine and Performance


Fuel Economy










Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Overall Rating

The CX-5 has been a regular performer for the Mazda company on the sales front for a number of years now. Well, this time it's going to be no different though, as that 2017 CX-5 is just as capable if not more than the rest of the segment. Without asking you to shell out huge sums of money at it, Mazda offers you a premium yet practical interior with a multitude of comfort features across the trim lineup.

The CX-5 is miles better in terms of outright looks compared to the rest, and it to no one's surprise also does deliver a relatively sporty ride. Introduces in the year 2013, the Mazda CX-5 has been locking horns with the likes of Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, and the Toyota RAV4 for years now. Let's see how the 2017 CX-5 fares now that it has been redesigned.


Engine and Performance

Fuel Economy




2017 Mazda CX-5 Features


In terms of Trims and Features on offer, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 has over 4 trims on offer, with prices starting from an MSRP of $24,350 for the Sport trim and going up to $30,045 for the Grand Touring trim. Available in a single 2.5L NA engine configuration across the lineup, the 2017 CX-5 is available in both FWD and AWD setups. Moreover, coming to the features part, all of the said trims are filled up to the brim with necessary features, with the top-end ones stacking up on the premium features as usual.




Grand Select

Grand Touring












Keyless Entry with Remote Lock/Unlock

Adds/Upgrades these from Sport


Adds/Upgrades these from Grand Select


17 Alloy Wheels with Electronic Parking Brake

Mazda Radar Cruise Control

Power Liftgate

19 Aluminum Alloy Wheels


Automatic LED Headlamps with Daytime Running Lamps

High Beam Control System

Universal Garage Door Opener

10 Speaker BOSE Audio System


Power Adjustable Exterior Mirror with Turn Indicators

Apple Car Play and Android Auto

Rain sensing wipers

Power Sliding Moonroof


7-inch full Touchscreen Infotainment System

6 Way Power Adjust Driver heated seats

Interior Auto Day/Night Electrochromic Mirror

8 Way Powered adjustable Driver Seat and 6 Way Powered Passenger Seats

Reports also suggest that apart from the naturally aspirated engine on offer, the CX-5 will also get a 2.5L turbocharged unit from the CX-9, which will be privy to just the top-of-the-line Grand Select and Grand Touring trims.

Trim to Choose

Among the 4 varied trims on offer, we'd suggest you go for the accessible Touring trim. At an MSRP of $26,615, it sits at a sweet spot in the lineup with having retained all of the necessary features from the previous iterations and also having added a couple more standard features such as the Mazda Radar Cruise Control along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too.

2017 Mazda CX-5 Engine and Performance


The naturally aspirated 187-horsepower engine is adequately energetic, able to reach freeway speeds without drama; putting it in Sport mode sharpens its responses- kbb.com

2017 Mazda CX-5 Engine and Transmission

To put it to you straight, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 is by quite a margin the most powerful compact SUV of the lot. The CX-5 is powered by an efficient 2.5L NA Inline-4 engine capable of putting out an impressive 187 hp and a competitive 185 lb. ft of torque. These figures allow it to post some competitive acceleration times. The 2.5L engine is mated to an efficient 6-speed automatic unit, that sends all of the said power to either the front wheels or all of the wheels.

Further reports have also suggested the CX-5 could get a 2.5L turbocharged unit and also maybe a 2.2L turbo-diesel engine by next year. The transmission is smooth, and the engine is punchy and refined, and that itself reciprocates to sportier handling dynamics. Despite it only gaining 3 hp from the 2016 CX-5 MY, Mazda has completely drowned off the lag that one had witnessed earlier on.


2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Nissan Rogue

2017 Toyota RAV4

2017 Honda CR-V







2.5L I-4

2.5L I4

2.5L I4

2.4L I-4


6-speed automatic

CVT automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT automatic


187 hp @ 6000 rpm

170-hp @ 6,000 rpm

176 hp @ 6,000 rpm 

184 hp @ 6400 rpm


185 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm

175 lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm 

172 lbs.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm

180 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm

There is no match in this segment to Mazda's famed SkyActiv engine in maximizing performance. Moreover, coming to the competition, it is also much cheaper than the rest of the lineup, although it has a poor power to weight ratio than the rest.

2017 Mazda CX-5 0-60 MPH and Acceleration

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 with a similar 2.5L NA Inline-4 engine is able to sprint from 0-60 MPH in just 8.9 seconds, all the while crossing the quarter-mile mark in 16.6 seconds. This feels like a letdown, as it puts out the maximum hp in the segment. Nevertheless, the torque does start to kick in, and that is well seen in its quarter-mile times. The dismal acceleration performance of the CX-5 is due to its heft, which stands at 3527 lbs.


2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Nissan Rogue

2017 Toyota RAV4

2017 Honda CR-V

0-60 MPH

8.9 sec

8.9 sec

8.3 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter mile

16.6 sec

17.0 sec

16.7 sec

16.7 sec

Although the Mazda CX-5 is known to display sportiness in its character, it is let down by the unspirited off-the-line performance. On the other hand, the Toyota RAV4 shines the brightest with its 8.3 second 0-60 MPH time, despite it having one of the lowest power figures in the segment.

2017 Mazda CX-5 Ride and Handling

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 delivers an inspiring handling dynamics. It stands out from the rest of the class because of its sporty demeanor. Having said about the sporty bit, the handling may impress us, but as it is concentrated toward the sportier side, the ride is adequately stiff, and that is evident inside the cabin too while going over sudden bumps or unbeaten paths. This is evident despite the independent multilink rear suspension and the 19-inches that are supposed to soak them up.

it nevertheless takes on corners quite impressive although with noticeable body roll, courtesy of its heft. It also features engine torque vectoring control that can change motor torque depending on the situation you are in. Mazda gives loads of importance to its offerings' riding dynamics, and thus it has now connected the 2017 CX-5 steering rack to the front suspension bit for better feedback.

2017 Mazda CX-5 Fuel Economy


The 2017 Mazda CX-5 delivers 24 MPG in the city and about 31 miles to the gallon out on the highway with the FWD setup. Opt for the AWD setup, and those MPG figures go down by 1 to 23 and 29 MPG in both city and highway respectively. This puts it right in the middle of the pack, which is quite impressive considering the fact that it puts out the highest power figures of them all. The SkyActive engine tech also proves out to be a huge help in achieving these efficiency numbers. 


2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Nissan Rogue

2017 Toyota RAV4

2017 Honda CR-V

MPG (city)





MPG (highway)





MPG (combined)





Fuel Capacity (Gallons) 14.8 14.5 15.9 14.0

Couple it with an absolute best 14.8-gallon fuel tank, and the 2017 Mazda CX-5 is able to stretch out for 459 miles on the go. Rumored to come later in the year, is a turbo-diesel engine along with the standard powertrain on offer. This might have a different story to tell altogether on the fuel efficiency front. Nissan Rogue, on the other hand, with its lower power figures and relatively lower curb weight, turns out to deliver the best-in-class fuel economy numbers.

2017 Mazda CX-5 Interior


The 2017 Mazda CX-5 shines the brightest when it comes to the interior front. It delivers such a premium yet practical cabin layout, that none of the other compact SUVs can match. With the ability to seat 5 average adults inside with the utmost ease and comfort, Mazda's CX-5 is winning hearts for being the most opulent and practical SUV in the segment. Both the driver's seat and the rear seat get appreciable automated adjustability functions, to provide maximum comfort.

Ingress and egress are much easier this time around, due to wide-opening doors compared to the earlier iterations. The upscale cabin undergoes no change for the year 2017, as the CX-5 follows the same premium stitched leather-trimmed seats and the same dashboard layout with upscale materials. Moreover, if reports are to be believed, Mazda may also unveil a new Signature trim level, that might introduce a couple more upscale creature comforts, which also includes Nappa leather upholstery amongst other things.


2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Toyota RAV4

2017 Honda CR-V

2017 Nissan Rogue

Passenger capacity





Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)





Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)





Coming to the interior dimensions at hand, the 2017 Honda CR-V, as always turns out to deliver the best-in-class cabin space, with adequate headroom and legroom for all the passengers both in the front and also in the rear seats. The 2017 CX-5 comes loaded with a host of features inside across the trim lineup. Some of those are listed below-

  • Auto-Dimming Inside Rear View Mirror
  • Sunroof
  • Power Adjustable Driver Seats
  • Heated and Ventilated Leather Front Seats
  • Keyless Access with Push Button Start
  • Dual Zone Climate Control
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Flat Folding Rear Seats

2017 Mazda CX-5 Infotainment

With no changes made whatsoever to the premium and sharp-looking interior of the new Mazda CX-5, the 2017 CX-5 hosts the same intuitive and upscale 7-inch infotainment touchscreen system, which now comes with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility privy to only the higher trims. Sharp and responsive while functioning, the system also has a rotating controller knob to make life easier.

For all the audiophiles out there, a 4-speaker set is standard in the lower trims, while the higher top-of-the-line trims get an updated 6-speaker sound system. Opt for one of the many packages on offer, and you get treated with a premium 10-speed Bose surround sound speaker set, which is also reserved for the CX-5 Touring and Grand Touring trims.

The list of infotainment features on offer are-

  • 7 Touchscreen Infotainment System with Navigation
  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • USB Connectivity and Charging ports
  • Bluetooth Telephony and Connectivity to Multiple devices

2017 Mazda CX-5 Cargo Capacity

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 offers a 30.9 cu. ft. of cargo space with the rear seats upright, while when the rear seats are folded down in a 60/40 manner, that space increases to 59.6 cu. ft, which is well enough to store 3-4 large suitcases for your monthly weekend getaways. Having said that, there is no way to sugarcoat it, but the CX-5 has the worst in class trunk capacity on offer in the compact SUV segment.


2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Nissan Rogue

2017 Toyota RAV4

2017 Honda CR-V

Cargo Volume to rear seat up (ft.3)





Cargo Volume to rear seat folded (ft.3)





Further interior pocket storages are plenty inside the CX-5 cabin. Nevertheless, it might be decent by practical standards, but it is no way near what the Honda CR-V delivers, which is an astonishing 39.2 cu. ft of cargo space. This goes onto show the ultimate practical nature of the legendary Honda CR-V.

2017 Mazda CX-5 Exterior


Among competitors, the newly redesigned Mazda CX-5 is a knockout-even the last model was good looking too - The Car Connection

The second-generation 2017 Mazda CX-5 is definitely a looker. The CX-5 gets extensively redesigned for this year, as it is now based upon Mazda's latest design language. With the handsome exterior design, also comes a load of upgraded exterior features too across the trim lineup. It's easily the best-looking offering in the compact SUV segment.

For appearance's sake, the character lines in the CX-5 are more primitive, whereas the roof scoops down to the tailgate to give the SUV a more sporty and aerodynamic look. But the scooping roof does take away from the rear cabin space. The Kodo design themed exterior now place a large vertical grille held against by the beautifully sculpted LED headlights in the corners. The tailgate and the rear facia also go through a subtle makeover, which gives it that much more character.


2017 Mazda CX-5

2017 Nissan Rogue

2017 Toyota RAV4

2017 Honda CR-V

Curb weight (lbs.)




















Ground clearance (in)





Wheelbase (in)





Track width (in) F/R





Coming to the dimensions of the compact SUV, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 has one of the longest wheelbases on deck, but fails to reciprocate the same to a bigger cabin space. It is also the heaviest SUV of the segment, but that doesn't stop it from putting out some competitive acceleration figures.

Some of the exterior features include

  • High Beam Control System
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps and Fog Lamps
  • Windshield Wiper De-Icer
  • Automatic Power Folding Heated Side Mirrors
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • Automatic Rain-Sensing Wipers

2017 Mazda CX-5 Safety


SUVs from this compact segment seem to do pretty well in terms of safety proficiency. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 wasn't going to let that down with a poor safety track record. Safety has been of utmost priority for Mazda and having said that the latest CX-5 only goes onto prove the obvious, with its 4/5 star crash test rating from NHTSA and the "Top Safety Pick" award from the IIHS. On the feature front, Mazda equips the CX-5 with the latest suite of active safety features. 

Some of those safety features are-

  • ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Dynamic Stability Control with Traction Control
  • Hill Launch Assist

2017 Mazda CX-5 Competition

2017 Mazda CX-5 vs 2017 Honda CR-V

Honda leads the compact SUV pack time and time again with every new iteration of the CR-V, but that is about to change now with Mazda updating the CX-5 for the year 2017. The CX-5 features slightly better power and torque figures, though the acceleration figures put up by the CR-V are better.

The Honda CR-V might excel in fuel efficiency and outright cabin space, but it loses out on the exterior front to the Mazda CX-5. Having said that the Honda CR-V is $300 cheaper than the CX-5.


2017 Mazda CX-5 vs 2017 Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 along with the Honda CR-V holds the highest place in the segment, The Toyota RAV4 is a soft off-roader, whereas the Mazda CX-5 proves its worth on the paved road, with a sportier and inspiring riding dynamics.

Cabin-space wise too, the RAV4 inches past the CX-5 in providing a spacious arrangement, but its the CX-5 that hold the title of the best interior layout int he compact USV segment.


2017 Mazda CX-5 Final Verdict

With best-in-class power figures and the sublime exterior looks that even SUVs from the premium segment couldn't match, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 is definitely on the right track for the ultimate glory in the compact crossover segment. Upscale interiors borrowed from the CX-9 also go a long way in setting it as a dynamic benchmark of sorts for other SUVs. To end it off, at a starting price of $24,345, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 is definitely the most appealing SUV in the segment.

2017 Mazda CX-5 FAQs-

What are the different trims on offer with the 2017 Mazda CX-5?

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 has 4 different trim levels, namely Sport, Touring, Grand Select, and Grand Touring.

Where is the Mazda CX-5 built?

The Mazda CX-5 is built and assembled in Japan.

Does the 2017 Mazda CX-5 have Android Auto or Apple CarPlay?

Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available on the higher trims of the 2017 Mazda CX-5, while the lower trims miss out on them.

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