2018 Mazda CX-5: Stylish Compact SUV Gets Engine And Safety Tech Upgrades
















The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is Mazda’s compact SUV. Among Mazda SUVs, it slots between the subcompact CX-3 and the mid-size CX-9. First introduced for the 2013 model year, the Mazda CX-5 has become Mazda’s best-selling SUV. Now entering the second year of its second generation, the CX-5 continues to impress, with its unique combination of ride, handling, sophisticated style, and overall driving pleasure.

2018 Mazda CX-5 Trim Levels And Pricing

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 comes in three trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. All trims come standard with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive as a $1,300 option. Pricing starts at $24,150 for the Sport and ranges up to $29,645 for the Grand Touring.

What’s New On The 2018 Mazda CX-5

The entry-level 2018 Mazda CX-5 Sport adds a leather steering wheel, leather shift knob, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as standard equipment. The mid-level CX-5 Touring adds standard 19” alloy wheels, plus the full i-ACTIVSENSE suite of safety features. The top-level CX-5 Grand Touring gets a new 2-position memory driver’s seat and a 6-way power adjustable passenger seat.

High-Tech CX-5 Driver Assistance Tech Keeps You Safe

The full i-ACTIVSENSE suite of safety technologies is now available on the 2018 Mazda CX-5 Sport, and is standard on both Touring and Grand Touring trims. This includes high beam control, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, Mazda radar cruise control, smart brake support, rain-sensing windshield wipers and automatic on/off headlights.

Mazda CX-5 Engine Upgrades For 2018

Mazda CX-5's SKYACTIV-G 2.5L engine has received updates to improve real-world fuel consumption. Its most outstanding new feature is its new cylinder-deactivation technology. This lets it shut down the two outside cylinders at cruising speeds to maximize efficiency. Cylinder deactivation is more effective at low speeds, improving fuel economy by approximately 20% when driving at a constant 25 mph, and by approximately 5% at a constant 50 mph. Mazda is the only automaker to offer a four-cylinder engine with cylinder deactivation in North America.

The new SKYACTIV-G 2.5L engine is paired exclusively with Mazda’s 6-speed automatic transmission, which has both manual-shift mode and sport mode.

2018 Mazda CX-5 Sport

The entry-level CX-5 Sport features cloth upholstery, standard LED headlights, 17” alloy wheels, an electronic parking brake, MAZDA CONNECT infotainment with a 7” screen, plus Bluetooth audio streaming and phone pairing as standard. In its newly available Sport i-ACTIVSENSE Package, the CX-5 Sport gets Mazda radar cruise control, smart brake support, rain-sensing windshield wipers, high beam control, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, and automatic on/off headlights.

2018 Mazda CX-5 Touring

The Mazda CX-5 Touring upgrades to leatherette-upholstered seats and also adds Mazda advanced keyless entry. Additional features in CX-5 Touring include dual-zone automatic climate control, rear air conditioning vents, heated front seats, 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat, and two rear USB ports for charging smartphones or tablets.

2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

Mazda’s 2018 CX-5 Grand Touring is the top of the line. It comes standard with leather-trimmed seats, adaptive front-lighting system, LED fog lights and tail lights, and SiriusXM satellite radio with trial subscription. The available Grand Touring Premium Package includes windshield-projected active driving display head-up unit with traffic sign recognition, heated second-row outboard seats, heated steering wheel, and windshield wiper de-icer.

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 Gives You Performance, Style, And Luxury

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is a popular-priced compact SUV that looks and drives like a luxury brand. It has beautiful styling, a luxurious interior, the latest driver assistance technology, a unique fuel-saving engine, and a driving experience that will make you smile. The Mazda CX-5 is the class of the compact SUV field. Drive one and see what you think.

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