Equipped with Mazda’s fuel-efficient SKYACTIV technology, the added traction and peace of mind of optional all-wheel drive, and available active safety technologies, the 2015 Mazda CX-5 is really a top pick among compact crossover SUVs.
The 2015 Mazda CX-5 offers eye-catching styling, a spacious interior, and to top it all off, it’s also fun to drive.
If it is sleek and sporty looking, it is due to the automaker’s KODO: Soul of Motion design language, which was first observed in the 2013 model. The Mazda CX-5 is the first vehicle in the Mazda lineup to sport the new design, as well as the full suite of SKYACTIV technology.
Consumers that are not yet aware of the benefits of Mazda’s new technology can contact us at Performance Mazda. In simple terms, SKYACTIV is a series of technologies that includes engines, transmissions, and the platform (body and chassis). The idea behind the technology is to reduce fuel consumption and emissions without compromising the driving performance.
For example, the base 2015 Mazda CX-5 GX model is equipped with a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine, generating 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. This particular engine produces 10-15 percent more low- to mid-range torque than the previous 2.0-litre engine, and provides 15 percent lower fuel consumption. These are just some of the benefits of SKYACTIV.
The base engine is also paired to a SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual transmission that Mazda says offers smooth shifting, steady acceleration, and precise responsiveness. The smooth SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic with Sport mode, on the other hand, is optional with the Convenience Package, or standard on the top two trims. With it, buyers can expect 7 percent more fuel-efficiency than the automaker’s previous automatic.
Buyers that prefer to opt for the GS or GT model can enjoy the power of a SKYACTIV-G 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine, which produces a total output of 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. AWD is standard on the top model, and optional on the GX and GS.
Overall, the 2015 CX-5 provides excellent steering, and sporty handling, as well as good fuel economy ratings, such as 8.9/7.3 litres per 100 kilometres (city/highway) when concerning the FWD version with the base engine and automatic transmission. That same engine equipped with AWD has a rating of 9.3 and 7.6 L/100km, which is still quite commendable.
As for features, depending on the model, the automaker’s compact crossover SUV can include remote keyless entry and a push button start, a navigation system, and finally a rearview camera. A sunroof is standard on the top two models. As for seating, owners of the new 2015 Mazda CX-5 will find the interior to be both comfortable and spacious. A 6- or 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat is offered, again depending on the model, as are heated front seats, and leather-trimmed upholstery. On the base GX, the rear seats will fold with a 60/40-split to offer more cargo room if need be, and with the other two models, buyers will benefit from 40/20/40-split fold-down rear seats that includes a remote fold-down function.
The 2015 Mazda CX-5 will provide consumers with the perfect overall package for a compact crossover SUV. With nice styling, fuel-efficiency, AWD, sporty handling, good power, and lots of features, what more can we ask for?