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Mazda CX-5 GT AWD

by Barry Green,reviewed June 2015

It might say something about Mazda’s pursuit of perfection that it recently saw fit to upgrade its CX-5.
This, despite topping the overall SUV sales charts for the past two years. A week spent driving the all-wheel-drive Grand Touring model, with 2.5-litre petrol engine and six-speed auto, validated Mazda’s claims of improved ride quality and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels. Thanks to softer calibration of the dampers, front and rear, the CX-5 rides more smoothly over poor surfaces and corners flatter. It’s also much quieter on road, with a noticeable reduction in tyre ‘roar’ intrusion which is attributed to extra sound-deadening around the wheel arches and inside the cabin. The 2.5, the larger of two petrol engines on offer, is a torquey and smooth operator made even more so now by the addition of a ‘drive selection’ switch to sharpen response. Standard equipment on the GT includes MZD Connect, Mazda’s advanced next-generation car connectivity system. In addition to providing hands-free telephone operation and contact list access, MZD Connect can also receive short text messages. For $1060, an optional Safety Pack that includes Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Smart City Brake Support Forward/ Reverse is money well spent. A very good car has just got even better.

For

Improved ride and NVH, price drop

Against

No rear air vents, temporary steel spare wheel

Car Details

Vehicle make Mazda
Vehicle model CX-5 GT AWD
Year 2015
Current price range $43390 - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 2.5 litre, inline petrol, 4-cyl
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.