The Mazda CX-5 is a compact crossover utility vehicle (CUV). In automotive parlance, the term “crossover” means a combination of a sports utility vehicle (a light truck/family car) and a passenger vehicle (e.g. station wagon).
The previous CX-5 is one of our preferred CUVs, thanks to its superior handling, which made it an utter pleasure to drive. So when news that Mazda is releasing the 2017 model, we can’t help but notice.
Here are some of the notable 2017 Mazda CX-5 highpoints that caught our eye:
One of the previous CX-5’s shortcomings is its rather loud interior. This time, Mazda added a few more measures to dampen the noise while you’re inside the vehicle. This includes:
- A thicker windshield;
- Extra sound absorption material for the cabin;
- Changing the underbody panel to a felt-like material which covers a larger portion of the chassis.
One nitpick: while the 2017 CX-5 does sound quieter, it seems merely average in the noise reduction department when compared to similar vehicles.
In designing the 2017 CX-5, Mazda’s aim was to (at the very least) meet its predecessor’s performance, which was how the CX-5 differentiated itself: other CUVs flopped about when you make turns, the CX-5 gives you better control and handling.
For the 2017 model, Mazda made the driving/riding experience smoother with improved front dampers, which cuts down friction and makes bumps softer. Plus, its front lower suspension arms are now equipped with hydraulic bushings. The result is a more comfortable ride.
The Mazda CX-5 uses G-Vectoring Control tech
In a nutshell, Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control technology improves steering response. It monitors the speed of your driving input (e.g. when you steer into a corner) and automatically reduces torque, which in turn subtly slows down the car.
Its 2.5-liter engine has been tweaked
While the CX-5 isn’t as powerful under the hood when compared to its competitors, Mazda’s modifications have given the 2017 model extra oomph, amounting to 187 horsepower. This was achieved through better throttle response.
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 interior is quite impressive. Our favorites are:
- The cabin’s soft-touch coating on its surfaces (e.g. the dashboard accents, the console) which give off a feeling of quality.
- The 7-inch dashboard display (which is a standard feature for all variants), which you can manipulate by touch when the car isn’t moving.
While the 2017 Mazda CX-5 is more of an evolution than something completely new, it’s hard to argue with the outcome.