2018 Mazda CX-5

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is a mainstream compact SUV, slotted above the subcompact Mazda CX-3 and below the midsize Mazda CX-9 in the brand’s crossover lineup. Available with a variety of trim levels, it can be optioned out with the latest technology and creature comfort. Mazda is known for adding a bit more driving dynamics and styling flair relative to the competitors, and that is no different with the CX-5. It’s a more interesting alternative to segment stalwarts like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Pricing for the 2018 Mazda CX-5 starts at an MSRP of $24,150.

Pros: Expressive “Kodo” design language,  MPGs, Good Handling, Available Upscale Features

Cons: Firm Ride May Deter Some, Smaller Interior Than Competitors

Looks Best In: Eternal Blue (light blue) or Deep Crystal Blue (dark blue) exterior/Parchment interior

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Competition: Chevrolet Equinox, Kia Sportage, Toyota RAV4Honda CR-V, Hyndai Tucson

Summary: The well-rounded 2018 Mazda CX-5 is a recommended choice for shoppers willing to sacrifice some interior space for handling agility. It’s an efficient compact SUV with a premium flair.

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