2016 Mazda CX-5 Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on May 27, 2016 8:15 AM

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Starting Price: $24,495 (with automatic transmission) | Build

Above Average: Handling, fuel economy, style

Below Average: Rear-seat room

Consensus: A compact SUV that’s remarkably fun to drive but also surprisingly well-rounded

A Practical Crossover with Sporty, Car-Like Attitude

Like so many of the cars Mazda makes, the CX-5 is arguably the most stylish, most fun-to-drive entry in its segment. Shoppers might be surprised to learn that the Mazda CX-5 is also among the most fuel-efficient small SUVs, and it's now one of the tech-savviest, too, thanks to an impressive update for the 2016 model year.

Driving the CX-5

The CX-5 manages a careful balance between sport and utility; as evidence of that, the CX-5 is one of the few SUVs available with a manual transmission. And, as our 2016 Mazda CX-5 full review indicates, it's a good balance. "The 2016 CX-5's real standout trait is its suspension, which enables cornering more akin to a sporty car. Improvements in mitigating noise, vibration and harshness have made this nimble SUV feel more refined."

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Build and Price Your Own

The entry-level CX-5 Sport, equipped with the aforementioned manual transmission, starts at just under $23,000. For those wanting more traditional comforts and conveniences, Mazda walks you up to their top-of-the-line Grand Touring, which tops out above $33,000. Build and price your own 2016 Mazda CX-5 right here at KBB.com to unlock valuable information like Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

One of the Best

For its unique combination of style, fun and practicality, the Mazda CX-5 was recognized on our most recent list of the 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000, is on our list of the 10 Most Fun SUVs, is listed as one of our 10 Best All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles Under $25,000, and remains one of the 10 Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs at any price -- and that price is low enough to put the CX-5 on KBB's list of the10 Most Affordable SUVs.

Compact Comparison

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 was one of six compact SUVs we drove 450 roundtrip miles from the coastal region of Southern California to the mountains surrounding Big Bear Lake, California, as part of our most recent Compact SUV Comparison Test.

Consumer Reviews

CX-5 owner and KBB.com visitor gazella describes the good-natured family rivalry that was caused by the CX-5: "It drives so great that there's a competition among family members to drive it. Infotainment system is great too, it was redesigned for 2016 model. I love it being all LED - headlights are so bright! The only thing that is missing is live traffic in GPS." Read more Mazda CX-5 consumer reviews.

Others to Consider

The 2016 Mazda CX-5 is definitely a favorite of the KBB.com editors, but that doesn't mean it's the best choice for everyone. Check out our Compact SUV Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on the category.

Photo Gallery: Mazda CX-5 Inside and Out


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