2018 Mazda CX-5 Buyer's Guide
Starting Price: $25,125 | Price yours
Above Average: Style, handling, fuel economy
Below Average: Rear-seat room, cargo volume
Consensus: A perennial favorite among the KBB editors
Gorgeous, Fun and More than Practical Enough
Like so many of the cars Mazda makes, the CX-5 is arguably the most stylish, most fun-to-drive entry in its segment. In addition to sexy new sheetmetal, a redesigned interior and even better driving dynamics, last year's redesign of the Mazda CX-5 also added more practical improvements like a quieter cabin and new safety systems. For 2018, the 2.5-liter engine receives cylinder deactivation, and more features have been added to each trim level.
Driving the CX-5
The CX-5 manages a careful balance between sportiness and comfort, as we explain in our 2018 Mazda CX-5 full review: "While not the quickest or most powerful in its class, the CX-5 has enough muscle to make it feel swift when accelerating from a stop or merging with fast-moving traffic. The CX-5’s beauty lies in its agility and nimbleness. If you’re the type of driver who prefers twisting back roads to vast expanses of freeway, the CX-5 is the SUV you’ll want." It continues, "Updates last year helped the suspension better absorb road imperfections without diminishing ride quality or comfort, and Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control is standard on every model."
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Build and Price Your Own
The entry-level CX-5 Sport starts at just over $25,000. When equipped with a full slate of comforts and conveniences, the top-of-the-line Grand Touring tops out around $36,000. Build and price your own 2018 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 list of the 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000 and is on our most recent list of the 10 Best All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles Under $25,000.
Others to Consider
The Mazda CX-5 is definitely a staff favorite, 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.
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