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2017 Mazda CX-5 KBB Expert Review

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By Matt Degen - Updated Date: 3/26/2017

The 2017 CX-5 is Mazda's compact-crossover SUV, a 2-row/5-passenger vehicle that slots between the subcompact CX-3 and the 3-row CX-9. The CX-5 is all-new for 2017, and it enters its second generation with sharper looks inside and out, enhanced technology and safety features, a strong value proposition and even a forthcoming diesel model. Like the recently revamped CX-9 flagship, the CX-5 boasts premium flair thanks to sleek design and available amenities like leather seating, power tailgate and Bose audio. Of course, rivals such as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape offer similar features. What sets the Mazda apart is its athleticism. While it has matured, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 remains the liveliest, most fun-to-drive crossover SUV in its class.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a small SUV that is fun to drive, boasts stylish design and has impressive standard safety features such as automatic emergency braking, the CX-5 checks all the right boxes. Loaded up in Grand Touring form, it could give luxury-compact SUVs a run for their money.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If sheer interior room is more important to you than zesty driving manners, you might prefer the CR-V or RAV4, which pack more cargo space than the Mazda. If power is your thing, turbocharged versions of the Subaru Forester, Ford Escape and Kia Sportage pack plenty more of it.

What's New for 2017

The Mazda CX-5 compact SUV is all-new for 2017, which marks its second generation. The former base 2.0-liter gasoline engine and manual transmission are gone, with the 2.5-liter as standard. A diesel CX-5 is slated to arrive later in the model year.

Driving It Driving Impressions

The Mazda CX-5 has always been among the liveliest and most fun-to-drive SUVs available, and certainly the most in its class. Just don't confuse "liveliest" with "most powerful." The CX-5 has just enough verve to make it feel swift from a standstill, but sheer acceleration isn't its strong suit. The CX-5's real strength is its agility and nimbleness. If you're a driver who actually speeds up when the road twists and turns, the CX-5 is the crossover SUV for you. Steering feel is further improved (taut yet not heavy or artificial) and engaging the Sport mode optimizes the powertrain for even more responsiveness. Thankfully, the Mazda's dynamics don't come at the expense of a harsh ride. Overall quality has been improved, and the suspension better absorbs road imperfections. G-Vectoring Control -- an almost imperceptible use of engine timing to create a smoother driving experience -- is now standard on the CX-5.

Favorite Features

This safety system can reduce the damage from -- or altogether prevent -- a frontal collision at speeds from 2 to 19 mph by first alerting the driver and then automatically applying the brakes if an impending collision is sensed. Best of all, it is standard on every 2017 CX-5.

This optional safety system has also been improved. Whereas in the previous model the system could be overly sensitive, the new CX-5 reads lanes well and warns the driver with a more agreeable, lower-pitch audible warning. A secondary system can even nudge the vehicle back into its lane.

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