2015 Mazda CX-5 new car reviews

The CX-5 certainly isn't bad looking–especially for an SUV.
Look! Storage space!
The interior is a pleasant place to spend time.

Better than: Toyota RAV4
But not as good as: Lamborghini LM002
GRM Bang For The Buck Index: 75.84

We spent some time with Mazda's smallest crossover, the CX-5. This all-wheel-drive, Grand Touring trim model was basically loaded, and seemed to bring Miata handling to the crossover world. Read the counterpoints below to see what we thought.

Other staff views

Tom Suddard Tom Suddard
Director of Marketing & Digital Assets

I loved this little SUV. It's comfortable, practical, and fun to drive. My only gripe? It's much more fun (and gets much better mileage) with two-wheel-drive and a manual transmission. That's how I'd order one. Heck, I might just do that.

David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

In a sea of small SUVs, this one really stands out. It's the right size, looks great, doesn't cost a mint, and just does as it's asked. Yes, it's the Mazda of smaller utes.

Are you going to autocross it? Nope. Track it? Nope. But if your domestic situations warrants a vehicle like this, check out the CX-5. It has become a GRM favorite for business trips to cities--you know, places where maybe a Miata doesn't make as much sense.

David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

This one has a lot of fans at GRM, and generally speaking we're not SUV people. But it's the most Mazda-y one

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