The Mazda CX-5 represents a relatively new player in the crossover segment with its first generation being released in 2012. Back then, it shared its platform with the Mazda3 and Mazda6 and was the first model in the carmaker’s lineup to use the KODO design language and SkyActiv technology.
The 2017 model year brings the first mid-cycle refreshment for this handsome model. Since the first generation of the vehicle lagged behind its main nemesis Honda CR-V in terms of sales, the carmaker decided for a mid-cycle refresh.
Will the mid-cycle refresh be enough for the CX-5 to become more popular than the Honda CR-V? If you want to learn more about the upcoming 2017 Mazda CX-5, read the article below.
Exterior of 2017 Mazda CX-5
The changes on the new 2017 Mazda CX-5 won’t change its recognizable shape but yet, they will be noticeable. The front end will be shaped with a newly designed, grille with horizontal bars.
In place of the mesh, you will now see the grille with metallic grey fins. The changes on the headlights are subtle. The carmaker only added the LED bulbs and revised the guts. The fog lights have been slightly revised, primarily to match the redesigned grille.
The side profile of the vehicle remains intact. At each corner of the vehicle, you will notice newly designed, 19-inch wheel.
The rear end comes with no changes at all, except LED signature taillights being added. To cut the long story short, the final change for the upcoming 2017 Mazda CX- 5 are new exterior colors: Titanium Flash Mica and Sonic Silver.
2017 Mazda CX-5 Interior
The interior design of the 2017 Mazda CX-5 represents a significant departure from the 2015 model. Well, the carmaker decided to change and refine everything you see and touch. They started from materials and used more upscale materials to make sure that all panels fit cleanly.
The thing we particularly like is that the touchscreen got leather surrounding. The seats have also been reworked for more comfort.
The center stack and console have been heavily revised too. With all of the aforementioned changes, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 will become even better SUV. It will provide smooth, comfortable, amusing, and definitely outstanding driving feel.
Mazda CX-5 Engine
Thanks to the SkyActiv technology, the current engine options deliver enough power and provide great fuel efficiency.
The carmaker has no reason to replace the two, and that’s why the 2017 CX-5 continues its journey with a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder engine and a 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine.
The former has the capacity to crank out 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. The later is good for 184 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque.
The 155-horsepower engine is mated to a six-speed Skyactiv-MT manual, while a Skyactiv-Drive six-speed auto is 2.5-liter’s exclusive.
Power is sent to the front wheels in the base setup, while AWD option is available for the more powerful engine option. Fuel economy of the 2.0-liter engine starts at 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. The second engine option is rated at 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.