Due to the rising popularity of crossover SUVs, Mazda spent a lot of time reworking their CX-5 crossover in 2017. After the recent overhaul in this particular model’s appearance, you may be wondering what changes are left to be made on the 2018 Mazda CX-5. As most auto manufacturers will tell you, however, there is always room for improvement – even when working with an already winning formula.
With the crossover SUV market being more competitive than ever, Mazda took great strides in creating the 2018 CX-5 to be uniquely appealing.
Mazda managed to cram even more exciting features into the crossover to keep people excited about it. And those features are already getting rave reviews from many of those who have been behind the wheel of the new CX-5.
One of the first things you’ll notice when you purchase a new CX-5 is the new cylinder-deactivation system that Mazda incorporated into the four-cylinder gasoline engine. When you’re cruising in your CX-5, the system will cut two of the vehicle’s cylinders out of the equation in order to conserve fuel. Other manufacturers have incorporated similar systems into V-6 and V-8 engines in recent years, but Mazda claims it’s the only company to offer the system in a four-cylinder engine.
Additionally, the Sport model of the CX-5, which is the base CX-5 model, features blind-spot monitoring, as well as rear cross-traffic alerts and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Touring model, a step above the Sport, now offers i-Activsense safety technology standard, and includes everything from lane departure warning and smart brake support to rain-sensing windshield wipers and high beam control. It also has 19-inch alloy wheels and advanced keyless entry. The Grand Touring model is the most luxurious option of all, with all the technological bells and whistles you could ask for and a gorgeous interior.
From the outside looking in, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 may appear very similar to the 2017 model and deliver the same great fuel efficiency and reliability you’ve come to expect from the brand. However, these seemingly small improvements speak volumes of Mazda’s intention to establish itself as a real player in the crossover SUV game.