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Photos of the Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 2017 Mazda CX-5 front view

Thinner, more elegant headlights and a broader, classier grille distinguish the second-gen CX-5.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 2016 Mazda CX-5 front view

The front end of the 2016 CX-5, for comparison. Nothing upscale here.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 2017 Mazda CX-5 front quarter view

Cleaner, more elegant body sides on the second-gen CX-5. Dramatic curvy character lines deleted.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 2016 Mazda CX-5 front quarter view

The original CX-5's body sides have sportier but less elegant styling.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 2017 Honda CR-V front quarter view

Honda's designers have been dialing its exteriors up to 11 lately. A bit much, even garish?

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox front quarter view

Awkwardly hunched-up areas over the front and rear wheels.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 2017 Mazda CX-5 side view

Long hood => lack of interior space. Somewhat justified by efficient exhaust manifold it permits.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 2017 Mazda CX-5 rear quarter view

Truncated tail. Elegant and sporty, but not good for cargo-hauling capacity.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 2017 Honda CR-V rear quarter

A lot more going on with the Honda's rump, much of it to disguise additional rear overhang.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 2016 Honda CR-V rear quarter view

I was not a fan of the 2012-2016 CR-V's rear-end styling. Awful proportions. They sold many anyway.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 2017 Mazda CX-5 interior

Far more upholstered and stitched surfaces than you'll usually find at this price point. Very nice.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 2017 Honda CR-V interior

Nice interior in the new CR-V, but not nearly as nice as the Mazda's. More of a minivan vibe.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 2017 Mazda CX-5 instrument panel full width

The instrument panel looks compact. It is compact. Note stitched surfaces and artful vents.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 2017 Mazda CX-5 instrument panel

Classic if plain gauges. Controls generally well-designed, trip computer could be more intuitive.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 2017 Mazda CX-5 driver seat

Front seats provide little lateral support, especially with slippery leather.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 2017 Mazda CX-5 rear seat

The Mazda's rear seat remains much less roomy than the Honda's.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 2017 Mazda CX-5 cargo area

Handy releases to fold rear seats without having to walk around to the side or lean way forward.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 2017 Mazda CX-5 cargo area seats folded.

Less cargo space than in many competitors. But possibly all you need.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 2017 Mazda CX-5 engine

Plain black plastic cover does little to silence engine. Long hood provides space for manifolds.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 2017 Mazda CX-5 engine uncovered

Good but not great power and economy. Engine noise is the least refined aspect of the new CX-5.