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Photos of the Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 Photos: Mazda CX-5 front angle

Large grille highlighted by chrome trim, but a clean face by current standards.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: Mazda CX-5 front angle

More slender headlights than on the original CX-5.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: 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: Acura RDX front quarter view

The RDX's exterior is far busier, especially the front end. Does anyone find this pretty?

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

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

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

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

Mazda CX-5 Photos: Acura RDX rear angle view

The Acura is also far busier and less elegant when viewed from the rear. A lot going on.

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

So much cleaner than the Acura. Smaller exhaust tips belie larger engine.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: Mazda CX-5 interior

Far more upholstered and stitched surfaces than usual at this price point. Real wood in Signature.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: Acura RDX A-Spec interior

Much busier inside as well. More complicated controls. A much racier red on the seats.

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

Easy controls, but slow responses and smallish screen.

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

Classic white-on-black instruments. Too clean? Do people now expect more of a light show?

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

Driver seat lacking in lateral support. Nothing special.

Mazda CX-5 Photos: Acura RDX driver seat

RDX has a cushier seat with larger side bolsters. A-Spec seat looks a little less wild in person.

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

A passable rear seat. Most competitors (but not the RDX) are much roomier.

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

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

Mazda CX-5 Photos: Mazda CX-5 engine

Just your typical basic engine cover.

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

Turbocharger tucked behind engine. Not thrilling, but torquey.