Mazda CX-5 Mazda CX-5 2018

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Mazda CX-5 Specs at TrueDelta: Powertrains and tires by trim level (2018)

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2018 Mazda CX-5 Specs - Exterior and Interior Dimensions

Body 4dr SUV
Wheelbase 106.2 in
Length 179.1 in
Width 72.5 in
Height 65.3 in
Curb Weight 3563 lb.
Fuel Capacity 14.8 gal.
Headroom, Row 1 39.7 in
Shoulder Room, Row 1 57.1 in
Hip Room, Row 1 55.2 in
Legroom, Row 1 41.0 in
Headroom, Row 2 39.0 in
Shoulder Room, Row 2 54.8 in
Hip Room, Row 2 55.3 in
Legroom, Row 2 39.6 in
Total Legroom 80.6 in (over 2 rows)
Cargo Volume, Minimum 30.9 ft3
Cargo Volume, Maximum 59.6 ft3

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TrueDelta Reviews the Seat Room and Comfort of the 2018 Mazda CX-5

2018 Mazda CX-5 Seat Room and Comfort: Cons
YearComment
According to the official specs, the Mazda CX-5 offers about a half-inch more rear legroom than the RDX. In reality, though, the Acura has an extra inch or so. While neither is cramped, you'll find significantly more rear seat legroom in a Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, or Toyota RAV4. If you'll be putting three people in back, the Acura does have the advantage of two additional inches of shoulder room. The RDX's additional width might not be good for handling agility, but it is very good for a rear center passenger. see full Mazda CX-5 review
 

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2018 Mazda CX-5 4-door SUV Specs - Powertrains and Tire Sizes

Trim Sport Touring Grand Touring
Standard Engine 2.5L I4
DOHC-4v
187 hp@6000
185 lb-ft@3250
2.5L I4
DOHC-4v
187 hp@6000
185 lb-ft@3250
2.5L I4
DOHC-4v
187 hp@6000
185 lb-ft@3250
Optional Engine(s) 2.5L I4
DOHC-4v
187 hp@6000
186 lb-ft@4000
2.5L I4
DOHC-4v
187 hp@6000
186 lb-ft@4000
2.5L I4
DOHC-4v
187 hp@6000
186 lb-ft@4000
Standard Transmission6-speed manually-shiftable automatic6-speed manually-shiftable automatic6-speed manually-shiftable automatic
Standard DrivetrainFWDFWDFWD
Optional Drivetrain(s)AWDAWDAWD
Standard Tires225/65HR17 tires225/55VR19 tires225/55VR19 tires

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TrueDelta Reviews the Powertrain of the 2018 Mazda CX-5

2018 Mazda CX-5 Powertrain: Pros
YearComment
2019 When I reviewed the 2017 Mazda CX-5, I wished for a more powerful engine option. For 2019, this has been provided, at least in the top two trim levels, via the same 250-horsepower (227-horsepower on regular gas) turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine as in the CX-9 and in the top-trim Mazda6. This torquey engine peaks too low to sound or feel thrilling, but delivers well-beyond-adequate acceleration with seemingly little effort. The transmission is behind the curve with only six ratios, but the turbocharged engine's plentiful torque makes tightly spaced ratios (absent here) less necessary. And the transmission does select among those available with alacrity. Unlike in the RDX and in the Mazda6, no shift paddles adorn the steering wheel. The redesigned 2019 Acura RDX uses the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine introduced in the 2018 Accord, but with more horsepower than in the Accord, 272 vs. 252. Though this engine produces more peak power than the CX-5's, it's less powerful at lower engine speeds, as indicated by their torque figures (280 vs. 310 lb-ft). The RDX also weighs a couple hundred pounds more than the CX-5 (4,019 vs. 3,825). So, even with the benefit of four additional transmission gear ratios, the Acura isn't quite as quick as the Mazda. That said, the Acura feels quicker than the Mazda thanks to a more rev-happy engine and a much more aggressive exhaust soundtrack. And I mean "soundtrack" literally, as much of the growl is synthetic and piped in through the speakers. Selecting a mode other than sport reduces the volume. For better, more authentic engine sounds, check out the 279-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 in the previous-generation Acura RDX. But in every other way the new RDX is better, even much better. Both all-wheel-drive systems effectively distribute torque to temper understeer and maximize traction on curve exits. While the Acura SH-AWD system includes a trick mechanical rear differential, Mazda achieves results nearly as good with a conventional rear differential in all but the most enthusiastic driving. see full Mazda CX-5 review
2018 Mazda CX-5 Powertrain: Cons
YearComment
Why not buy the new Mazda CX-5? There aren't many good reasons. The most obvious: if you want effortless or adrenaline-inducing acceleration in your compact crossover, Mazda doesn't offer it. While Chevrolet, Ford, and Kia offer turbocharged 2.0-liter engines with from 235 to 252 horsepower, Mazda does not. The only engine offered is a non-turbocharged 2.5-liter good for 187 horspower. Mazda should strongly consider offering the 250-horsepower (on premium, 227 otherwise) turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine introduced in the three-row CX-9 and soon to be available in the Mazda6 sedan in the CX-5 as well. With its 187-horsepower engine, the CX-5 can accelerate as quickly as most people will ever need it to, with a zero-to-sixty time in the low eights. But the engine never feels strong and its mild buzziness can seem out of place in an otherwise highly refined vehicle. Thrill-seekers will not find what they are seeking. The new CR-V can get to 60 mph about a half-second sooner, but its 190-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter engine is much harder on the ears than the Mazda's in the process. That this engine is hitched to a CVT programmed to hold engine speed fairly steady (near the point of maximum power and maximum din) even as vehicle speed increases has objective advantages but subjective disadvantages. The Equinox is significantly slower than the other two with its 170-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, but significantly quicker than they are with its 252-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. The Tiguan disappoints most in this area. Its 184-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter surges and lulls at part throttle when cold, isn't at all enjoyable to rev, and sounds downright agricultural. It seems to share nothing with the much stronger, much more refined turbocharged 2.0-liter engine employed in many other Volkswagens and Audis. The CX-5's manually shiftable six-speed automatic transmission makes the most of what its engine can provide, without the adverse effects of VW's CVT. This transmission tends to shift smoothly and promptly into whatever ratio the situation calls for. Its only shortcoming: sometimes during or after spirited driving it will hold a lower gear longer than it really needs to. A "power" mode makes the transmission even more aggressive at the expense of holding low gears even longer. Want a manual transmission? Well, with the redesign the CX-5 joins its direct competitors in not offering one. see full Mazda CX-5 review
 

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2018 Mazda CX-5 MSRP and Invoice Prices

Body Trim Base Price Invoice Destination
4dr SUV Sport 24,150 23,710 975
4dr SUV Touring 26,215 25,472 975
4dr SUV Grand Touring 29,645 28,503 975

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