The 2015 Mazda CX-5 GT Crossover with AWD and Style
Mazda first showcased their full suite of SkyActiv technology—the automaker’s name for their refining of nearly everything, from the engine to the chassis, to produce a more efficient automobile—on their CX-5 crossover. The result, when coupled with Mazda’s Kodo “Soul of Motion” design language, was a hit.
Review by Travis Persaud. Photos by Mazda
The Mazda CX-5 debuted as a 2012 model and quickly became a head-turner. When I first drove the vehicle after it was released, I noted that it looked much richer than it actually is. To Mazda’s credit, the design hasn’t faded at all in the past three years.
For the 2014 model year, Mazda made a few tweaks to address some negative distractions—mainly the CX-5’s power output. As I said when driving the 2012 model, it felt a bit underpowered. Attempting to blend performance and efficiency is incredibly difficult and Mazda mainly achieved it; but they decided to introduce a 2.5L engine, which produced 184 HP and 185 lb-ft of torque, as an option. Suddenly there was a CX-5 for anyone in the crossover market.
And that brings us to the 2015 Mazda CX-5. Mazda made their major changes last year, which means the 2015 version remains largely the same—and that’s the best news about this model.
The CX-5 was fun to drive in 2012 and is even better today. I tested the top-end GT AWD model, which features the 2.5L four cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission—and I really felt the difference. The extra power (the standard 2.0L engine outputs 155 HP) comes through quite noticeably. Gunning up to highway speeds happened a second or two quicker and it responded to my input with much more eagerness. Handling is typical Mazda—sporty yet light and easy to maneuver. This is one of the liveliest crossovers to drive in this price range.
The extra power and AWD diminishes the CX-5’s fuel economy when compared to the 2.0L FWD iteration, but still comes in at a respectable 8.9 l/100 km combined. During my test week the CX-5 burned fuel at a rate of 10.9 l/100 km. Not bad at all, especially considering most of the week was spent in city roads.