The Mazda CX-5 has traditionally been rated as an able contender for family car buyers. Excelling in terms of practicality, efficiency of engines as well as all-wheel-drive, it has become popular for being a “sports-utility vehicle that earns plaudits as a capable family workhorse”.
At 4,555mm, the Mazda CX-5 is classed as a medium-size vehicle. Although only slightly longer than the brand’s more traditional family class hatchbacks such as Mazda 3 for example, the Mazda CX-5 is superior in terms of space, with 5 seats and an estate-like cargo capacity of 503 litres, and further practical touches inside.
Mazda CX-5 engines include the “2.0 litre, 165PS, petrol teamed with 6-speed manual transmission and 2-wheel-drive”. Therefore the Mazda CX-5 excels in terms of performance and is impressively efficient in terms of fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
Mazda has introduced a predictive form of all-wheel-drive on the Mazda CX-5. An array of sensors looks for impending tire slips or compromises in speed and shifts power to the front or rear wheels accordingly. The Mazda CX-5 “sends 100% of its engine power to the front wheels when the road surface provides plenty of grip” and “automatically sends up to 50% to the rear should speed variation between said axles suggest it is struggling”. The Mazda CX-5 therefore has been praised for handling exceptionally well in all weather conditions, with strong grip, body control and highly accurate steering, especially for such a large SUV.