Mazda CX-5

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Mazda CX-5
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Pre-facelift Mazda CX-5 (Europe)
Manufacturer Mazda
Production January 2012—present (Japan)
October 26, 2012—present (North America)
Model years 2013–present
Body and chassis
Class Compact crossover SUV
Body style 5-door SUV
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Predecessor Mazda Tribute
Mazda CX-7

The Mazda CX-5 [1] is a compact crossover produced by Mazda starting in 2012 for the 2013 model year lineup. It is Mazda's first car featuring the new KODO – Soul of Motion Design language[2] first shown in the Shinari concept vehicle in May 2011.[3] It shares a platform with Mazda3 and Mazda6.[4]

It is also the first vehicle featuring the company's full Skyactiv Technology suite, including a rigid, lightweight platform, combined with a new series of efficient engines and transmissions resulting in reduced emissions and fuel consumption. The Skyactiv Engine and Transmission Technologies were released in the 2012 Mazda3 compact sedan and hatchback.[5]

First generation (2012–2016)[edit]

First generation
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Facelift Mazda CX-5 (Europe)
Production January 2012—2016 (Japan)
October 26, 2012—2016 (North America)
Model years 2013–2016
Assembly Ujina Plant No.2, Hiroshima Plant, Hiroshima, Japan[6][7][8]
Kedah, Malaysia[9]
Vladivostok, Russia[10]
Nanjing, China[11]
Designer Masashi Nakayama (2009)[12]
Body and chassis
Platform MAZDA SKYACTIV platform[citation needed]
Engine 2.0 L SKYACTIV-G (PE-VPS) I4
Transmission 6-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,700 mm (106.3 in)[13]
Length 4,540 mm (178.7 in)[13]
Width 1,840 mm (72.4 in)[13]
Height 1,670 mm (65.7 in)[13]
Curb weight 1,455–1,555 kg (3,208–3,428 lb)[13]
Mazda CX-5 Maxx (pre-facelift, Australia)

The design was based on the Mazda MINAGI. The Mazda CX-5 replaces both the Mazda Tribute and the Mazda CX-7.[14]

The Japanese model was unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show,[15][16] and a customized variant featuring red exterior body color with alloy wheels painted in matte-black and slightly lower body height later 2012 at the Tokyo Motor Salon[17][18]

Production models went on sale in 2012, with a choice of SKYACTIV-D 2.2 or SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engines, matched to SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-speed automatic transmissions.[19] At its introduction in 2012, it won the Car of the Year Japan Award.[20]

Engine and drivetrain[edit]

The CX-5 is available with both front and all-wheel drive, powered by a 2.0 liter petrol four-cylinder engine (PE-VPS) sporting 162 bhp (121 kW; 164 PS)/155 lb·ft (210 N·m) averaging an estimated 28 mpg‑imp (10 L/100 km; 23 mpg‑US) emitting around 139 g/km.[21]

It will also be available with a 2.2 liter two-stage turbocharged diesel (SH-VPTS) with either 147 bhp (110 kW; 149 PS)/280 lb·ft (380 N·m) or 173 bhp (129 kW; 175 PS)/310 lb·ft (420 N·m), emitting an estimated 119 and 139 g/km, respectively. The EPA rated the CX-5's gas mileage as the best in its class, averaging 26mpg city and 35mpg highway, which Mazda claims is the best mileage of any non-hybrid SUV.[22] Fuel consumption for the entry-level diesel engine with front wheel drive is 63 mpg‑imp (4.5 L/100 km; 52 mpg‑US).[23][24]


According to IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) the 2013 CX-5 achieved Good crash test ratings in Moderate Overlap Front, Side, Roof Strength, and Head Restraing & Seats categories, while achieving only a Moderate rating in the Small Overlap Front crash test. Design changes were subsequently made which brought up the Small Overlap Front rating up to a Good rating. The small overlap test, introduced in 2012 by the IIHS, simulates a frontal collision on 25 percent of the driver's side front corner. Since its adoption, the IIHS has noticed several automakers making non-symmetrical modifications to their vehicles to improve ratings. Another small overlap test was conducted on a number of vehicles, including a 2015 CX-5, but was conducted on the passenger side instead. The crash test showed substantially more intrusion into the passenger side than into the drivers side of the CX-5. [25]



Japan production of the Mazda CX-5 fitted with a SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engine began at Ujina Plant near Mazda's headquarters in Hiroshima.[26]

In 2012, Mazda CX-5 production at Ujina Plant was set to increase to 240,000 units per year by expanding production from Ujina Plant No.2 to boost Ujina Plant No.1.[27]

The Japan domestic market CX-5 achieved monthly sales 8 times higher than forecast just after its launch in February 2012, with the "clean diesel" (as it is referred to in Japan) model accounting for 73% of the sales.[28]


The Australian Production includes the CX-5 Akera SKYACTIV and the CX-5 Maxx with Bluetooth system included. Across the Mazda CX-5 range you will get a rear camera which is across the standard range. The Mazda CX-5 Maxx is the price leading and is well equipped with keyless ignition, trip computer and cruise control but the more expensive Akera takes the features to the next level. [29]


Early European models include choice of SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and SKYACTIV-D 2.2 engines.[30][31]

North America

To promote the CX-5, Mazda teamed up with Universal Pictures for their strategic partnership in support for the launch of the movie, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, and Mazda launched a co-branded national Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax-themed commercial spot based around Mazda’s SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.

The U.S. version of the CX-5 debuted at the November 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Initially, the only engine available is a direct-injected, 2.0-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv-G gasoline engine with 155 bhp (116 kW; 157 PS),[32] which is less than the 163 bhp (122 kW; 165 PS) first reported. However, it is rated at 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway with automatic transmission and 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway with manual transmission.[33]

For the 2014 model year, an available 2.5-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv gas engine was introduced to address the main criticism of the CX-5. It is rated at 184HP/ 185-lb.ft with an EPA MPG rating of 25/32 (FWD), 24/30 (AWD). Only the 6-speed automatic transmission is available for this engine. This engine is standard on the Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. The 2.0 engine carries over in the base Sport model. Front-wheel drive and All-wheel drive are offered for all model grades.

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 was one of the five finalists for the 2013 Green Car of the Year awarded by the Green Car Journal at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.[34]


The facelift model Mazda CX-5 was unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show as a 2016 model.[35] Notable changes include updates to exterior styling, reductions in road noise, an improved infotainment system and a sport mode for the 6-speed automatic transmission. The Technology package on Touring & Grand Touring Models also get LED headlights, LED fog lights & combination LED tail lights. The SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine was made standard on all United States trim levels except the base-level Sport equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive, which retained the 2.0-liter powerplant.[36]

2016.5 update in North America

In late 2015, Mazda increased the level of standard equipment offered in the United States and Canada, christening the upgraded vehicles as 2016.5 models.

In the United States, a backup camera and touch-screen audio system were made standard on the base Sport trim level with the automatic transmission, leaving the manual-transmission Sport as the only U.S. model to lack these features. The navigation system became standard on mid-level Touring and top-level Grand Touring trim levels, along with heated front seats on the Touring. List prices remained the same or increased, although the Touring and Grand Touring price increases were less than the premiums previously charged for the optional navigation system.[37]

In Canada, the mid-level GS and top-level GT received standard navigation systems, and the GT also received a power-adjustable driver's seat with memory. The SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine was made standard on the base-level GX with the automatic transmission; the GX with the manual transmission became the only trim level to retain the 2.0-liter engine, similar to the U.S. lineup.[38]

Second generation (2017-)[edit]

Second generation
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Second generation (Tokyo Auto Salon 2017)
Production 2017—present
Model years 2017—present
Body and chassis
Platform MAZDA SKYACTIV platform[citation needed]
Engine 2.0 L SKYACTIV-G (PE-VPS) I4
Transmission 6-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,698 mm (106.2 in)
Length 4,550 mm (179.1 in)
Width 1,842 mm (72.5 in)
Height 1,680 mm (66.1 in)
Curb weight 1,505–1,659 kg (3,318–3,657 lb)
Second generation

The Second generation of CX-5 was unveiled with an overhauled design and new tech on November 15, 2016 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. [1] It will feature the first Mazda diesel ever sold in North America.[40]

This model CX-5 is available with SKYACTIV-G 2.0 petrol, SKYACTIV-G 2.5 petrol and SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engines. New features include a new 'Soul Red Crystal' body colour as well as a new remote controlled powered tailgate.[41]


Calendar Year Total USA sales
2012 43,319
2013 79,544[42]
2014 99,122[43]
2015 111,450[44]
2016 112,235

MINAGI Concept (2011)[edit]

Mazda Minagi Concept at 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

Mazda MINAGI (マツダ 勢(MINAGI)) concept car is the first Mazda vehicle featuring Mazda's new 'KODO – Soul of Motion' design language and SKYACTIV technologies.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.[45][46][47]

The model was first shown at the September 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.[48]


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