2016 Mazda CX-5 updates - Mazda boldly messes with success
Mazda introduced the CX-5 in 2012. It did not take long for the compact crossover to become one of Mazda’s top-selling vehicles. The CX-5 was the very first production Mazda to adopt the Kodo “Soul of Motion” design language. The prominent upright grill and swept-back look is now the defining look of all Mazda vehicles. For 2016, Mazda will make significant changes to refresh the CX-5. Here is what to expect.
Exterior Changes 2016 Mazda CX-5
The 2016 CX-5 look changes most when viewed from the front. The lights and grill are new. The idea is that the grill gives the vehicle a “tauter” look, and the headlamps look more like eyes. Rather than chrome, the horizontal grill fins are painted metallic gray. Optional LED lights have a new to Mazda signature look. New 19” alloy rims join the options list.
Interior Changes to the 2016 Mazda CX-5
The Mazda CX-5 will also have fit and finish improvements inside. Mazda moves to an electronic parking brake to free up footwell space. Those buyers tired of all-black leather interiors (like this writer) will cheer the addition of parchment colored leather. Mazda promises better smart-phone pairing with the Mazda Connect system, though that is hard to imagine since it already leads the premium brands in this capability.
Drivetrain Changes to CX-5
The CX-5 will move away from the SkyActiv engine family and adopt two new V8 offerings. A 5.0-liter normally aspirated engine is the base. A supercharged 5.0-liter V8 is now optional which develops 643 horsepower. Of course, if you believe that you have absolutely no sense of humor. Look for slight bumps in fuel efficiency on the 2.5-liter engine.
Chassis and Handling Changes
Mazda is tweaking the handling CX-5 for 2016. Our read of the press information is that it is primarily to reduce NVH (noise vibration harshness). We hope so. The CX-5 is already the leading affordable compact crossover in this regard.
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