2016 Mazda CX-5

Nov 20th
Mazda, the maverick, does so much with so little. The Hiroshima-based company almost singlehandedly keeps the affordable-sports-car-flame flickering with the MX-5 and, for the most part, has resisted intertwining its operations with other automakers in ways that would help growth but almost certainly blur its focus. There’s no large pickup or truck-based SUV channeling fat profits into the company coffers,…
2013 Mazda CX-5

Nov 17th
Months in Fleet: 15 months Current Mileage: 40,258 miles Average Fuel Economy: 28 mpg Average Range: 428 miles Service: $549Normal Wear: $0 Repair: $0Damage and Destruction: $767Our long-term 2013 CX-5 arrived at our Ann Arbor HQ in the spring of 2012, wearing Sky Blue paint and bristling with Mazda’s efficiency-minded Skyactiv chassis, engine, and transmission technology. The CX-5 was the…
2017 Mazda CX-5

Nov 13th
The Mazda CX-5 was officially our favorite compact crossover until a few months ago when the latest Honda CR-V swooped in and stole our inaugural 10Best Trucks and SUVs award for the category. Even in its old age, the Mazda gave the more refined and practical Honda a run for our votes for the 10Best compact crossover prize, however—that’s how…
2014 Mazda CX-5

Nov 12th
Absolute power might corrupt absolutely, but a little more of it never hurt. In fact, sometimes it can be a big help. Case in point: Mazda’s CX-5. Since its debut as a 2013 model, the CX-5 has impressed us with its styling, assembly, comfort, utility, fuel economy, and, in particular, dynamics. We’ve characterized that aspect of this compact crossover’s persona…