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MSRP: $21,545 - $29,220
Invoice: $20,939 - $28,387
MPG: 26 City / 35 Hwy
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Mazda CX-5 Interior

Reviewers agree that the 2015 Mazda CX-5's cabin has a tasteful, yet simple, design and is built with mostly upscale materials. Most say the front seats are comfortable and supportive and that there is plenty of room in the back seat. Reviewers write that the available navigation/infotainment interface has a small display with lackluster graphics, and is confusing and difficult to use.

  • "Regardless of the trim level, the cockpit of the Mazda CX-5 is attractive, modern and functional. It's a mature design, and it isn't swathed in poorly rendered fake wood or highly reflective chrome trim. Instead, materials are simple and high in quality, and soft-touch surfaces are set off with limited use of satin-finish metallic details." -- Edmunds
  • "Its interior design is clean and functional, though perhaps a bit anodyne for the top-end models that push the price beyond $30,000." -- Popular Mechanics (2014)
  • "The cabin features nice materials, including a soft-touch dashboard and upper door trim surfaces and convincing metal-look accents." -- Cars.com (2014)
  • "CX-5's interior is tastefully finished in a mix of soft-touch and hard plastics. Nicely textured surfaces, attractive metal-look detailing, and 'Piano-black' accents add some visual interest on models with all-black interiors." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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Seating 

The Mazda CX-5 seats five and has standard cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats. Upgraded cloth or leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are available. According to most test drivers, the front seats offer ample side support and are generally comfortable, though some find the seats a bit too hard for optimum comfort on longer trips. Most critics agree that there is plenty of head- and legroom in the rear seats.

  • "Most Mazda CX-5 drivers will be able to find a good driving position, and front seat comfort is excellent on long road trips. The backseat is spacious and offers plenty of legroom for this class. Although the seat-bottom cushions might feel a bit flat to adults, they feature an innovative folding mechanism on the Touring and Grand Touring that lowers the seat bottom before folding the seatback on top to provide a near-flat load floor." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2015 Mazda CX-5 holds up to five passengers, although like most compact SUVs, the 2nd-row bench gets cramped with three adults. There's good headroom and legroom in the front and rear seats, which are covered in cloth in Sport and Touring trims, or leather in the top-line Grand Touring trim." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "After a week of driving both, including one 3-hour highway drive in the Grand Touring, the front seats were the only comfort gripe we developed. Overly hard with pronounced seatback seams, they left our hindquarters numb and shoulder blades rubbed raw. If we owned this vehicle, we'd have to invest in a good set of comfortable seat covers." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "The front bucket seats are comfortable and have enough bolstering for aggressive driving. The backseat readily accommodates adults, and the backrest folds flat with the cargo floor when more utility is needed." -- Cars.com (2014)

Interior Features

The 2015 CX-5 comes standard with a four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input and USB port. Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, an upgraded Bose audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, navigation, a moonroof, a rearview camera, a 5.8-inch touch-screen display, blind spot monitoring and low-speed automatic braking.

Reviewers report that the CX-5's climate and stereo controls are straightforward, but some find that the touch screen for the infotainment and navigation systems doesn't have a sharp display and isn't very intuitive, adding that the navigation system requires some time to learn. Some critics also mention that the sound quality from the available Bose audio system could be better.

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  • "Of course, no vehicle is perfect, and one of our main complaints about the 2015 CX-5 involves its subpar electronics interface. Compared with the infotainment systems in rivals, the CX-5's system has mediocre graphics, poorly organized menus and, with navigation equipped, no scrolling feature for its map screen. Similarly, sound quality is nothing to write home about, even with the available Bose audio system." -- Edmunds
  • "The one aspect of the cabin that lags behind the rest of the interior and the class in general is the available built-in navigation system. The screen measures only 5.8 inches and the TomTom-based operating system isn't intuitive." -- Cars.com (2014)
  • "Although the fully loaded example we drove was packed with electronic gewgaws, including a 5.8-inch touchscreen and a big fat console dial/mouse device, it was easy to adjust the radio volume and station and tweak the climate-control system with dedicated knobs and buttons. Kudos to designers in touch with real people and real-world driving." -- Popular Mechanics (2014)
  • "Dash controls for setting audio and climate features are easy to find and use." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)

Cargo

The 2015 Mazda CX-5 has 34.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 64.8 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded, which is on par for the class, though rivals like the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester are among the class leaders in terms of overall cargo capacity, with about 70 or more cubic feet of room. Test drivers find that there is sufficient space for luggage or groceries behind the rear seats and add that the 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats are versatile for carrying long cargo items and back-seat passengers. Others add that small-item storage in the cabin is adequate.

  • "The 34.1-cubic-foot cargo area is plenty big for groceries or suitcases, and the center section of the second row folds independently from the outboard positions to accommodate long objects without sacrificing the outboard seating positions, a handy touch." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In the rear, the hatch has a couple of functional Easter eggs that are likely to make a positive difference in daily use. I like the way the privacy screen can be attached to the rear gate and lift with it as the gate opens, allowing excellent access to the hatch without having to remove and/or stow the privacy screen. The second row of seats is offered in two folding configurations: the 60/40 split (standard on the Sport) and the 40/20/40 split (standard on the Grand Touring). Of the two, the 40/20/40 split offers an ingeniously functional middle pass-through that allows for the storage of long items such as skis or studs while maintaining the use of both 2-row seats." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "Interior small-item storage is about average with a covered two-level bin under the center arm rest, a nice-size cubby in front of the shifter, two console-mounted cupholders, and a drop-down glovebox. Bottle holders and small bins in the doors provide a bit more storage, as do the small trays behind the door pulls." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 6/5/14

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