2015 Mazda CX-5

Launched in 2012 for the 2013 model year, the Mazda CX-5 is one of the newest crossovers on the market. Sharing its platform with the smaller Mazda3 and Mazda6 sedans, the CX-5 was Mazda’s first vehicle featuring the new KODO design language and the company’s SkyActiv technology. Available in North America since 2013, the U.S.-spec CX-5 is offered with two engines. The base, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder generates 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque, while the 2.5-liter, four-banger is rated 184 ponies and 185 pound-feet. A six-speed autobox comes standard on three of four trims, while the FWD entry-level model is equipped with a six-speed manual. In Europe, Mazda is also selling a diesel version, powered by a 2.2-liter, inline-four that delivers as much as 173 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Coming into 2015, roughly three years since its debut, the Mazda CX-5 is received its first mid-cycle facelift.

Although the CX-5 is far from being old and still enjoys great success in the U.S. market, the Japanese automaker decided some nips and tucks are necessary in order for the crossover to keep up with its competitors. Changes are anything but wild, but customers will enjoy a couple of significant exterior updates.

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Spy Shots

August 13, 2014 - First testing session

Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-5

The first thing that catches the eye on the test vehicle is the new front grille. Although it sports a similar shape, the piece ditched its honeycomb pattern for four horizontal slats and a revised Mazda emblem. The headlamps have also been redesigned to integrate daytime running lights. As a result, the DRL units previously seen in the lower apron have disappeared. The rest of the front fascia carries over unchanged, while the side mirrors come with integrated indicator lights. Around back, everything remains untouched save for the taillights, which now feature new graphics.

We expect the interior to remain unchanged as well, but we figure Mazda will introduce new color and trim options. Both the 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter SkyActiv engines will return with the same output figures for 2015. The former will deliver 155 ponies and 150 pound-feet, while the latter will send 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of twist to the wheels.

Competitors

Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

The facelifted CX-5 will arrive right before the Honda CR-V receives its mid-cycle updates. Scheduled to go on sale for the 2016 model year, the revised CR-V will gain enhanced front and rear fascias, both inspired by the new Civic and Accord models. Updated headlamps and taillights will also contribute to the crossover’s sportier appearance. Interior modifications are expected to include a revised dashboard and center stack area.

Engine-wise, the 2016 CR-V will be motivated by the same 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine. The unit is rated at 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque and mated to a five-speed automatic. Pricing for the current Honda CR-V starts from $23,120, making it nearly $1,500 more expensive than the Mazda CX-5.

Ford Escape

Ford Escape

Completely redesigned for the 2013 model year, the Ford Escaped is more aerodynamic than its predecessor and makes use of the company’s active grille shutter system. A popular choice among U.S. customers and a strong competitor for both the CR-V and the CX-5, the Escape offers up to 68.1 cubic feet of space with the second row seats folded and comes with Active Park Assist, sensor-based Blind Spot Information, and Torque Vectoring Control.

The current lineup includes no less than three engines. The entry-level model is powered by a 2.5-liter Duratec with 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque on tap, while the mid-range Escape is motivated by a 1.6-liter EcoBoost that generates 178 ponies and 184 pound-feet. Lastly, the range-topping crossover benefits from the 240 horses and 270 pound-feet of twist provided by Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. The 2014 Ford Escape retails from $22,610.


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