The Mazda CX-5 is one of the best SUV options on the market right now, and for the 2023 model year, Mazda has changed very little about the CX-5. This ultimately means that the 2023 CX-5 remains a great SUV that’s earned a recommendation from Consumer Reports and has many positive qualities. Here’s a look at five things that Consumer Reports liked most about the 2023 Mazda CX-5.
1. The 2023 Mazda CX-5 has a smooth ride quality
Consumer Reports wrote that one of the Mazda CX-5’s best features is its ride quality. In fact, Mazda made improvements to the CX-5’s ride quality in recent years, and now it’s one of the most comfortable options in the entire segment. The car’s suspension efficiently absorbs the bumps of the road, which means that drivers and passengers will barely feel them.
That said, the top trims of the CX-5 will include 19-inch wheels, and they do hurt the ride quality somewhat. However, it’s not a huge difference, and even with those wheels, the CX-5’s ride quality remains at the top.
2. Mazda made the CX-5’s cabin very quiet
It’s a similar story when it comes to noise levels. Mazda has insulated the CX-5’s cabin from noise, and drivers and passengers will hear little road and wind noise when they’re in the car. The engine noise is a little louder, but it’s still quiet overall. In fact, Consumer Reports wrote that the CX-5 “has one of the quietest cabins in the non-luxury compact SUV segment.”
3. The CX-5 has responsive handling
The Mazda CX-5’s engines did not score too well on Consumer Reports, but what did score well was how the compact SUV handled. It has a “nimble feel,” and it feels good to steer the car. There’s not much body roll on corners, and Mazda even introduced something it’s calling G-Vectoring Control, which helps make steering through corners a better experience.
The way G-Vectoring Control works is that it limits torque coming from the engine when the car is entering a corner. This can help keep the vehicle balanced during the cornering maneuver and make it so that drivers don’t feel like they need to make any steering adjustments during the maneuver. Unsurprisingly, the CX-5 handled itself well on the obstacle course, too.
4. The interior of the CX-5 is better than expected
The Mazda CX-5 is an SUV that starts at $27,000, but its interior is very good for the segment despite that affordable price tag. The interior is well-designed, and not only does it look nice, but Mazda used some excellent materials in the interior, so it’ll feel nice as well. The seats are spacious and comfortable, and the front seats have an “upscale presence.”
Mazda also gave the CX-5 a 10.25-inch screen, but it’s not a touchscreen. Folks can control the screen by using physical buttons located in the dash. Additionally, the CX-5 comes with a suite of smart safety features, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a pedestrian detection system, and more.
5. The 2023 Mazda CX-5 comes with all-wheel drive as standard
The last thing Consumer Reports liked about the CX-5 was that Mazda gives it standard all-wheel drive. This recent change only started with the 2022 model year of the Mazda SUV. Still, it’s a great move, as many folks need all-wheel drive, and they won’t have to pay extra for it on the CX-5.