Trucks & SUVs

Consumer Reports Recommends the 2017 Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 has been around for less than a decade but it has already made quite the name of itself. Each year the CX-5 seemingly gets better, of course, this doesn’t mean older CX-5 models are any slouch either. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 has impressed critics ever since its debut.

Consumer Reports had great things to say about this car

If you’re in the market for a decent used compact crossover SUV, there are plenty to choose from. Based on most reviews written about the 2017 Mazda CX-5, it generally sits at the top half of the compact crossover SUV rankings. It offers agile handling, a luxurious interior, and a roomy passenger cabin.

In a review published by Consumer Reports, the revamped 2017 CX-5 kept most of its sporty handling that made the first-generation enjoyable. Nevertheless, the second-generation matured quite well, with a greatly refined ride, improved noise isolation, and a higher-quality interior.

All of these enhancements added to the overall comfort of the Mazda CX-5. Based on the Consumer Reports review, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 is “one of the more desirable models in the compact SUV class.”

Additionally, the 2017 CX-5 is described as having “a bit of joie de vivre” as compared to other popular choices like the Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V.

Consumer Reports listed the average retail price of this model of CX-5 at between $16,825 and $21,200. Compared to the 2017 Ford Escape and 2017 Hyundai Tucson, the CX-5 may not be the best deal for some. It just depends on what you’re looking for.

What owners had to say about the 2017 Mazda CX-5

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The pros seem to outweigh the cons when looking at what owners had to say about the 2017 CX-5. One owner left a review on the Consumer Reports page stating that, while it doesn’t handle like a sports car, it handles better than the 2014 Subaru Forester. Others said that it’s “quite responsive” and its “handling is outstanding.”

However, some people reported that the 2017 CX-5’s passing power on the highway is “mediocre.” The car needs more low-end torque and its suspension lacks adequate control while driving through high-speed curves.

Even though the 2017 CX-5 receives a lot of good comments about its stylish interior, there were a few complaints on Consumer Reports about how the slanted rear window decreases the “trunk space.”

The seats reportedly lacked comfort for some, with one owner writing that “seat bottom cushion is too small.” They added that “not enough thigh support” makes it too cramped for long road trips.

On the other hand, some reviewers claimed that they found the seats comfortable, especially the back support. Lastly, some owners wrote that the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CRV were more cost-efficient.

How safe is the 2017 Mazda CX-5?

A 2017 Mazda CX-5 on display at an auto show
A 2017 Mazda CX-5 | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Since the 2017 Mazda CX-5 is less than six years old, any pre-owned model with under 80,000 miles should be covered by Mazda’s certified pre-owned program.

According to U.S. News, eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Mazda extends the initial limited powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the expiration of the original three-year/36,000-mile warranty.

Other potential benefits of purchasing a pre-owned 2017 CX-5 include roadside assistance, extended coverage, towing, and a 90-day complimentary SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription. Each certified pre-owned 2017 CX-5 is required to pass a rigorous 160-point inspection.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2017 Mazda CX-5 the highest rating of “Good” in all of its crash tests, according to U.S. News. In 2017, it was named a “Top Safety Pick+” by the IIHS. This model year also was awarded a top rating by the IIHS for its front crash prevention technology.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the CX-5 four out of five stars overall while giving it five stars in front and side crash tests. It won four stars in the rollover crash test.

Overall, the 2017 CX-5 presents a rare opportunity to get a car that is fun to drive, affordable, and safe. Don’t hesitate to add one to your list of used SUVs.