2017 Mazda CX-5 Buyer’s Guide

2017 CX-5

When looking for a entry-level luxury crossover, Mazda probably isn’t the first car that comes to mind. But the new 2017 Mazda CX-5 may change that – traditional crossover competitors such as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape fall behind in features and performance. The new model has been completely reenvisioned, with great focus on the details. Some of these details include road noise reduction, lustrous paint colors, wooden interior accents, and heightened safety performance.

Full Features

2017 CX-5 Interior

Inside, the 2017 CX-5 borrows greatly from Mazda’s more luxurious CX-9. Options such as heated leather seats, wood accents, and the Mazda Connect infotainment system create the illusion of a much more expensive German car model.

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 has a much quieter interior because of details such as new foam seats, a third door seal, extra carpeting, and newly placed speakers. Even tall passengers fit comfortably in the back seat with lots of legroom, heated seats, and climate control. If you need more room than the 31 cubic feet in the truck, fold down the flat-fold back seats for even more cargo space.

The exterior is much smoother than it’s competitors – the least boxy in its class. Extra details such as the chrome accents under the windows and smaller headlights and taillights, live up to Mazda’s KODO design.

2017 vs 2016

2017 CX-5

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 embodies many new features including a smoother ride, highly reduced road noise, back seat climate controls and USB charging ports, new headlamps and taillights, and many new paint color options.

Mazda rolled out G-Vectoring Control, which improves car stability and comfort through turns, to its 2017 models. This improvement is well received on all models, but especially the CX-5, which previously had negative feedback about the rough ride. Other changes to the suspension, mounting points, and seat foam work to make the 2017 Mazda CX-5 a more tranquil ride.

Mazda also made improvements to the exterior, creating a more streamline vehicle with redesigned headlamps and taillights. New for 2017 is the Soul Red Crystal paint, which offers a more pigmented style to show off the vehicle’s curves.

The interior also feels more luxurious, with leather seat and wood accent options, highly reduced road noise, and even two USB charging ports and climate controls in the back seat.


All trims feature the same Skyactiv-G 2.5 Liter engine at launch. This 6 speed automatic transmission engine has plenty of power for each trim option and features even faster response time. Later in 2017, the Skyactiv-G engine will be joined for the first time in the United States by a diesel engine, which is branded as clean diesel.

 Engine SizeHorsepowerTorque
Skyactiv-G engine2.5 Liter187185 pound/feet
SKYACTIV-D 2.2Coming soonComing soonComing soon

Mazda’s impressive G-Vectoring control is included in the 2017 CX-5. The G-Vectoring control creates a more comfortable driving experience by calculating the optimal torque of the engine to improve overall stability when turning. It then adjusts power delivery and shifts vehicle weight for more consistent performance. These detailed calculations work alongside the driver to ensure a smooth ride.

Mazda stands by the 2017 CX-5 with the following programs:

  • 3-year/36,000-mile “Bumper-to-Bumper” Limited Warranty
  • 5-year/60,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty
  • 3-year/36,000-mile 24/7 Roadside Assistance Program

Fuel Performance

Fuel performances ratings have not yet been released. Check back soon for more information on the 2017 Mazda CX-5’s superb fuel performance ratings.


2017 CX-5 Traffic Sign Safety Mode

Safety ratings have not yet been released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the 2017 Mazda CX-5. However, the active driving display, radar cruise control, smart city braking, and even traffic sign recognition work together to ensure your family stays safe as you cruise around Richmond.

Traffic Sign Recognition

New traffic sign recognition allows the Mazda CX-5 to detect and respond to traffic signs that you might otherwise miss – keeping you safe with ever-changing construction on I-64 and new roundabouts in Church Hill.

Camera and Radar Technology

Parking in Short Pump no longer has to be stressful – the Mazda CX-5 is equipped with backup cameras and traffic alerts to let you know if someone is approaching your vehicle from behind.

Don’t worry about drifting outside your lane on Richmond‘s winding interstates. The lane departure warning system will notify you and even make minor steering changes to keep the car on track. When you’re intentionally change lanes, the blind spot monitoring keeps you safe with the chiming sounds and warning lights.

At night, high-beam light control automatically adjusts your high-beam lights on and off for oncoming traffic and adaptive headlights move 15 degrees towards curves when turning for better visibility.

When using cruise control, radar technology helps maintain a safe and comfortable distance from the vehicle in front of you. These radars also support Smart Brake Support functions, which automatically apply the brakes if you’re about to hit an object ahead.


2017 CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 includes the Connect infotainment system. This system features the following:

  • A 7″ full-color touch-screen
  • A commander control for easy access
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • SMS text message audio delivery and reply
  • HD Radio
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming capability

Listen to your favorite Richmond artists on the 10-speaker Bose sound system and keep watch on your engine with the 4.6-inch color Multi-Information Display in addition to the 3-binnacle instrument cluster.


2017 Mazda CX-5

The new 2017 Mazda CX-5 starts at only $24,045

 SportTouringGrand Touring
Starting MSRP$24,045$25,915$29,395

Driving a 2017 Mazda CX-5 at Whitten Brothers Mazda in Richmond

The reenvisioned Mazda CX-5 high-performance luxury crossover is a safe, affordable option for your next vehicle. So what’s stopping you? To ask questions or schedule a test drive for the Mazda CX-5, contact Whitten Brothers Mazda today.

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