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Mazda CX-5 2016.5

The Mazda CX-5 2016.5 is one of the most fun-to-drive compact crossovers you can buy. Precise steering and agile handling make up for the CX-5’s modest engine power, and it also offers good passenger space and solid quality. Why release a new version half way through the year? Mazda reacted to what customers wanted by introducing the rare mid-model-year update by adding a few extra features as standard. When you’re shopping for crossover SUVs, it can seem like they are all just different flavours of the same thing. The Mazda CX-5 2016.5 breaks that mould. It has an engaging driving character, yet it still gives you pretty much everything you’re looking for, including great fuel economy. Like most Mazda vehicles, the CX-5 has great performance.

What can you Expect in Terms of Performance?

This model was the first in the Mazda product lineup to adopt SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY for its engine, transmission, body, and chassis. The Mazda CX-5 2016.5 has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that puts out 155 horsepower. It has a standard six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed automatic is optional. You can also opt for a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower and is joined with the six-speed automatic transmission.

Can You Say it Offers Ample Comfort?

The interior of the vehicle is extremely spacious and upscale. Seats are very comfortable, both front and rear. The following is what you can expect in terms of standard features: The MAZDA Connect Infotainment System with a large seven-inch full-colour touchscreen display, electronic parking brake, upgraded centre console design, upgraded dash design, upgraded armrest design, multi-function commander control, available heated front seats and Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio. As you can see, Mazda has been busy and the outcome is pretty solid.

Is this a Safe Car?

Overall, this is a very safe vehicle. Standard safety features you’ll get in your car include daytime running lights, integrated turn signal mirrors, brake assist, child safety locks, stability control and traction control. But, it doesn’t end there. You’ll also get a number of airbags on the interior, including a front head airbag, rear head airbag, passenger airbag, driver airbag, front side airbag, as well as a passenger airbag sensor. Thanks to all this, you can expect your CX-5 2016.5 to keep you cozy and secure no matter where you go.

How Does it Fare in the End?

The Mazda CX-5 2016.5 doesn’t really stand out in terms of offering the best fuel economy or power in its class. However, it is a completely different story once you get behind the wheel. Without placing a huge emphasis on gimmicks and gadgets, the CX-5 2016.5 feels and drives like a crossover that’s comfortable being exactly where it is – head and shoulders above the rest in its class because it focuses on drivability and reliability.