And the competition should be worried. Very worried.
From the moment we first laid eyes on it, the new 2017 Mazda CX-5 became our favorite compact crossover on the market, hands down. Because just look at it. This isn't your typical mainstream crossover, at least when it comes to the exterior and interior design. What Mazda has created here is yet another reason why spending your hard earned dollars on a luxury brand isn't really worth it. Trust us, this new CX-5 looks even better in person. Pictures and the video you're about to see don't fully do it justice.
Power comes from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic. Hopefully a six-speed manual will once again be offered for driving enthusiasts. We're also hoping Mazda will offer its 2.2-liter diesel in the new CX-5 as well.
Step inside and the interior, as how Mazda described it to us at the LA Auto Show, is "aimed for a human-centered ambiance." Very well put. The overall styling here is very much shared with the CX-9, and there'll be three design packages offered: pure white leather, black leather, and black fabric. Mazda also told us, in terms of driving experience, this CX-5 has a 15.5 percent increase in torsional rigidity and is also more aerodynamic. We're sold, and you'll be too.