2016 Mazda CX-5 – Colors Guide – All 8 Shades From Every Angle!

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2016 Mazda CX-5 Colors

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Crystal White

 

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Titanium Flashtitanium flash cx5

Soul Redred cx5

Jet Blackjet black cx5

Meteor Greygrey cx5

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Best of Awards – 2016 Mazda CX-5 GT Is Real-Deal BMW X1 and Audi Q3 Competitor

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Love at first drive … in the Mazda CX-5!

First things first: what are the Best of Awards? That is our highlight for cars and trucks of the year – but given out as-needed whenever we get behind the wheel of a truly fantastic new vehicle.

The Mazda3 won this acclaim last year, and the 2016 Mazda6 is on track to nab one as well.

In order to rise up to the title, a car needs to be so excellent that it really knocks your socks off outside, inside and on the road. But mostly on the road, at full throttle, around bends and hitting redlines. As everyone knows, a great vehicle design, price and cabin can totally crumble when asked to dance. As such, the Bestie Awards are much more drive and performance focused than the big mainstream COTY’s, etc.

Well folks, the Best New Crossover Award for 2015 was an instant win. It goes to the smart, comfortable and fun-driving 2016 CX-5.

More than a refresh but less than a full redesign, the 2016 CX-5 updated fairly dramatically in three key areas over the existing CX-5: the exterior, the interior and overall tech suite.

Included here is a 4K drive video, 100 all-new photos and 2016 CX-5 pricing/option details.

Best of Awards - 2016 Mazda CX-5 GT Is Real-Deal X1 and Q3 Competitor

EXTERIOR

The CX-5 was already a really solid design in the compact crossover market. Versus the latest CR-V, Escape and RAV4 — this Mazda has easily been the best-looking for years.

But that last level of classiness for the loaded CX-5 Grand Touring was definitely lacking before. The new truck solves for that with a slam-dunk of on-trend tech and trim changes.

Up front, we start the Audi-chasing style of the CX-5, but with Audi-besting LED tech.

A bigger gloss-black flying M badge lives inside swanky new horizontal grille bars and a darker overall nose. Lining the bottom of the pointy grille is a slim line of chrome that extends visually through the headlamp optics and LEDs, then on into the fenders.

This delicate ribbon of beltline actually continues all around the CX-5, whipping down around the front wheel before firming up as a rising beltline up through the doors and chopping the taillamps with its flowing crease. Also in profile, we see that the CX-5 has fantastic proportions. Overall, the long hood and fairly tall windshield angle help to make the CX-5 look sporty, leaned-back and rear-drive. Much more like the BMW X1 than the Audi Q3 or Mercedes-Benz GLA250.

The 19-inch wheels of the GT trim help the CX-5’s style dramatically, with machine-polished details paired with gloss-black inner spokes. Perfect.

The lighting setup of the new CX-5 makes the GT Tech Pack a must-select option at $1500. This brings a nav system, smart city braking and electro-chromic rear-view mirror. The GT Tech Pack starts delivering major value next with a four-pack of LED lighting innovations: fogs, DRLs, lowbeams and highbeams are all LED-powered. The elegant LED semi-circle around the main beams is a nice touch, and looks sharp and bright as the default daytime lamp in Auto mode.

Adaptive forward lighting tailors to conditions with auto highbeams, while LED combination taillamps join the fun too with a cup-shaped LED halo shape that mirrors the nose design — especially the cut-off look of the LED lighting. It is a chic and coherent design that is far more premium than the CX-5’s 21k base price would suggest.

INTERIOR and TECHNOLOGY

Quieter, more comfortably luxurious and far better tech integration. Those were the goals of the CX-5 cabin revamp, which is deeper than the exterior changes. An all-new dashboard and console setup brings new screens and rotary control knob down below, with new hardware and software rounding out the newness of the media setup.

The design is fresh with more color contrasts among the materials for a premium feel. The stitched leather wraps around the center console and doors look fantastic in white leather, helping brighten the old CX-5’s somewhat dark previous mood nicely.

The GT comes standard with a 7-inch display touchscreen but needs that Tech Pack to add in Navigation. the new i-ActiveSense pack brings a gaggle of radar and laser-based safety systems into the picture.

Seat comfort feels terrific with the CX-5’s heavily bolstered and tall-backed seats providing great support. The driving position itself is also class-best: low and leaned motors up to high and upright for all sizes and moods of driver.

Increased chassis rigidity and a giant load of NVH materials for 2016 makes the CX-5 even quieter than it was before, which takes it down to an almost-spooky level of isolation from tire and wind noise.

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POWER

The 2.5-liter engine and its 184-horsepower does make itself known on hard throttle, however, defying all that sound-proofing material with a meaty growl. The engine is a big-displacement four with great torque levels low-down, but a slightly gruff note near redline. But incisive steering, supremely confident handling around bends and overall Porsche levels of dynamic excellence are immediately evident when pushing the CX-5 hard. The CX-5 feels like its chassis is far more rigid than its RAV4 and Escape competitors. Tight as a drum with zero flex or scuttle movement over bumps, which is an affliction that other front-drive crossovers frequently display in hard driving.

A total lovefest? One area is not quite so lovey-dovey.

Overall, it must be said, the CX-5’s 2.5-liter delivers a slightly disappointing level of overall pace. We estimate the 60-mph sprint of the 2.5-liter SkyActiv engine at 7.2-seconds, which is about a second faster than the 2.0-liter base engine. Both are about a half-second quicker than the 2015 models.  Still still far off the pace of the (pricier) X128i and (much pricier) X135i — which deliver 5.8 and 4.9-second sprints, respectively.

As convincing a premium SUV this is, the CX-5 would be left in the dust by even the base engines of its new BMW and Audi chums in a drag-race. The tradeoff is 26/33 EPA ratings for city/highway — which are attainable without being too gentle on the throttle.

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PRICING

The test CX-5 GT FWD comes in with a loaded pricetag of $32,500, including delivery charges. As you can see on the Monroney sticker below, the CX-5 GT comes standard with front-drive and a six-speed automatic from $28,220.

Atop that we add the GT Tech Package for $1500 and the new i-ActiveSense safety pack for $1500. Both of these option packs would cost far more from other brands — with Mazda clearly incentivizing the upgrades with these friendly prices.FullSizeRender(3)

These prices all feel very worth-it on the road.

So there you have it!   The 2016 CX-5 is so good-looking and great-driving, it is a clear step above the Escape, CR-V and RAV4.

The major 2016 revamp for the CX-5 is so perfect that this Mazda now counts BMW, Audi and Mercedes among its peers. Shockingly, even in this new — and ambitious — competitive set, we would rank the CX-5 just behind the BMW, and well above the pudgy/awkward Merc GLA and (somewhat) dorky Audi Q3.

AVAILABILITY

The 2016 CX-5 is arriving in Mazda showrooms now with a base price below $22,000.

 

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Explore the CX-5 over at the Mazda link below!

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2016 Mazda CX-5 Review

 

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Explore the CX-5 over at the Mazda link below!

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Best of Awards – 2015 SEAT 20V20 Concept In 55 New Outdoor Photos

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Updated 4.6.15 With 55 New Outdoor Photos The SEAT 20V20 Concept looks fantastic out in the sun in these latest photos. Our primary question now is what platform this design study is running underneath: Audi Q5 or Audi Q7. But either way, we love its angular design and think the design would fit perfectly even on a $150,000 Lamborghini SUV, let alone a $30,000 SEAT. A best of 2015 concept, for sure. 2015 SEAT 20V20 Concept   The New SEAT 20V20 concept is only the second SUV showcar to come out of VW’s Spanish off-shoot, but you wouldn’t know they are amateurs based on this car’s cool style and perfect size. Large by Euro standards, this new “twenty twenty” SUV brings the interior roominess of a BMW X3 but width of an X5 — while lower than both. The 20V20 is a very, very appealing design and would surely be …

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Best of Awards – 2014 Audi TT Offroad and TT Sportback Concepts

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Zero to Hero in the 2015 Chevrolet Impala CNG SuperCruise

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The Chevrolet Impala is a critical test-bed for two future GM technologies in 2015: a bi-fuel CNG option and the forthcoming SuperCruise automated highway driving system. We caught up with a 2015 Impala LTZ featuring the shield grille that comes on LTZ cars with the Safety tech option package – and this is still the best-looking full-size sedan from Chevy in decades. The current setup does not yet incorporate lane-keeping and automatic steering, but that is certainly in the pipeline. The Cadillac CT6 is tipped to debut a true SuperCruise functionality next year — with on-ramp to off-ramp highway driving handled exclusively by the car itself. The CNG bi-fuel option is also available as of this month to retail and fleet customers. Running on gasoline or compressed natural gas, this ingenious tech is switchable back and forth between the tanks as needed. CNG is about half as expensive as gasoline, …

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Best of Awards – 2015 Nissan GT-R Premium in 4K Track Drive Reviews

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 TRACK DRIVE VIDEO – 4K Quality The Midwest Auto Media Association’s Fall Rally in 2013 was my first-ever taste of the mighty Nissan GT-R. Last year, the Nissan USA guys brought a seriously menacing Track Edition model for quick laps around the Autobahn Country Club racetrack. We arrived on the scene in a press loan Nissan JUKE Nismo so it was a love-fest overall for the Nissan performance lineup. But a late arrival meant we skipped the track in 2013 in favor of mild street drives instead. Or so we thought. In Race/Race/Race settings, the GT-R threw my iPhone camera out of my hand and left me trembling with delight after some lurid four-wheel drifts, redline-kissing shifts and sweat pouring down my face right into my huge grinning smile. It tasted salty and sweet and was so memorably shocking to the system that the mighty GT-R was the last car …

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Best of Awards – 2015 Ford Transit Connect Cargo 1.6L EcoBoost – 4K Track Test Drive Video

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Proof that a turbo engine can make any car or van a hoot? The Ford Transit Connect Cargo with the optional 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine! Check out the brief autocross video to see a preview of every busy delivery driver near the end of his shift. The TCC (Transit Connect Cargo) is comfortable and sporty with a low center-of-gravity but an elevated view forward. It is a bit like a tall Focus or a slammed Escape — but hooning a cargo van makes it all the more enjoyable. With the MyFord Touch and Navigation, the TCC makes almost no sacrifices for all that customizable cargo room in the back. Buyers have lots of help with clever interior upfittings and shelving solutions, thanks to the specially-designed interior body with threaded screw holes all around and more than a dozen companies ready to install your setup right at (or very near) the Ford …

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Best of Awards: Track Drive Video – 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Is A Racecar With License Plates

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  Nailing apexes in this Camaro Z/28 was the most fun this driver has ever had on a racetrack. The car is absolutely surreal in its power and performance in all dimensions. Brakes and road-holding via those Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires are unreal, while the power delivery from the 7.0-liter, 505HP V8 is nothing short of jaw-dropping. Skip to minute two of the above video to see the Z28 in track bliss with cars like the Hellcat, 2015 Mustang GT, Nissan GT-R, Lexus RCF and BMW M4….! One thought? We would recommend speccing the optional A/C on the Z28 – if only to cool yourself down after full-throttle heaven. 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z28     PREVIOUS If the old BMW adage was “one bratwurst, three lengths…” — the new Camaro is selling Nurburgring stamina by the pound like ground chuck. As the aero animation above shows, this was …

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2014 Dodge Durango Has Coolest SUV Stance, LED Lights and Even A 7-Seat Interior

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The new Durango is a completely different machine from the first two generations of large SUVs from Dodge. Where those rigs really drove like trucks, with graunchy diffs and a stiff ride, the new Durango feels just as butch – but now far more nimble and polite in town. There is no harshness whatsoever from the RWD or optional AWD setups, and this is still one of the only rear-drive-based, seven seat crossovers on the market. Yes, there is the Tahoe, but that really moves the trucks up a size (and garage) class too far, for some. Tow ratings and real-world towing confidence are perhaps the best-in-class as well, with additional ride smoothness and towing confidence from the Durango’s longer wheelbase than its Jeep GC sibling. Overall, a very solid and competitive truck, with enough power for fast drivers even with the just the new 3.6-liter V6 and eight-speed automatic. …

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