We love being able to check out new family car possibilities to share with readers who might be interested in a new vehicle. From sedans, to crossovers, to mini vans, we like to check out practical solutions for families with children. This time around we test drove the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD. This 5 passenger crossover arrived in the Sonic Silver Metallic color.
First things first, check out some key information about the CX-5:
- Starts at $ 28,220 for the Grand Touring AWD ($ 21,795 for the FWD Sport models)
- 4-cylinder engine with SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift-mode and Sport mode
- 24/30 mpg for AWD
- 84 hp @ 5700 rpm
- Advanced front air bags with seat belt-use, passenger-weight and driver’s seat-position sensors
- Lane Departure Warning System (package option)
- Warranties available:
Check out the exterior view of the CX-5. Daytime running lights and halogen fog lights come standard for this make. There are lots of cargo, bike carrier and other storage accessories available. There is also a glass moonroof with interior sunshade that is standard for the CX-5.
Open the doors and the interior is sleek and modern, with leather seats and all black features. All of the technology blends seamlessly into the front cabin and we loved the middle console features.
The middle console controls are a great compliment to the touch screen infotainment center called the Mazda Connect. The passenger can easily turn the dial to tune in to different radio stations without leaning forward to touch the screen. It also made it easy to switch back and forth from the music to the navigation while traveling. This large knob acts almost as a mouse to a computer, where you can easily access most of the features on the Mazda Connect. These controls are great for the driver too so that their eyes stay on the road at all times, although the steering wheel also gives the driver music and phone control.
The navigation system itself has some very cool features. We loved that it shows you nearby gas stations and even tells you the speed limit of the road you are traveling on. This came in handy on our upstate apple picking trip where we were on lots of roads we had never traveled before- and those state troopers can pop out of nowhere! It also lets you know when you are exceeding the current limit, which is so awesome.
The backseats were also sleek and comfortable, armrest of course for when an extra passenger isn’t joining. Legroom was great in the back also. While our normal backseat passengers are children, we tested it out with some taller adults and they sat comfortably in back as well.
Climate control is also available in the backseat, so little ones don’t have to freeze when mom and dad are hot from chasing them around all afternoon.
There are several options to fold down different parts, or all, of the seats to add extra space to the already spacious cargo area.
The size of the cargo area was great compared to some of the other crossovers we have checked out. There is a canopy included to cover your belongings. There wasn’t a hands free or even power closing option for the back hatch, but it opened and closed with ease.
Overall we were really impressed with this crossover. Everyone sat comfortably, the ride was smooth, and the cargo space was huge. Out of the Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring- the Grand Touring has tons of standard features that we loved. As for the gas, we used less than a quarter tank to drive almost an hour to Mahopac, NY from the Bronx.
Since we are coming from a sedan, when we do make the change to a crossover, we will most likely look for one with optional 3rd row seating, to allow for family or friends to join us. It’s also more comfortable for our 9 year old to sit in the third row when our toddler brings along another friend in their car seat. But this is a great vehicle for a family of 4 or 5 to ride comfortably in.
For more information on the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD, visit mazdausa.com.
Thanks to Drive Shop USA for allowing us to check out this car for a week, as always all opinions expressed are our own.