2016 Mazda CX-5 Review From Mom’s Perspective

While I usually prefer a larger vehicle, I found this crossover style quite spacious and comfortable. It met all my needs and I still felt safe on the roads. I was loaned this vehicle to facilitate this 2016 Mazda CX-5 review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

2016 Mazda CX-5 Review

2016 Mazda CX-5 Review

First, I wasn’t sure about that color at first, but I grew to love it. It even compliments our home and outbuildings quite nicely, blending into the overall wooded atmosphere. Overall, I think this is a sharp looking vehicle. Those sweet alloy wheels sure are a nice touch.

Driver's Seat - 2016 Mazda CX-5

Otherwise, let’s focus on the inside. When I first opened the driver’s door I was immediately impressed with the two-tone seats. They’re pretty awesome looking and once I sat down–wow, super comfy bucket seats. It seems that Mazda knows what’s up when it comes to interior.

Mazda Steering wheel

Looking in front of me I could quickly see all the buttons I would want on the steering wheel are there. Hands free access to your phone, music, and cruise control. This 2016 Mazda CX-5 also has adaptive cruise control that will adjust the speed accordingly to keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead.

Center console - 2016 Mazda CX-5

It was when I looked to my right that I noticed a large knob surrounded by buttons (“b” in the photo below). Upon further investigation, I realized this is how you control the main touchscreen display (“a“)–you know–if you’re not touching the screen.

Gadgets and features - 2016 Mazda CX-5

Looking at “c” in the photo above, that’s the parking brake! I couldn’t believe to activate the parking brake you simply pull up or push down on that button. My grandma would love this! She’s always having such a struggle with the effort it takes her to put her parking brake on.

As for “d“, that’s a convenient spot to charge your devices via USB port or insert an SD card with maps or music on it. Anything to make the use of all our other gadgets easier is a win in my book.

Cargo space - 2016 Mazda CX-5

As for the size, I was pleasantly surprised by how roomy the back can be. With an easy push of a lever you can fold the back seats down and have enough room for whatever you need to haul.

This model also had numerous safety features like lane departure warnings, back up camera, blind spot warnings built into the side mirrors and more.

Have you ever driven the 2016 Mazda CX-5?

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9 Comments

  1. That parking brake is great! Wow! So simple – I always have a hard time with them. We have a Mazda CX-7 and LOVE it! But now I am tempted to trade it in for the 5. A little smaller and SO nice! What great photos too. You are making me want to go get a new car!

  2. What a beautiful car. I would love to won a Mazda and have heard and seen great things about the CX-5! I love how easy it is to lower the seats to make a larger trunk area!

  3. The 2016 Mazda CX-5 looks like a lovely car. This looks so classy and modern. My family would like it.

  4. WOW!! I’m driving Mazda 6 now. Would really love to upgrade to the new 2016 Mazda CX-5.Haven’t tested it yet. will make an appointment to test drive it soon!

  5. I would like that parking brake button too, and the backup camera and blind spot mirrors. I don’t think I’ve seen 2 tone seats before. I like that the seats fold down with a touch of a button. Much easier than trying to fold them yourself. Thanks for the review.

  6. I just bought a red Mazda CX-3 last month which is a little smaller than the CX-5. I really love it and the size is perfect for me as I’m usually alone in the car so I didn’t want a big car. I love the backup camera that beeps if someone if behind me when I’m backing out. Great safety feature!

  7. I love the looks of it. Perfect size. I appreciate the backup cameras and comfortable seats.

  8. Wow!! This is quite the vehicle. Bet you had a great time driving this baby! I love the size, it is perfect for a family of 4 I think!

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