IRVINE (California): The Mazda CX-5 compact crossover SUV continues to win the hearts of critics and customers, even more with its cylinder deactivation technology to its Skyactive-G 2.5 engine which helps reduce fuel consumption and make it more efficient.
The engine has the ability to imperceptible shut down the two outside cylinders at cruising speeds to maximize efficiency.
It is designed to assist in improving real-world efficiency rather than simply in catalogued evaluations and comes standard on all trim levels.
Mazda is the only automaker to equip a four-cylinder engine with cylinder deactivation in North America. As such, it is not available in Malaysia yet.
For the 2018 model year, Mazda CX-5 is getting even better, employing safety and refinement updates at all trim levels and carries features rarely seen in vehicles competing in the next class up such as an available head-up display and standard LED headlights and tail lights.
Additional newly standard equipment includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather-wrapped shift knob. On the safety front, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert comes standard across all models. All features were previously available on mid-level CX-5 Touring models and above.
The entry-level CX-5 Sport features cloth upholstery, standard LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, an electronic parking brake, MAZDA CONNECT infotainment with a 7-inch screen and Bluetooth audio streaming and phone pairing as standard, among a much longer list of features. In its newly available Sport i-ACTIVSENSE Package, CX-5 adds High Beam Control, Lane Departure Warning, Lane-Keep Assist, Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Smart Brake Support, rain-sensing windshield wipers and automatic on/off headlights.
The mid-trim CX-5 Touring adds standard 19-inch allow wheels for 2018 and the full i-ACTIVSENSE suite of safety features. Mazda CX-5 Touring upgrades to leatherette-upholstered seats and Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry. Additional features in CX-5 Touring include heated front seats, 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear air condition vents and two rear USB ports for charging smartphones or tablets.
The available Touring Preferred Package includes auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, BOSE 10-speaker audio sound system with Centerpoint 2 and AudioPilot 2, navigation, a power glass moonroof and a power liftgate.
Further building on the Touring Preferred Package, the top-trim CX-5 Grand Touring receives new 2-position memory driver’s seat and 6-way power adjustable passenger seat.
CX-5 Grand Touring comes standard with leather-trimmed seats, LED fog lights and tail lights, Adaptive Front-lighting System and SiriusXM satellite radio with 4-month trial subscription.
The available Grand Touring Premium Package includes windshield-projected Active Driving Display head-up unit with Traffic Sign Recognition, heated steering wheel, heated second-row outboard seats and windshield wiper de-icer.
All CX-5 models sold in the U.S. come with a standard 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine that delivers 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque, paired to an efficient, quick-shifting Skyactiv-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode and Sport mode.
Front-wheel drive is standard; Mazda’s predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive is available on every trim level, feeding information from 27 sensors found in CX-5 to predict road conditions and send power wherever it’s needed without the unnerving drivetrain reactions or slipping that can be felt in some competitors during inclement conditions.