As someone whose head isn’t normally turned by crossover SUV styling, I feel that it says a lot about an offering that manages to do exactly that. This impact is multiplied exponentially when the offering comes from Mazda, which I’ve never felt an organic connection with.
But somewhere between the enthusiastic endorsements from a friend, a relative and a couple of co-workers who rely on the CX-5 as their daily driver, I found myself softened to the idea of a Mazda SUV.
In terms of superficial aesthetics, Mazda’s KODO (Soul of Motion) design initiative makes their current offerings far more appealing to an eye that may have been inclined to turn a blind eye to it. Beautifully sculpted, its contoured frame creates something that’s somewhat unique against the traditional truck and wagon-inspired styling that you see on the road.
Look to the interior and you find a unique design, with notes that are indicative of higher-end vehicles. Much like its shell, it reminds you that labels can be misleading and that the automotive marketplace always has surprises in store for discerning critics. Perhaps that’s why the CX-5 has been considered a new benchmark since its 2013 introduction. With a few model years behind it, it has continued to mature in its confidence, delivering a capable and well-equipped offering.
And with the full redesign enjoyed in the 2017 model year, the CX-5 shows no signs of slowing down. Priced accessibly to start around $24,04 MSRP it is currently available in four trim levels, each of which is tiered nicely to incorporate enhanced technologies, refined interior and a wealth of safety features.
Interested in knowing more about the MX-5? Here’s a really thorough review, weighing the countless pros and a few critiques, courtesy of Redline Reviews.