Mazda CX-5 Grand Tour­ing

The Washington Post Sunday - - CARS -

Bot­tom line: The Mazda CX-5 Grand Tour­ing is a good choice for young fam­i­lies seek­ing max­i­mum util­ity, ex­cel­lent safety and rea­son­ably good fuel econ­omy.

Ride, ac­cel­er­a­tion and han­dling: It gets good marks in all three, mean­ing it will please most peo­ple look­ing for solid fam­ily trans­porta­tion.

Head-turn­ing quo­tient: This one fits well in any church or school park­ing lot.

Body style/lay­out: The CX-5 is a fron­tengine, com­pact cross­over-util­ity ve­hi­cle avail­able with front-wheel or all­wheel-drive. There are four side doors and a rear hatch. There are three trim lev­els: Sport, Tour­ing and Grand Tour­ing.

En­gine/trans­mis­sion: The CX-5 Grand Tour­ing AWD comes with a 2.5liter in­line four-cylin­der, 16-valve gaso­line en­gine (184 horse­power, 185 pound-feet of torque) linked to a sixspeed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. A 2liter, four-cylin­der gaso­line en­gine is avail­able.

Ca­pac­i­ties: Seat­ing is for five peo­ple. Max­i­mum cargo ca­pac­ity is 64.8 cu­bic feet and 34.1 cu­bic feet with all pas­sen­ger seats in place. Fuel ca­pac­ity is 14.8 gal­lons. Reg­u­lar grade gaso­line works fine.

Mileage: I av­er­aged 28 miles per gal­lon in high­way driv­ing.

Safety: Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes four-wheel disc brakes, ven­ti­lated front and solid rear; four-wheel an­tilock brake pro­tec­tion; emer­gency brak­ing as­sis­tance; trac­tion and sta­bil­ity con­trol; rear park­ing as­sis­tance; side and head air bags.

Rec­om­mended op­tions: Rear crosstraf­fic alert, blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing, lane-de­par­ture warn­ing sys­tem.

Pric­ing: The 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Tour­ing AWD starts at $29,470 with an es­ti­mated dealer’s in­voice price of $27,000. Price as tested is $34,140, in­clud­ing $3,790 in op­tions and an $880 fac­tory-to-dealer trans­porta­tion charge.

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