Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring
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.