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Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Mazda CX-5 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Mazda CX-5 has a score of 8.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 44 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.7
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2015 Mazda CX-5 Review

The 2015 Mazda CX-5 ranks highly among used compact SUVs on the strength of its outstanding handling and high safety scores. However, it has average predicted reliability and less accommodating front seats than some competitors. 

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Strong available engine
  • Complicated navigation/infotainment system
  • Sluggish base engine

New for 2015

  • Proximity keyless entry made standard in Touring and Grand Touring trims

2015 Mazda CX-5 Overview

Is the 2015 Mazda CX-5 a Good Used SUV?

Few compact SUVs offer better performance than the CX-5, with its precise steering and cornering capabilities. You might be disappointed by the dull, finicky infotainment system and the front seats' lack of comfort on extended trips, though.

Used 2015 Mazda CX-5 Performance and Interior

The 2015 CX-5 has two four-cylinder engine choices. Sport models have a 155-horsepower 2.0-liter engine that can feel underpowered on the highway and when accelerating from a stop. Touring and Grand Touring models feature a 2.5-liter that makes 184 horsepower and is more adequate for most driving needs. The CX-5 Sport has either a six-speed manual or a crisp and responsive six-speed automatic, while all other models only come with the automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, but some used models may have available all-wheel drive. Fuel economy ranges from 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway (2.0-liter engine and manual transmission) to 24 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway (2.5-liter engine, automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive). 

The CX-5 drives very athletically for an SUV, boasting precise steering and agile cornering. However, this Mazda doesn’t sacrifice much in terms of ride comfort and quality like some other sporty vehicles do.

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The CX-5 seats five. For an SUV that should be tailored toward the driver, the front-seat accommodations aren't that great. The seats themselves provide good support and make it easy to find a comfortable position, but they can feel a little too stiff and narrow for long drives. In the back, passengers will enjoy plenty of leg- and headroom. The CX-5 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in its second row, and the middle seating position can borrow lower anchors from either side. Cloth upholstery is standard, but some models have upgraded amenities like leather seats, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. 

The standard CX-5 Sport has few features: just a USB port and a four-speaker stereo. Higher trims have a rearview camera, a six-speaker sound system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and a touch-screen infotainment system. The infotainment system's interface can be hard to use and doesn't impress visually. Other features you may want to look for include a Bose audio system, satellite radio, navigation, and a moonroof.

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Used 2015 Mazda CX-5 Prices

Pricing for a used 2015 Mazda CX-5 ranges from about $15,500 for a standard manual transmission Sport model to over $22,000 for an all-wheel-drive Grand Touring model. The price you pay depends on the car's features, condition, mileage, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 40 Reviews Analyzed

To help you decide if a used Mazda CX-5 is for you, we analyzed 40 reviews from professional automotive journalists. Our research also includes crash test data, reliability ratings, and cost of ownership estimates. We've done the hard work so you can focus on making a buying decision.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Mazda CX-5?

The 2015 Mazda CX-5 has an average predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the CX-5?

The Mazda CX-5 has the highest composite safety scores among 2015 Affordable Compact SUVs. It was named a 2015 Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, earning the best possible score in each IIHS crash test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the CX-5 five out of five stars overall and four stars in the rollover test.

There are no standard advanced safety or driver assistance features in the CX-5, but available technologies include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and low-speed automatic emergency braking. 

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Should I Consider Another Used CX-5?

Mazda introduced the CX-5 as a brand-new SUV for the 2013 model year, and it's seen few major changes since then. You can likely save money by shopping for a model older than a 2015, but you'll want to focus on at least 2014 models if you're after the peppier 2.5-liter power plant. (The 2013 model is available with only one engine option.) 

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Which Used Mazda CX-5 Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Mazda CX-5 is available in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trim levels. Front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive was an option in every trim when the car was new, so you may find some used models equipped with it. The standard Mazda CX-5 Sport has a 2.0-liter engine and either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Some used models come with the automatic transmission and a 2.5-liter engine. The Grand Touring model represents the best value. Its larger engine provides better overall performance, and it has most of the features available in the CX-5, including leather seats, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, an infotainment system, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a moonroof, proximity key entry, and a Bose stereo. 

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned CX-5. For each certified pre-owned vehicle, Mazda extends the original limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited vehicle warranty. To qualify as CPO, each vehicle must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mazda warranty page carefully. 

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2015 Mazda CX-5 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda CX-5 or 2015 Honda CR-V?

The Mazda CX-5 beats out the 2015 Honda CR-V in performance thanks to its peppy engine and sporty handling, but the CR-V is a slightly better SUV overall. The Honda earns high marks for reliability and boasts spacious, comfortable seats. The Honda also has a better infotainment system and a long list of advanced safety features.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda CX-5 or 2015 Subaru Forester?

The 2015 Subaru Forester may be a more practical choice than the CX-5, as it has more cargo and passenger space and standard all-wheel drive. Still, the Mazda is the better SUV overall, as it has better reliability ratings, boasts a nicer cabin, and is more fun to drive.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda CX-5 or 2015 Nissan Rogue?

The 2015 Nissan Rogue features some of the worst performance in the class, with a loud transmission, a modest engine, and mediocre driving dynamics. But if performance isn't high on your list, the Rogue may be a good choice. It has plush, upscale interior materials and ample passenger room. Some Rogues can be found with a small third row best suited for children. The Rogue also has an easy-to-use standard infotainment system that includes app connectivity and satellite radio.

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