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2017 Mazda CX-5 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Mazda CX-5 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 features an upscale and handsome cabin design with quality materials. The cabin remains quiet at high speeds. Seating room and comfort is excellent for all passengers, though cargo room is a little below average. The infotainment system takes some getting used to.

  • "The biggest improvement for the 2017 CX-5 versus the previous version is quietness. There are new door seals, added sound deadening and new acoustic glass, all of which work in concert to keep the cabin more isolated and free of wind and road noise. It's a very quiet cabin, reminding me of the 2017 Honda CR-V, but it's worth noting that the CR-V uses active noise cancellation and the CX-5 does not." -- Cars.com
  • "All that hard work sweating the details of the new CX-5 was certainly not in vain. Though this is not a clean-sheet redesign, in some ways it feels like one. The first thing you'll notice as you slide behind the wheel is just how much more upscale the interior looks. Everything you lay your eyes or hands on is reminiscent of the larger and more expensive CX-9. Almost all the materials on our test vehicle were just as soft and just as impressive as the ones in that more expensive Mazda." -- Autoweek
  • "Particularly in the Grand Touring trim with two-tone treatment, the revamped interior has an upscale design that evokes Audi's clinical modernism. Although much of the switchgear is carryover, the new look emphasizes symmetry, simplicity, and intuitive operation. Visually, the dashboard looks less monolithic, and the pad is now sculpted and stitched. The standard 7.0-inch full-color touchscreen display is now freestanding like those in a Mercedes-Benz." -- Motor Trend

Seating

The Mazda CX-5 seats five on standard cloth upholstery, with a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, and a four-way manually adjustable passenger seat. Optional seating features include leatherette/suede seats, leather upholstery, a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a six-way manually adjustable passenger seat, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, driver's seat memory settings, heated front seats, heated rear seats, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, and a heated steering wheel.

Seating accommodations are excellent throughout the CX-5. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the back row provides ample head- and legroom. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the back row.

  • "Then there's the driving position. Engineers took great pains to make sure that the wheel is perfectly centered and that the accelerator and dead pedals are positioned exactly at shoulder width. The seats were designed using NASA data to provide an ideal body position, and in practice, the Grand Touring trim provides ample eight-way power adjustability for even tall drivers. The steering wheel was also scientifically redesigned to fit in your hands better. Much like the entire driving experience, sitting behind the wheel just feels right." -- Autoblog
  • "There's great headroom and good legroom in front, and the seat in the Grand Touring seemed more coddling than most. Rear-seaters also have great headroom, and my 5'9 frame had plenty of legroom remaining even with the seat ahead pushed all the way back. Egress is eased by the taller ride height, and though the rear doors open fairly wide, the door frame may catch some hips on the way out." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Similar to the exterior, interior dimensions are close to the previous version of the CX-5. Rear legroom is class competitive, but where the CX-5 excels is in headroom: There was 3-4 inches of space between the top of my head and the ceiling without the seat reclined, which helps provide a feeling of space for backseat passengers." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The 2017 CX-5's standard features include a four-speaker sound system, two USB ports, Bluetooth, HD Radio, push-button start, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, voice-command activation, a rearview camera, and low-speed automatic braking.

Options include dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, four USB ports, a universal garage door opener, rain-sensing windshield wipers, navigation, a moonroof, proximity key entry, automatic high beams, adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a head-up display with traffic sign recognition.

The CX-5's infotainment system is controlled by either the touch screen or the knob on the center console. Touch controls can't be used when the car is moving, though. Using the knob requires some practice, and other physical controls can be hard to reach.

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  • Once the system is set up to personal preferences, and with extended seat time behind the wheel, it is fairly easy to use. The main flaws, in my opinion, are the awkward location of the volume control on the center console and the requirement to use the system to change stations or media sources. As previously mentioned, adding a power and volume knob, a tuning and source knob, and a row of radio station pre-set buttons would go a long way toward making Mazda Connect more intuitive and less distracting." -- New York Daily News
  • Just like the exterior of the new CX-5, the interior has prominent styling changes but remains recognizable. The 7-inch touchscreen for the Mazda Connect infotainment system has moved to the top of the dashboard where it sits higher up in the driver's line of sight, similar to its placement in the CX-9 and Mazda3. (When the car is in motion, the touchscreen functionality ceases and a rotary control on the center console must be used.) Unfortunately, there is still no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integration." -- Cars.com
  • Consumer Guide has never been a big fan of Mazda's console-control-knob infotainment interface – or of similar systems used in many other makes – but it's admittedly less cumbersome than some and even less so once you get used to it. Mazda's system includes a touchscreen with some redundant controls (which many others do not), though it's a bit of a stretch to reach, and it's inactive when the car is moving. Our stance remains, however, that using a touchscreen is usually faster, which means less time with your eyes off the road. Climate controls include a rotary temperature knob but less-convenient repetitive-step pushbuttons for fan speed and mode, and though mounted a bit low, they're easy to reach." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

The Mazda CX-5 has 30.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 59.6 cubic feet when the second row of seats is folded. A 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat is standard, and a power rear liftgate is optional.

  • "In back, the cargo area is wide at the rear, and the folded rear seat backs rest flat and level with the cargo floor (and have releases both on the seat back and in the cargo area – a nice touch), making it easy to slide long items forward. There was no extra storage under the floor in the tested Grand Touring, though models without the Bose sound system – and its included speaker in the center of the spare-tire rim – may be able to offer that 'bowl as informal stash space." -- Consumer Guide
  • Practically speaking, the cargo area is about the same, but it officially shrinks by about five cubic feet mostly due to a lower roof. At 59.6 cubic feet, its maximum falls way short of the CR-V, RAV4, and Forester. Really, that just reiterates that if you want the most stroller-stuffing capability, the CX-5 still isn't for you. Instead, Mazda quite wisely decided to continue honing its own niche of buyers who'll trade some utility for better looks, a better drive, and now, an all-around more premium feel." -- Autoblog
  • "Flat-box shoppers will be pleased to learn that the cargo bay no longer has a slight step when the rear seats are folded forward, but the consequence is a slightly raised floor (2.2 inches) that reduces overall volume by 3.2 or 5.2 cubic feet with rear seats up or folded, respectively. Total measurements are still competitive at 30.9 cubic feet nominal and 59.6 cubic feet maximum. The rear hatch now has the option of power assist and programmable height." -- Motor Trend

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