The 2023 test cars just continue to get better, maybe even smarter as the new safety features continue to expand and improve. The drive this week was the Mazda CX-5, a Japanese assembled vehicle, that is well equipped and a smart drive.
Powerful, the CX-5 has a 2.5L engine providing 227 horsepower with normal and sport modes. The “Deep Crystal Blue Mica” paint shelters the sport’s car performance hidden in the SUV design. The sky-active transmission with six-speed choices makes for a versatile drive on all highways. The independent all-wheel suspension and front and rear stabilizer bars provide an exceptional ride and performance to match the powerful turbo engine.
The five-passenger vehicle has comfortable rear seat leg room with heated and cooled seats front and rear. Truck space is spacious with a power trunk key opening feature. Surrounding the CX-5 are 19-inch bright alloy wheels with all-season tires. A moonroof adorns the roof for summer drives in the mountains. LED lights finish off the exterior with auto dimming lights.
The interior features leather trimmed seats with a “ Caturra Brown” interior. A center console screen controls the action and is simple to use with a choice of radio channels, including the latest channels with a Bose-10 speaker sound system.
Safety equipment earns this CX-5 perfect 5-Star safety score in four categories that is a very high safety rating. All of the safety features are included in the suggested manufacturer’s price of $39,360.
This is the complete package, equipped for Colorado winters with heated outside mirrors and windshield wiper deicers. This SUV sedan has it all from superior acceleration, handling, 24 mpg. fuel economy, and all-wheel drive. The power train has a 50 months/ 50K power train warranty.
This is a smart car for drivers who want a little more than a family sedan in performance and pleasure fully loaded with special features.