MAZDA ASSESSMENT CX-5 2108: Masculine design, safe operation

Retaining the 5-seat design, the 2018 Mazda CX5 has had many improvements in design, equipment and a series of advanced safety equipment. And we spent a lot of time experiencing the cutting edge technologies on the 2.5L Mazda CX-5 AT FWD sold for $ 42,992.

Like: Nice design, many safety technologies, good soundproofing.

Dislike: Some details of plastic cladding in the sensor box, information clock face are “rickety”

2018 Mazda CX-5 is distributed with 3 versions:

Mazda CX-5 AT FWD 2.0L: $ 38,688
Mazda CX-5 AT FWD 2.5L: $ 42,992
Mazda CX-5 AT AWD 2.5L: $ 43,853
Exterior is easy for men

Compared to the old model, the biggest change in the appearance of the Mazda CX-5 is in the front of the car, with a bolder, more intense style. 3D grille stretches outwards, more masculine strokes, besides full LED technology with sharp design is more likely to satisfy male customers. The two-sided rearview mirror has a sinking warning light equipped with blind spot warning system. However, the mirror does not automatically close when locking the car, a utility we often see on Korean cars.

Contrary to the front of the car, the rear design does not have many highlights and has a “softer” software and quite full features such as sensors, LED lights. The CX-5 2.5L version is equipped with a beautiful intelligent Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH) system. This system will help drivers have the best view in all conditions, not cause dazzle for oncoming vehicles.

Here, the trunk is opened by electricity with quite spacious space, with additional storage compartments are also different characteristics from the previous car.

Moving to the body, the door is a few degrees wider than the old one even when closed hard and if the car has steps up and down, it will increase the vehicle’s strength. The turn signal on the rearview mirror moves down to the lower border instead of the middle like the previous generation. The redesigned dual-spoke 19-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels look more stylish.

Interior is luxurious

Right from the door of the door, we found the Mazda CX-5 interior towards luxurious style. This is shown by the only brown lines on the black background from the door to the seat. In the interior compartment, a slightly luxurious direction is clearly seen in the leather seats, wooden cladding, chrome plating on the assemblies and steering wheel.

Particularly the steering wheel has a sporty style, quite small compared to the overall size of the car. The driver’s seat is wider, open to 2 sides compared to the previous one, adjust 8 directions. In general, the interior compartment is equipped with basic features such as air-conditioning doors, chrome-wrapped DVD players, easy-to-use 7-inch LED screens, storage shelves, … Another difference lies in the Auto hold function. additional driver assistance. The 10-speaker sound system is also a plus point in the new CX-5.

However, like many other models, the CX-5 cannot avoid its disadvantages. Some details are considered by car owners to be unworthy of products such as plastic panels covering the dashboard, plastic tiles in the sensor box.

In the cabin, the car is equipped with air-conditioning doors, armrests, USB slots, … When experiencing the sitting space, we found that the rear seats have good reclining but are limited in spaciousness but still can accommodate 3 people.

Operating experience

Under the hood of the Mazda CX-5 is a 2.5L SkyActive engine, producing 188 hp, 251 Nm of torque, 6-speed automatic transmission. The version we are experiencing is a 2.5L facelift.

In Vietnam, Thaco Mazda offers 3 engine options with 2 different versions.

SkyActiv-G 2.0L engine capacity of 1,998 cc: maximum capacity of 153 horsepower at 6,000 rpm; Maximum torque of 200 Nm at 4,000 rpm.
SkyActiv-G 2.5L (FWD) engine capacity of 2,488 cc: maximum capacity of 188 horsepower at 5,700 rpm; Maximum torque of 251 Nm at 3,250 rpm.
SkyActiv-G 2.5L (AWD) engine capacity of 2,488 cc: maximum power of 188 horsepower at 5,700 rpm; Maximum torque of 251 Nm at 4,400 rpm.
Sitting behind the wheel of the Mazda CX-5, I noticed the smoothness of the suspension, the soundproofing ability to give the driver a flattering feel. When walking on the street, this experience is more pronounced thanks to the high sitting posture, small steering wheel turning easily Istop system automatically switches off when stopping at the red light to save fuel.

Notable technology in the facelift: the display on the steering glass, the Navigation system with speed warning. To test the cruise control feature, I tried removing the steering wheel and found that the lane keeping support was quite good, when removing the steering wheel for too long, the system will remind the driver. We also recommend that new drivers be cautious and consider using this system. Another advantage that we noted is the blind spot warning system, especially when traveling on highways. Specifically, when a side car falls into a blind spot, the lights on the rearview mirror flicker and the squeaky sound activates. This is a necessary safety system in the context that more and more highways are opened, traffic is moving a lot. Sound insulation is inversely proportional to the speed of movement of the vehicle.

The car has 3 modes D, M and Sport, in which Sport mode works more strongly with high revs, light accelerator, 6-speed gearbox enough to use although not too smooth but still makes the driver feel increased speed quite well. We have tried the warning system for drivers when backing out of a park. Testing shows that the screen will appear 2 exclamation points with warning sound if a pedestrian cuts across the road. We realize this feature can be further improved by supporting automatic braking, increasing safety.

Overall, the Mazda CX-5 is recorded in exterior changes, efforts to bring the interior to new heights, and a smooth operating system, prominent in safety systems, driver assistance. However, the car also has disadvantages that users should consider before withdrawing the wallet.

Safety equipment on 3 versions include:

Anti-lock braking ABS, electronic brake force distribution EBD, emergency brake assist BA
DSC electronic balance, anti-skid TCS, support HLA sloping departure

Motor encryption, anti-theft warning, automatic door lock
GPS navigation, front / rear sensor, reversing camera, 6 airbags
Except for a few minor unsatisfied points, we have to admit the Mazda CX-5 2.5 2WD is one of the top choices in the crossover line priced at about $ 43,035. And remember, there are up to 3 versions for you to choose like we mentioned above.

Technical data

Dimensions DxRxC (mm): 4,550 x 1,840 x 1,680
Wheelbase (mm): 2,700
Turning radius (m): 5.46
Ground clearance (mm): 200
Engine: Petrol, 4 cylinders in line
Engine capacity: 2.5L
Maximum power: 188 hp at 5,700 rpm
Maximum torque: 251 Nm at 3,250 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
No-load weight: 1,570kg
Tires: 225 / 55R19
Fuel tank: 56L


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