2018 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring Review | Edmunds

Edmunds Associate Staff Writer Will Kaufman takes a close look at the 2018 Mazda CX-5, one of our favorite compact SUVs. In this video, we'll talk about what it's like to drive the CX-5, what technology features the CX-5 offers and what they're like to use, how comfortable the vehicle is, and how much space it has.

Q: Is the 2018 Mazda CX-5 a good car?

A: We think so! The short answer is that we think the CX-5 is one of the best compact SUVs you can buy today. Watch the full video and read our full rating and review to find out more.

Q: What is the Mazda CX-5's Skyactiv engine?

A: The only engine currently available in the United States is a non-turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. In order to save fuel, it can deactivate two cylinders while the CX-5 is cruising on the highway to maximize efficiency.

Q: Does the 2018 Mazda CX-5 have four-wheel drive?

A: All-wheel drive is available for the CX-5. Mazda's AWD system constantly sends at least 2 percent of the engine's power to the rear wheels so that when the system senses a loss of traction it can transfer more power to the rear almost instantly. It's not the same as a full-time 4WD system, but it's closer than some SUVs that switch entirely to front-wheel drive in certain conditions.

Q: Which 2018 Mazda CX-5 should I buy?

A: That all comes down to what equipment you want. Every trim level uses the same engine and transmission, and most are available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. You can read our full review for a comprehensive breakdown of the different trim levels.

Read our review of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 here: https://www.edmunds.com/mazda/cx-5/2018/review/

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