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All-New 2016 Mazda CX-5 Crossover Gets Rave Reviews

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Rick Case Mazda Duluth, your local Atlanta Mazda dealership in Duluth, GA proudly introduces the new 2016 Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV.

Automotive industry experts have lots of good things to say about this freshly updated 2016 version of this popular and highly rated luxury crossover. From its expressive exterior that captures the essence of Mazda’s KODO “Soul of Motion” philosophy, to its well-crafted interior and capable road manners, automotive critics are quick to point out the CX-5’s better qualities.

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A Lithe And Modern Exterior

Christian Wardlaw, an automotive reviewer with the New York Daily News, says, “This is an attractive and balanced design, with loads of character.” And Ron Sessions of Car And Driver Magazine exudes, “Midcycle refreshes can be tricky. But Mazda wasn’t about to start fixin’ what ain’t broke. Aside from some new LED headlights, taillights, and fog lamps available on upper trim levels and a revised five-bar shield grille, the 2016 CX-5 possesses the same design grace and poise as its predecessor.”

Bengt Halvorson, deputy editor of TheCarConnection.com, observes that “With the CX-5, Mazda has finally found a balance between its lithe sports sedans and roadsters and the real-world dimensions of a crossover utility vehicle.”

“The CX-5 has an expressive design, with big wheel arches and a rising window line, but a more conservative roofline than the just-unveiled CX-3,” adds Halvorson, “The car is sensitive to colors, though, with lighter shades accenting the height of its doors and darker tones making it appear lower and sportier. A handsome trapezoidal grille has been slightly reshaped this year, and the CX-5’s headlights have been slimmed down and connected to the grille with bars of brightwork. LED lighting is now available at the front and rear end.”

Updated Interior Gets High Marks

The new CX-5’s sporty, quiet, and spacious interior features a more driver-focused environment. With premium materials and high-end appointments, the CX-5’s versatile interior offers more rear leg room, passenger volume, and cargo capacity than a Kia Sportage or a Hyundai Tucson. US News & World Report notes, “Reviewers appreciate the CX-5’s convenient cargo features including easy-to-fold rear seats that make a flat load floor, a middle pass-through for long items and a good amount of small-item storage compartments inside.”

“We’ve already mentioned the 2016 CX-5’s updates at its Los Angeles auto show unveiling,” states Car And Driver’s Sessions, “but it’s worth repeating that most of them focus on the cabin and things that the driver and passengers interact with most. In general, the refreshed CX-5’s interior details are classier. There are nicer materials and tasteful accent trim on the dashboard and console. The armrests are more comfortable. Thoughtful touches include padding where one’s knee might rest against the side of the center console when, say, exercising our test car’s 0.81 g of lateral grip on a fun-to-drive, twisty road.” He adds that the CX-5’s upscale interior “wouldn’t look out of place in an Audi.”

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Forward-Thinking Technology

Technology also gets an upgrade as well. Notable high-tech features include Bluetooth® wireless connectivity allowing you to stream phone calls easily, access your music library, text, and more. Convenient steering wheel-mounted controls and available voice commands minimize distractions and keep you focused on the road ahead.

The exclusive MAZDA CONNECT™ “infotainment” system consists of an array of functions displayed on a crystal-clear, touch-sensitive display that gets high marks for readability and functionality. A large control wheel mounted in the console makes accessing music, apps, telephone, navigation, and setting intuitive and easy-to-use. You can also access AHA™ Internet Radio, Stitcher™, HD Radio™, and available SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with a twist of the knob. The interior also features an auxiliary audio jack and USB connection.

You can also take your playlist to the ultimate level of enjoyment with the available, audiophile quality BOSE® Centerpoint Surround-Sound Audio System.

Class-Leading Fuel Economy

Mazda’s proprietary SKYACTIV-G® technology continues to deliver exceptional fuel economy and spirited performance. The available 2.5 liter, 184 hp direct-injection engine with six-speed automatic achieves up to an EPA-estimated 35 mpg highway and 33 mpg city. Those figures beat the Toyota RAV4 2.5 liter, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, and the Hyundai Tucson.

“Key to that efficiency, in part,” says Halvorson, “is that the transmission is so willing and well-matched, with very little slip, very quick upshifts and downshifts, and the smarts to hitch onto a higher gear when the revs aren’t needed, to reap better efficiency.”

As with other Mazdas, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is also fun to drive, thanks to an advanced SKYACTIV suspension and steering setup. Available Active Torque Split All-Wheel Drive lets you tackle challenging terrain and driving conditions with confidence.

As Car And Driver’s Sessions notes, “The new CX-5 isn’t the quickest CUV in the segment, but it has the poise and agility of a sports sedan. Its ride is firm but not harsh with well-controlled body motions. The Mazda’s electrically boosted steering has just-right weighting, good on-center feel, and a natural buildup of effort in turns that feels positively (old-school) BMW-like.”

Safety In The Spotlight

With Mazda’s i-ActiveSense suite of standard and available features, safety takes center stage as the new CX-5. Halvorson calls it “…one of the safest vehicles in its segment.”

The available Smart Brake Support, for example, works to minimize or mitigate a potential front collision by automatically applying the brakes if it senses a collision with another car or object is unavoidable.

Other key standard and available safety features include:

  • Adaptive front lighting that turns the headlights to follow the road for increased visibility.
  • Blind-spot monitoring that detects if it’s unsafe to change lanes.
  • Rear cross-traffic alert notifies you if a vehicle is approaching from the side while backing out.
  • Available all-wheel drive improves traction and control.
  • The rearview camera automatically engages in Reverse.
  • Distance recognition uses radar to keep a safe distance between vehicles ahead of you.

These are some of the reasons why the CX-5 was named a 2015 Top Safety Pick by the IIHS when equipped with available Smart City Brake Support.

After all the industry and customer reviews are in, the consensus is that the new 2016 Mazda CX-5 crossover rises to the top of the hotly contested crossover utility vehicle and sport SUV market segment.

As AutoTrader.com says, “Now entering its third year of production, the 2015 Mazda CX-5 continues to climb the sales charts, quickly becoming one of the most well-reviewed and desirable compact crossover SUVs around. While the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 still dominate as sales volume leaders, neither has the sporty handling or clean, uncluttered instrument panel of the CX-5, nor can they match its impressive highway fuel economy of 35 miles per gallon. The CX-5 is also one of the few crossovers that still offers the option of a manual transmission.”

And Ron Sessions from Car And Driver sums it all up by saying, “It’s a CUV we can more than live with – we love it.”

Experience the exciting new 2016 Mazda CX-5 today at Rick Case Mazda Duluth. We’re sure that you’ll love it, too.

You’ll Rave About The Great Deals At Rick Case Mazda, Duluth

If you are looking to save money on a new 2016 CX-5 in Atlanta, you’ll rave about the great deal you’ll get at your hometown Duluth Mazda dealer, Rick Case Mazda Duluth. In addition to the crowd-pleasing new CX-5, we also offer money-saving specials and discounts on our entire inventory of new 2015 Mazdas; plus our “lowest payment, price, and a money-back guarantee.”

Not only do we double the nationwide factory warranty on all new vehicles, but we also give you a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty on used vehicle purchases. Want to save even more? Check out the savings on our large selection of Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles.

Experience the Rick Case difference for yourself. We’re conveniently located at 2493 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth GS 30096. For a personal sales consultation, please call 888-552-8213. For Service, call 888-847-8592.

 

Sources:

http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Mazda_CX-5/

http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/latest-reviews/2016-mazda-cx-5-test-drive-full-review-article-1.2258479

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