Some months after Mazda CX-5’s Kodo design and SkyActivtechnology earned it a victory at the Japan Car of the Year awards, we heard that the Hiroshima companyhas commence work on a 2015 Mazda CX-5 scheduled for release sometimes next year. Yes, it won an award but since its debut there have been series of criticisms against it; the sporty and spacious Interior was called bland by some, the suspension was tagged fun but stiff and some buyers felt that the fuel economy was not adequate.
As a buyer, your mind goes into a “should I buy the current model or should I wait for the next model” mode when you hear of an incoming model, right? Well, I have this to say to you; keep your mind open and do not rush into a decision until you’ve read my 2014 vs 2015 CX-5 review.
2015 Mazda CX-5 Design
Aside from getting a mildly revised front fascia, the exterior design of the new 2015 CX-5 will come mostly unchanged. But there will be some design updates in the interior. This was done to ensure that the car retain its title as the second best-selling Mazda model. Truth be told, the interior of the current model is vapid, and the designers have decided to add some spice into it for the 2015 model year. After the redesign, the revised interior will look more like that of the 2014 Mazda3.
Although the functionality of the current model is rated high, to help the mid-sized sedan keep its place atop the hierarchy of Mazda’s cars CX-5 2015 will come with more high tech features.
Features like a touchscreen display that keeps a simplicity theme, navigation control and stereo system are all expected to make a return in the Mazda CX-5-2015 model. Other features expected include a new center stack design, new gauges, instrument clusters, materials, new seating surfaces and a version of the connectivity and infotainment system we saw in the upcoming Mazda3.
2015 Mazda CX-5 Interior
Space abounds inside the previous CX-5 and the current model. There is enough room for 5 passengers inside the vehicle, and the crossover also offers a large storage space. With a 5-passenger vehicle, we could always use some extra room. So, we are hoping Mazda CX-5-2015 will be just as spacious if not even more spacious
As for the safety, the 2014 CX-5 features some of the most intuitive safety features in the industry. One of them is the Smart City Brake Support, which uses a laser system that helps a driver to avoid any object in front of the vehicle while driving. Technologies like the SkyActiv-Body and SkyActiv-Chassis, six airbags, ultra-high-tensile steel, accelerator pedal, collapsible steering column and “crusable” brake are all credited for the “Top Safety Pick” award the vehicle got from IIHS.
Rumors suggest that the incoming 2015 CX-5 will come with all of the safety features that came with previous models and some new ones. One of the new safety systems we expect is the Dynamic Stability Control system.
2015 CX-5 Engine and Efficient Fuel Economy
There will be no notable change under the hood of the CX-5 2015. Just like the current model, the car will be powered by two different engines: a 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine, and a 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque 4-cylinder 2.5 liters engine. The two engines will use a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission system.
The 2014 Mazda CX-5 has an EPA-rated fuel economy of 26/35/29 mpg. We are hoping that the 2015 model can get even more gas-friendly.
2015 Mazda CX-5 Price
The 2014 Mazda CX-5 is available for between $22,000 and $29,665, depending on the trim. Based on the new features expected, we are convinced that the 2015 Mazda CX-5 model will be a bit pricier.
Here you have it, my 2014 vs 2015 CX-5 review. The price is a compelling argument in favor of the current model but if you favor more gadgets, you should wait for the 2015 model.