It’s easy to see why the 2015 Mazda CX-5 is one of the best-rated crossover wagons on this site. The CX-5 is stocked with plenty of features, has excellent handling, and is sized to suit a wide range of families and single drivers. It’s also one of the safest vehicles in its segment, and has a rather elusive combination of SUV utility and sport-wagon charms.
The Mazda CX-5 was introduced in 2013, when it replaced both the turbocharged CX-7 crossover and the smaller Mazda Tribute. It now competes with cars like the Subaru Forester, Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4.
The CX-5’s lines are typically Mazda, with expressive design, large wheel arches, and a rising window line. Up front, however, Mazda has thankfully ditched the grinning “smile” look for a handsome trapezoidal grille shape. Inside, the look is businesslike, with restrained silver trim and sporty red piping on the high-level leather seats.The car is sensitive to colors, though, with lighter shades accenting the height of its doors and darker tones making it lower and sportier.