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Medium SUV Comparison : Ford Kuga v Mazda CX-5 v Subaru Forester v Volkswagen Tiguan

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2015 Mazda CX-5 Maxx AWD Review
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2015 Mazda CX-5 Maxx AWD Review

Compact SUVs are the go-to family car in Australia’s fragmented and trend-driven new vehicle market, and none wears this mantle better than the just-updated 2015 Mazda CX-5.  And that isn’t just because it’s a class-leader in a number of areas — see our 10-car mega test here for our rationale — but also because with about 60,000 sales since early 2012, it’s far and away the most popular car in its class...


2015 Mazda CX-5 Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2015 Mazda CX-5 Review

Australia's best-selling SUV has just been updated, with the 2015 Mazda CX-5 bringing plenty of new equipment, technology and a revised interior to the table. From the outside the updated Mazda CX-5 may not look too different to the model it replaces – indeed, the changes to the exterior are minor, with a revised grille, headlight inlays, bumper features, tail-light inlays, slightly different door mirrors and a marginally smaller sharkfin antenna the talking points...

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$27,190 to $50,610

2015 Mazda CX-5 : Pricing and specifications
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2015 Mazda CX-5 : Pricing and specifications

There has been a raft of revisions for the 2015 Mazda CX-5 that hits Australian showrooms next month, including price drops across almost all variants in the range following the recent free trade agreement with Japan. The updated Mazda CX-5 is said to include "sharp internal and external styling changes", though at first glance it could be hard to pick the differences...


2015 Mazda CX-5 review : first drive
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2015 Mazda CX-5 review : first drive

Australia's best selling SUV has just been updated - this is the 2015 Mazda CX-5.

While it may not look too different from the outside, Mazda has made some pretty big changes, including a lot of new technology and a revised interior...


Diesel SUV Comparison : Mazda CX-5 v Nissan X-Trail v Jeep Cherokee v Volkswagen Tiguan
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Diesel SUV Comparison : Mazda CX-5 v Nissan X-Trail v Jeep Cherokee v Volkswagen Tiguan

They don’t call Australia the big brown land for nothing. Most of us may live near the blue of the ocean and travel on roads that are black, but there is plenty of brown stuff to be found everywhere else. Country folk who want a medium SUV aren’t necessarily looking at parking prowess or kerb-hopping abilities; rather the ability to cross big distance efficiently and effectively, often on dirt, is the score...


2015 Mazda CX-5 details revealed
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2015 Mazda CX-5 details revealed

Australia’s best selling SUV has been given an update for 2015 both inside and out with the Mazda CX-5 making its debut at the Los Angeles auto show today. The 2015 Mazda CX-5 update introduces moderate changes to the exterior while the interior benefits from improvements throughout the cabin...


Mazda CX-5 Maxx Review
Rating: 710 /10
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Mazda CX-5 Maxx Review

Keeping up with the Joneses used to be an expensive game, especially when it came to SUV’s. With the Japanese now stepping up their game, solid SUVs like the Mazda CX-5 have never been as easy and affordable to come by. The medium-size SUV segment has expanded almost exponentially over the past 10 years and nearly every manufacturer now offers an SUV for the masses...


2015 Mazda CX-5 images leak ahead of LA debut
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2015 Mazda CX-5 images leak ahead of LA debut

Images of the updated Mazda CX-5 — Australia’s top-selling SUV — have lobbed online via new leaked brochure shots out of Japan.  The leaks come a few days after brochure shots of the facelifted Mazda 6 emerged. Both sets of images found their way to French forum site Worldscoop...


Mazda CX-5 Review : One-year Ownership Report
Rating: 8.510 /10
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Mazda CX-5 Review : One-year Ownership Report

Well, that went quick. The Spinks family has hit the first anniversary of buying a Mazda CX-5, so it’s a perfect time to reflect on the ownership experience so far. The interior has all the classic signs of a family vehicle – an infant shoe here, a bib there, and the odd raisin to be found under a front seat – but apart from that, our CX-5 is still looking adequately new-ish...


Medium SUV Comparison : Jeep Cherokee v Mazda CX-5 v Toyota RAV4 v Nissan X-Trail v Ford Kuga v Subaru Forester v Hyundai ix35 v Honda CR-V v Mitsubishi Outlander v Kia Sportage
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Medium SUV Comparison : Jeep Cherokee v Mazda CX-5 v Toyota RAV4 v Nissan X-Trail v Ford Kuga v Subaru Forester v Hyundai ix35 v Honda CR-V v Mitsubishi Outlander v Kia Sportage

Assembled for this mega-test are 10 models that represent one-third of total SUV volume in Australia – and that’s without including sales for the newest contender here and catalyst for this test, the Jeep Cherokee. It looks bold, it’s available only with petrol engines (for now), and it’s priced under $40,000 to compete with the mainstream...


Mazda CX-5 facelift spy photos
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Mazda CX-5 facelift spy photos

The popular Mazda CX-5 is being prepped for a light facelift, and our spy photographers have managed to snag us a first look at the mildly revised SUV. Lauded by critics and embraced by the public — it's a regular feature on the top 10 sellers list in Australia — Mazda is clearly doing something right with the CX-5...


Mazda CX-5 Review : Akera 2.5
Rating: 810 /10
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Mazda CX-5 Review : Akera 2.5

Despite the Mazda CX-5 launching its way to the top of the sales charts down under with the original 2.0-litre petrol engine (not to mention the diesel that followed not long after), it only took Mazda 12 months to opt for a bigger, more powerful 2.5-litre Skyactiv petrol engine...


Mazda CX-5 Review : Long-term report two
Rating: 910 /10
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Mazda CX-5 Review : Long-term report two

The Spinks clan is now a good few months into ownership of its new Mazda CX-5 – and so far it is satisfying on a number of levels: comfort, practicality and driving. The outside is still shiny – at least after a hosing – and, touch wood, there’s still not a single blemish on the 17-inch alloy wheels...


Mazda CX-5 Review: Long-term report one
Rating: 910 /10
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Mazda CX-5 Review: Long-term report one

A Mazda CX-5 has joined the CarAdvice long-term test fleet, though this one will be around longer than usual: I've bought one. If you had been keeping up to date with our Santa Fe long-term reviews, you’ll know the Mazda CX-5 has replaced the Hyundai as the Spinks household’s family transport. Why a CX-5? Well, you could call say I’m putting my money where CarAdvice’s mouth is...

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$36,620

Mazda CX-5 city brake safety demonstration ends in injury
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Mazda CX-5 city brake safety demonstration ends in injury

Mazda Motor Corporation has confirmed that two people were injured after a demonstration of its automated city braking system went awry. Occurring in a parking lot of a Mazda dealership in Fukaya city, Saitama prefecture, Japan on November 10, Mazda says a customer and a dealership employee were injured when a Mazda CX-5 equipped with Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) collided with a fence during a test drive demonstration of the safety feature...


Mazda CX-5 gets suspension, safety upgrades
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Mazda CX-5 gets suspension, safety upgrades

The Mazda CX-5 has been updated with a revised suspension tune, subtle specification enhancements and the introduction of a new Safety Pack option for the mid-level Maxx Sport grade. The Mazda CX-5 has has its dampers, bushes and stabilisers all retuned, with Mazda claiming the tweaks improve the ride comfort of the popular mid-sized SUV...


SUV Comparison: Video Reviews
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SUV Comparison: Video Reviews

The Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi Outlander, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 and Volkswagen Tiguan are among the newest, best and most popular compact SUV models on sale in Australia. We took to the freeway and sand dunes, then to twisty country roads and urban backstreets, to find which is the most practical, efficient and dynamic contender in the class...


Mazda CX-5 Review
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Mazda CX-5 Review

Mazda's excellent SUV still impresses for refinement and dynamics, and now there's an even better petrol engine offering.


Compact SUV comparison: Mazda CX-5 v Toyota RAV4 v Subaru Forester v Honda CR-V v Mitsubishi Outlander v Volkswagen Tiguan

Compact SUV comparison: Mazda CX-5 v Toyota RAV4 v Subaru Forester v Honda CR-V v Mitsubishi Outlander v Volkswagen Tiguan

Compact SUVs – are they just six one way, half-dozen the other? Not so, if this bunch of newly-released and ultra-popular models are anything to go by. The top-selling Mazda CX-5 brings a new petrol engine to battle the class-favourite Volkswagen Tiguan, while the all-new Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, Mitsubishi Outlander and Honda CR-V add fresh competition...


Mazda CX-5 Review
Rating: 810 /10
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Mazda CX-5 Review

The numbers indicate the Mazda CX-5 would have been Australia’s most popular SUV in 2012 if it had been available for the full year. Since arriving as the replacement for the relatively short-lived CX-7 in February 2012, the Mazda CX-5 has been a formidable seller for the Japanese brand. For 2013, the CX-5 line-up is strengthened with the addition of a new 138kW/250Nm 2...

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$27,880 to $48,620

Mazda CX-5 a strong contender to be 2013's top-selling SUV, says company
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Mazda CX-5 a strong contender to be 2013's top-selling SUV, says company

Mazda Australia is confident its Mazda CX-5 is a front-runner to be the country's favourite SUV by the end of 2013. The Japanese brand has just added a new, more powerful petrol engine to the Mazda CX-5 that came close to being the top-selling SUV in 2012. The Mazda CX-5 had 10 full months on sale after launching in February 2012 but was quickly selling between 1000 and 1500 units per month...


Mazda CX-5: pricing and specifications for revised 2013 range
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Mazda CX-5: pricing and specifications for revised 2013 range

A new, more powerful variant of the Mazda CX-5 has gone on sale in Australia, priced from $32,880 for the 2.5-litre petrol Maxx automatic. The CX-5’s new 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine makes its move into the popular SUV after debuting in the all-new Mazda 6 medium car. It replaces the 2...


Mazda CX-5 beats 86 and BRZ to Japan Car of the Year title
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Mazda CX-5 beats 86 and BRZ to Japan Car of the Year title

The Mazda CX-5 has won Japan's prestigious Car of the Year award. The SUV beat the likes of the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ sports car twins to become the first Mazda to win its domestic Car of the Year since the MX-5 in 2005. The CX-5, the first Mazda to be designed from the ground up with the company's full range of efficiency-focused Skyactiv technologies, is also the first non-electric car or non-hybrid to win the gong since 2008...


Mazda CX-5: bigger petrol engine confirmed for Australia
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Mazda CX-5: bigger petrol engine confirmed for Australia

All-wheel-drive variants of the popular Mazda CX-5 will get a much-needed boost early next year when the mid-sized SUV's underpowered 2.0-litre petrol engine is replaced by a more powerful 2.5-litre unit. Mazda Australia today confirmed expectations that the 2...


Mazda CX-5 trio pounces into SEMA
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Mazda CX-5 trio pounces into SEMA

A trio of custom Mazda CX-5 SUVs developed by Mazda North America's design team has been revealed at this week's 2012 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The three Mazda CX-5 models have each been given their own distinctive style, exhibiting three different looks for the popular family SUV...


Mazda CX-5 to get petrol power boost
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Mazda CX-5 to get petrol power boost

The Mazda CX-5 SUV will gain a more powerful petrol engine option in 2013 when the 2.5-litre four-cylinder from the new Mazda6 medium car is slipped under the bonnet. Mazda Europe's vice-president of R&D and general manager, Ichiro Hirose, confirmed the new petrol addition at the launch of the new Mazda6 wagon at the 2012 Paris motor show...


Mazda CX-5, Hyundai i30 among latest five-star Euro NCAP cars
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Mazda CX-5, Hyundai i30 among latest five-star Euro NCAP cars

The latest round of Euro NCAP crash testing has delivered four five-star results, with the BMW 3-Series, Hyundai i30, Mazda CX-5 and Peugeot 208 all achieving the maximum safety score. The Mazda CX-5 compact SUV scored maximum points in both side impact tests – the side barrier and the pole test – making it the only car among this test group to do so...


Mazda CX-5 earns top crash test rating in US
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Mazda CX-5 earns top crash test rating in US

The recently launched Mazda CX-5 has been named a ‘Top Safety Pick’ after scoring the highest possible rating in the US-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crashworthiness testing procedure. The CX-5 earned the Top Safety Pick honour by achieving a “good” rating in the frontal offset, side impact, roof strength and rear crash protection tests...


Mazda CX-5 Diesel Review
Rating: 810 /10
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Mazda CX-5 Diesel Review

The Mazda CX-5 finally fills what has been a gaping hole in Mazda Australia’s line-up by becoming the brand’s first diesel-powered passenger vehicle with an automatic transmission. While Australians have warmed to the added torque and increased fuel efficiency of diesel engines in recent years, we have lost our love of the clutch pedal at an even faster rate, forcing manufacturers to offer self-shifting gearboxes or risk becoming irrelevant in the marketplace...

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$39,040 to $46,200