SHARP TURNS: An SUV by Mazda

2014-01-24T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS: An SUV by MazdaMATT SHARP nwitimes.com
January 24, 2014 12:00 am  • 

As we continue to get pummeled by snow here in the region, I really should just be writing about snowmobiles. That way we could all happily drive to work and actually make it on time and safe. But unfortunately if you all went out and got one of those because I made it sound so good, then come summer time you wouldn’t be too happy with me. So I picked an SUV today; but this particular SUV has the Mazda touch, and to me it has the look of a sports car/SUV.

Mazdausa.com says, “CX-5 inherits its fluent, flowing lines and bold curves from Mazda's signature KODO ‘soul of motion’ design philosophy. The result is a striking stance and an illusion of constant motion, sure to turn heads even when it's sitting still. Yet its stylish sculpting is also highly functional. CX-5's aerodynamic curves and sloping roofline reduce wind turbulence and allow for the vehicle's weight to be distributed toward the rear axle for increased stability.” The CX-5 is also packed with all kinds of exterior features, such as rain-sensing windshield wipers and heated side mirrors to keep your visibility up.

The stylish interior matches its sophisticated exterior with premium leather-trimmed seats, a power moonroof, and ample passenger space. With you available 60/40 split rear seating, you can achieve up to 64.8 cubic feet of cargo space.

Built in is a 5.8-inch touch-screen display. The CX-5 comes equipped with Tom Tom navigation and voice recognition, to ensure your eyes are always on the road. Also next to the screen is a USB audio input port and auxiliary audio input jack, to be able to play music from any device. Finally, available in the CX-5 is HD radio, Pandora Internet radio, and SiriusXM Satelite radio. With all these features, who could keep their eyes on the road? To combat the distraction factor, Mazda has installed a commander switch, a knob that is basically used like a computer mouse to navigate through all of the above features.

Most Mazda’s models now have the Skyactive engines in them, and the CX-5 is no exception. It has the Skyactive-G 2.0L that produces 155 horsepower and an impressive 150 lb-ft of torque on 15 percent less fuel then the old model. It achieves 35 highway MPG, the best in its class.

To go along with this powerful engine comes lots of safety. With the SKYACTIV-Body, SKYACTIV-Chassis and intuitive safety technologies, the CX-5 is built to protect. High tensile steel reinforcements and additional spot welds increase rigidity while side-impact door beams and Ring Structure distribute energy to help make the cabin even stronger. Plus you receive help to see those blind spots with the blind spot monitoring system. It uses motion-detecting technology to scan your blind spots and alert you.

There are three different model choices, the first one is the CX-5 Sport witch starts out at about $22,000. The next two are the Touring and the Grand Touring, which get up to about $28,000.

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