For the 2018 model year, Mazda CX-5 is getting even better, employing cylinder-deactivation technology, safety, and refinement updates at all trim levels.
It carries features rarely seen in vehicles competing in the next class up such as an available head-up display and standard LED headlights and tail lights.
Mazda CX-5’s Skyactiv-G 2.0 and 2.5 engines have both received updates to reduce internal friction, which increases low-end torque, while also reducing real-world fuel consumption and particulate matter formation during combustion.
These changes are implemented to reduce the amount customers will spend on fuel, but no feature stands out more than Mazda’s segment-exclusive cylinder-deactivation technology in the Skyactiv-G 2.5-litre engine.
The engine introduces the ability to imperceptible shut down the two outside cylinders at cruising speeds to maximize efficiency.
Running on two cylinders reduces pumping loss and mechanical resistance.
This is designed to assist in improving real-world efficiency rather than simply in catalogued evaluations and comes standard on CX-5 GS and GT models.
Cylinder deactivation is more effective at low speeds, improving fuel economy by approximately 20 per cent when driving at a constant 40km/h, and by approximately five per cent at a constant 80km/h. Mazda is the only automaker to equip a four-cylinder engine with cylinder deactivation in North America.
Additional newly standard equipment includes automatic on/off headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and illuminated power windows with driver’s one-touch up/down feature.
On the safety front, Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring (ABSM), and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) now come standard across all models.
All features were previously available on mid-level CX-5 GS models and above.