2015-2016 Lemon Aid New Car Reviews - SUVs

SUVs: MicroCompact - MidSize - Luxury - All-Terrain

Compact SUVs

Volume sales of Sport Utility Vehicles in Canada are increasingly clustered around so-called Sport Cute models based on compact car platforms. These so-called Crossover Utility Vehicles (CUVs), possess a high seating position, good cargo capacity, and can carry four or five people comfortably.

The CUV format is moving into bigger and bigger vehicles. The Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe XL Infiniti QX60, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander all have three rows of seats and ample cargo space, if not necessarily at the same time. GM’s massive Acadia-Enclave-Traverse trio can seat up to eight and still haul some cargo as well.

Truck-based SUVs, once at the core of the market, have been pushed to the margins of the segment. The Jeep Wrangler, Nissan Xterra and the Toyota 4Runner are the last popularly-priced body-on-frame SUVs still available. Impressive towing capacity is the key advantage that the truck-based vehicles have over the more common CUVs.

New for 2015 are the third-generation Ford Edge and Nissan Murano, with the third-generation Honda Pilot, marketed as a 2016, expected by the summer of 2015. Honda treated its CR-V to a mid-cycle refresh for 2015, and has also updated the Acura RDX, which goes on sale in the sping of 2015 as an early 2016.

The proliferation of vehicles in this segment led us to break our reviews into five distinct categories (micro, compact, mid-size, luxury and all-terrain) too keep competitors in the same segments together.

Except for the All-Terrain trucks, which are quite capable in rugged conditions, the vehicles reviewed in this section are car-based and intended as daily-drivers for typical families.

A note about mileage: The APA's posted fuel economy figures for 2015 are from the U.S. Department of Energy as figures from the Canada Energuide were not available when our research was being done.

Chevrolet Equinox  Hyundai Tucson  Kia Sorento  Nissan Rogue 
Ford Escape  Jeep Cherokee  Kia Sportage  Subaru Forester 
GMC  Terrain  Jeep Compass  Mazda CX-5  Toyota RAV4 
Honda CRV  Jeep Patriot  Mitsubishi Outlander  Volkswagen Tiguan 
Hyundai Santa Fe       

Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
Sixth and likely last year for these models in their current forms. OnStar is now 4G LTE compatible and can turn the vehicle into a WiFi hotspot. MyLink and IntelliLink systems can now read text messages through the sound systems in the vehicles.

Performance
The 2.4L four furnishes adequate acceleration but can get raucous when working hard. Low highway fuel consumption. The brake pedal has a wooden feel and the brakes lack initial bite. Small glazed area hinders outward visibility. Except for minor details like the logo on the steering wheel, the cabins of the Equinox and Terrain are essentially the same. The climate controls feature too many buttons. The cabins contain a number of hard plastic surfaces, but are relatively attractive. Comfortable seats and plenty of passenger space, front and rear. The cargo bed is narrow and shallow below the window line, limiting cargo capacity. The Equinox and Terrain share no exterior panels and attract different buyers.

Comments
The Equinox and Terrain are near the end of their current lifecycles. Most of the examples of this platform are powered by GM's ubiquitous Ecotec 2.4L four, but a 3.6L V6 is optional for those who want more power or have towing needs. The take-rate for the V6 is roughly five percent. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. Properly equipped, the Equinox 2.4L can tow up to 680 kg (1500 lbs.), with the V6 having a maximum capacity of 1588 kg (3500 lbs.).
Pricing
Equinox: all-wheel drive, standard on the LTZ, is a $2200 option on other trim levels. The 3.6L V6 is a $1725 option. Upgrading from the 1LT to 2LT is a bargain; with all other upgrades priced to reflect their additional content. Good value leasing. The top Terrain, the Denali, has no Equinox equivalent. The base Terrain is priced nearly $2000 higher than the base Equinox with little in the nature of equipment to justify the difference.

Reliability
Average reliability predicted based on limited data. Predicted weak points include premature brake wear and electronic sensor failures. A GM extended warranty is recommended if you plan to keep this vehicle for a long time.


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2.4L-4 (182 HP)*, 3.6L‑V6 (301 HP)  

Transmissions: 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  8.2L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  11.5L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Forward collision and lane departure alerts
Additonal Airbags:  None
Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/160,000
Current Generation Debut:  2010

Country of Origin:  Canada 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



 

Ford Escape

Specifications

 

 

What’s new
1.6L turbo standard on the SE trim this year. Blind spot monitors and self-parking are available in 2015.

Performance
The 1.6T on our test Escape delivered more than adequate power and good flexibility, but was no faster than a 2L Mazda CX-5 with 23 fewer horsepower. The six-speed automatic transmission, which upshifts smoothly and downshifts with the slightest provocation, feels hyperactive. The more powerful (240 horsepower) 2L turbo four requires fewer downshifts to maintain momentum. Precise steering. Well thought out ride-handling compromise but both are affected when the vehicle is loaded up with passengers and cargo. Good visibility. The cabin is very vertical with those in front sit in a very legs-down stance. The front seat cushions are short and the driver and front passenger environments are very narrow. The outboard rear seats can be reclined individually, the seat is comfortable, if a bit thinly padded, and legroom is competitive. The cabin reflects contemporary style and is carefully assembled from attractive components. Luminous gauges and optional MyFordTouch (still not that intuitive) screen. Small climate controls. The slow-moving power tailgate reveals a low load floor. The rear seats fold when cargo-area release toggles are pulled, but create a stepped load floor. The Escape ranked second, behind the Honda CR-V and ahead of the Hyundai Santa Fe and Mazda CX-5, in an APA comparison test.

Comments
Like other European-designed Fords, the bold lines, unusual shapes, slick detailing, matte finishes and more soft-touch surfaces of the Escape's cabin are very attractive. Engine choices include a normally-aspirated 2.5L four, and two turbo fours, a 1.6L and a 2L.The sole transmission offered is a six-speed automatic. An "On demand" all-wheel drive system is optional. Properly equipped, towing capacities for the Escape are 680 kg (1500 lbs.) for the 2.5. 907 kg (2000 lbs.), for the 1.6T and 1578 kg (3500 lbs.), for the 2.0T with the towing package.

Pricing
Good value SE trim upgrade also includes the 1.6 turbo engine. The Titanium range topper is priced to reflect the value of its extra contents. All-wheel drive, standard on the Titanium, is a $2200 option on the SE but is not offered on the S. Good value leasing.

Reliability
Below average reliability. Numerous complaints regarding poor fuel economy and well as glitches in the dashboard and electrical system. Turbo engine maladies are not unknown. The normally-aspirated 2.5L four is a better bet than the turbos but many features buyers like are not available on 2.5L cars. An extended warranty from Ford of Canada is recommended if you plan to keep your Escape past the warranty period.


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.6L-4 T  (178 HP)*, 2L‑4  T (240 HP),  2.5L-4 (168 HP) 

Transmissions: 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  8.1L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  10.7L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Standard
Additional airbags:  Driver's side knee airbag

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2013

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: P

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



 

Honda CR-V

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
Mid-cycle remake includes revised exterior styling and cabin updates which comprise revised minor controls and a conventional, fixed, centre console. Honda's direct-injected "Earth Dreams" 2.4L four and a CVT replace the powertrain components used last year. A camera located in the passenger (on EX and higher trims) side door mirror displays a view down the right side of the vehicle when the turn signal is on. The Touring trim level offers a number of active security features.

Performance

The CR-V’s new “Earth Dreams” four is quick, smooth and economical. The CVT is well matched to the engine and works very well except for a driveline vibration felt at low engine speeds. While not especially quick or communicative, the CR-V's steering is adequately precise. Absorbent ride and predicable handling. Noise from the road and the wind intrude at highway speeds. Powerful heating and defrosting combine with quick-acting seat heaters to keep occupants comfortable in the winter.
A generous glazed area delivers good visibility except for rear of the vehicle. Though carefully assembled, the CR-V's interior fitting don’t have a luxurious loo. Big, clear gauges. Most controls are straightforward; with the revised climate controls being more logical than before. The front seats are large and supportive, but do little to retain occupants in brisk corners. Excellent driving position for all types of drivers. Supportive rear seats, good legroom and a flat floor combine to make three passengers as welcome as possible. Big cargo area with a low floor.

Comments
All CR-V's are powered by a 2.4L four hooked up to a CVT. All-wheel drive, standard on the SE. EX-L and Touring, is optional on the LX and EX. The CR-V was ranked first in a four vehicle test that included the Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0T and a 2L CX-5. Towing capacity is 680 kg (1500 lbs.).

Pricing
Good value EX and SE trim upgrades. EX-L pricing reflects the value of its extra contents. Bargain Touring package. All-wheel drive, standard on the SE, EX-L and Touring, is a $2360 option on the LX and invokes a $2640 supplement on the EX trim level. Good value leasing. 
Reliability
Predicted reliability is above average but the engine and transmission are unproven.  


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2.4L-4 (185 HP) 

Transmissions: CVT 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  7.1L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  9L/100 km

Active Safety Features: Collision mitigation braking, lane keep and departure devices and adaptive cruise control are standard on the Touring model.

Additional Airbags: None


Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2012

Country of Origin:  Canada, United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



 

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
No changes of note.

Performance
Tested with the 264 horsepower 2L turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission, the Santa Fe's smooth, flexible and punchy engine performed effortlessly. The 2.0T turbo engine uses little more fuel than the normally-aspirated 2.4L. The Santa Fe's ride is a model of absorbency at all speeds. Unfortunately, the whipped-cream ride is at the result of soft springs and flaccid shock absorbers that cause excessive oscillations over big bumps as well as significant lean in corners. This lack of precision isn't helped by numb steering that masks anything going on under the Santa Fe's tires. The Santa Fe's upscale cabin could be mistaken for a Lexus if there were no logos inside the car. The dash features clear gauges. Centre stack controls are simple, logical and easy to use but looks a bit empty on low-spec cars. The large screen on navigation-equipped models forces the minor controls into a smaller space which has the right visual balance. Front occupants are treated to large, enveloping seats that are perhaps too soft to maintain proper support on a long trip. Outboard rear seat riders are pampered with supportive, reclining seat and generous legroom. Good cargo space unfettered by a spare tire, which is stored, outdoors, under the back of the Santa Fe.
The Santa Fe was ranked third, behind the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape, but ahead of the Mazda CX-5, in a recent APA comparison test.

Comments
Two four-cylinder engines from the Sonata, a non-turbo 2.4L and the 2L turbo, power the Santa Fe. Power reaches the front wheels, or optionally, all wheels, via a six-speed automatic transmission. An Active Eco mode, activated by a dash-mounted switch, is standard with both engines.

Pricing
All-wheel drive, standard on the 2.4L Luxury and the turbos, is a $2000 option on the 2.4L Premium. When equipment variations are accounted for, The 2L turbo Premium is priced $2000 higher than the 2.4L Premium. Good value 2.4L Premium package with the Luxury group priced to reflect the value of its additional contents. The price gap between the 2L Premium and the 2L SE is far in excess of the value of its contents. Good value 2L Premium upgrade. Lease payments are too close to those for financing to make leasing a viable option.

Reliability
Predicted average reliability. The previous Santa Fe was reliable. Some rust-related problems reported on the last Santa Fe.

 

 


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2.4L-4 ( 190 HP)*, 2L-4 T (265 HP)  

Transmissions: 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  9.4L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  12.4L/100 km
Active Safety Features: BLIS availabe
Additional Airbags: Driver's side knee airbag

Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2013

Country of Origin: United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: N/R

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



 

Hyundai Tucson

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
No changes of note for 2015 Hyundai announced a fuel-cell powered version of the Tucson for 2016. 

Performance
Smooth, quiet and flexible 2.4L engine. The responsive six-speed automatic transmission shifts very well. Predictable handling with little roll. Harsh, unsettled ride. The Tucson's rear suspension skids easily on slippery pavement during low-speed manoeuvres like taking a corner at an intersection. Nicely weighted steering and progressive brakes. Noisy at highway speeds. With clear gauges, logical controls, pleasing shapes and attractive materials, the Tucson’s cabin is quite chic. Interior space is ample for this segment. The front seats are comfortable despite short cushions. Very slow seat heaters. Cargo room is good but could be better with a more vertical tailgate.
Comments
Two four-cylinder engines, a 2L and a 2.4L, are available. Power reaches the front wheels (all-wheel drive is an option) via a six-speed automatic transmission in most cases, with a six-speed manual available on the front-wheel drive Tucson. Properly equipped, the towing capacity for the Tucson is 907 kg (1995 lbs.).

Pricing
All-wheel drive, standard on the Limited, is a $2000 option on the GL and GLS. The GLS package includes about $4400 worth of equipment as well as the larger 2.4L engine for just $3400. A Honda CR-V Touring, which is larger and has better resale than a Tucson Limited, is priced only $1400 more than the Hyundai. Though it lacks the navigation system of the Tucson Limited, the Santa Fe Sport is roughly the same price and is a better vehicle. Tucson sales are pretty robust and don't seem to the cannibalizing those of the Santa Fe. That said, it must be expensive to manufacture and market two vehicles in the same category.

Reliability
Good reliability.


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 (164 HP), 2.4L‑4 (182 HP)*

Transmissions: 6M, 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  9.3L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  11.6L/100 km

Active Safety Features: None


Additional Airbags: : None
Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2011

Country of Origin:  South Korea

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: P

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



 

Jeep Cherokee

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
Auto stop-start standard for 2015. Parallel-perpendicular parking, forward collision warning and the SafetyTec package are new options for 2015.  

Performance
Equipped with the 3.2L V6, the APA's test Cherokee was quick, quiet and economical. Other than being in too high a gear when exiting a corner, the transmission worked very well. Steering, ride and handling are very well tuned for the Cherokee's intended "family hauler" role. Strong brakes. The cabin is impressive, with big gauges, logical controls, abundant soft-touch surfaces, comfortable seats and good space for passengers and cargo.

Comments
The Dart-based Cherokee gave Jeep a competitive product in the mainstream compact CUV segment and buyers responded enthusiastically, buying over 22,000 units in 2014. Two engines, a 2.4L four with 184 horsepower and a 271 horsepower 3.2L V6, are offered. The sole transmission is a nine-speed automatic. Three AWD systems Active Drive I, a single speed unit, Active Drive II, equipped a with a two-speed transfer case and Active Drive Lock, which adds a locking rear differential, are available.
Optional active safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic detection.

Pricing
Drivetrain options include all-wheel drive at $2200 and the V6 at $1700. The North trim level is priced to reflect its contents but the Limited package is a bargain. Leasing is not available.

Reliability
Below average for this model in its first year. Some transmission control issued and outright failures have been reported. Some owners report electrical problems as well. An FCA Canada extended warranty is recommended is you plan to keep your Cherokee past the three-year/60,000 km basic warranty.


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2.4L-4 (184 HP), 3.2L‑V6 (271 HP)*

Transmissions: 9A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  11.8L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8.4L/100 km

Active Safety Features: Standard


Additional Airbags:  Front occupant knee airbags and outboard rear side airbags
Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000

Current Generation Debut:  2014

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: N R

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating:


 

Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
Conventional six-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous CVT in all variants except the Patriot Freedom Drive II. Standard seat-mounted airbags for both front occupants. Minor cosmetic updates inside and outside on both models. This model will eventually be supplanted by the Renegade.

Performance

The 2.4L furnishes adequate urge and is reasonably refined unless it is pushed really hard. The six-speed automatic transmission operates in a more "traditional" manner than the continuously variable transmission (CVT) it replaces. Freedom-Drive II (the more capable of the two optional all-wheel drive systems), maintains higher engine revs on the highway, increasing fuel consumption. Avoid the 2L four as it develops less power and is little more frugal than the 2.4L. Competent handling as a result of suspension improvements made for the 2011 model year. Absorbent ride. After several rounds of improvements, the steering is now precise and nicely weighted. Prominent road noise. Spongy brakes. Roomy cabin and cargo area. Comfortable seats. Good cabin fit and finish. The Compass was ranked last in an APA four hatchback vehicle comparison test.

Comments

Car-based sport-cutes dominate the tall wagon market in Canada, and these car-based Jeeps inhabit the heart of the market. Though they look different outside, these vehicles are identical under the skin. The Compass is all soft enveloping forms, whereas the Patriot displays traditional square-rigged Jeep styling cues. Power comes from either a 2L or a 2.4L four also seen in other Chrysler vehicles. Transmission choices are a five-speed manual, a six-speed automatic or a CVT (Freedom Trail II only). Power goes to the front wheels, or optionally, to a part-time "on-demand" all-wheel drive system. The Freedom Drive II option makes these Jeeps “Trail Rated”. Properly equipped, the Compass and Patriot can tow up to 909 kg (2000 lbs.).

Pricing

The Compass is priced $400 (Limited), $1000 (Sport) and $1300 higher (North) than Patriot of the same trim level. All-wheel drive models are priced $2300 to $3300 more than front-wheel drive variants of the same trim level. The North upgrades are significantly overpriced considering the additional features included in the packages. The additional outlay to move up from the North to the Limited versions of this platform is neatly balanced by content. A fully-equipped Compass Limited is priced about $2500 less than a Honda CR-V Touring, but the Honda has much better resale value and offers high-value leasing.


Reliability

Below average reliability. These vehicles age poorly. Complaints include premature suspension and brake component wear and oil pan leaks. An extended warranty from FCA Canada is recommended if you plan to keep the vehicle after the basic and powertrain warranties expire. Vulnerable to corrosion, an oil-based anti-rust treatment is recommended.


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 (158 HP), 2.4L‑4 (172 HP)* 

Transmissions: 5M*, 6A. CVT 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  11.2L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8.7L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Standard
Additional Airbags: None
Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2008

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: P

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



 

2016 Kia Sorento

Specifications

NEW

 

What’s new
All new Sorento debuts as an early 2016.

Comments
The new Sorento is a bit larger than before and returns in both five and seven seat versions. The Sorento's front end is similar to that of the related Sedona minivan; with the rest of the styling being visually clean without being plain. With clear gauges and logical controls, the new Sorento's cabin is, like other contemporary Kias, quite chic.
The returning normally-aspirated 2.4L four and 3.3L V6 are joined by a new 2L turbo four that produces 240 horsepower. Power reaches the front wheels, or optionally all wheels, via a six-speed automatic transmission.
Active safety equipment such as active cruise control with forward collision warning and blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors are available.  
Pricing
All-wheel drive is a $2000 option on the 2.4L LX and 2L turbo LX+ models but is standard on all other variants. The $1100 price for the available third-row seat includes the smooth, punchy V6 engine. Except for the SX+ package, all trim upgrades are very good value. Good value leasing. As of June 2015, a Sorento SX V6 seven seater is priced about $3000 less than a Toyota Highlander Limited and monthly payments for leasing and for financing are roughly $30 less per month than they are for the Toyota.  

Reliability
New model, not rated. The previous Sorento was rated above average. 


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3, 2/3/2

Engines:
2L-4T (240 HP), 2.4L‑4 (185 HP),  3.3L-V6 (290 HP)* 

Transmissions: 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  13.8L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  10.2L/100 km
Additional Airbags: None
Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2016

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: N/R

Mod. Front: N/R

Side: N/R

Roof: N/R

Rear: N/R

NHTSA Rating:



 

Kia Sportage

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
No changes of note.

Comments
The Sportage (Kia’s spin on the Hyundai Tucson) is visually spare and elegant compared to the visually busy, pudgy Tucson. It is another triumph from Kia design chief Peter Schreyer, who styled the first Audi TT and all recent Kias. The cabin is fronted by a dashboard containing big, clear gauges, as well as too many buttons for minor controls. There are large amounts of matte-finished hard plastics in the cabin. Good space and comfort in the front and the rear. Ample cargo space which is better than it is in the Tucson due to the Sportage's more vertical tailgate. Power is from either a normally-aspirated 2.4L four or a 2L direct-injection turbo four with 260 horsepower. The 2.4L four delivers ample power to the road via a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. The Sportage is a pleasant car to drive despite a rough and noisy ride. Precise, nicely-weighted and communicative steering. Limited outward visibility. The turbo has a 1930s style fuel-saving free-wheeling system that disconnects the transmission from the drive system when not propelling the car. The base LX front-wheel drive model is offered with a six-speed manual transmission, all other variants feature a six-speed automatic. Properly equipped, the Sportage can tow up to 907 kg (2000 lbs.).
Pricing
All-wheel drive, standard on the EX Luxury and SX models, is a $2300 option on the LX and EX trims. Good value EX trim upgrade but the EX Luxury is a bit expensive considering its contents. The SX Luxury package is overpriced. The turbo engine is worth roughly $1000. When additional standard equipment on turbo models are accounted for, the turbo engine costs roughly $1700 on the SX and only about $500 on the SX Luxury. Good value leasing. 

Reliability
Predicted reliability is above average. 

 


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 T (260 HP), 2.4L‑4 (182 HP)*

Transmissions: 6M, 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  12.4L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  9.0L/100 km
Active Safety Features: None
Additonal Airbags: None

Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2011

Country of Origin:  South Korea

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: P

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



 

2016 Mazda CX-5

Specifications

 

 

What’s new
Mid-cycle update to the CX-5 includes minor exterior styling updates, revised cabin trim, dash centre stack and console. Mechanical changes include revised suspension to deliver a smoother ride and more sound insulation for greater serenity. Radar cruise control is a new option for 2016. Mazda has instituted unlimimited mileage coverage on its three-year limited warranty and five year powertrain warranty.

Performance
On a recent APA multi-vehicle test, the CX-5 2L kept pace with a Ford Escape 1.6T with just the driver on board, but needed to work harder than the CR-V, Escape or Santa Fe to maintain speed when laden or on hilly roads. Frequent downshifts, often two gears at a time and exhibiting some hesitation, can send revs soaring, hurting refinement. The 2.5L engine powering the GS and GT trim levels of the CX-5 doesn't have to work as hard as the 2L to maintain momentum and is quieter. The beautifully weighted, quick and communicative steering combines with a carefully developed chassis to deliver class leading driving pleasure and agility. The big-tired GT delivers a firmly resilient ride, and the GS rides with even more compliance. Strong, progressive brakes. The CX-5 can be affected by crosswinds. The cabin is very functional.Big, clear gauges and logical controls. Comfortable seats. Roomy enough but not as spacious as either the Santa Fe or CR-V. Good cargo space. The rear seat folds in two sections on the GX and three sections (40/20/40) on the GS and GT.

Comments
The base GX model is powered by a 2L, 155 horsepower four, with the 184 horsepower 2.5L four found under the hood of the GS and GT models. A six-speed manual is offered on the front-wheel drive GX model, but all other variants employ a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive, standard on the GT trim level, is optional on the GX and GS models. Properly equipped, the CX-5 can tow up to 907 kg (2000 lbs.).

Pricing
Standard on the GT, all-wheel drive is a $2000 option on the GX and GS trim levels. The GX Convenience package is good value but the GS Luxury and GT Tech packages are priced to reflect the value of their additional contents. Moving from the GX Convenience to the GS (including an upgrade from the 2L to the 2.5L) and from the GS Luxury to the GT represent tremendous value.    

Reliability
Not rated, insufficient data, Few complaints received thus far.  


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 (155 HP) , 2.5L-4 (184 HP)*

Transmissions: 6M, 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  9.4L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  7.8L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Standard
Additional Airbags: None

Warranty: 3/Unlimited, 5/Unlimited
Current Generation Debut:  2012

Country of Origin:  Japan

 

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


 

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