NEW FOR 2016:

-New front bumper and grille
-Improved fuel economy for 2.5L engine
-Standard electric parking brake
-HMI commander and seven-inch touchscreen added to GX Convenience, GS, and GT models
-GS and GT gain blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, larger centre console box, two USB ports, and manual height adjustment for front passenger seat
-New GS luxury package of leather seats, power driver’s seat with lumbar, and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter
-GT adds standard LED headlights, foglights, and taillights, adaptive headlights, and navigation
-GT Tech package includes smart brake support, radar-based cruise control, forward obstruction warning, automatic high beam control, lane departure warning, and satellite radio

It’s not a full redesign, but Mazda has given its compact CX-5 crossover a significant makeover for 2016 that includes updated front-end styling, and a whole bunch of changes to the car’s lists of standard and optional equipment.

GX trim comes with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that comes standard with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission, with a six-speed automatic the only GX powertrain option. GS and GT models use a 2.5L engine that comes standard with the automatic, but can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive in the GS, while GT models are AWD-only.

Standard kit in GX trim includes tire pressure monitoring, electric parking brake, electric power steering, hill hold assist, keyless entry, push-button start, 17-inch steel wheels, auto-off headlights, power-adjustable and heated side mirrors with body-coloured housings and integrated turn signal repeaters, variable-speed intermittent wipers, rear wiper and washer, cruise control, tilt-and-telescopic steering, steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, trip computer, exterior temperature gauge, power windows, air conditioning with manual climate control, four-speaker stereo with auxiliary and USB inputs, overhead console with sunglass holder, front power outlet, six-way manually-adjustable driver’s seat, reclining front passenger seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and cloth upholstery.

GX options include the six-speed automatic transmission, and a convenience package that includes 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, seven-inch touchscreen display, and HMI commander.

GS trim builds on the GX with automatic transmission and convenience package, and adds a sunroof, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, foglights, six-speaker stereo, rain-sensing wipers, auto on/off headlights, backup camera, dual lighted vanity mirrors, heated front seats, six-way power driver’s seat, manual height adjustment for front passenger seat, rear-seat armrest with cupholders, remote fold-down rear seat release, 40/20/40 split-folding back seat, and a second USB input.

GS options include AWD, and a luxury package that brings leather seats, eight-way driver’s seat with lumbar, and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter.

GT trim builds on GS AWD with luxury package, and includes 19-inch wheels, intelligent keyless entry, Bose nine-speaker stereo, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror with garage door opener, adaptive LED headlights with signature lighting and automatic levelling, LED foglights and taillights, and navigation.

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