Mazda’s best-selling vehicle, the CX-5, has been given a refresh and a new signature trim level, which includes some neat features like the engine from the CX-9; and a bigger touchscreen.

The top-tier trim level on the new CX-5 is now called “Signature,” and with it, you get an upgraded interior with premium materials such as Cocoa Brown Nappa leather and Abachi wood trim.

The CX-5 will feature the 2.5-litre turbo engine from the CX-9 and Mazda6, which means a bump in horsepower to 250; and a healthy helping of torque, some 310 lb-ft to be precise. Mazda’s new G-Vectoring Control Plus also comes with the new engine, which has been revised for better driving dynamics.

On the tech front, the CX-5 finally gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, accessed through a 7.0-inch display; a BOSE 10-speaker sound system that makes sure your tunes always sound good; and a Homelink wireless system that can automatically open the garage door when you get home.

The CX-5 is also equipped with heated front and rear seats with ventilation for the front only; heated steering wheel; heads-up display; frameless rearview mirror with auto-dimming; and power folding exterior mirrors.

Canadian pricing and availability should be announced soon.

Source: Driving

November 9, 2018