The CX-5 is one of the best small SUVs. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission make for a responsive and unobtrusive powertrain.
Fuel economy of 24 mpg is good but not a standout. Handling is responsive and enjoyable, and the steady, compliant ride is among the best in this class. The cabin is quiet, and interior quality is substantial and looks attractive. Soft-touch surfaces, some detailed stitching, and chrome trim add to the interior ambience. Both the front and rear seats are comfortable. But there is a learning curve to mastering the infotainment system. Rear and side visibility are a bit compromised. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection are standard. A new top-trim Signature is available with a stronger turbocharged engine or a 2.2-liter diesel engine.