Mazda knows the small SUV segment is all too critical these days. For that reason, it is keeping its CX-5 as fresh as possible. Despite just being redesigned in 2017, the 2018 model has been announced with a new engine and more standard features.
Borrowing an engine from the recently announced 2018 Mazda6, the CX-5 is gaining cylinder deactivation technology to its naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four. Mazda says during light loads the cylinder on each end of the block will deactivate to save fuel, effectively turning the engine into a two-cylinder mill.
In addition to the cylinder deactivation tech, Mazda says the engine as a whole has gotten a reworking. The reworking has reduced friction across the board and boosted efficiency beyond just the cylinder deactivation system. Fuel economy figures have yet to be announced for the new engine.
Pairing with the new engine is a longer list of standard features across the CX-5 range. Base models now offer a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob standard and blind spot alert with rear cross-traffic alert. CX-5 Touring now comes standard with Mazda iActivesense, the company’s host of active safety features, including adaptive cruise control. Buyers of the top-end CX-5 Grand Touring model will find memory seats and a power passenger’s seat standard now as well.
Of course, the added standard features has added to the price. 2018 CX-5 pricing is up $140 to $335 versus the 2017 model; modest increases given the added gear.
The 2018 Mazda CX-5 will go on sale next month.