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    Spying: 2018 Mazda CX-5 Borrows Some Bits From CX-9

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      Mazda takes some ideas from the CX-9 and puts them into the CX-5

    The Mazda CX-5 is now the oldest crossover in their lineup. But Mazda has some big plans for the next-generation model.

     

    A spy photographer caught a CX-5 mule filling up at a California gas station. The mule was heavily camouflaged, but we're able to pull some key details about the design. The first is that the CX-5 will be taking some design ideas from the larger CX-9. For example, the front end features narrower headlights and a more pronounced grille surround. The back of the roof also appears to have a sharper slant.

     

    We wouldn't be surprised if Mazda brings some premium materials and design to the CX-5's interior, along with more advanced driver assistance systems. One item up in the air is what will power the CX-5? Will they carry over the 2.0 and 2.5L four-cylinder engines? We would expect front-wheel and all-wheel drive to be on offer.

     

    Mazda could show the next-generation CX-5 later this year at the LA Auto Show/

     

    Source: Left Lane News, Motor1.com

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    Even though it's the oldest in Mazda's lineup, and one of the oldest in the segment, it is still one of the best in the small crossover segment in terms of interior quality, handling, and fuel economy.   I really like the look of the new CX-9 so I'm assuming moving to that look is going to be a major part of the refresh. 

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    So a more exaggerated, forward-leaning beak and narrower lights.  Looking at the overall shape, it appears to be a mild reskin, if that.  Should be cool though. 

     

    Two things that bother me about Mazda:  boring colors that have been the same for many years, inside and out, plus the tinny sound of the Skyactiv engine when started cold.

     

    I am imagining a new-look CX-5 in dark green with saddle brown leather interior... now that would be a beauty.

     

    An aunt of mine just replaced her 15-year old Camry after asking me which CUV I would recommend... the CX-5 or short body Santa Fe.  Without hesitation, I told her "CX-5" based on seeing Hyundai and Mazda products come through our service departments, and their problems.

     

    LOL... she bought the Santa Fe anyway, with her husband my uncle saying "with the long warranty, hopefully it won't be too bad..."

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    So a more exaggerated, forward-leaning beak and narrower lights.  Looking at the overall shape, it appears to be a mild reskin, if that.  Should be cool though. 

     

    Two things that bother me about Mazda:  boring colors that have been the same for many years, inside and out, plus the tinny sound of the Skyactiv engine when started cold.

     

    I am imagining a new-look CX-5 in dark green with saddle brown leather interior... now that would be a beauty.

     

    An aunt of mine just replaced her 15-year old Camry after asking me which CUV I would recommend... the CX-5 or short body Santa Fe.  Without hesitation, I told her "CX-5" based on seeing Hyundai and Mazda products come through our service departments, and their problems.

     

    LOL... she bought the Santa Fe anyway, with her husband my uncle saying "with the long warranty, hopefully it won't be too bad..."

    Ocnblu, you bring up an outstanding point. Issues between the two based on your real world experience of them coming through the shop you work at. Could you list some of the things you see on each one, positives and negatives? That would be really cool to see.

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