The 2018 Mazda CX-5 Has Been Named a Motor Trend SUV of the Year Contender

November 30th, 2017 by

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The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is certainly attracting attention – Motor Trend just named it an SUV of the Year contender. It’s a high honor, and one that places the latest Mazda CX-5 among models such as the:

  • Audi Q5
  • BMW X4
  • Maserati Levante
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe
  • Volvo V90 Cross Country

Let’s take a look at what makes it a contender.


As noted by MotorTrend, “Mazda brings the fun, even to SUVs”. They record that the vehicle “handles like a sporty sedan… It accelerates nicely, tackled the winding course with vigor, and sounds and feels good while doing it.”

To understand what sets Mazda performance apart, look to:

  • SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY: The framework utilizes ultra-high tensile-strength steel across key areas to increase rigidity while dropping weight.
  • SKYACTIV® VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control: Power delivery is adjusted as you corner to shift vehicle weight for a smoother, more responsive, and less fatiguing drive.

Space and Comfort

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 achieves a rare blend of indulgent comfort and family-friendly practicality, all without compromising its searing performance.

You’ll enjoy:

  • Up to 30.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the 2nd row
  • Up to 59.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the 1st row

As you drive, savor available leather upholstery across the seats, steering wheel, and gear selector. Front seats enjoy 3-level heating to cope with anything from a chill in the air to a winter snowstorm.


The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is packed with top-tier tech, including a 10-speaker Bose® sound system with Centerpoint2® and AudioPilot2®, Mazda Navigation, and a MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System with 7-inch touchscreen.

That said, we’ve found that safety technology garners the most interest, with features including:

  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control
  • Smart City Brake Support
  • Adaptive Front-Lighting
  • High Beam Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane-Keep Assist
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Advanced Blind-Spot Monitoring

MotorTrend’s SUV of the Year Contender is Available Now from Tracy Mazda

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 proved as popular with everyday drivers as with the team at MotorTrend. If you’d like to experience this coveted and acclaimed SUV for yourself, why not arrange a test drive or visit our showroom?

*2017 model shown. See dealer for details.