Mazda CX-5 SUV (2017 -) Safety & Reliability

Review by Adam Binnie on
Last Updated: 09 Aug 2017
The CX-5 was the first car to feature Mazda’s angular 'Kodo' styling and Skyactiv fuel-saving technology - two pillars that have come to define the manufacturer’s line-up of cars. It debuted in 2012 and since then the Japanese manufacturer has sold 1.

4.5 out of 5



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  • New front-facing camera unlocks safety features
  • Better adaptive cruise control plus emergency braking
  • Six airbags and new LED headlights complete the mix

The big news here is the addition of a front-facing camera (plus the existing radar), to bolster the safety features offered by the Mazda CX-5.

Adaptive cruise control can now work down to a stop while adaptive LED headlights are brighter than the norm and automatically dip to avoid dazzling other drivers. Autonomous emergency braking and traffic sign recognition can also be specified for the first time in a CX-5.

There’s also a lane-keeping assistant/departure warning plus blind spot monitor and rear traffic alert.

Other more conventional safety systems include anti-lock brakes, dynamic stability control, traction control and hill start assist – plus six airbags.

4.5 out of 5


  • Mazda has a generally good reputation for reliability
  • Engines are carried over and used elsewhere
  • Cabin feels durable and well-assembled

Although this is a new car (50% of the platform is different to before) there’s quite a bit of carry over from the last CX-5, meaning any problems should have been ironed out.

The engines are fundamentally the same and are used throughout the Mazda line-up, so there shouldn’t be much to get concerned about here.

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