Crossing boundaries

Crossing boundaries

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
16 Jun 2015
What we like:
Impressive handling for an SUV. Rorty exhaust note from the SkyActiv powerplant.
What we dislike:
Boot seems slightly smaller in comparison to other mid-size Japanese SUVs.

Part of that surprise is the surety and stability the CX-5 flings itself around the bends. Combined with a precise and direct steering, the crossover SUV becomes quite the B-road entertainer you’d least expect. Toss it into the bend at a silly speed and the car easily wills itself round the bend without drama or loss of grip. The heady cornering ability is off set slightly by the firmer suspension but isn’t crashy nor uncomfortable.

Despite being fitted with a conventional six-speed automatic, the gearchanges are smooth and seamless even with a bootful of throttle. On the highways, the CX-5 easily muscles its way ahead when overtaking.

Of course the Mazda’s drivability goes beyond its dynamic prowess. New on the facelift is the Lane Keep Assist System that automatically applies steering torque to help get you back in your lane.

Far as the CX-5 goes, it combines the best elements of driving fun from its MX-5 and Mazda 6 siblings into one tidy practical package.

Credits: Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline

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