Review by Veeno Dewan
Visually, Mazda’s CX-5 is still one of the best in the compact crossover segment. Mazda’s Kodo design language combines edgy futurism with classic shapes without the need for gimmicky flourishes. For 2024 the CX-5 continues with last years mild revamp with range of model’s trims.
Engine choices include a naturally aspirated SKYACTIVE 2.5-liter inline-four with 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. There is an optional SKYACTIVE 2.5-liter turbocharged cylinder unit producing 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard through the . Skyactiv-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode and paddle shifters.
We tested the new Suna Edition that replaces the previous Kuro Edition. This is a special model offering unique styling touches inside and out, Suna Edition trims add a cool Mazda Zircon Sand Metallic paint and black exterior touches, 19-inch alloy wheels, side mirrors, and front grille. Interior wise, But the Suna Edition will also feature an interior terracotta upholstery with black suede inserts, terracotta stitching and accent trims. Talk about classy. Its an interior that’s looks very unique. The Suna Edition package will be available on the upcoming 2024 Mazda3 Sport, MX-30 EV, CX-30, and CX-5.
Interior wise the Suna model has a neat, well- detailed cabin that has a sporty theme. The slick looking seats are offset by plenty of bronze, chrome, and gunmetal trim. Nappa leather-trimmed upholstery and Abachi wood-trim are highlights. The controls are simple, the gauges clear and there is a seamless uncluttered look to the dash. Infotainment comprises a 10-speaker, Bose, Surround Sound audio system, , Voice Activating System, Audio, Phone, Carplay, Android, USB, Bluetooth, AM/FM, Satellite Radio, Wireless Charging Pad, Navigation, and head-up Display and more. A 10.3-inch screen now sits atop the dashboard, replacing a smaller 7.0-inch display. The updated system features the new Mazda Connect interface, Mazda Connected Services (a Wi-Fi hotspot and access to remote vehicle functions through a smartphone app),
The front seats are roomy with good ergonomics and range of adjustment. Ventilated front seats (three positions adjustable), rear side airbags, heated front seats and heated rear seats (outboard seats only) and heated steering wheel are present. The rear cabin is smallish, and seats two adults in comfort, but three will be a squeeze. Nappa Leather upholstery and premium cross-stitched details are present. The CX-5 has 30.9 cubic feet of space behind the rear seat with the second row of seats down and more space available with the second row folded.
Safety is good with both active and passive systems such as: Skyactiv Technology Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems. Options include Adaptive cruise control is also included along with automatic reverse braking and a driver inattention warning system plus much more.
On the road, the 2.5L engines dynamic Pressure turbocharger ensure there is plenty of acceleration and a wide power band of usable torque, especially in the mid – range. There is a wonderfully linear, quick, and crisp acceleration with minimal turbo lag. Occupants are also well insulated from rough roads thanks to the improvements to the CX-5’s suspension, reducing noise, vibration, and harshness. Then revised damping also increases comfort. Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control system also adds refinement to the performance with sharpened handling adding some downforce on the front tires during cornering, keeping understeer to a minimum.
As mentioned earlier, all-wheel drive is available and offers superb grip. By the way, traction control is standard along with Dynamics Stability Control. Not much to complain about, the six-speed automatic transmission errs more to performance than fuel economy. fuel consumption estimates are 10.8/8.7 L/100 km (city/highway)
There is not lot to complain about, I was expecting more contrast trim in the interior cabin as its still mainly black. A few Suna Edition branding would be nice; for example on the seats, the steering wheel and some more color. Still the Suna us really the icing on the cake with unique attention-grabbing exterior and equally attractive interior. Just the thing to stand out from the crowd! Well worth considering if you are in the market for a fun to drive, nice looking compact CUV that offers superb value for money.
2024 Mazda CX – 5 Suna Edition Priced from $44,200. As tested – plus options and deliver – $46,295. More info at : www.mazda.ca