2016 Mazda CX 5 Side Up Hill
Mazda significantly refreshed its CX-5 crossover for the 2016 model year, but now the CX-5 will receive another small round of updates for the 2016.5 model year. While the updated 2016 Mazda CX-5 debuted at the Los Angeles auto show with a significant visual refresh inside and out, this 2016.5 update focuses solely on adding more equipment to the car. Going forward, the 2016.5 Mazda CX-5 will come with a backup camera as standard on all but the base manual-transmission model. On Touring trim levels, navigation and heated seats become standard, and for the Grand Touring, buyers will now score navigation as standard. Previously, adding a backup camera on the CX-5 Sport required adding the $400 Rear View Camera package, and getting navigation on Touring and GT models required buyers to pick the Technology package ($1,625 and $1,505, respectively). Mazda said adding this equipment reflects the tendency of CX-5 buyers to pick lots of premium features when ordering the crossover. Prices for the 2016.5 Mazda CX-5 inch up slightly as the car’s destination charge rises to $900. That means that front-wheel-drive models are now $22,695 for the Sport manual-transmission car and $24,495 for a Sport trim with a six-speed automatic, while the Touring costs $26,115 and the Grand Touring is $29,470. Adding all-wheel drive costs $1,300 across the board, with AWD CX-5 models running from $25,795 for the Sport and $27,415 for the Touring, to $30,770 for the Grand Touring. The 2016.5 Mazda CX-5 goes on sale in January 2016.