Mazda CX-5 gets more standard features, simplified trim choices

Mazda CX-5 gets more standard features, simplified trim choices

Mazda has introduced a minor update to the CX-5 crossover for the second half of the 2016 model year.

The changes are focused on standard features and simplification of the available trim levels. The company suggests the enhancements are geared for customers with a taste for premium features.

The mid-model-year update brings a backup camera as standard on all variants equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission and 2.5-liter engine. Such packages start at $24,495 (including $900 freight) with front-wheel drive, or $25,795 with all-wheel drive.

All CX-5 Touring models now ship with standard navigation and heated front seats, while the top Grand Touring trim also provides navigation without requiring any additional upgrade packages.

The backup camera had previous required a dedicated Rear View Camera add-on for the entry-level Sport trim. Navigation had been included only with the Technology Packages for the Touring and Grand Touring editions.

The 2016.5 CX-5 will begin arriving in showrooms next month.

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