We’re not doing any typo there – there’s a growing love for intra-model year updates among carmakers, and Mazda has also gone the same path with the CX-5 crossover.
So, without further ado we have here the 2016.5 CX-5 sport utility vehicle, which as the .5 moniker spills the beans, has been touched ever so lightly with this mid-year update. The model was introduced just a little over a year ago so the refresh is subtle at best – mostly taking up the trim line for a streamlining spin and delivering better value to the customers. Now every 2016.5 CX-5 ordered will boast as a standard amenity new features such as rearview camera on the models packing the six-speed auto gearbox. The medium trim – CX-5 Touring – also receives heated front seats and GPS navigation, while the flagship Grand Touring also has a standard navigation system from now on. The small changes bring better customer value as the standard features were previously only included in certain packages that could cost up to $1,625.
Under the body the same powertrain options can be found: 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder sporting 155 hp (115 kW) and 150 lb-ft (203 Nm) of torque, a 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder engine churning out 184 hp (137 kW) and 185 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque. The six-speed manual transmission will be standard on the base model and also available is the six-speed automatic transmission. All wheel drive remains an optional and 2016.5 CX-5 prices start from $21,795 and will go up to $29,870 when the model can be had at dealerships starting January.