Review: 2018 Mazda CX-5 GT – Part 3

The GT trim level of the CX-5 is one nice place to spend time in. Let me walk you through the interior to illustrate why:

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The door has leather accents and a fair amount of soft touch material. The audio is supplied by Bose.

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Here’s a close look at the stitching which is top quality everywhere in the CX-5.

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Something that I didn’t notice when I reviewed the CX-5 last year and I appreciate is the fact that the bottom of the door designed so that it keeps dirt off the bottom of the door sill. That means that dirt doesn’t get onto your pant leg.

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The front seats are leather and heated. It’s ten way power adjustable with two memory settings. I found that there wasn’t enough thigh support for my very long legs but it was otherwise comfortable. In other words, your mileage may vary.

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The foot area has a dead pedal for long drives.

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The buttons for the electronic overseers, the button to open the rear hath, and levers for the hood and gas cap are on the left side.

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The steering wheel is leather wrapped and heated. You also have the buttons for the cruise control as well as the infotainment system.

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The gauge cluster is made up of two analog gauges, and a LCD panel that is on the right. The latter is customizable. It was easily readable in all lighting conditions.

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The 7″ infotainment screen sits on the dash. Below that, you get the engine start/stop button below it as well as a couple of vents and the hazard lights.

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Here you see the HVAC controls. Plus a cubby that fit my iPhone 7 Plus. You can also see the leather trim as well as a shiny piano black finish.

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The leather wrapped gear shift, sport switch, HMI Commander switch, hill hold button and electronic parking brake are visible here. You get two cup holders just behind that.

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The cup holders hold a Starbucks Venti sized coffee with ease.

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You get a deep storage area that has a removable shelf, two USB ports, 12V outlet, and 3.5mm audio jack. When it’s closed, it is an armrest.

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There’s a glove box on the right hand side.

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You get a power moonroof that has a manual sunshade.

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The rear seats are comfortable for two adults. Three could work if everyone is friendly. Three kids are no problem.

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If you don’t need to seat three people, you’ll have access to a pair of cupholders and the switches for the heated seats and….

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Plus you get a storage area and a pair of USB ports to keep your devices charged.

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There’s ventilation for the back seat passengers.

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There’s a fair amount of storage back here. Plus there’s 40-20-40 folding seats to crate more space should you need it.

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You have a handle on the seats to allow you to fold them down.

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And in the cargo area, you get another handle to do the same thing from there.

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Not only were we able to get our groceries in here with ease, but my new Giant SLR1 front and rear carbon wheels for my road bike fit in here as well.

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One thing that I didn’t notice the last time I reviewed the CX-5 is this 12V power connector in the cargo area.

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There’s a handle on the rear hatch that allows you to close it without getting your hands dirty. But you don’t need it as it is powered.

Overall the interior is very upscale and well executed. Mazda really did a great job putting the interior together as it competes very well against others in the Compact SUV space in almost every way. I should also note that there’s very good vision in every direction for the driver. No rattles, squeaks, or other annoyances were noted during my week with the CX-5.

Tomorrow, I will be taking a look at the technology in the CX-5 which is very extensive. Stay tuned.

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