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New Mazda CX-5 Adds More Tech for 2018, Including More Fuel-Efficient Engine

Just nine months after first going on sale, the second generation of Mazda’s popular compact crossover is already getting new standard features and technology.

The 2.0L and 2.5L SKYACTIV-G engines powering the 2018 Mazda CX-5 have both received updates to reduce internal friction, thus increasing low-end torque and also fuel economy. Speaking of which, the bigger mill even adds segment-exclusive cylinder deactivation—a first on a 4-cylinder engine in North America—shutting down the two outside cylinders at cruising speeds to maximize efficiency. In fact, Mazda claims the system can reduce fuel consumption by approximately 20% when driving at a constant 40 km/h, and by approximately 5% at a constant 80 km/h.

Alas, the brand new SKYACTIV-D diesel engine we were promised a year ago is still nowhere to be found. We contacted the folks at Mazda Canada and they said the results from EPA and CARB emission testing should come by the end of the year, so the company is hopeful to make an official announcement at that time.

Additional newly standard equipment on the CX-5 includes automatic on/off headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and illuminated power windows with driver's one-touch up/down feature. On the safety front, Smart City Brake Support, Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert now come standard across all models, while the i-ACTIVSENSE Package (Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Smart Brake Support, pedestrian detection, Distance Recognition Support System, Forward Obstruction Warning, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane-keep Assist System and High Beam Control) is now available on every CX-5 equipped with all-wheel drive.

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 will arrive at Canadian dealerships in early December. Below are pricing details:

  • - GX FWD manual at $25,800
  • - GX FWD at $27,200
  • - GX AWD at $29,200
  • - GS FWD at $29,400
  • - GS AWD at $31,400
  • - GT AWD at $35,000

Our 2017 Mazda CX-5 Review is still a good read and will prove useful if you’re considering this vehicle.