The CX-5 has been a perennial best-seller for Mazda since its debut in 2012. The sporty compact crossover got a comprehensive refresh for 2017 with Mazda’s engineers obsessively tackling even the smallest of details to make the CX-5 a truly world-class vehicle. It’s now quieter, lighter, more rigid and packed with more technology than nearly anything else in its class. Beyond that, it looks and feels luxurious from behind the wheel with more soft-touch materials, elegant stitching, and a redesigned dash that looks downright handsome without an overabundance of buttons. Outside, the sheet metal has been nipped and tucked in accordance with Mazda’s latest iteration of Kodo design language and it is a faithful rescale of the brand’s flagship CX-9 crossover. The slender headlights frame the more angular nose while the CX-5′s rear has also been chiseled into something far more elegant than the previous model’s jellybean-shaped rear hatch.

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