Most reviewers of the Mazda CX-5 crossover vehicle complain that the base engine is weak and provides unimpressive acceleration, according to news website US News & World Report. Other common complaints include a lack of comfort on long trips and a navigation system that is difficult to read and use.
The base engine for the 2015 Mazda CX-5 model year is a 2-liter inline-four producing 155 horsepower and 150 foot-pounds of torque. While adequate for normal driving, reviewers found that its lack of acceleration made passing on highways difficult. Many of these complaints were mitigated by the larger optional engine available for the CX-5, a 2.5-liter inline-four that produces 184 horsepower and 185 foot-pounds of torque.
While the overall interior design of the CX-5 received high marks from most critics, the front driver and passenger seats drew some criticism for their lack of comfort on long trips, though this was not a universal concern. The Mazda's infotainment system drew more consistent complaints, as its screen was considered small compared to the systems in other cars. The system's interface was also widely criticized as unintuitive and difficult to use. This problem was exacerbated by the poor display quality of the infotainment screen.