Around the world, crossover SUVs are having a moment. Perhaps it’s because they’re so versatile: they have the ruggedness to traverse rough terrain or road conditions, extremely practical cargo space, and you won’t believe a vehicle so large can drive with that much zip.
Read on to keep peaking inside Mazda’s best-selling crossover SUV, the CX-5.
G-Vectoring Control Plus
How did Mazda get the CX-5 handling to be so smooth? A large part of it is the G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) system, whose improved suspension and braking system further enhances the feeling of connection between driver and vehicle.
While you’re simply behind the wheel, this system works behind the scenes to subtly adjust engine torque and shift the vehicle weight, so the driver experiences a refined sense of steering and braking. The system will apply a hint of braking to the outer tires while cornering, so drivers can change lanes and manoeuvre with greater confidence.
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i-Activ All Wheel Drive
The CX-5 has Mazda’s sophisticated i-Activ All Wheel Drive system, which manages to scan road and driving conditions no less than 200 times a second. When the vehicle detects that a specific tire needs more torque due to slippage on the road, it can send extra power to that wheel.
You’ll drive confidently even when there’s rain, sleet or snow on the road. Plus, the i-Activ AWD on the CX-5 is designed to be extra fuel efficient: the extra burst of power is only sent to the tire right when it’s needed, so as not to consume more fuel than is absolutely required.
i-Activsense Advanced Safety Features
The CX-5 is loaded with a suite of advanced safety features which help to keep everybody on the road safer without requiring any additional effort on the driver’s part. Here are a few examples of how it works.
Mazda’s Blind Spot Monitoring System uses radars in the vehicle to detect objects in the driver’s left or right blind spot. A warning light appears in the appropriate side mirror if there is in fact another car in your blind spot — changing lanes on the highway will be much safer now.
Features like Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support enable the CX-5 to detect objects ahead when travelling at low speeds, which often happens in stop-and-go city traffic. If there’s a risk of a collision, the vehicle itself braces for braking by moving the brake pads closer to the disc. If the driver takes no action to prevent a collision, the system applies the brakes automatically.
Today people want one vehicle that can do it all — stroll sleekly through downtowns or cross adverse roads and weather, transport the groceries and cargo while leaning into highway turns. It should have a motor that is both fuel efficient, yet spunky. Mazda’s CX-5 does all this, and looks good doing it too: no wonder it’s so popular today.