2016.5 Mazda CX-5 Gets More Standard Equipment

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) is bridging the gap between 2016 and 2017 models with the 2016.5 CX-5

The 2016.5 Mazda CX-5 is nothing more than a 2016 model with more standard equipment. Along with equipment upgrade, Mazda has also simplified the compact crossover's trim level structure.

New for the mid-model year is a backup camera, now standard on all trim levels equipped with Mazda's SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. Previously, the backup camera was part of the $400 Rear View Camera Package on the CX-5 Sport trim level, which also brought a 7-inch touch screen audio system that is now standard.

CX-5 Touring models gain standard navigation and heated front seats while the CX-5 Grand Touring trim adds navigation as standard equipment. Before the update, navigation was available in the CX-5 Touring and Grand Touring Technology Packages.

Nothing changes under the hood, with 2016.5 Mazda CX-5 models featuring two engine choices – the SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter engine rated at 155 horsepower and the SkyActiv-G 2.5-liter unit that puts out 184 hp.

As standard, the engine is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. Mazda's Skyactiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission and the i-Activ all-wheel drive system are available as optional extras on all models.

The more powerful engine only comes with the automatic transmission, in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The Mazda Connect infotainment system and a seven-inch color monitor with Commander Control knob are standard on CX-5 Sport models equipped with the 2.5-liter engine and the six-speed automatic transmission.

Going on sale in January 2016, 2016.5 Mazda CX-5 starts from $21,795 for the base Sport trim with the 2.0-liter engine and manual transmission. That's $80 more than before, but the pricing increase is only due to Mazda's revision of 2016 delivery and handling fees.