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Look back through the archives of our Why Buy? reviews and you’ll notice us referencing one affordable crossover as a benchmark time and time again. Since its launch in 2012, the Mazda CX-5 has enthralled us with the way it brings genuine driving fun to a type of vehicle typically judged only for its spaciousness and fuel efficiency.

Not that the CX-5 was without its flaws. Over the years, Mazda worked to soften its ride quality and hush its cabin. This year, the 2017 CX-5 arrives with sweeping changes from front to back, including a smart face lift both inside and out, and there’s more equipment on offer, too.

Mazda’s crossover was already widely praised for being the best-driving affordable SUV you could buy. With all these efforts, is it now the best in every respect?

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2017 Mazda CX-5

Engine 2.5-Liter I4
Output 187 Horsepower / 185 Pound-Feet
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
Efficiency 24 City / 31 Highway / 27 Combined
As-Tested Price $32,785
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