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Mazda CX-5 Akera 2016 review: Torquing Heads

2016 Mazda CX-5 Akera
EXPERT RATING
7
Nikki Cousins and Peter Anderson road test and review the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Akera, with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.

Nikki Cousins and Peter Anderson road test and review the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Akera, with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.

We’re looking for answers. Specifically, what makes this car so popular? The CX-5 has taken the Australian SUV market by the scruff of its neck and consigned perennial favourite, Toyota’s RAV4, into second place and by quite some margin. 

The medium SUV segment is absolutely jam-packed with choice - Japan, Korea, Germany, the US, and France are all in on the act. What’s more, a number of those other cars are significantly newer than Mazda’s soon-to-be-renewed sales juggernaut. Others have more space, others have better tech and a couple have a seven-seat option

The CX-5 Akera diesel is the absolute top of the Mazda CX-5 range, with a long standard feature list, a six-speed auto and all-wheel drive

Peter and Nikki each spent a week with it to see just why it has ruled the roost for nearly four years. 

Plus: Tim Robson takes a look at the next generation CX-5 at the LA motor show.

Also: Malcolm Flynn outlines the top five reasons to buy the 2016 Mazda CX-5 GT diesel.

More: Check out our CX-5 hub.

And you'll find more family SUVs at our buying guide here.

Would the CX-5 make it onto your shopping list? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Click here to see more 2016 Mazda CX-5 pricing and spec info.

Pricing guides

$25,000
Based on 367 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$16,500
Highest Price
$35,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
Akera (4x4) 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $22,300 – 30,250 2016 Mazda CX-5 2016 Akera (4x4) Pricing and Specs
GT (4X4) 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $21,800 – 29,590 2016 Mazda CX-5 2016 GT (4X4) Pricing and Specs
GT Safety (4x4) 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $20,800 – 28,270 2016 Mazda CX-5 2016 GT Safety (4x4) Pricing and Specs
Maxx (4x2) 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $15,200 – 21,450 2016 Mazda CX-5 2016 Maxx (4x2) Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7
Peter Anderson
Contributing journalist

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