Just 9-months after the release of the second gen, the 2018 MY provides improved safety, efficiency, comfort, and convenience. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Nov. 23, 2017 2018 Mazda CX-5 Sport - $25,125 to start incl. the $975 D&H Charge. EPA ratings will be announced shortly. The Mazda CX-5 record sales continues unimpeded since the second generation went on sale this past spring. In just one MY, Mazda has added some very enticing new features providing the consumer an even better vehicle. For the 2018 MY, the CX-5 now includes small updates to reduce internal friction including its segment-exclusive cylinder-deactivation technology. The engine can imperceptible shut down the two outside cylinders at cruising speeds to improve efficiency and is standard on all trims. Mazda is the only automaker to equip an I4 with cylinder deactivation in North America. The 2018s EPA ratings have not been released yet, but it should be telling of there is an increase in highway efficiency or not from the current 2017s very average 24/31 mpg (FWD) and 23/29 mpg (AWD) city/highway ratings. New standard equipment includes a leather-wrapped wheel and shift knob. On the safety front, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert is also standard across all trims including the base model. The entry-level CX-5 Sport features cloth upholstery, standard LED headlamps, 17” alloys, electronic parking brake, MAZDA CONNECT infotainment with a 7” display and Bluetooth. For an additional $625 The Sport i-ACTIVSENSE Package adds auto High Beam, Lane Departure Warning, Lane-Keep Assist, Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Smart Brake Support, rain-sensing windshield wipers and automatic on/off headlights. This safety pkg. at that price on all trims is a no-brainer!!! The CX-5 Touring adds standard 19” alloys for 2018 and the full i-ACTIVSENSE suite of safety features. Mazda CX-5 Touring includes leatherette seats and Proximity Key with Push Button start. Additional Touring features include heated front seats, 6-way power adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone auto climate, rear seat A/C vents and two rear USB ports for charging smartphones or tablets. The available Touring Preferred Package includes an auto-dimming rearview with Homelink, BOSE 10-speaker audio with Centerpoint and AudioPilot, navigation, a power glass moonroof and a power liftgate. The Touring Preferred Package for the top-trim CX-5 Grand Touring includes new 2-position memory driver’s seat and 6-way power adjustable passenger seat. CX-5 Grand Touring comes standard with leather-trimmed seats, LED fog lights and tail lights, Adaptive Front-lighting System and XM satellite radio. The Grand Touring Premium Package includes windshield-projected Active Driving Display head-up unit with Traffic Sign Recognition, heated steering wheel, heated second-row outboard seats and windshield wiper de-icer. All CX-5 models sold in the U.S. come with a standard 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque 2.5L I4 mated to a 6-speed AT with manual-shift plus Sport mode. i-ACTIV AWD is available on every trim. CX-5 has earned the IIHS “Top Safety Pick+” designation for the fifth-consecutive year in 2017. 2018 Mazda CX-5 Interior One of the best looking interiors in the segment! 2018 Mazda CX-5 Pricing (FWD/AWD) CX-5 Sport: $24,150/$25,450 - Sport i-ACTIVSENSE Package $625/$625 CX-5 Touring: $26,215/$27,515 - Touring Preferred Package $1,200/$1,200 CX-5 Grand Touring: $29,645/$30,945 - Grand Touring Premium Package $1,395/$1,395 Premium Paint Upcharge Soul Red Crystal: $595 Machine Gray Metallic: $300 Snowflake White Pearl Mica: $200 The 2018 Mazda CX-5 will arrive at dealerships nationwide in the beginning of December.