2016 CX-5 and 2017 CX-5
2017 Mazda CX-5 (left) and 2016 Mazda CX-5

The official launch of the redesigned-for-2017 Mazda CX-5 is just around the corner; it’s slated to begin arriving in dealerships later this spring. The new CX-5 represents an evolution of Mazda’s KODO—Soul of Motion design theme, a motif that debuted on the Mazda Shinari concept car of 2010. The new bodywork also bears an obvious family resemblance to the CX-5’s larger sibling—the redesigned-for-2016 Mazda CX-9 midsize SUV.

At the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, Mazda had both the new 2017 CX-5 and the 2016 model on display in their booth, so we took the opportunity to grab some quick walk-around shots comparing the two. Check it out (the 2017 pics are on the left, 2016 on the right), and stay tuned—we should be getting our first test-drive taste of the new Mazda CX-5 in the coming weeks.

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2016 versus 2017 Mazda CX-5
The new nose is significantly more dramatic without being overdone. We’re especially fond of the inset grille texture and the chrome trim piece that defines the lower edge of the grille.


Mazda CX-5 2016 vs 2017
There’s a clear family resemblance between the 2017’s wheels and the 2016’s. Both have the same “double five-spoke” design with a graphite-gray finish and machined-aluminum “edging.”


2017 Mazda CX-5 headlamps
The 2017’s sleeker, thinner headlights are nicely integrated into the grille. Lots of eye-catching details on the new CX-5, including the intentional gap between the top of the chrome grille bar and the leading edge of the nose.


2017 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2017 Mazda CX-5
The CX-5’s basic profile doesn’t change much from first generation to second generation, but the new model has a slightly more formal, more upscale feel. The bright trim around the side windows is a classy detail.


2016 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2017 CX-5
The new CX-5 keeps its predecessor’s distinctive “semi-bobtail” proportions, but adds crisper surface details.


2016 CX-5 versus 2017 CX-5
The 2017 CX-5’s interior is a bit more dynamic than the outgoing model. It makes effective use of satin-chrome trim (especially around the HVAC vents) and color-matched upholstery accents on the console and doors. The slightly higher center console gives the interior a sporty feel.

2016 Los Angeles Auto Show: 2017 Mazda CX-5

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