The 2016 models are just about all released at this point of the year, and Mazda is already updating its 2016 CX-5 midway through the model year. Fortunately, this isn’t some crazy update that changes the way the crossover looks, but it is enough to possibly make buyers seek it out as opposed to an earlier-production model.
The changes made in this mid-model-year update are mostly to the features included with the various trim levels of the CX-5. One huge change is the inclusion of a rearview camera on all models with the six-speed auto transmission. Previously, this feature was only available as a package. Along with the rearview camera comes the upgraded CONNECT infotainment system and a 7-inch color monitor.
The lower-level models aren’t the only ones that gain new features, as the Touring and Grand Touring trims get some love too. The 2016.5 CX-5 Touring gains navigation and heated front seats as standard features, whereas the Grand Touring trim also gets standard navigation. Prior to this change, Navigation was only available as a part of the Technology Packages.
Along with these changes come some mild bumps in base price. The 2016.5 CX-5 Sport with the auto transmission jumps by $400 to $23,595 with front-wheel drive and $24,895 with all-wheel drive. Oddly enough, that $400 is exactly how much the Rear Camera Package cost for the 2016 CX-5, so this is more like Mazda forcing you to buy the option than making it a new standard feature.
As for the Grand Touring, it’s the price of the front-wheel-drive model remains unchanged at $25,215, but the all-wheel-drive version jumps by $50 to $26,515. The Grand Touring models increase by $350 to $28,570 with front-wheel drive and by $400 to $29,870 with all-wheel drive.
This updated 2016.5 CX-5 will hit dealer lots in January 2016, so if you’re not a fan of paying more for a rearview camera, then now is the time to pull the trigger on the 2016 CX-5.