Mazda CX-5 2013-2016: common problems and fixes, fuel economy, driving experience, photos

Common problems: Many owners report Bluetooth connectivity issues, especially with iPhone. Updating the firmware solves some of the issues. In Mazda Connect system, you can find the firmware version under Settings » System » About. Your dealer can update the firmware. Some owners reported the connectivity issue resolved after replacing the Bluetooth module. This forum offers several fixes. You can find pairing information and check compatibility of your phone at this this Mazda website.

A tire pressure warning light coming on is also often mentioned. In the CX-5 the tire pressure monitoring system works by comparing speed of all tires. The warning light may come on if one of the tire has a nail, but also if the tire pressure monitoring system has not been initialized after tire rotation, tire swap or after adjusting tire pressure. There is a reset button on the left side of the dash. You can find the information how to perform Tire Pressure Monitoring System Initialization in your owners manual under "Tire Pressure Monitoring System." An owners manual can be downloaded in .pdf format from Mazda USA website.

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A faulty transmission shifter assembly may cause the radio to stay on when the car is turned off. Several owners reported the problem fixed after the shifter assembly has been replaced. It's $360-$500 repair if not covered under warranty.

A bad mass air flow sensor may cause the Check Engine light as well as stalling. It's an easy to replace and not very expensive part. Read more about the mass air flow sensor.

Mazda CX-5 OEM 17" Yokohama Geolandar tires were rated with three stars out of five at Several owners reported better ride quality and tire life after switching to different all-season tires. For example, one of our friends reported much improved ride after he installed Michelin Premier tires on his CX-5.

In "Rust Belt" states and Canada, corrosion at rear brakes may cause them to wear prematurely. There are several complaints at the NHTSA website. We strongly recommend having the brakes inspected and serviced regularly to keep them safe.

Maintenance: Mazda doesn't mention the automatic transmission fluid change in the maintenance schedule. That said, the transmission fluid still gets dirty after 80-100K. The automatic transmission takes a special Mazda transmission fluid. If you want to change transmission fluid, get it done at a Mazda dealer. We recommend to change transmission fluid, as well as rear differential and transfer case oil every 60-80K miles. Brakes, especially on the rear axle, need to be serviced at least once a year.

Resources: - Check for recalls by the VIN number
Mazda Connect - how it works, FAQ, How-to guides.
Mazda TomTom navigation - for 2013-2015 CX-5: help, map updates. - compare gas mileage ratings

2016 Mazda CX-5 specifications

Overall length:

Overall height:

Overall width:

179.3 in (4,555 mm)
with License Plate Holder
67.3 in (1,710 mm)
up to shark-fin antenna
72.4 in (1,840 mm)
106.3 in (2,700 mm)

Towing Capacity:
2000 lbs
Minimum Ground clearance - Unladen : 8.5 in (215 mm)
Turning Circle, Curb to Curb: 36.7 feet (11.2 m)
2.0L engine

2.5L engine

I4 DOHC 16 Valve
155hp @ 6,000 rpm, 150ft-lb @ 4,000 rpm

I4 DOHC 16 Valve
184hp @ 5,700 rpm, 185ft-lb @ 3,250 rpm

Estimated EPA Fuel Economy:

2.0L 2WD, manual:

2.5L 2WD, automatic:

2.5L 4WD, automatic:

city: 26 mpg (9.0 L/100 km)
hwy: 34 mpg (6.9 L/100 km)

city: 26 mpg (9.0 L/100 km)
hwy: 33 mpg (7.1 L/100 km)

city: 24 mpg (9.8 L/100 km)
hwy: 29 mpg (8.1 L/100 km)

Recommended Fuel:
87 Octane
Fuel Tank Capacity:
14.8 US gallons / 56 liters
15.3 US gallons / 58 liters
Oil Type:
SAE 0W-20 Full Synthetic
Engine oil capacity:
With oil filter replacement:

4.2 US qt. (4.0L)
4.5 US qt. (4.3L)