The crossover has overtaken the sedan as the most popular automobile in North America and it’s a pattern that’s unlikely to change for years to come. The crossover is the child of the SUV and car, typically using a single body that drives like a car but looks and feels like an SUV. It gives drivers the added height and sense of safety that makes the SUV so appealing, especially to family drivers, but the handling and aerodynamics of a car. The boxy edges of the SUV have been curved and the cabin is spacious without compromising efficiency. The mix has proven to one of the most popular things to happen to the highway since the sedan itself, having already far outpaced the 1990s heyday of the SUV proper.
Among some of the more successful crossovers, the Mazda CX-5 has experienced incredible levels of popularity. It’s easily become a best seller at Toronto Mazda dealers like Yorkdale Dufferin Mazda, as it has worldwide. The surprising success of the Mazda CX-5 is that its sales numbers continue to rise through 2017 to record-breaking heights, even as auto sales across the board are in decline after the 7 straight years of growth that followed the 2009 aftermath of the financial crisis, when sales reached record lows. The CX-5 isn’t just buoyed by the overall success of crossovers, either, as its sales growth has far outpaced similar growth seen in other manufacturers. It’s helped by Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology, which achieves better fuel efficiency without detracting from the performance the brand has become known for.
There’s also what the car company claims as its guiding philosophy, “jinba ittai,” which means “rider and mount in unity.” It’s not just a marketing concept, as the Auto 123.com critics admit the test drive proved the CX-5 to responsive and alert to the driver. The philosophy influenced every part of the design, down to the muscles the driver uses when using the shift. There’s no denying that it’s a carefully crafted SUV and that the company has an eye for detail. If you’re shopping for a Mazda in Toronto, at Yorkdaledufferinmazda.ca find out more about the philosophy and design that comes from the manufacturer.
In 2017, say some critics, the Mazda CX-5 looks more like a luxury crossover than one meant for the mass-market, designed to emulate true luxury brands like crossover SUVs from BMW, Audi, and Lexus. Auto 123 describes its luxury-facing design, with a look in the body shape, headlamps, and wheels designed to look right at home in a luxury line up. Add in a new an improved cabin featuring an upholstery-lined dashboard, lacquer finish, stitching, and a new, more intuitive interface, and you may be surprised to learn that the CX-5 still comes in at mass-market prices, with prices as low as $30,595 at Toronto Mazda dealership Yorkdale Dufferin Mazda.
The CX-5 hits all the right notes, priced for the average family but with great driving and an added sense of luxury. The meteoric rise of the crossover certainly hasn’t hurt its prospects, but careful, smart design seem to have cemented its place in the manufacturer’s line.