IRVINE, California – The 2016.5 Mazda CX-5 SUV arrives at Mazda dealerships in January with additional features for some trim levels and a slight press increase, Mazda announced on Friday.
The starting price for the base Sport model with a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive is now $22,695, including a $900 destination charge that accounts for its mid-year $20 price increase. It was previously $880.
Other trims get price bumps beyond the destination charge but they also get additional equipment.
New for the mid-model year is a standard rearview camera on all but the base manual-transmission model.
The 2016.5 CX-5 Touring models (starting at $26,115, including shipping) add standard navigation and heated front seats. CX-5 Grand Touring models ($33,770, including shipping) add navigation as standard equipment.
“The added content in 2016.5 CX-5 reflects our customers’ tastes toward premium features,” said Robert Davis, Mazda senior vice-president of U.S. operations, in a statement.
Key Mazda CX-5 competitors include the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson and Toyota RAV4.
Edmunds says: Such mid-model year changes are unusual, but the 2016.5 CX-5’s additional standard features should be welcome by crossover shoppers.