The Most Common CX-5 Problem

We've pulled together a list of the problems CX-5 owners.

  1. CX-5 Daytime Running Light Failure

    The LED daytime running lights in the 2016 CX-5 are known to flicker and fail. Mazda admitted that the sealing gaskets attached to the light's wiring connectors release sulfur, corroding the circuit.

  2. What Are We Missing?

    We know there's more problems than this. Let us know which one you'd like to see us cover next.


What CX-5 Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

What Breaks

Years to Avoid

CX-5 Generations

The CX-5 has 2 generations, each with their own issues. Using the same PainRank™ system we've determined that you're better off avoiding the 1st generation (2013–2016).

  1. 2nd Generation CX-5

    31st of 36
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  2. 1st Generation CX-5

    36th of 36
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CX-5 Key Numbers

  1. 366 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to

  2. 900 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  3. 8 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

CX-5 Class-Action Lawsuits

The CX-5 has been named as a class vehicle in the following lawsuits.

  • Recall

    Kidd, et al., v. Mazda Motor of America, Inc.

    Case Filed
    1. Recall

      A 2016 Mazda CX-5 daytime running lights recall for nearly 44,000 SUVs is issued because the running lights may flicker or fail.

    2. Case Filed

      A 2016 Mazda CX-5 daytime running lights lawsuit alleges the lights fail prematurely and can cost an owner $1,500 to replace on just one side of the CX-5.

Recent CX-5 News

There's a lot of news out there, but not all of it matters. We try to boil down it to the most important bits about things that actually help you with your car problem. Interested in getting these stories in an email? Signup for free email alerts over at

  1. Mazda's 2016 "Grand Touring" package is a ~$1500 technology upgrade

    that was advertised as having auto dimming mirrors, rain sensing wipers, and an integrated navigation system with "live traffic" alerts to help drivers find alternative routes around congested roads.…

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  2. Heads up, Mazda owners! The automaker just announced a recall of 2.2 million vehicles with rear hatches that can come crashing down.

    Mazda says the vehicles don't have enough of a corrosion protective coating on the ends of the external cylinders of the rear hatch gas lift supports. Without enough corrosion protection, the dampers can be affected by water containing road salt and cause the dampers to break.

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  3. A rear-impact crash is enough to ruin anyone's day, but certain 2014-2016 CX-5 owners are facing a potential nightmare.

    Over 264,000 CUVs have fuel filler pipes that may bust open in a rear-collision, and with sparks flying this is a perfect recipe for starting a fire.…

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