The least costly CX-5, the Maxx, has cloth trim on the seats and rolls on 17-inch steel wheels.
Spend more for a Maxx Sport and you get wheels of the same size but made from an aluminium alloy, which look nicer and are usually lighter. The Maxx Sport also has satellite navigation, and dual zone air-conditioning (which allows the driver and passenger to set temperatures independently). Headlights switch on automatically when it gets dark, and windscreen wipers operate automatically when it rains. The steering wheel and gear-shift handle are trimmed in leather.
The CX-5 Grand Touring, or GT, rolls on 19-inch alloy wheels and on tyres with a lower profile, which quicken the steering response slightly on hard surfaces. The GT has a powered sunroof, leather trim, and power-adjusted front seats with heating. Brighter, bi-xenon headlamps swivel their beams to help light up corners. A Bose sound system plays through nine speakers. There are parking sensors front and rear, and the auto braking also works in reverse.
The most expensive CX-5, the Akera, brings you adaptive headlamps, whose multiple LED bulbs dim selectively for oncoming drivers – retaining high beam in areas that won’t dazzle them. Automatic cruise control matches the speed of a slower vehicle ahead. And there is an expanded suite of active driving aids, which adds highway-speed auto braking, lane-keeping assistance, and a driver fatigue monitor.