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Why Mazda’s CX-5 is the perfect vehicle for Canada’s winter


Mazda’s CX-5 – Wintertime in Canada has its own seasonal charms — playing in the snow as kids or hunkering down before a fireplace sipping spiked cocoa on a cold winter evening are classic ways to enjoy the cooler months. But the roads can be icy, and driving isn’t as carefree as it is during the warm summer months.

The CX-5 is popular around the world 12 months a year, but if you’re looking for Mazdas in Toronto that can handle the Canadian winter, there are a few reasons why this model is for you.

i-Activ AWD 

The i-Activ All Wheel Drive system in the CX-5 is what keeps the vehicle stable in all weather and road conditions, including the Canadian winter. Twenty seven sensors in the vehicle monitor road conditions as much as 200 times per second, and relay the information to the vehicle itself, which can make adjustments accordingly.

For example, if the CX-5 detects tire slippage, it can send more torque to the back wheel as needed, just at the right time. This keeps the vehicle in control while being economical about fuel consumption — the surge of torque right at the crucial time gives the vehicle the boost it requires to drive safely in that moment, without wasting more fuel than is absolutely required to power the All Wheel Drive.


The sensors in the CX-5 are designed to make everybody on the road safer, including other vehicles and pedestrians. The i-Activesense system has features which proactively swing into gear when required.

The Smart Brake Support feature can help avoid a collision or lessen its impact at speeds above 16 km / hour, and will alert the driver and even will activate the brakes if a crash is impending. The Smart City Brake Support is similar but it works at speeds of between 4-30 km / hour, and detects pedestrians as well as other vehicles. These features come standard on all CX-5 models.

Sometimes, winter storms in Canada reduce visibility, but still, Mazda has features to keep you safe. Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert will warn you if there’s a vehicle you’re at risk of colliding with, so you can safely avoid them. 

The Lane Departure Warning System detects lane markings on the road automatically, and can alert you when it senses you are leaving your lane accidentally. These features are helpful in any season, especially in winter when visibility can suddenly be reduced or even disappear. 

Upgraded Infotainment

The CX-5 makes connecting with your smartphone incredibly easy, and does so in a way that lets you keep your eyes on the road so you can drive safely. No matter how icy the roads are, you’ll be able to keep connected to your contact list and even navigate with maps without diverting attention from the road.

A complimentary 5-year subscription to Sirius XM gets you real time updates on traffic and road conditions.

The CX-5 is beloved for the way it drives nimbly through downtown urban traffic and safely traverses a wide range of terrains and road conditions. You’ll love it in any season, but you’ll definitely have a keen appreciation for its safety high-tech features during the Canadian winter.

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