2016 Mazda CX-5 engine NHTSA complaints: Engine

NHTSA — Engine Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,570 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2016 Mazda CX-5 engine problems

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2016 Mazda CX-5 Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 202018


  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2016 Mazda Cx-5. while driving 65 mph, there was a popping noise and black smoke coming from the engine compartment. All the warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact coasted the vehicle over to the side of the road and heard another popping noise. The contact then noticed flames under the hood. The contact extinguished the fire himself. The vehicle was towed to capitol Mazda (located at 980 capitol expressway auto mall, san jose, ca 95136, (408) 763-4018) where it was diagnosed that the engine block failed and the engine rod was fractured. The dealer stated that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided case number: 1-1844061638. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #9

Feb 102019


  • 28,350 miles
Started car in driveway 2/10/19, 4 pm ┐engine sounded like timing was obviously abnormal. Random automatic braking noted when car in motion, within one block of leaving driveway. Immediate inability to accelerate beyond 10-12 mph experienced. Error messages then observed on car dashboard warning sectors: Check engine; traction control: Tire pressure monitoring; smart city brake support malfunction-forward scbs disabled. Car unsafe to drive to dealer 12 miles away. Car towed to dealer site 2/11/19 Monday am. Car has 28,330 miles per odometer; service maintenance up to date, as manufacturer recommended. Dealer assessment of cause on 2/11/19 reported as ┐rats nesting in engine and eating through soy insultation on wiring on engine harness.┐ repair costs of > $1,500 estimated. It seems that insulating engine component with nutrients attractive to nesting, ubiquitous vermin is a serious safety concern for car owners and users. Any NHTSA guidance on this critical issue?

- Novato, CA, USA

problem #8

Sep 222018


  • miles
In a parking space, foot on brake, moving gearshift to park, engine revved and car lunged forward with car in park and my foot on the brake. It jumped the concrete bumper, ran over handicap parking sign and hit car in adjacent parking space hard enough to move it back into the driving lane of parking lot. At that point the car stopped. We pulled it back into parking space to help move other hit car out of traffic

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #7

Feb 132018


  • 15,000 miles


I was pulling into a parking space at natural grocers. When the car was going 2-3 mph into the space getting ready I thought to stop, the engine revved up like a jet engine. The car then jumped a concrete side walk, hit the brick building, and broke a gas line. The car then came to rest back in the parking spot. The air bag deployed, my first reaction was "what the hell just happened". a man walking out of a store heard the hiss of the gas line and then called 911. He came to the car and told me to move away because the gas line could blow up. He noticed that my glasses were backwards on the back of my neck and asked if I was hurt. Shortly a firetruck arrived, two police cars, and a store manager. The firemen shut off the gas line. The policeman interviewed me and observed the setting. After some time the policeman said "this was not your fault" and "I am not issuing a citation". something clearly went wrong with the car. He encouraged me to take pictures of both the sidewalk and the car for my records. I had the car towed to the dealership from whom I had leased the car.

- Billings, MT, USA

problem #6

May 312017


  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2016 Mazda Cx-5. while the vehicle was at a complete stop, the engine revved. The contact's vehicle independently surged forward and crashed into the preceding vehicle. The contact's vehicle continued to surge and crashed into a pole. The driver and passenger frontal air bags deployed. The contact sustained injures to the chest and arms, which required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent body garage. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 28,000.

- Gwynn Oak, MD, USA

problem #5

Aug 012016


  • 8,000 miles
Body: About one month after I purchased the vehicle, the paint became brittle. There is a large rock chip, scratches on the hood, and chips on the door. Electrical: The seat heater on the driver's side turns on intermittently without the power being turned on. Transmission: The rmss continue to increase when I take my foot off of the gas at high speeds (interstate). I do not have the cruise control on. They rev about 10,000 and then come back down.

- Ankeny, IA, USA

problem #4

Sep 262016


  • 5,000 miles


The problem is that this vehicle allows you to turn it off being still in "D" (without even shifting it to "P"). it doesn't warn you at all if you forget to shift to "P". it has happened to me that a couple of times I have turned off the vehicle, got off of it and vehicle remains in "D", without giving you any beep of warning. The other day, I stopped/parked my vehicle in a parking slot and turned it off and I forgot to shifted to "P". it passed a couple of minutes, while I was doing my makeup and hair that the car started moving. When I realized what was happening, vehicle had already moved about 3 yards (almost out of the parking slot) luckily I was still inside the car and could brake. Should I have left the car immediately after turning it off, it has caused an accident hitting people/cars bypassing.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 042016


  • 1,820 miles
On 8/4/2016 in miami fl at 3:45 pm. I was waiting at a stop my foot on the breaks when the engine started self accelerating. It stopped once I put my car on neutral

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 292016


  • 6,632 miles
After pulling into a parking and entering parking space my wife attempted to stop car, with her foot on the brake the vehicle jerked forward jumping a parking bumper at an accelerated rate of speed. After jumping the bumper our Cx-5 headed toward two parked cars, she was able to turn the wheel to the right where she was then headed toward a crosswalk, between two parking lots, with a hand rail. The vehicle finally came to a stop after becoming wedged under the hand rail and bumping a parked car. Damage was to the R fender, front bumper and hood a total of $5,100 worth of damage. Vehicle was towed to dealer. Mazda would no look into what or why it happened, our insurance company sent out a member of their forensic group to investigate the problem. Nothing was found to be wrong at the time that he checked and could not duplicate as he could not drive the vehicle. This was our second Mazda and our last, moving on.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #1

May 132016


  • 900 miles
When reversing out of driveway, going from reverse to drive, the car aggressively goes forward. A jerking forward motion that causes the tires make a brief skid sound. This has happened multiple times.

- Covina, CA, USA

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