Mazda, please send me Suna to love ♥️

In the past, I have sung the praises of Mazda vehicles, particularly their design, both inside and out. Lately, though, I found myself without that usual zoom-zoom feeling.

I loved the soul red crystal metallic paint that had become synonymous with Mazda. Certainly, it’s a beautiful eye-catching colour but, lately, it seemed all the Mazda vehicles coming our way were coated with that shimmery ruby hue.

When a 2024 CX-5 Suna Edition tester landed in our driveway, I hoped my Mazda melancholy would fade.

 

2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna edition
Photo: Garry Sowerby

 

The CX-5 is somewhat of an icon in Mazda’s lineup. It’s had the brand’s top-selling spot worldwide every year since 2014. It has won over 100 international awards in technology, innovation, safety and design.

Yes, it’s a crossover, which could translate to clunky design, but when you hear that the design of the CX-5 was inspired by the image of a cheetah ready to pounce on its prey, you turn your head sideways and say, “Oh yeah, I see that!”

 

 

Zoom-zoom and good looks, too

There’s all the tech-y, engine-y, torque-y stuff about Mazda vehicles that give the brand its ‘zoom-zoom’ fun-to-drive character, like the CX-5’s 2.5-litre turbocharged engine that makes 256 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque when there’s premium fuel in the tank. (Regular gas will reduce horsepower and torque by 29 and 10, respectively.)

 

 

Then there’s the design of the CX-5, which follows Mazda’s KODO Soul of Motion philosophy that draws inspiration from functionality, extreme simplicity and beauty.

Mazda designers are inspired by the past but motivated by modernity. Their desire is to create vehicles that are enduring.

 

2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna edition
Photo: Garry Sowerby

 

Ennui Eliminated

Spending time with the 2024 CX-5 Suna this past week has firmly eliminated my ennui with Mazda vehicles. At first sight, I gazed at the 2024 CX-5 Suna, turned my head sideways and mused: “Well, Mazda, you’ve done it again!”

It wasn’t that I’d fallen back in love with soul red crystal metallic paint. No, no.

I was completely captivated by the new colour, Zircon Sand Metallic, introduced by Mazda back in June last year and available solely on Suna models.

 

2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna edition
Photo: Garry Sowerby

 

It was easy to fall in love with the down-to-earth colour, which I affectionately call ‘Mud’.

It stands out in a crowd, even though it’s not Mazda’s eye-catching red.

 

2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna edition
Photo: Lisa Calvi

 

According to Mazda, the Suna edition offers consumers a ‘unique stylistic path’. Suna builds on the Kuro trim level but adds more sportiness and an upscale quality evident in the gloss black exterior touches like the side mirrors and front grille. The glossy aluminum and alloy wheels finish the look of the CX-5 Suna with a fine flourish.

 

2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna edition
Photo: Lisa Calvi

 

Inside, the seats’ two-tone terracotta leather with black suede inserts made the cabin feel like an elegant parlor, timeless yet modern. And a parlor with oomph, too.

 

Your author in the elegant parlor-like 2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna edition.
Photo: Garry Sowerby

 

It must have been a challenge to improve on the super-successful CX-5 but – way to go, Mazda! Just goes to show – love is never far away! Happy Valentine’s Day.

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