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$26,545
Starting MSRP
$26,034
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Pros

Exceptionally fun to drive. Optional high-horsepower turbo. Upscale interior.

Cons

Premium price. Less cargo space than competitors. Nonintuitive entertainment system.

Verdict

With sharp handling, precise steering, and powerful brakes, the Mazda CX-5 is one of the most enjoyable compact SUVs. It is priced higher than most of its competitors, so the CX-5 is not the best overall value in the class.

Pros

Exceptionally fun to drive. Optional high-horsepower turbo. Upscale interior.

Cons

Premium price. Less cargo space than competitors. Nonintuitive entertainment system.

Verdict

With sharp handling, precise steering, and powerful brakes, the Mazda CX-5 is one of the most enjoyable compact SUVs. It is priced higher than most of its competitors, so the CX-5 is not the best overall value in the class.

Overview

Buyers looking for a compact SUV that excels on the daily commute will find the Mazda CX-5 an excellent option. The good-looking Mazda doesn't pretend to have off-road chops. Instead, it concentrates on providing a superior on-pavement experience. With comfortable five-passenger seating and a handsome interior design, the CX-5 stands out even among upscale European brands.

The CX-5 comes standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available across the model line. Slotting into Mazda's lineup between the CX-3 and CX-9, the CX-5 is 3 inches shorter than the Honda CR-V. Other prominent two-row compact SUVs include the Toyota RAV4 and the Nissan Rogue.

What's New for 2021

A new standard 10.25-inch center display with Mazda Connect infotainment is the most important addition to the 2021 Mazda CX-5. A new Carbon Edition trim level is also now available.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Trim Comparison

Standard
Optional
Unequipped

* Additional Options Available

Standard
Optional
Unequipped

* Additional Options Available

Starting MSRP

Starting Market Average

MPG

Engine

Blind Spot System

Lane Keep Assist

Moonroof

Front Heated Seats

Cruise Control

Climate Control

Proximity Keyless Entry

Bluetooth

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Apple CarPlay

Android Auto

Wheel Size

Starting MSRP

$26,545*

Starting MSRP

$28,285*

Starting MSRP

$30,130*

Starting MSRP

$31,735*

Starting MSRP

$36,560

Starting MSRP

$38,680

Starting Market Average

$26,063

Starting Market Average

$27,571

Starting Market Average

$29,924

Starting Market Average

$30,727

Starting Market Average

$35,428

Starting Market Average

$37,529

MPG

25 city/31 hwy*

MPG

25 city/31 hwy*

MPG

25 city/31 hwy*

MPG

25 city/31 hwy*

MPG

22 city/27 hwy

MPG

22 city/27 hwy

Engine

2.5L I4

Engine

2.5L I4

Engine

2.5L I4*

Engine

2.5L I4

Engine

2.5L I4 Turbo

Engine

2.5L I4 Turbo

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Blind Spot System

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Lane Keep Assist

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Moonroof

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Climate Control

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Proximity Keyless Entry

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Bluetooth Streaming Audio

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Wheel Size

17"

Wheel Size

17"

Wheel Size

19"

Wheel Size

19"

Wheel Size

19"

Wheel Size

19"

Trims and Pricing

Mazda builds the CX-5 in seven trim levels: Sport, Touring, Carbon Edition, Carbon Edition Turbo, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature. Front-drive is standard on all CX-5 SUVs except the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature, which are all-wheel-drive only.

Starting price for the entry-level CX-5 Sport is $26,545 (including a $1,100 destination fee). It comes with a new 10.25-inch center display with Mazda Connect infotainment interface and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Additional features include the i-Activsense safety suite with adaptive cruise control.

The CX-5 Touring ($28,285) adds heated driver and front passenger seats, leatherette seat upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, rear privacy glass, and a six-speaker sound system. Given the modest price jump and numerous additional features, we think the CX-5 Touring is the sweet spot in the lineup for value.

The Carbon Edition ($30,130) gets Polymetal Gray exterior paint, black door mirrors, and 19-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels. Red leather seats and black honeycomb trim distinguish the interior. The Carbon Edition is available with either the standard 2.5-liter engine or 2.5-liter turbo.

Priced at ($31,735), the Grand Touring trim's interior enhancements include a Bose 10-speaker audio system, leather seats, power moonroof, paddle shifters, and a 7-inch digital gauge display. A power liftgate, 19-inch alloy wheels, as well as LED taillights, fog, and daytime running lights are the key exterior upgrades. The Grand Touring Reserve ($36,560) gets the turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive, plus ventilated and heated front seats.

The CX-5 Signature ($38,680) adds more technology features such as enhanced automatic emergency braking and driver attention alert, plus a 360-degree-view monitor with front and rear parking sensors. It also includes integral navigation and traffic sign recognition.

In comparison, the Honda CR-V tops out at $36K and the Toyota RAV4 at $37K.

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$26,545
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$26,034
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Engine and Performance

The Mazda CX-5 comes with a choice of two engines: a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a turbocharged version of that same engine. The base 2.5-liter engine delivers 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. It is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift and sport modes. The more powerful turbo is rated at 227 hp and 310 lb-ft running regular 87 octane fuel. It is also mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

In comparison, the four-cylinder engine in the Toyota RAV4 is rated at 203-hp while the standard engine in the Honda CR-V is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 190 hp. The Honda CR-V Hybrid bumps that number up to 212 hp by combining a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with two electric motors. The RAV4 Hybrid uses a similar setup to boost power to 219 hp. The only way to get more power than the Mazda's optional turbo engine is in the RAV4 Prime, a plug-in hybrid that boasts 302 hp from its combination of a four-cylinder engine and electric motors.

Even in standard form, the CX-5 has more than adequate power. With the turbocharged engine, it is one of the liveliest and most fun-to-drive crossovers on the market. Along with its precise handling, the CX-5 offers good ride quality, making it suitable for long drives.

Fuel Economy

The Mazda CX-5's fuel economy ratings are noticeably lower than its closest competitors. With the turbocharged engine, fuel economy dips even further. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the front-drive 2.5-liter-equipped CX-5 at an estimated 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive CX-5 Signature with the turbocharged 2.5-liter engine gets an estimated 22/27 mpg city/highway. A conventional front-drive Honda CR-V is EPA-rated at 28/34 mpg city/highway while the CR-V Hybrid is rated at 40/35 mpg city/highway.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Exterior Photos

Interior

The Mazda CX-5 provides a comfortable, spacious cabin for four passengers with ample rear head- and legroom for adults. Adding a third person to the backseat will work for shorter trips only. The interior materials are high-quality and the upper trim models are especially well-designed. The large 10.25-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay works well, but its interface was not immediately intuitive during our test-drive.

An undersized cargo area is the CX-5's main drawback. The rear section measures significantly smaller than the Honda CR-V, the Ford Bronco Sport, and most of its other top competitors. Still, the CX-5's 30.9 cubic feet of luggage space behind the rear seat is sufficient for most day-to-day activities. And with the rear seat folded down, that number nearly doubles to 59.6 cubic feet.

Infotainment and Connectivity

With one of the largest displays in its class, the CX-5's audio-information system integrates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Two USB ports and a Wi-Fi hotspot are standard even on the base Sport trim. Navigation and a Bose 10-speaker premium audio system are available in the Touring and higher trims. Using the current Mazda infotainment system to its fullest requires a bit of learning, but once mastered it works just fine. Other systems, such as Ford Sync and Jeep UConnect, don't require the same learning curve.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Interior Photos

Safety

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 offers excellent overall safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives both the front-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the vehicle a five-star safety rating, the organization's highest honor. In addition, the CX-5 was chosen by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as a Top Safety Pick+, its highest award.

The CX-5's i-Activsense safety features include radar cruise control, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Brake Support, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

Mazda CX-5 vs. the Competition

The Mazda CX-5's notable exterior styling, fun-to-drive demeanor, and comfortable interior make it a unique choice in the segment. It lacks the cargo capacity of many of its peers, but it will be a great driving companion for most singles, young marrieds, and small families. Other good choices in the segment include the Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, and the Honda CR-V. The RAV4 has stronger off-road credentials and a more powerful base engine, and the Rogue is all-new for 2021. If you seek something less expensive, the smaller Mazda CX-30 is a good choice.

Mazda CX-5 Owner Reviews

Based on 325 Reviews
Overall Satisfaction
4.6
Performance
5.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Efficiency
4.0
Safety Technology
5.0
Features
4.0
All Reviews
5.0
Performance
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Efficiency
5.0
Safety Technology
4.0
Features
5.0
pros
Styling, handling, safety features i.e. heads-up display, lane keeping, 360 cameras, acceleration.
cons
The drivers Front seat base is a tad too narrow, safety features cannot be turned off, cargo space is a bit too small.
Submitted by Ken L on Jan 29, 2021|2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD|Purchased on Dec 2020
1.0
Performance
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Efficiency
4.0
Safety Technology
3.0
Features
5.0
pros
Handling and feel
cons
Could have a bit more pick up, especially in the hills
Submitted by Tom S on Jan 28, 2021|2021 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD|Purchased on Dec 2020
5.0
Performance
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Efficiency
5.0
Safety Technology
5.0
Features
4.0
pros
Wood inlay, red color, ease of adjustment from current Mazda 6 to the CX-5 meaning little changes here and there
cons
Back seat has to pull down armrest in the middle seat to use the cup holders OR/AND seat warmers OR/AND charging ports. Poor design if there is a third passenger. I also would like a larger sunroof as in Santa Fe and Sorento styles. I did notice a paint difference around the inside of door jams and hood/trunk. 2017 Mazda 6 did not have this discrepancy. I almost didn't buy the CX-5 due to this.
Submitted by Leresa L on Jan 27, 2021|2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD|Purchased on Jan 2021

2021 Mazda CX-5 FAQs

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 retails for $25,370 in its base Sport trim with front-wheel drive. There are six trim levels of the CX-5, with all-wheel drive offered across the lineup. Standard amenities include remote engine start, adaptive cruise control, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. There are two engine options, including a powerful turbocharged 4-cylinder that provides rapid acceleration. The Signature trim sits at the top of the lineup for $37,505, with all-wheel drive included.

The Mazda CX-5 is produced at the manufacturer’s Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi, Japan, and the Hiroshima Plant in Hiroshima, Japan. Some final assembly is performed at plants in China and Malaysia.

The Mazda CX-5 offers much of the style and driving performance of a premium SUV for a lower price. Its sleek exterior styling hides a fuel-efficient powertrain and agile handling. The CX-5 has an elegant cabin with space for five passengers and their belongings; Mazda includes driver-assistance features and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration. Some rivals are better off-road and have larger towing capacities, but those who plan to stay on the pavement will be hard-pressed to beat the CX-5.

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 is 179.1 inches in length and 72.5 inches in width. Front-wheel-drive models are 65.4 inches tall; all-wheel-drive models are ever-so-slightly shorter, coming in at 65.3 inches.

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