Since 2013, the Mazda CX-5 has been the company’s entry in the popular compact crossover category. Mazda redesigned it into a second generation in 2017.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2021, the Mazda CX-5 gains two special edition trim levels. One is the Kuro Edition, and the other is the 100th Anniversary Edition, which commemorates the company’s centenary.
Mazda offers the CX-5 in GX, GS, Kuro, GT, Signature, and 100th Anniversary trims. GX, GS, Kuro and GT all come standard with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Optional in GT and standard in Signature and 100th Anniversary models is a 2.5L turbocharged engine.
GX can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive. All other CX-5 trims come standard with AWD.
The CX-5 GX’s exterior sports 17-inch alloy wheels, heated/power-adjustable side mirrors, LED headlights and daytime running lights, automatic on/off headlights, and rain-sensing wipers.
Inside, you’ll find an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, a four-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, manual air conditioning, push-button engine start, an electric parking brake, cruise control, keyless entry, power windows, cloth upholstery, heated front seats, and manual front seat adjustments.
Standard safety features include tire pressure monitoring, blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, and city-speed collision detection and avoidance.
GS trim adds automatic headlight leveling, a front wiper de-icer, cylinder deactivation, a six-speaker stereo, two rear-seat USB ports, radar cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power tailgate, leatherette upholstery, a six-way power driver’s seat, six-way manual front passenger seat adjustments, a heated/leather-trimmed steering wheel, leather-trimmed shifter, a colour multi-info display, all-speed forward pedestrian and collision detection and avoidance, lane departure warning with lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams.
Kuro trim builds on GS fitted with an optional comfort package (sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and passive keyless entry) and adds the choice of two exclusive paint colours, red leather seating, black honeycomb dash trim, red stitching, 19-inch wheels, 10-way power driver’s seat, and a six-way front passenger seat.
GT trim also builds on GS Comfort trim and brings power-folding side mirrors, piano black exterior trim, LED taillights and fog lights, a 10-speaker stereo, navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay integration, satellite radio, an integrated garage door opener, leather upholstery, adaptive headlights, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, painted metal wood dash trim, satin chrome dash trim, a 7.0-inch digital gauge display, a head-up driver display, and a lined glove box.
Signature trim gains the turbocharged engine, a frameless rearview mirror, LED interior lighting, Nappa leather upholstery, real wood door and dash trim, black headlining, front and rear parking sensors, rear collision detection with automatic braking, and driver attention alert.
Finally, the 100th anniversary package adds an exclusive white paint, read Nappa leather seating, and 100th anniversary branding inside and out.
Mazda’s fuel consumption estimates for the CX-5 are 9.3/7.6 L/100 km (city/highway) with the 2.5L engine and front-wheel drive, and 9.8/7.9 with AWD. The turbo/AWD combination is rated 10.8/8.7 L/100 km.
With the CX-5, Mazda competes with vehicles like the Honda CR-V, Toyota’s RAV4, the Nissan Rogue, GM’s Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, the Ford Escape, Mitsubishi’s Outlander, the VW Tiguan, Dodge’s Journey, the Hyundai Tucson, and Kia’s Sportage.