Mazda CX-5 (KF)

Mazda CX-5

Model Years Produced: 2017 to Current

Summary

In what is easily the most crowded segment of cars, Mazda has managed to thrive with the CX-5 by pushing it slightly upmarket (or “premium,” as journalists like to say) and focusing on driving dynamics. With a comfortable interior and sharp steering, the CX-5 is a pleasure to drive whether you’re simply cruising or you’re cornering, certainly outclassing most of its competitors in the latter department.

Where the CX-5 falls somewhat flat is in cargo capacity and fuel economy. Fuel economy certainly isn’t bad, but it’s not as good as its competitors. Interior volume, on the other hand, is a major letdown considering the size of the vehicle; competitors like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V both provide far more capacity for seating and hauling.

The turbo engine became optional beginning in 2019, 2020 models received an updated infotainment system, and 2022 models have AWD as standard.

Warranty - New

Information is as of 2023 model year

  • Limited: 3 years/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 years/60,000 miles
  • Emissions: 8 years/80,000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 years/36,000 miles
  • Accessories: 1 year/12,000 miles

Mazda offers extended coverage up to 7 years/100,000 miles as well.

Warranty - CPO

Information is as of 2023 model year

  • Repair Deductible: $0 per visit
  • Limited: 1 year/12,000 miles extension to new vehicle warranty
  • Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date
  • Roadside Assistance: Yes

Verdict

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Quiet
  • Great handling
  • Nice interior, especially on the upper trim levels
  • Excellent standard safety features (smart cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert)

Cons

  • Interior space isn’t great compared to competition
  • Warranty benefits could be better
  • Weird infotainment on 2017-2019 models

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Specifications

All figures are as of 2021 model year.

  • Transmission: Mazda 6-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: FWD standard, AWD optional
  • Base curb weight: 3552 lbs
  • Max cargo capacity: 59.6 cu ft
  • Seating: 2 rows
  • Rear leg room: 39.6 in
  • Towing capacity: 2000 lbs

Engines

Mazda Skyactiv-G PY-VPS - 2.5L I-4

Power Figures

  • 187 hp
  • 186 lb-ft

Fuel Economy

  • 28mpg combined
  • 25mpg city
  • 31mpg highway

Mazda Skyactiv-G PY-VPTS - 2.5L I-4 Turbocharged

Standard on “Grand Touring Reserve” and up trim levels.

Power Figures

  • 227 hp on regular / 250 hp on premium
  • 310 lb-ft on regular / 320 lb-ft on premium

Fuel Economy

  • 24mpg combined
  • 22mpg city
  • 27mpg highway