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2021 Mazda CX-5 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 14, 2020

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The Mazda CX-5 has been one of the top-selling compact SUVs in the market. It delivers modest performance with premium interiors under a decent price bracket. The 2021 iteration of the CX-5 is expected to hit the showrooms some time by September for a price starting at $25,270 for the base model.

From what we know so far, Mazda will not be making any powertrain changes to the CX-5, unlike their 2021 3 sedan and hatchback. So the 2021 Mazda CX-5 will remain mechanically unchanged. It will, however, get upgraded infotainment and a brand-new Carbon Edition trim priced at $28,855.


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Pros

Reduced cabin noises

Upscale interiors

Turbocharged engine offers good performance

Base engine offers good economy

Cons

Cargo space is surprisingly less

Firm ride 

Rear legroom could be better

What's New?

A larger 10.25-inch unit is standard with latest Mazda-Connect infotainment

Addition of new Carbon Edition trim


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Styles

2021 Mazda CX-5 in Sonic Silver Metallic color 2021 Mazda CX-5 in Deep Crystal Blue Mica color 2021 Mazda CX-5 in Soul Red Crystal Metallic color
Sonic Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.1

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.4

Interior

9.1

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.9

Competition

9.4

Final Verdict

8.6

8.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Mazda CX-5 Sport

Sport

power
187 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$25,270 - $26,670


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $25,270 MSRP (25/28/31) 187 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $26,670 MSRP (25/28/31) 187 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Mazda CX-5 Touring

Touring

power
187 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$27,010 - $28,410


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $27,010 MSRP (25/28/31) 187 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5
Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $28,410 MSRP (25/28/31) 187 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Mazda CX-5 Carbon Edition

Carbon Edition

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$28,855 - $30,255


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Carbon Edition 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $28,855 MSRP TBD TBD
TBD TBD TBD
Carbon Edition 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $30,255 MSRP TBD TBD
TBD TBD TBD

2021 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

Grand Touring

power
187 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$30,460 - $31,860


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $30,460 MSRP (25/28/31) 187 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5
Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $31,860 MSRP (25/28/31) 187 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Mazda CX-5 Carbon Edition Turbo

Carbon Edition Turbo

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$30,660 - $32,060


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Carbon Edition Turbo 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $30,660 MSRP TBD TBD
TBD TBD TBD
Carbon Edition Turbo 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $32,060 MSRP TBD TBD
TBD TBD TBD

2021 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring Reserve

Grand Touring Reserve

power
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$35,285


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Grand Touring Reserve 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $35,285 MSRP (25/28/31) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature

Signature

power
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$37,405


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Signature 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $37,405 MSRP (25/28/31) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.7

Overall Rating


So the 2021 model is not all that expensive from the 2020 CX-5 with a minor $80 bump in the starting price. Although the 10.25-ich center display becoming a standard offering will definitely uplift this SUV's cred even further. But that was only necessary as the competition in the compact SUV segment is tight.

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 is in its second generation

With the likes of Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, and Subaru Forester around, Mazda has to keep figuring out ways to keep its commodity hot and fresh. Though this is not particularly a bold move by Mazda, so let’s see how it fares. Here’s our take on the 2021 Mazda CX-5 that is soon going to be on sale in the market in September 2020.

Mazda CX-5 has a sporty front
Mazda CX-5 gets dual exhaust tips

7.1/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.4/10
Fuel Economy

9.1/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety

9.4/10
Competition

8.6/10
Final Verdict


2021 Mazda CX-5 Features

7.1/10

The Mazda CX-5 will be offered in 5 trims; Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, Signature, along with 2 new trims, Carbon Edition and Carbon Edition Turbo. All the trims share similar exterior visuals and don’t drastically differ from each other. The Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trim come standard with AWD and a superior turbocharged version of the 2.5L Inline-4 engine, churning up an impressive 250 hp. With an initial price of base trim at $25,270, the higher trims can go to over $37,000 as more features are bundled up the trim ladder. All the trims will come standard with Mazda’s i-ActivSense advanced safety features and a 10.25-inch infotainment unit.

Model

Sport

Touring

Carbon Edition Carbon Edition Turbo

Grand Touring

Grand Touring Reserve

Signature

MSRP (FWD)

$25,270

$27,010

$28,855 $30,660

$30,460

N/A

N/A

MSRP (AWD)

$26,670

$28,410

$30,255 $32,060

$31,860

$35,285

$37,405

Key Features

Daytime Running

Lights

Adds on to SPORT's features:

Adds on  to TOURING's features: Adds on to CARBON EDITION's features:

Adds on to TOURING's features:

Adds on to GT's Features:

Adds on to GT RESERVES' features:

 

LED Headlamps

Self-Leveling Headlights

Blacked-out Door Mirrors 250hp SkyActiv-G 2.5 Turbo Engine

Adaptive Headlights

Dusk Sensing Headlamps

Auto Delay Off Headlamps

 

4-speaker Sound System

6-speaker Setup

Polymetal Gray Exterior Paint New Exterior Badge

Bose Premium Stereo System

10-speaker Setup w/1 Subwoofer

Satellite Radio w/Real-Time Traffic

 

Audio and Cruise Controls Buttons on Steering Wheel

Adaptive Cruise Control

19-inch Black Alloy Wheels  

Head-Up Display

Stability Control

Paddle-Shifters on Steering Wheel

 

Engine Immobilizer

Interior Air Filtration

Red Leather Seats  

Pre-Collision Safety System

Emergency Braking Assist

Traction Control

 

Push Button Ignition

Climate Control

Honeycomb Trim on Dashboard and Doors  

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

One-Touch Power Windows

Heated Mirrors

 

Keyless Ignition

Hands-Free Entry

   

Bucket Front Seats

Post-Collision Safety Alert

Front, Rear, and Side View Camera

 

All-Weather Floor Mats

Frameless Auto-Dim Rear View

   

 

Heated Steering Wheel

Front and Rear Parking Sensors

 

6-Way Manual Driver Seat Adjustments

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

   

 

Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat

Premium Leather Seats

The Sport trim priced at $25,270 comes standard with an FWD drivetrain but an AWD option is also available. Notable features include 40/20/40 foldable rear seats to increase the boot space, keyless ignition with the push-button start, adaptive cruise control, and bright LED headlights. The Touring trim priced at $27,010 adds on to the features of the sport trim with heated and ventilated front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility with a 6-speaker configuration, and climate control. The Touring trim has an optional Touring Preferred SV Package worth $1,445 that bundles a power liftgate and a retractable sunroof for the CX-5.

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 Prices start at $25,270

New for 2021, the CX-5 has added a Carbon Edition trim which is priced at $28,855. Highlighted features include Polymetal Gray exterior paint, 19-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels, red leather seats with honeycomb stitching on the dashboard and door panels. The Carbon Edition Turbo starts at $30,660 and equips the SkyActiv-G turbocharged 2.5L engine onto the Carbon edition CX-5. The Grand Touring trim priced at $ 30,460 comes with adaptive headlights that automatically fade out the beam intensity for the oncoming traffic. This trim comes equipped with Bose premium stereo systems, tire pressure monitoring system, and head-up display as some of the notable features.

All CX-5 models are backed by SKYACTIV-G Technology

The Grand Touring Reserve trim priced at $ 35,285 offers more luxury centric options that include heated and ventilated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, dusk sensing headlamps, premium wooden inlay finish for the interior, and a bigger infotainment display. Lastly, the 2021 Mazda CX-5’s top trim is the Signature that comes with all the premium safety and comfort features including a 360-degree view camera, satellite radio with real-time traffic, transmission control on the steering wheel, and premium leather upholstery. The Signature trim gets quite steep as compared to the base model with a sticker price of $37,405.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

The Mazda CX-5 is a compact SUV based primarily on the Mazda 3. It’s a gorgeous looking crossover with matching driving dynamics. On the inside, the CX-5 blows the competition out of the park. The materials used on the inside feel premium and the dash layout is super crisp and clean, now more than ever because of the standard 10.25-inch display. Mazda cars are generally super reliable, their engines are bulletproof and spare parts are cheap and easy to replace.

How Reliable is the Mazda CX-5, and what is its Ownership Costs?

The Mazda CX-5 has always been a very reliable compact crossover SUV and a very popular choice in the compact SUV market since its inception. With excellent crash-test ratings and solid build quality, both inside and outside, the CX-5 very efficiently glorifies the proficiency of Mazda's engineering. The overall value of the CX-5 in terms of engine performance and fit and finish is quite impressive given the modest price tag it carries.

Rating Category

Score (Out of Hundred)

Quality and Reliability

82

Driving Experience

85

Resale

83

Dealership Experience

73

Even the J.D. Power report has given the 2020 CX-5 an overall 80 out of 100 ratings. While it proved to be a reliable vehicle, it received only 73 out of 100 for the after-sales experience but the lineup has never been recalled for any performance-related issues and is famous for its reliability.

Category

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Insurance

$876

$907

$938

$971

$1,005

$4,697

Maintenance

$279

$614

$344

$1,918

$2,059

$5,214

Repairs

$0

$0

$118

$282

$412

$812

Taxes & Fees

$2,451

$359

$300

$252

$211

$3,573

Financing

$1,500

$1,206

$893

$558

$202

$4,359

Depreciation

$5,611

$1,816

$1,718

$2,017

$1,910

$13,072

Fuel

$1,533

$1,579

$1,626

$1,675

$1,725

$8,138

Real Cost of Ownership

$11,738

$7,768

$7,139

$9,031

$8,712

$44,388

Talking about ownership costs for a 5 year time period, you will need to drain out $40,000 on an average on a Mazda CX-5 over a period of 5 years. While it is certainly not one of the cheapest options out there, it certainly is not one of the expensive ones either. Almost all the compact SUVs in its competition have a similar ownership cost. 

What is the Warranty offered on the Mazda CX-5?

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 will hopefully follow in the footsteps of its predecessors and be a very reliable and robust car overall. The warranty offered by Mazda is comparable to other manufacturers like Toyota and Honda with a 3 year or 36,000 miles Limited and Roadside warranty.

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

3 years/36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain Warranty

5 years/60,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-Hour Roadside Assistance

3 years/36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

But it does not offer any complimentary scheduled maintenance which some of its rivals do. In fact, the warranty coverage offered by Hyundai is unmatched by anyone else. However, even though it offers far better packages, the Mazda is still reputed as one of the most reliable car brands in the market today.

What is the Miles Per Dollar Cost of the Mazda CX-5?

The Mazda CX-5 will have an MPD (miles per dollar) ratio of 3.26. This means the CX-5 runs for 3.26 miles for every dollar you spend on it. This ratio is achieved by factoring all the running costs including taxes, insurance, fuel costs to the average distance covered in a year which comes to $4,600 and 15,000 miles respectively.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Buying Advice

Mazda CX-5 looks keen on combining expensive car aesthetics with optimal power delivery. Basically concentrating on the factors that are expected of a daily commuter vehicle, Mazda has upped their game by providing quality and class in the same bucket. The best value for money trim is the Grand Touring Reserve as it has almost all the luxurious and safety features with an AWD drivetrain and a turbocharged powertrain. 

Is buying a used Mazda CX-5 a good idea?

Buying a used CX-5 can be a really good option depending on the trim. Since the base engine is a bit lacking and the base trims are a bit skimped on features, a used CX-5 in a higher trim is a good option for practical vehicle uses. The CX-5 holds on to its value quite well and retains up to 60% of its original value in 3 years. With estimated depreciation value, the 2018 model is the best option to look out for when scouting for a used CX-5 in the market. But all the previous year models of the CX-5 had outdated and lackluster infotainment design and UI. It might not be a pleasant option for some buyers. Overall, it is a fairly reliable vehicle with modest fuel and maintenance cost making it a good second-hand buy.


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2021 Mazda CX-5 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

Similar to the 2020 model, the tried and tested naturally-aspirated inline-4 gasoline engine will continue to power the 2021 Mazda CX-5. This 2.5L powertrain churns 187 hp and 186 lb-ft torque for the 2021 CX-5. That is quite respectable in the compact SUV category. It does inspire confidence in the driver to get onto highway speeds much easier and doesn't necessarily feel underpowered unlike other base engines of the segment.

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 offers a single powertrain in two states of tune

However, if you are not happy with these numbers of the standard powertrain, the new CX-5 Carbon Edition Turbo comes standard with the SKYACTIV 2.5L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with VVT found optional in the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims. It performs exceptionally well and can deliver up to 250 hp and 320 lb-ft torque when used with 93 octane premium unleaded fuel. 

Models

2021 Mazda CX-5

2020 Honda CR-V

2021 Hyundai Tucson

2021 Subaru Forester

MSRP

$25,270

$25,050

$23,700

$24,795

Engine

2.5L Inline-4

1.5L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.5L Flat-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

AWD

Transmission

6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

CVT

6-Speed Automatic

CVT

Power

187hp@6,000rpm

190hp@5,600rpm

164hp@6,200rpm

182hp@5,800rpm

Torque

186lb-ft@4,000rpm

179lb-ft@2,000rpm

151lb-ft@4,500rpm

176lb-ft@4,400rpm

The CX-5 adds to your driving experience with fantastic handling and stability through its AWD configuration. It will also carry on with its G-Vectoring Control Plus System that helps with torque-vectoring for better braking. In terms of performance, the CX-5 beats the Hyundai Tucson and Subaru Forester by a decent margin, but lands almost on par with the CR-V in terms of power output but has greater torque figures.

How impressive will the 2021 Mazda CX-5's Acceleration and Braking Performance be?

Since the 2021 model will not see an upgraded engine, 0-60 MPH timings remain similar to the 2020 CX-5. Even though the base engine is a bit pale, it is inferior only to the CR-V and outperforms both the Tucson and the Forester.

Mazda CX-5 accelerates from 0-60 MPH In 8.3 seconds

That is pushed further by the turbo-four. It allows the CX-5 to sprint past the 60 MPH mark from zero in a little over 6 seconds. Then again, with 11.7-inch front and 11.9-inch back brake rotors to shed its speed, the SUV will also continue to offer safety features like automated braking and ABS with EBD.

Models

2021 Mazda CX-5

2020 Honda CR-V

2021 Hyundai Tucson

2021 Subaru Forester

0-60 MPH

8.3 sec

7.6 sec

8.0 sec

8.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

16.0 sec

16.8 sec

16.7 sec

Top Speed

130 MPH

129 MPH

130 MPH

117 MPH

60-0 MPH

125 ft

128 ft

124 ft

118 ft

The reduction in the weight of the 2021 CX-5 makes the vehicle reach a halt from 60 MPH in 125 feet. The braking performance of the Mazda CX-5 is better than the Honda CR-V but pales in comparison to the Subaru Forester.

How well will the 2021 Mazda CX-5 Ride and Handle?

Once driven the Mazda CX-5, no other crossover in the class will entice you as much. It is really hard to not appreciate the experience this compact SUV furnishes. Mazda uses the same platform for the CX-5 as for the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6. It precise steering lets you throw it around the twisty roads freely, Sure, the suspension is on the stiffer side but it soaks up almost all imperfections surfacing underneath.

AWD is offered across the range of the Mazda CX-5

The experience is more than worth every penny and goes unparalleled with any of its direct rivals. It hits the right notes on the road and places itself at the top. Its low-stance and nimble attitude allow for graceful and confident maneuverability. The torque-vectoring system also plays a vital role in accomplishing this feat. Further, the immediate throttle response and quick-shifting transmission fully back the handling prowess of the CX-5.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Fuel Economy

8.4/10

With a more refined version of the SKYACTIV-G inline-4 engine, the Mazda CX-5 offers a decent fuel economy. Although the CX-5 is designed as a practical vehicle for day to day commute, it is not the most fuel-efficient option out there. But, it underperforms in fuel economy by only a small margin than the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester.

Models

2021 Mazda CX-5

2020 Honda CR-V

2021 Hyundai Tucson

2021 Subaru Forester

MPG (City)

25

28

22

26

MPG (Highway)

31

34

25

33

MPG (Combined)

28

30

23

29

Fuel Capacity

14.8 gallons

14.0 gallons

16.4 gallons

16.6 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

370/459/414 miles

392/476/420 miles

361/410/377 miles

432/548/481 miles

The fuel tank capacity is not on the higher side, but it's modest enough for long haul drives. Most notably, the FWD drivetrain variants don’t score much higher fuel economy numbers compared to the AWD variants. Also, the turbocharged power mill in the top trims scores higher power output at the cost of even lower MPG numbers.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Interior

9.1/10

The Mazda CX- 5 has always had premium interiors, even for its lower-level trims. An 8-inch infotainment screen with built-in satellite navigation fairly complimented the leather upholstery and wooden inlays on the dashboard for the luxurious trims. Now for 2021, that unit will be replaced by a 10.25-inch display as standard on all models.

The Mazda CX-5 has a premium-looking cabin

Except for the use of plastics here and there on the ower ends, the chrome-rounded AC vents and door switches add to the premium feel of the interior. Keeping in on this legacy, we hope to see the 2021 Mazda CX-5 come up with more luxurious interior options including the more contemporary and bigger infotainment screen.

Models

2021 Mazda CX-5

2020 Honda CR-V

2021 Hyundai Tucson

2021 Subaru Forester

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.7/57.1/41.0

40.1/57.9/41.3

39.6/57.1/41.5

41.2/58.2/43.3

Rear Row

(Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(in)

39.0/54.8/39.6

39.2/55.6/40.4

39.2/55.5/38.2

39.6/57.2/39.4

The CX-5 is a spacious vehicle but offers lesser boot space and rear headroom compared to the competition. Though, the seating position is very neat with not too fancy seating and steering adjustment features across all the trims. Starting from the Grand Touring trim, the Mazda CX-5 offers heated steering and seats.

How’s the 2021 Mazda CX-5 infotainment system?

The 2021 CX-5 comes equipped with a 10.25-inch touchscreen display for all its variants, unlike the 2020 model. Apart from that, it also gets the latest version of the Mazda Connect infotainment. These upgrades may not seem like a lot but can go a long way in making the SUV more indulging.  

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 to get a new 10.25-ich touchscreen unit as standard

Now, the UI menu and graphics will not feel outdated as they did up until last year. This new system should be a lot intuitive and responsive. Features such as Android Auto and Apple Carplay come as standard in the 2021 model. We expected Mazda to work on its infotainment system for the upcoming year, and that they did. Other features include:

  • Voice Command
  • AM/FM
  • Bluetooth
  • HD radio
  • SiriusXM
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto

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2021 Mazda CX-5 Exterior

9.0/10

2021 CX-5 reflects the elegance of Mazda designs from all the viewing angles. Its smooth and curvy design gives the vehicle a very exquisite look overall, and there aren’t any major design changes for the 2021 version unless you opt for the Carbon Edition trim. Up front, there's the same noticeably incorporated slim and sleek headlight design with chrome lining that follows from one side to the other.

The Mazda CX-5 has appeals from all angles

The front grille is a glossy black mesh with a concave design that carries on from the previous generation models. Its 17-inch gunmetal wheels provide decent ground clearance and add to the exterior aesthetics of the vehicle. The quarter window on the rear door is on the smaller side but its design complements the visual appeal of the CX-5. Also, the LED extended tail-lights and functioning dual exhausts give the 2021 CX-5 a sporty looking back.

Models

2021 Mazda CX-5

2020 Honda CR-V

2021 Hyundai Tucson

2021 Subaru Forester

Curb Weight 

3,541 lbs

3,337 lbs

3,463 lbs

3,449 lbs

Length 

179.1”

182.1”

176.2”

182.1”

Width 

72.5”

73.0”

72.8”

71.5”

Height 

66.2”

66.1”

65.0”

67.5”

Ground Clearance 

7.5”

7.8”

N/A

8.7”

Wheelbase 

106.2”

104.7”

105.1”

105.1”

The 2021 version is expected to be lighter with slightly bumped up ground clearance but nothing as such has been confirmed. Overall, the 2020 model of the Mazda CX-5 shares almost similar external dimensions to its competitors, except for the ground clearance category, where it is placed in between the Hyundai Tucson and the Subaru Forester.

2021 Mazda CX-5 basic SUV three quarter view
2021 Mazda CX-5 basic SUV three quarter view
2021 Mazda CX-5 basic SUV three quarter view
2021 Mazda CX-5 basic SUV side view
2021 Mazda CX-5 basic SUV rear three quarter view
2021 Mazda CX-5 basic SUV engine

2021 Mazda CX-5 Safety

9.9/10

The Mazda CX-5, in its 2021 iteration, will continue to deliver outstanding safety features and ratings. The CX-5 has always been regarded as a very safe vehicle since its debut, scoring 5-star ratings in almost all the stages of NHTSA crash tests. The rearview camera paired with lane departure warning and automated braking systems come in very handy in avoiding mishaps on road.

Adaptive cruise control and emergency braking assist features are standard across all the CX-5 trims and will continue in the 2021 model. Some of the standard safety features of the CX-5 include:

  • SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control Plus
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Dynamic stability control
  • Traction control system
  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Lane departure warning system

2021 Mazda CX-5 Competition

9.4/10

2021 Mazda CX-5 vs. Hyundai Tucson

The Mazda CX-5 outshines and outperforms the Hyundai Tucson in all the benchmark tests they are involved in. The weaker powertrain of Tucson loses to the CX-5 not just in performance but also in the MPG numbers. It also has an even shorter ground clearance.

2021 Hyundai Tucson

Although, in terms of warranty packages and perks, Hyundai easily takes the upper-hand than Mazda and the rest of the competitors. Its vehicles are known to offer America's best warranty, and that is something which has been hard to beat not only for Mazda but for all brands in general.

2021 Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester

The Mazda CX-5 offers more responsive handling and more plush interiors than the Subaru Forester. Also, the CX-5 offers more trims and engine options compared to the Subaru.

2021 Subaru Forester

However, the rear cargo space in the Forester is superior and it handles off-road conditions a lot better than the CX-5, credit to its higher ground clearance, versatile traction modes, and standard AWD.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Final Verdict

8.6/10

The compact crossover market is currently very competitive and flush with options for the buyers. There are SUVs that outperform each other based on different challenges and criteria. If you want a compact SUV with all-rounded performance, paired with upscale interiors and comfort for a modest price tag, look no further than the 2021 Mazda CX-5. 


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2021 Mazda CX-5 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Mazda CX-5 SkyActiv?

SkyActiv technology aims to enhance every aspect of driving a vehicle. Be it an excellent fuel economy or enhanced performance, the SkyActiv technology is used to engineer every aspect of driving dynamics. From chassis design to engine and transmission technology, this technology is just another way Mazda looks to make driving better.

Is Mazda CX-5 expensive to insure?

Not particularly. The average cost to insure a Mazda CX-5 amounts to $227 per month or $2,724 in a year. That amount is close to 12% of the cost of the car. So by no means is it extravagant in any way.

Is Mazda CX-5 expensive to maintain?

The cars manufactured by Mazda are some of the most reliable and least expensive to maintain. The average annual cost of keeping a Mazda CX-5 in the pristine condition amounts to $447. If we compare that to the segment average of $573, the CX-5 turns up as a fairly easy to maintain midsize SUV.

Is the Mazda CX-5 good on snow?

The Mazda CX-5 is lighter and more active than the rest of the cars in the Mazda lineup. But as it can be a very good trait on the hard grippy surface, when it comes to snow, the CX-5 does not perform well because of its low traction trait.

Is the Mazda CX-5 a good car?

Yes, the Mazda CX-5 is a great SUV, as when it comes to both performance and styling cues, the CX-5 is aces. With great handling traits and even better fuel efficiency, the CX-5 stands out to be one of the best in this segment. Furthermore, you can also opt for a turbocharged engine setup for more power, which makes it all the more exciting.

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2021 Mazda CX-5 Overall Reviews


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Travis K. Hoover

2020 Mazda CX-5

Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

The perfect crossover!!

Pros - Good handling, control panel, power adjustable seats

Cons - Nothing

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

Handles like a charm!! That? the whole story of ?he perfect crossover!!? Power is decent, nothing outstanding, and ride quality is ok-ish. But the most important of all is handling. Despite its size, it is so easy to maneuver that it feels more like a car and less like a big crossover.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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Chris H. Diaz

2020 Mazda CX-5

Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Mazda CX-5 is smooth but nothing more

Pros - Apple car play, foldable rear seats, keyless entry

Cons - Not so spacious, not so powerful, dinky touch screen

Overall Review

7 /10 Overall Rating

It drives smoothly with proper functioning of gear shifting based on how I press the gas pedal. Nice up/downshifts keeping in mind the driver and passenger comfort. Never compromises with that. Everything is good but the power. A compact suv with 2.5L motor, sounds short by some margin

9/10
Features
5/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

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Jeremy S. Reich

2020 Mazda CX-5

Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

6

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Just a name

Pros - *Speakers *power tailgate *Nav system

Cons - *poor gas mileage *no parking sensors

Overall Review

6 /10 Overall Rating

A unconditional affections for gas, cx5 is just one mile away from running out of gas all the time.

7/10
Features
7/10
Interior
7/10
Design
7/10
Safety
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
7/10
Dealer Review

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10

User Overall Rating

The perfect crossover!!

Handles like a charm!! That? the whole story of ?he perfect crossover!!? Power is decent, nothing outstanding, and ride quality is ok-ish. But the most important of all is handling. Despite its size, it is so easy to maneuver that it feels more like a car and less like a big crossover.

by Travis K. Hoover

7

User Overall Rating

Mazda CX-5 is smooth but nothing more

It drives smoothly with proper functioning of gear shifting based on how I press the gas pedal. Nice up/downshifts keeping in mind the driver and passenger comfort. Never compromises with that. Everything is good but the power. A compact suv with 2.5L motor, sounds short by some margin

by Chris H. Diaz

6

User Overall Rating

Just a name

A unconditional affections for gas, cx5 is just one mile away from running out of gas all the time.

by Jeremy S. Reich

10

User Overall Rating

Great safety features and pretty good driving experience.

While driving, the steering is precise and responsive that helps me to handle my car very easily.

by Albert V. Carter

5

User Overall Rating

Touring is bad choice to choose for the family.

Performance of the engine is really lacking in the mileage and then in the acceleration so I really fed up by choosing this one for my domestic driving purpose.

by Bert C. Adams

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