2020 CX-5 New Car Test Drive
The Mazda CX-5 crossover was redesigned in 2017 with a retuned engine, stiffer chassis with wider track, more stylish exterior, better-looking and much quieter cabin, and many improved details. For 2019 it gets a new available engine, a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder making 227 horsepower, same engine that's used in the CX-9 crossover and Mazda 6 sedan. That's 40 more horsepower than the base engine, a normally-aspirated version of the same inline-4.
Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, with either front- or all-wheel drive.
The CX-5 is small for a mid-size crossover, with a wheelbase of 106.3 inches and overall length of 179.1. That helps make the already crisp handling more nimble, and makes it easier to park, but steals from interior space.
The front-wheel-drive CX-5 is EPA-rated at 25 mpg city, 31 highway, 28 combined, on regular fuel. Two of the four cylinders can deactivate to save fuel. With all-wheel drive, it gets 24/30/26 mpg, which is 3 mpg less than the Subaru Forester.
The turbocharged CX-5 gets an EPA rating of 22/27/24 mpg, on premium fuel.
The IIHS awards the CX-5 a Top Safety Pick+, up from last year, thanks to improved LED headlights with automatic high-beams on top models. The NHTSA gives it five stars overall in its crash tests.
Every CX-5 comes with automatic emergency braking, however the Sport only gets it for low speeds; higher-speed AEB comes standard on all other models, along with blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control. .
Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring models come with the normally aspirated engine and front-wheel drive, with optional all-wheel drive for $1,400. Grand Touring Reserve and Signature models come with AWD and the turbo engine.
The $25,345 Sport comes standard with power features, cloth upholstery, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, blind-spot monitors, low-speed automatic emergency braking, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment. Options include higher-speed automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control, as well as navigation and remote start.
The $27,605 Touring adds synthetic leather upholstery, keyless ignition, a power driver's seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the infotainment. A $1,375 Touring Preferred package kicks in Bose audio, a power tailgate, and a moonroof.
The $31,040 Grand Touring adds leather upholstery, a power passenger seat, 19-inch wheels, three years of satellite radio, and navigation. The $1,625 Premium Package brings a head-up display, cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats.
The $35,865 Grand Touring Reserve has the turbocharged engine as well as the Premium package.
The $37,885 Signature adds 19-inch wheels, a black headliner, nappa leather seats, and wood trim, and front and rear parking sensors. .