2020 CX-5 New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Mazda CX-5 gives Mazda a strong foothold in the competitive compact crossover class. Its nimble handling is among the sportiest in this segment, which is a boon to driving enthusiasts who find themselves in need of something practical.
Changes for 2020 include a newly standard suite of active-safety features and a new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system for the top two trim levels. A new turbodiesel option is also making its way to the options sheet later in the 2020 model year, though it will be limited to the top-spec Signature trim.
Base CX-5 models are powered by the same 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that does business in most Mazda vehicles. It makes 187 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque, which is routed to the wheels via a 6-speed automatic.
Top trims up the ante with a 2.5-liter turbo-4 that pushes 250 horsepower when fed 93 octane gas. It also pairs to a 6-speed automatic that sends power to all four wheels.
New for this year is a 4-cylinder turbodiesel. Displacing 2.2 liters, this limited-availability engine makes just 168 horsepower but a full 290 lb-ft of torque. It can't top the 310 lb-ft being churned up by the 2.0-liter turbo-4, but it should get better mileage.
The two gas engines have been tested by the EPA, and the results are about typical for the class. The non-turbo 2.5-liter engine with front-drive is rated for 25 mpg city, 31 highway, 26 combined. Figures for all-wheel-drive models drop slightly to 24/30/26 mpg. Turbocharged models are rated at 22/27/24 mpg.
Standard safety features now standard on every trim include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and blind-spot monitors. Options on high-trim versions include a surround-view camera system, parking sensors, and a head-up display.
The NHTSA allotted the CX-5 a five stars for safety, including four stars in the calculated rollover test. The IIHS has awarded it a Top Safety Pick+ award.
All prices represent front-drive models and include an $1,100 delivery charge.
The CX-5 Sport begins at $26,135 and is the most affordable model. It includes the aforementioned safety equipment as well as a 7.0-inch touchscreen, cloth upholstery, LED headlights, and a power-adjustable driver's seat.
The $27,775 Touring critically adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Other standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, more seat adjustments, an upgraded audio system, automatic climate control, keyless entry and ignition, and heated front seats.
The Grand Touring is priced at $31,255 and boasts leather upholstery, a power passenger seat, 19-inch wheels, and navigation.
Moving into the $36,080 Grand Touring Reserve is the cheapest way to get the turbocharged engine. This trim also adds an 8.0-inch touchscreen, heated rear seats, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, and cooled front seats.
The top-spec Signature is priced at $38,100. Its luxuries include nappa leather seats, a black headliner, real wood trim, and parking sensors front and rear. This is the only trim that is available with the turbodiesel.