New 2019 MAZDA CX‑5 SUV
MAZDA CX‑5 SUV
The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is the compact-crossover SUV that behaves and looks like a premium European model. Happily, its pricing is mainstream.
2019 MAZDA CX-5 Pricing
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2019 MAZDA CX-5 KBB Expert Review
The 2019 Mazda CX-5 proves that not all compact-crossover SUVs are created equal. In general, they’re usually quite good at many things, but don’t really have an aspect or two that delivers a knockout punch. The CX-5 seats four occupants, five at a pinch. It provides all the usual equipment and advanced safety features that buyers desire. The build quality and reliability are high, in common with its closest and keenest rivals. But get behind the wheel and the CX-5 displays an extra talent that’s virtually nonexistent elsewhere in the class. The driving experience is engaging, not the chore that other contenders seem to be. There’s more: The styling would suit a luxury vehicle, the cabin is similarly upmarket, and fuel economy is remarkable. The CX-5 is a must-try.
You'll Like This Car If...
No appliance-like nature and anonymous styling here; this compact-crossover SUV has dynamics like its well-respected stablemate, the Mazda3 hatchback. Yet the 2019 CX-5 manages to keep an eye on the fuel gauge.
You May Not Like This Car If...
This new compact-crossover SUV is not overly spacious, and it lacks real off-road ability. For that combination, look to the Subaru Forester. If it’s just space you want, the Honda CR-V should be ideal.
What's New for 2019
The 2019 CX-5 adds a new range-topping trim level: Signature. It features leather, wood, chrome, ambient cabin lighting, and several other premium items. Smartphone integration for iPhones and Androids becomes available. A new engine propels the higher trims -- a turbocharged 2.5-liter unit making 250 horsepower. The torque vectoring by braking and suspension systems has also been refined.
Let’s go deeper into Mazda’s vectoring feature, which is standard in every version. It adds to the CX-5’s already excellent cornering abilities by subtly braking an individual wheel here and there. If anyone thought all mainstream compact-crossover SUVs were boring to drive, they haven’t tried the CX-5. It’s nimble and precise, able to change direction with grace. The naturally aspirated 187-horsepower engine is adequately energetic, able to reach freeway speeds without drama; putting it in Sport mode sharpens its responses. The new turbocharged unit makes the 2019 CX-5 even more attractive. If the general ride quality wasn’t quite as comfortable as a Honda CR-V before, this year’s revisions should resolve that issue to most people’s satisfaction.
SMART CITY BRAKE SUPPORT
This feature can reduce the severity of an impact or perhaps prevent one altogether. When an accident is imminent, the system will sound an alert. If the driver doesn’t respond in time, it will apply the brakes automatically. It works at speeds of up to 19 mph and is standard in every 2019 CX-5.
LANE-DEPARTURE WARNING SYSTEM
Using sensors and a windshield-mounted camera to read the painted markings, this system alerts the driver with a low-pitched audible warning when the vehicle is drifting from its lane. If no action is taken, it will gently pull the vehicle back into position.
Mazda cabins always feel more premium than mainstream, full of classy touches such as the elegant chrome-surround vents, push-button start and a 7-inch infotainment touch screen in the 2019 CX-5. Like the competition, the rear seats are more comfortable for two rather than three, but at least the wide-opening doors make child seats easy to install and use. Behind the second row is 30.9 cubic feet of luggage space, expanding to 59.6 when those 40/20/40-split/fold seats are completely down. For some context, the Honda CR-V provides 37.6/75.8 cubic feet. The CR-V also wins the rear-legroom prize: 40.4 inches versus the Mazda’s 39.6.
Put a Jaguar or an Audi badge on the 2019 CX-5’s sheetmetal and it would look perfectly right. This is arguably the best-looking vehicle in its class, especially in Soul Red Crystal paintwork, a production color so deep and glossy it'd do justice to an exotic Italian sports car. Mazda's compact-crossover SUV makes its principal impact with a prominent trapezoidal grille and cool (yet bright) LED headlight slits either side. The lines then flow along the flanks with a taut elegance and come to a satisfying conclusion at the tail. We think it works well.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 2019 CX-5 is available in Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and new Signature trim levels. The least expensive CX-5 Sport model includes 17-inch wheels, cloth-covered seats, keyless entry/ignition, leather-wrapped steering wheel/shift knob, electronic parking brake, Smart City Brake Support, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a rearview camera. The basic infotainment system includes a 7-inch touch screen, AM/FM/HD radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports, auxiliary audio input, and a 4-speaker setup. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration is standard from the Touring trim upward.
Notable Optional Equipment
Speaking of the Touring trim, it’s another $2,265, but it’s well worth stretching the budget. It brings a power-adjustable driver’s seat, simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, rear privacy glass, rain-sensing wipers, self-leveling headlights with automatic high beams, two rear USB charging ports, and an array of driver aids (adaptive cruise control, Smart Brake Support and lane-departure warning/assist). Grand Touring models have leather seating, 10-speaker Bose audio system, and navigation. Further options include all-wheel drive (Grand Touring and Signature have that as standard), head-up display, heated steering wheel and heated rear outboard seats.
Under the Hood
The base engine in the 2019 CX-5 is a 2.5-liter unit with cylinder deactivation, which is a first for a 4-cylinder vehicle in North America and a contributor to the impressive average of 28 mpg. This engine is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission, with front-wheel drive (FWD) as the default setup; all-wheel drive (AWD) is available. Maximum towing capacity is 2,000 pounds. The new arrival for 2019 is a 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. This is also linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive is standard. Mazda is supposedly working on a 2.2-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, but has yet to make it ready for prime time.
187 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
186 lb-ft of torque @ 3,250 rpm (4,000 rpm for AWD models)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/31 mpg (FWD), 24/30 mpg (AWD)
2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4
250 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm (93-octane premium gasoline; 227 horsepower with regular)
310 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/28 mpg (FWD), 22/27 mpg (AWD)
Add the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) to a destination charge of $995 and the 2019 Mazda CX-5 range starts at $25,345 for the front-drive Sport model. As mentioned, though, a better buy is the Touring trim ($27,610) that brings more convenience and safety equipment. All-wheel drive is an extra $1,400. At the other extreme, the new Signature trim level starts at $37,885. The Honda CR-V doesn’t reach quite the same degree of luxury, but prices of its lower trims are similar to the CX-5’s. The Toyota RAV4 (all-new for 2019) is in the same financial ballpark. The Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson (updated for 2019) and Subaru Forester start lower. Check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new CX-5. Resale values hold up well, but the CR-V is king of that particular hill.
Need a smaller SUV than the CX-5? Check out the 2019 Mazda CX-3.
Want an SUV with three rows of seats? The 2019 Mazda CX-9 might be perfect for you.
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MAZDA CX-5 Consumer Reviews
May 16, 2019
Great value for money
High end looking, best bang for your back. Superior quality and user experience than direct competitors. Feels luxurious, it’s very...
May 04, 2019
Improved from 2016
What's not to like? Great gas mileage, fun to drive, seats improved from my 2016 model. Less noise than 2016 too. All the bells and...
April 04, 2019
I have the cx5 grand touring with all the upgrades. I did a ton of research with this model as well as similar models from other makers....
March 28, 2019
What a Car
Real simple to me I traded in my Honda CRV gor the CX5. everyone thought I was crazy but once I sat in I knew this was the car more room...
February 02, 2019
Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring is a joy to drive
We found the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring to be an amazing vehicle. We looked at comparably-equipped Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Toyota...
December 24, 2018
After a year and 26,000 miles I am still very pleased with my CX5. I set trip odometer A somewhere around 1,000 miles. I think it...
December 07, 2018
Smooth Fun Drive
I absolutely love this vehicle. I have owned and driven many nice vehicles and am totally happy with the purchase of my 2017 Mazda CX-5....
November 17, 2018
Sporty, fun to drive, good cargo space and AWD!
Smooth driving experience. A car that accelerates with good response, but without jerking, lurching or skittering all over the place ...
June 27, 2018
Great SUV for the Money
This is a great SUV for the money. I bought the CX-5 Grand Touring trim level. It is packed with technology. The leather wrapped...
May 26, 2018
Great driving vehicle
My second Mazda, went from the Mazda 6 to the CX5 best move ever. Compared it with the other popular SUVs the fit an finish is much...
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How does it compare?
|#1||2019 MAZDA CX‑5||187|
|#2||2019 Volkswagen Tiguan||184|
|#3||2019 Honda CR‑V||184|
|#4||2019 Subaru Forester||182|
|#5||2020 Kia Sportage||181|
|#1||2019 Honda HR‑V||30|
|#2||2019 Subaru Crosstrek||29|
|#3||2019 MAZDA CX‑3||29|
|#4||2019 Subaru Forester||29|
|#9||2019 MAZDA CX‑5||28|
|#1||2019 Volkswagen Tiguan||5 / 5|
|#2||2020 Kia Sportage||4.8 / 5|
|#3||2019 Nissan Rogue Sport||4.8 / 5|
|#4||2019 Kia Sportage||4.8 / 5|
|#10||2019 MAZDA CX‑5||4.6 / 5|