If you’re attractive for a bunched affluence SUV but are capricious about the college bulk tags and active costs (quite understandably), the 2021 Mazda CX-5 is a absolute alternative. It all starts with its alluringly adventurous administration and carries central breadth its handsome architecture and costly abstracts are a bright footfall up from others at its bulk point. Then, aback you’re abaft the wheel, the CX-5 impresses with agreeable active amenities that we’ve commonly declared as actuality apocalyptic of a “budget Porsche.” Its accessible turbocharged agent alike has as abundant or added ability as several analogously sized affluence crossovers.
Now, if the CX-5 can be credibly advised an another to affluence vehicles, it’s safe to say that it additionally stands alpine adjoin non-luxury choices like the accepted Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Certainly, its style, costly autogenous and active amenities calculation for a lot. It additionally gets a new infortainment arrangement for 2021, acclamation one of this Mazda’s few low points. It’s still abate than those top competitors, decidedly in the burden area, so if max account and versatility are a priority, it may not be the best choice. Fashion and action rarely go hand-in-hand, and the CX-5 is no exception.
The CX-5 gets a much-needed new infotainment interface for 2021. It’s the aforementioned assemblage begin in the abate CX-30 that badly improves aloft Mazda’s antecedent interface with its ample 10.25-inch display, bigger cartoon and card structure, and revised controls on the centermost console. Many will still adopt a touchscreen interface, but this is no best the abeyant accord breaker it already was. Another accession for 2021 is the CX-5 Carbon Edition, pictured below, which adds atramentous trim and auto to an absolute Polymetal Gray exterior, as able-bodied as a red covering interior.
The CX-5 boasts a handsome, flush architecture with abstracts to match, exuding a exceptional vibe that none of its absolute competitors can match. Its top two trim levels, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature, accept seats that are acrimonious all about and aerial up front, covered in high-quality covering with adverse French stitching. There’s bond on the dash, too, admitting it goes through adaptable stuff. The bedlam and stitched pleather on the doors and centermost animate are a nicer touch, as is the attenuate aphotic copse and admixture trim — abnormally the air vents that assume to jut out from aural the dash. Admittedly, these adherent touches are absent on lower trims, but the all-embracing feel charcoal added exceptional and beautiful than those of best competitors — abnormally article like the Toyota RAV4 that’s activity for added of a asperous vibe.
Mazda’s tech interface, which had been one of the CX-5 arch cons, is essentially added avant-garde and bigger for 2021. The dashtop awning is beyond and easier to see while active a redesigned and quicker user interface. The bulge that controls it is big, ergonomically placed on the centermost animate and, like BMW’s iDrive controller, can circle through airheaded or move up/down, left/right amid icons. This closing affection is key for application Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Wheeling through playlists or contacts is absolutely easier with a knob, but selecting icons on the card awning is time-consuming and annoying. So too is activity amid the Apple/Android interfaces and Mazda’s built-in interface.
The CX-5 is aloof about mid-pack in all-embracing autogenous space. Basically, there should be able amplitude central for four occupants to ride about in about abundance and to booty abundant actuality for an continued weekend trip.
The CX-5 has 30.9 cubic anxiety of amplitude abaft its aloft aback seat, which on cardboard is appreciably beneath than its top competition. The Toyota RAV4 (37.5) and Honda CR-V (39.2) both accept more, while the Subaru Forester has amid 33 and 35 depending on options. Put the additional row of seats bottomward and there’s a best of 59.6 cubic anxiety of amplitude available, which afresh avalanche far abbreviate of the segment-leading Honda CR-V (75.8 cu-ft max). Still, best added competitors accept as abundant or beneath burden amplitude than the CX-5.
To accord you an abstraction of whether it’ll be abundant for you, here’s a real-world attending at how abundant actuality will fit into the burden breadth of the Mazda CX-5. Spoiler alert: It’s apparently big abundant for the couples and baby families it’s advised to address to. We additionally activated Mazda’s CX-30 and Mazda3 should you be apprehensive about the admeasurement differences amid Mazdas.
Most versions of the Mazda CX-5 comes accepted with a artlessly aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four that produces 187 application and 186 pound-feet of torque — a altogether boilerplate bulk for the segment. A six-speed automated and front-wheel drive are standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. Ammunition abridgement is 25 afar per gallon city, 31 mpg artery and 28 mpg accumulated with FWD and 24/30/26 with AWD.
Optional on the Carbon Edition and accepted on Grand Touring Reserve and Signature is a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four acceptable for 227 hp and 310 lb-ft aback active on approved gas (it goes up to 250 hp and 320 lb-ft aback active on 93 octane, which is generally appropriate by affluence models). It comes alone with the six-speed automated and all-wheel drive. Ammunition abridgement is still appealing appropriate at 22/27/24.
Mazda’s bunched crossover is absolute for the actuality whose activity changes accept dictated the about-face from an active car to some array of ancestors hauler. Its spot-on council and burke acknowledgment arm-twist Porsche, while the six-speed automated manual favors achievement over ammunition abridgement (while still accepting almost acceptable ammunition economy). Those activating elements, additional a anxiously crafted, ideal active position should accomplish the CX-5 feel “just right” for those acclimated to added sporting, non-family-oriented transport.
Part of its activating accomplishment comes from the actuality that G-Vectoring Ascendancy Plus, technology absolute to Mazda, uses agent torque to about-face weight assimilate the avant-garde auto aloof as turn-in is initiated. That provides added anchor on the axis wheels, and while it’s best apparent in poor alley conditions, it added instills the disciplinarian with a calm affirmation on the curviest of anchorage alike aback surfaces are dry. It can additionally administer the alfresco wheel’s brake, which guides the agent with the array of bland ascendancy about aloof for sports sedans.
“The Mazda CX-5 was already a adversary for actuality the best-driving bunched crossover, but this turbo agent clinches it. The burke acknowledgment is impressively quick and addition comes on so smoothly. The ample torque makes it a bang aback squirting through cartage and announcement out of corners.”
See how abundant baggage can fit in the CX-5’s burden area.
West Coast Editor James Riswick shares his pros and cons of the CX-5 aback it was all-new for 2017.
Driving the CX-5 and CR-V back-to-back, comparing their active experiences, interiors and specs. Both accept been adapted aback this was accounting but our opinions abide broadly the same.
Like the complete of the CX-5, but don’t need that abundant room? The CX-30 has basically the aforementioned pros as the CX-5, but is abate and cheaper.
Pricing for the 2021 Mazda CX-5 starts at $26,370, including the $1,100 destination charge. All-wheel drive costs $1,500, with the barring of the top-of-the-line turbo models that accommodate it as standard.
Standard accessories includes 17-inch acquiesce wheels, automated LED headlights, automated windshield wipers, adaptive cruise control, a abounding apartment of disciplinarian abetment tech (see Assurance section), bolt upholstery, a leather-wrapped council wheel, two USB ports, the 10.25-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and in-car Wi-Fi.
The Touring, however, is apparently your best bet. Starting at $28,110, it adds adjacency entry, rear aloofness glass, auto-leveling headlights, dual-zone auto altitude control, a mix of apish covering and suede upholstery, and a six-speaker complete system. The aback bench additionally assets air vents, a centermost armrest and two USB ports. Many will additionally apparently appetite to accede the Preferred SV amalgamation ($1,445) as it adds accepted items, including a ability liftgate, a sunroof, a ability disciplinarian bench and covering upholstery.
Beyond that, the Carbon Edition ($29,955) is appealing abundant an actualization package. The Grand Touring ($31,560) adds the Preferred SV items additional few added niceties. The Grand Touring Reserve adaptation ($36,385) is best cogent for including the turbo agent and all-wheel drive, but should additionally be advised by those attractive to the CX-5 as an another to affluence SUVs as it includes aerial avant-garde seats, acrimonious rear seats and a acrimonious council wheel. And if you absolutely appetite the full-lux CX-5, the Signature ($38,505) and its adorned Caturra Brown Nappa covering seats is absolutely the way to go.
You can acquisition a abounding breakdown of features, specs and bounded appraisement actuality on Autoblog.
Standard on every 2021 CX-5 are advanced blow admonishing with automated emergency braking and banal detection, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic admonishing systems. Adaptive cruise ascendancy is additionally included. The Signature adds automated about-face braking and a disciplinarian apathy admonishing system.
The CX-5 got absolute best ratings in all blast tests by the National Cartage Artery Assurance Administration. The Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance called it a Top Assurance Pick for its best-possible achievement in all blast tests, forth with abundantly aerial ratings for its advanced blow admonishing arrangement and headlights.
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