When it comes to bunched crossovers, it’s accessible to see why the 2021 Mazda CX-5 wins the SUV agnate of Best-in-Show. Not alone does it avowal beautifully sculpted bodywork, its autogenous is aloof as absorbing to the eyes. Of course, Mazda has apparent us that its absorption to detail is added than skin-deep, with anxious ergonomics and agreeable active dynamics. Compared with its predominantly addled competitors, the CX-5 is alluringly able-bodied and appropriately refined. While the accepted four-cylinder agent lacks the bite of the accessible turbo-four, both brace with a awful accomplished automated chiral and are added ammunition able than their EPA ratings suggest. Despite a abate burden breadth than its key competitors, the 2021 CX-5 shines brighter than all its classmates and alike some more-expensive alternatives, authoritative it a affirmation for our 2021 10Best list.
For 2021, the best notable advancement fabricated to the CX-5 is its new infotainment system. A 10.3-inch touchscreen now sits aloft the dashboard instead of the abate 7.0-inch affectation begin on antecedent archetypal years. The adapted arrangement appearance the new Mazda Connect interface, Mazda Connected Services (a Wi-Fi hotspot and admission to alien agent functions through a smartphone app), and accepted Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The calendar additionally introduces a new Carbon Edition, which has different Polymetal Gray acrylic and red upholstery. The top-of-the-line Signature trim adds a higher-definition 360-degree camera, a driver-attention alert, and rear automated emergency braking.
With the accession of the CX-5 Carbon Edition, it’s now accessible to get the 250-hp turbocharged agent after advantageous for either of the top two trim levels. The front-drive adaptation starts at aloof beneath $30,000, but those who appetite all-wheel drive can add it for $1400. Not alone does the Carbon Edition accept all the aforementioned appearance as the Touring archetypal with the Preferred SV amalgamation (Bose stereo, a power-adjustable commuter seat, ability liftgate, sunroof, and more), it additionally has audible exoteric and autogenous treatments. The aloft includes atramentous 19-inch auto and a atramentous brownish grille design; the closing includes red covering seats with red bond and atramentous accents on the apparatus and aperture panels.
The CX-5’s accepted 187-hp four-cylinder agent has abundant burke acknowledgment back affairs abroad from stoplights or active about town, so it feels quicker than it absolutely is. It’s at college speeds, such as back aggravating to canyon or absorb assimilate the freeway, that it feels underpowered. The 250-hp turbocharged adaptation we activated provided abundant quicker acceleration. Both engines brace with a abrupt six-speed automated chiral and front- or all-wheel drive. You don’t charge to drive the CX-5 adamantine to adore it or to acknowledge its excellence. Sure, its absolute council and composed cornering accomplish for one helluva Sunday cruise. But it additionally soaks up asperous anchorage after commotion and has the ride affection of crossovers that amount alert as much. This adapted coaction of dynamics is incomparable by its competitors. Pavement imperfections are isolated, alley babble is minimal, and the damping is neither annealed nor floaty. At the aforementioned time, the Mazda comes animate on ample roads. The electrically assisted council provides acceptable responses. The Signature archetypal we activated had a abating brake-pedal feel that operated after adjournment and after actuality too bad-tempered back you administer the brakes.
The CX-5 has boilerplate EPA estimates compared with rivals that accept agnate power. However, in our testing, the Mazda was the alone one to beat its EPA artery rating. The all-wheel-drive, non-turbocharged adaptation becoming 32 mpg, which akin the Honda CR-V we tested. The front-drive, non-turbo CX-5 bigger on that achievement by 1 mpg. We additionally activated a CX-5 with the added able turbocharged four-cylinder and accepted all-wheel drive; it becoming 30 mpg on our 200-mile artery fuel-economy route, which was 3 mpg college than its EPA rating.
Wake up central the top-tier CX-5 models and you ability anticipate you’ve been abducted by kidnappers active an Audi or a Mercedes. First-rate abstracts and a aces blueprint accomplish it feel abnormally upscale. The floor-hinged accelerator pedal feels bigger than the added accepted adaptation that is abeyant aloft the floor, the well-crafted council caster is anon in advanced of the disciplinarian and not account at a slight angle, and all of the front-seat armrests are at the aforementioned acme for optimal comfort. Sacrifices appear in baby packages: in this case, the CX-5 captivated aloof nine attache accoutrements abaft its rear seats in our testing. The accumulator bay does account from a absolutely collapsed amount floor. There are additionally several nooks and crannies in the berth to abundance smartphones and added baby items. For instance, the centermost animate has a abysmal tray at the advanced and a advantageous bin with a disposable shelf.
Every archetypal now boasts a 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which replaces the old 7.0-inch display. The new interface can still be manipulated through a rotary ambassador and aggregate bulge on the centermost animate as able-bodied as articulation commands and buttons on the council wheel. Unlike the antecedent archetypal year, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are accepted beyond the board. The CX-5 additionally comes with Mazda Connected Services that includes admission to alien agent functions via a smartphone app and a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot.
The CX-5 becoming a best crash-test appraisement from the National Artery Transportation Administration (NHTSA), and the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS) called it a Top Assurance Pick . It additionally comes accepted with a absolute apartment of driver-assistance technology and added alternative assists. Key assurance appearance include:
The Kia Sportage and the Chevrolet Equinox both action bigger assurance coverage, but contrarily the CX-5 is in band with its rivals.