IT’S A BEST BUY BECAUSE:
The CX-5 boasts nimble handling, excellent steering feel, a classy interior, and a fine selection of available features in a cohesive, well-put-together package.
Cargo space doesn’t rank with the best in the class, and some testers dislike the console-mounted infotainment-system controls.
The CX-5 utilizes Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control Plus system, which varies engine torque in response to steering inputs for better cornering performance and ride stability.
WHAT IS IT?
The CX-5 is Mazda’s 5-passenger compact crossover SUV. The base powertrain is a 187-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, and the new “step-up” option is a 250-hp turbocharged 2.5 four. Both engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Trim levels ascend through Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature models. All CX-5s are available with all-wheel drive; the Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring offer the choice of front-wheel drive as well. Available safety features include forward collision warning and mitigation, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and traffic-sign recognition. Other available features include a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, head-up instrument display, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, two-position reclining rear seat backs, a power liftgate, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality.
In addition to the new 250-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, a turbodiesel 2.2-liter four might join the roster as well. Other updates include an enhanced “Plus” version of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control system, minor interior updates, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality, and the line-topping Signature trim level.
With the base engine, the CX-5 is EPA-rated at 25 mpg city/31 highway with front-wheel drive and 24/30 with all-wheel drive. With the turbo engine, the numbers drop to 23/28 with FWD and 22/27 with AWD. In Consumer Guide® testing, an all-wheel-drive Grand Touring with the base engine returned 24.5 mpg in 55-percent highway driving.
VALUE IN CLASS
The Mazda CX-5 doesn’t offer quite as much cargo space as many class competitors, but it has long been a Consumer Guide® favorite for its impressive fuel economy, fun-to-drive character, competitive pricing, and upscale cabin trim in top-line models. The numerous updates the CX-5 receives for 2019—particular the gutsy turbocharged 2.5 engine—make it even better.
|BASE PRICE RANGE||$24,350 – $36,890|
|BODY STYLES||4-Door Wagon|
|AVAILABLE ENGINES||187-HP, 2.5-Liter 4-Cyl.; Turbocharged 250-hp, 2.5-Liter 4-Cyl.|
|DRIVE WHEELS||Front or All-Wheel Drive|
|EPA FUEL-ECONOMY RANGE||22-31 MPG|