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.

BUT…

Cargo space doesn’t rank with the best in the class, and some testers dislike the console-mounted infotainment-system controls.

WORTH NOTING:

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.

WHAT’S NEW?

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.

FUEL ECONOMY

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
BUILT IN Japan
EPA FUEL-ECONOMY RANGE 22-31 MPG

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