The Mazda CX-5 is a compact SUV and the Japanese automaker’s best-selling vehicle. As Mazda continues a push toward more premium and even luxury offerings, let’s take a look at what makes the CX-5 what it is today, and what the experts here at Cars.com think about the 2019 model.
The CX-5 fits in the middle of Mazda’s current SUV lineup, above the subcompact CX-3 and below the three-row CX-9. Power comes from a choice of three engines, starting with the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, good for 187 horsepower. A new, optional (standard on Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims) turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder makes 250 hp and recommends 93-octane gas; it can also run on regular 87-octane gas but only makes 227 hp. Finally, another new engine, a 168-hp, turbo-diesel 2.2-liter, is more fuel-efficient than the CX-5’s gasoline-powered alternatives, but it’s only available on the highest Signature trim.
We’ve spent significant time with the CX-5 powered by both the turbo 2.5-liter and the diesel engine, and have really dug into whether the SUV is Mazda’s first real luxury offering or whether it still has some work to do. We’ve got our verdict on that, as well as all sorts of impressions and other useful information for anyone shopping for one, below.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 Mazda CX-5:
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