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2020 Mazda CX-5

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$25,190

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

28

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

179.1” x 65.4”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Excellent steering and handling
  • Gas-pedal and transmission responsiveness
  • Quiet cabin
  • Adaptive cruise control works to a stop
  • Interior materials
  • Available USB charging ports in backseat

The bad:

  • Touchscreen locks when SUV is moving
  • Less cargo room than competitors
  • Backseat legroom
  • Multimedia control knob tricky to use

5 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2020 Mazda CX-5 trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Five-seat compact SUV
  • New standard active safety features
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Turbo four-cylinder engine available
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto available

2020 Mazda CX-5 review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2020 Mazda CX-5?

The Mazda CX-5 compact SUV seats five and offers a choice of two four-cylinder engines: a 187-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder or an available 250-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder (the turbo engine’s output drops to 227 hp when running on regular gas instead of premium). Both engines work with a six-speed automatic transmission, and front- and all-wheel-drive models are offered. The CX-5 competes with the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape.  

What’s New on the 2020 Mazda CX-5?

New standard active safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, and automatic high-beam headlights. Automatic headlights and rain-sensing windshield wipers are also standard. 

What Features in the 2020 Mazda CX-5 Are Most Important?

Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a 40/20/40-split backseat, a 7-inch multimedia screen, air conditioning, Bluetooth streaming audio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and push-button start. Available luxury features include heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, Nappa leather upholstery and wood trim. 

2020 Mazda CX-5 Vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4: How Do They Compare?

The RAV4 was redesigned for 2019 and, like the CX-5, comes with a long list of standard active safety features. Eco-conscious shoppers may find more to like from Toyota, which sells a hybrid version of the RAV4 that gets an EPA-estimated 40 mpg combined. The RAV4’s interior is roomier, but top trim levels of the CX-5 are more luxurious. 

Should I Buy the 2020 Mazda CX-5?

The CX-5 delivers an above-average driving experience thanks to excellent steering and handling and a responsive powertrain. Its quiet interior and cabin materials are also noteworthy. Where it comes up short versus the competition is in overall interior space. The CX-5 is a strong entrant in the compact SUV class, but the competition is good, too, as we found in our 2019 Compact SUV Challenge.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior 4.9
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 4.9
  • Reliability 4.9
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Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

Pre-owned 2020 CX-5

Purchased my 2020 Mazda CX-5 while actually shopping for a Nissan Rogue. I Purchased from a Nissan dealership which I'll never do again if I ever purchase another Mazda. The vehicle was listed for $23,899.00 with 23,633 miles. Love the power and over all handling of the vehicle. The Machine Gray Metallic color is awesome as well.. Read alot of good things about the CX-5 as well as some horror stories. To soon to tell with just owning it a little over a month but hoping for the best time will tell..

5.0

Love the adaptive cruise control.

Excellent car. Completely fallen in love with the adaptive cruise control. I live in LA and using it on the highway with a lot of traffic is amazing. Also works great in low speeds.

5.0

Used to drive Toyotas

I have been driving Toyotas for 12 yrs. I intended to downsize to a Toyota Rav4 from the Highlanders. When I saw how expensive they were and how plain and cheap the interior was, I decided to look around. I did some research and decided to look at the Mazda CX5. Wow! What a nicely appointed car and quite peppy with the "sport" feature engaged. Two years later, I still love my car. MPG are good and it is the perfect size. Bye, bye Toyota.

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Safety

Based on the 2020 Mazda CX-5 base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
5
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
5
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
5
Overall rating
5
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
17.4%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles

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