2020 Mazda CX-5

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$25,190

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2020 Mazda CX-5
2020 Mazda CX-5

Key specs

Base trim shown

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

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

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 design 4.9
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

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.

3.0

Knoxville Mazda refuses to fix a ongoing problem

We bought a 2020 Mazda CRX new from Knoxville Mazda in Tennessee. The car has an ongoing problem of the audio sound that keeps on going out when I am driving. It can happen twice a day or twice a month but it keeps on happening the only way to get it to come back on is to stop the car turn it off and turn it back on. I have been to the dealer about 15 times over the last 18 months and it is still doing it. They say the diagnostic shows no problem with the system and therefore they can't replace it. I have recorded it many times and show the service people. I have called them many times to schedule a service appointment and they did not call me back. I am so disappointed with Mazda and the fact that I have driven 18 months with this problem and the dealer ignores the fact this is a problem. What does one do when you spend 45 thousand for a car and it continues to not work properly. Help

5.0

Our third CX-5

This is our third Mazda CX-5. When this lease ends we will purchase it. The vehicle has every safety feature we could ask for. We are getting between 28 and 29 mpg in town driving. This is an outstanding vehicle.

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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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