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2020 Mazda CX-5 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Abhinandan Banerjee Senior Correspondent Updated on: October 18, 2019


One of the top selling cars from the Mazda stable, the CX-5 compact SUV from Mazda has been a crowd favorite in the states for all the good reasons. Blessed with a superb engine alongwith great driving dunamics, the 2020 CX-5 has arrived to build on the same reputation its predecessors have established. The 2020 Mazda CX-5 starts at $24,350 for the base 2WD sport trim and goes over $36,000 for the top end AWD Signature Trim. A total of 5 trims are on offer namely the Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. The 1st three trims area available as both front wheel drive and AWD while the others are only available in the AWD Trim.

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Pros

Neatly laid out Interiors

Great Exterior Styling

Sporty Engine

User Friendly Infotainment System

Cons

7 Seater Configuration not available

Lower Cargo Space as compared to 5 seater rivals

What's New?

Android Auto and Apple Carplay is now availableNew 7-inch touchscreen infotainment systemTwo new colors available


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24350

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

132 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

187 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

186 lbs.-ft @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.8/62.8

dimensions

wheelbase

106.2 in.

length

179.1 in.

width

72.5 in.

height

65.4 in.

curb weight

3541 lbs.

ground clearance

7.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

103.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

59.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1034 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

9.2 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

7.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

165 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/28/31 mpg

highway range

458.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.



Styles

 2020 Mazda CX-5 in Deep Crystal Blue Mica color  2020 Mazda CX-5 in Machine Gray Metallic color  2020 Mazda CX-5 in Soul Red Metallic color  2020 Mazda CX-5 in Jet Black color  2020 Mazda CX-5 in Sonic Silver color
Deep Crystal Blue Mica

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Interior

8.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Mazda CX-5 Sport

Sport

power
187 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$24,350 - $25,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $24,350 MSRP (25/28/31) 187 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $25,750 MSRP (24/26/30) 187 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Mazda CX-5 Touring

Touring

power
187 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$26,615 - $28,015


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $26,615 MSRP (25/28/31) 187 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $28,015 MSRP (24/26/30) 187 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

Grand Touring

power
187 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$30,045 - $31,445


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $30,045 MSRP (25/28/31) 187 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $31,445 MSRP (24/26/30) 187 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring Reserve

Grand Touring Reserve

power
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$34,870


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Grand Touring Reserve 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $34,870 MSRP (22/24/27) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Mazda CX-5 Signature

Signature

power
227 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$36,890


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Signature 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $36,890 MSRP (22/24/27) 227 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.0

Overall Rating


The Mazda CX-5 has been famed for its exteriors and drive dynamics. Its exteriors has been one of the best looking in the segment and a big talking point for the SUV as well. A small test drive of the Mazda will make you fall for the superbly tuned chassis and suspension of the Mazda CX-5 and will make you drive it more and more. The 2020 Mazda comes in a total of 5 trims and is available in both FWD and AWD configurations. Prices start at just $24,350 for the base Sport variant with FWD and goes over $36,000 for the top end trim.

2020 Mazda CX-5 red front 3 quarters
2020 Mazda CX-5
2020 Mazda CX-5 red rear 3 quarters
2020 Mazda CX-5

8.0/10
Features

 
 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Mazda CX-5 Features

8.0/10

In terms of trims and features, Mazda has added a new top of the line trim for the 2020 iteration of the CX-5, called the Signature Trim. The Signature and the Grand Touring Reserve Trim also get a new powerful 2.5L turbocharged engine from the CX-9 that delivers 250Hp and 310lbs-ft of Torque.

Trims

Sport

Touring

Grand Touring

Grand Touring Reserve AWD Signature AWD

Price(2WD)

$24,350

$26,615

$30.045

N/A N/A

Price(AWD)

$25,750

$28,015

$31,445

$34,870

$36,890

Features

AM/FM Radio with Bluetooth Connectivity

Adds/Upgrades these from “Sport”

Adds/Upgrades these from “Touring”

Adds/Upgrades these from “Grand Touring”

Adds/Upgrades these from “SEL Premium”

 

17” Alloy Wheels with Electronic Parking Brake

Mazda Radar Cruise Control

Universal Garage Door Opener

2.5L Turbo Engine with 250hp & 310lbs-ft. Torque

Frameless Auto Dimming Interior RVM

 

Automatic LED Headlamps with Daytime Running Lamps

High Beam Control System

Interior Auto Day/Night Electrochromic Mirror

Ventilated Front Seats

Nappa Leather Seating Surfaces

 

Cruise Control

Rear Privacy Glass

Power Sliding Moonroof

Heated Steering Wheels

LED Room Light and Down Light

 

7” Full Touchscreen Infotainment System

6 Way Power Adjust Driver Seats

8 Way Powered Driver Seat Adjust

Heated Front Seats

360 Degree View Monitor

 

Power Windows and Front Bucket Seats

Dual Zone Climate Control

6 Way Powered Passenger Seats

Active Driving Display with Traffic Sign Recognition

Front and Rear Parking Sensors

 

Steering Mounted Controls

Apple Car Play and Android Auto

10 Speaker BOSE Audio System

Windshield Wiper De-Icer

Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel

 

Rear View Camera, 2 Front USB and AUX Input

Heated Front Seats

LED DRL, Fog lamps and Combination lamps

Automatic Power Folding Mirrors

LED Lighting for Glovebox, Cargo Area, Vanity Mirrors

 

Remote Tailgate Release Button and Alloy Wheels

Leather Seating

19” Aluminum Alloy Wheels

 Genuine Layered Wood Trim  
 

Power Adjustable Exterior Mirror with Turn Indicators

Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers

Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror

   
 

Rear Wipers

6 Speaker Audio System

Heated Side Mirrors

   
  Push Button Start   

 

   
   Keyless Entry with Remote Lock/Unlock  

 

   

The Mazda CX-5 has some premium features like Bose audio system as standard in higher trims and you get sporty features like bucket seats as standard fitment in all trims.

Trim to Choose

The Touring trim will be suited to most consumers, who want their SUV to be high on tech and comfort without being too heavy on pocket. The Touring trim also offers a good amount of safety features.

2020 Mazda CX-5 Engine and Performance

The naturally aspirated 187-horsepower engine is adequately energetic, able to reach freeway speeds without drama; putting it in Sport mode sharpens its responses -kbb.com

The Mazda CX-5 has been always famed for its very sporty 2.5L naturally aspirated motor. The 4 cylinder motor ranks among the top half of this comparison in terms of power and torque generated. For driving enthusiasts however, Mazda has for the very first time debuted its 2.5L turbocharged motor that does duty on the CX-9 into the 2020 CX-5. This motor is available only on the Grand Touring Reserve and the Signature trims and belts out 250Hp and 310lbs-ft of Torque.

2019 Mazda CX-5 engine
Mazda CX-5 Engine- 2.5L Inline 4 capable of punching out 187 horses and 186 lb-ft of torque.

Models

Mazda CX-5 Sport

Mitsubishi Outlander ES SUV

Chevrolet Equinox L

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Honda CR-V LX

Hyundai Santa Fe SE

Kia Sorento L

Nissan Rogue S

GMC Terrain SL

Ford Escape S SUV

Subaru Forester 2.5i

MSRP

$25,345

$25,690

$24,795

$25,190

$25,345

$26,545

$26,980

$25,795

$26,195

$25,100

$24,295

Engine

2.5L I4

2.4L i4

1.5L I4 Turbocharged

2.0L I4 Intercooled TSI

2.4L I4 i-VTEC

2.4L I4

2.4L I4

2.5L i4

1.5L i4 Turbo Gas/Ethanol

2.5L i4 Regular Unleaded

2.5L Flat 4

Transmission

6 Speed automatic

Continuously variable automatic

6 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

CVT

8 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

CVT

9 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

CVT

Horsepower

187hp@ 6000rpm

166 hp@ 6000rpm

170hp@ 5600rpm

184hp@ 4400rpm

184hp@ 6400rpm

185hp@ 6000rpm

185hp@ 6000rpm

170hp@ 6000rpm

170hp@ 5600rpm

168 hp@ 6000rpm

182hp@ 5800 rpm

Torque

186ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

162 ft-lbs@ 4200rpm

203ft-lbs@ 2000rpm

221ft-lbs@ 1600 rpm

180ft-lbs@ 3900rpm

178ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

178ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

175ft-lbs@ 4400rpm

203ft-lbs@ 2000rpm

170 ft-lbs@ 4500rpm

176ft-lbs@ 4400rpm

Transmission duties are handled by Mazda's SKYACTIV-Drive1 6-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift and sport mode. The manual shift mode allows the driver to take control of the transmission when they feel they want to take control of things. The sport mode quickens up the gear shifts and changes gears only when the engine nears or reaches its redline. This helps in maximizing the performance.

Acceleration

The Mazda CX-5's 2.5L inline 4 motor does a decent job when it comes to doing 0-60 sprints. Its timings suggest that the Inline 4 naturally aspirated motor is let down by the heft of the CX-5.

Models

Mazda CX-5 SPORT SUV

Ford Escape S SUV

Mitsubishi Outlander ES SUV

Chevrolet Equinox L SUV

Volkswagen Tiguan S SUV

Honda CR-V LX SUV

Hyundai Santa Fe SE SUV

Kia Sorento L SUV

Nissan Rogue S SUV

GMC Terrain SL SUV

Subaru Forester SUV

0-60 MPH

8.7 sec

7.1 sec

N/A

N/A

N/A

7.7 sec

8.9 sec

7.3 sec

N/A

6.8 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter mile

16.7 sec

16.7 sec

N/A

N/A

N/A

16 sec

16.7 sec

N/A

N/A

15.4 sec

17.3 sec

Engine

2.5L Inline 4

2.5L Inline 4

2.4L Inline 4

1.5L Inline 4 turbocharged

2.0L Inline 4

2.4L Inline 4 iVETC

2.4L Inline 4

2.4L Inline 4

2.5L Inline 4

1.5L Inline 4 Turbocharged

2.5L Flat 4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3541

7.3

6.5

3274

3721

3307

3591

3810

3456

3449

3499

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.3

N/A

N/A

6.3

7.7

N/A

N/A

N/A

6.1

N/A

N/A

On the upside though, we feel that the new 2.5L turbocharged motor will better the timings demonstrated by the naturally aspirated counterpart of the Mazda and rank among the top half of this comparison.

Ride and Handling

The handling of the Mazda MX-5 stands out against its rivals and ranks as the best in class. The chassis is one of the best in this comparison as there is minimum body rolls while taking corners or doing high speeds. Features like the G-Vectoring Control (GVC) changes motor torque depending upon the circumstance like it can decrease motor torque indistinctly while entering turns. This moves the load on the front and hence improves the overall grip.

2019 Mazda CX-5 Handling red front view
Mazda CX-5 tackling some unpaved tracks.

In terms of the ride, don't let the premium looks of the Mazda fool you. The Mazda offers a great ride experience that doesn't disappoint you while driving on good roads or tackling the unpaved/bad condition ones.

Braking

Talking about the Braking of the CX-5, the brakes offer good bite and feedback and don't feel soft. Mazda Engineers have worked had in calibrating the brakes well so that it can match the dynamism of the SUV. The ABS works perfectly and doesn't feel intrusive. In terms of body roll, a slight bit of nose dive can be felt.

2019 Mazda CX-5 wheel
2020  Mazda CX-5 Brakes.

Model

Mazda CX-5 SPORT SUV

Mitsubishi Outlander ES SUV

Ford Escape S SUV

Chevrolet Equinox L SUV

Volkswagen Tiguan S SUV

Honda CR-V LX SUV

Hyundai Santa Fe SE SUV

Kia Sorento L SUV

Nissan Rogue S SUV

GMC Terrain SL SUV

Subaru Forester SUV

Brake Front (in.)

11.7

11.6

12.8

N/A

13.4

11.1

12.6

12.6

11.7

11.6

11.8

Brake Rear (in.)

11.9

11.9

12

N/A

11.8

10.2

12

12

11.5

11.2

11.3

60-0 MPH (ft.)

136

N/A

112

N/A

N/A

115

130

N/A

N/A

130

129

The 60-0 tests, however, suggest that the Mazda takes the highest distance to come to a halt. While this is not bad, but we do feel that had the CX-5 got a less amount of heft to its body, the performance could have been better.

2020 Mazda CX-5 Fuel Economy

In terms of consumption, the 2020  Mazda CX-5 delivers good numbers despite its big weight courtesy of its efficient Skyactiv Technology in the 2.5L motor. The CX-5 mileage ranks among the best in our comparison today and is only beaten by the ultra frugal Nissan Rogue.

Model

Mazda CX-5 SPORT suv

Ford Escape S suv

Mitsubishi Outlander ES suv

Chevrolet Equinox L suv

Volkswagen Tiguan S suv

Honda CR-V LX suv

Hyundai Santa Fe SE suv

Kia Sorento L suv

Nissan Rogue S suv

GMC Terrain SL suv

Subaru Forester suv

MPG (city)

25

21

25

26

22

26

22

22

26

26

26

MPG (highway)

31

29

30

32

29

32

29

29

33

32

30

MPG (combined)

28

24

27

28

25

28

25

25

29

28

28

Range (city/highway)

(miles)

370 / 459

330/455

415/498

387 / 477

337 / 444

364 / 448

414 / 545

414 / 545

377 / 479

387.4/447

431.6/547.8

Tank Capacity (gal)

14.8

15.7

16.6

14.9

15.3

 

14.0

18.8

18.8

14.5

14.9

14.9

The 370 mile range in the city of the CX-5 makes for lower trips to the gas station courtesy of the big 14.8 gallon tank capacity and good mileage numbers.

2020 Mazda CX-5 Interior

8.0/10

Step inside and it's immediately apparent that Mazda has crafted a fine Interior Consumerreports.org

Ergonomics and Comfort

While the texture inside in base trim looks extraordinary, the Touring trims leather rich interiors exude a richer feel. The seats are well padded with thick cushioning and an armrest in between the front seats.

2019 Mazda CX-5 rear seat
2020 Mazda CX-5 Seating

The ergonomics especially the ingress and the egress into the cabin isn't much of an issue due to the wide-opening doors. The seats are also at the perfect height which allows you to slide in and out of the vehicle. The doors open wide enough making it dead easy to place in a child seat.  

Model

Mazda CX-5 SPORT SUV

Ford Escape S SUV

Mitsubishi Outlander ES SUV

Chevrolet Equinox L SUV

Volkswagen Tiguan S SUV

Honda CR-V LX SUV

Hyundai Santa Fe SE SUV

Kia Sorento L SUV

Nissan Rogue S SUV

GMC Terrain SL SUV

Subaru Forester SUV

Passenger capacity

5

5

7

5

7

5

5

7

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.7/57.1/41.0

39.9/55.9/43.1

40.6/56.4/40.9

40.0/57.2/40.9

39.6/57.0/40.2

40.1/57.9/41.3

41.2/59.1/44.1

39.5/59.1/44.1

41.6/56.6/43.0

41.2/58.2/43.3

40.0/57.2/40.9

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.0/54.8/39.6

39.0/55.2/37.3

38.4/56.0/37.3

38.5/55.5/39.7

39.1/55.9/36.5

39.2/55.6/40.4

39.2/58.3/40.9

39.3/58.0/39.4

38.5/55.9/37.9

39.6/57.2/39.4

38.5/55.6/39.7

The Mazda CX-5 can seat 5 passengers and there is no option for a 7 seater configuration on any of the trims. The front windows are big and offer a good view of whats outside. The armrests are all around padded and are at equivalent stature bearing a happy with driving position. The CX-5 Touring gets 6-way control driver's seat with manual lumbar support that adds to the driving comfort as well.

Infotainment

A fresh and sharp looking dash-mounted 7-inch touchscreen carries out responsibility on all trims. While driving, the rotating controller feels natural and the UI is simple and direct. For 2020, Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility have been added to the feature set as well.

2019 Mazda CX-5 infotainment display
2020 Mazda CX-5 Infotainment Display

The base CX-5 Sport gets a 4 speaker sound framework while the CX-5 Touring gets a 6-speaker sound framework. Keeping with the upscale air of CX-5, a 10-speaker Bose premium sound framework is discretionary on CX5 Touring and standard on CX-5 Grand Touring. CX-5 Touring and CX-5 Grand Touring additionally get Mazda Navigation System.

These are the list of Features available from the infotainment system of the 2020 CX-5

  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play Compatibility
  • Touchscreen Infotainment System with Navigation
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • Voice Command Control
  • FM/AM Radio connectivity
  • USB Connectivity and Charging ports
  • Bluetooth Telephony and Connectivity to Multiple devices

Interior Features

The CX-5 comes loaded with a host of features inside. We have already discussed the features inside the Infotainment System above and will now be enlisting some of the Important Interior Features.

  • Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitoring System
  • Auto Dimming Inside Rear View Mirror
  • Power Adjustable Driver Seats
  • Heated and Ventilated Leather Front Seats
  • Keyless Access with Push Button Start
  • Dual Zone Climate Control
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Flat Folding Rear Seats

Cargo Capacity

There is not much to talk about the Cargo Capacity of the 2020 Mazda CX-5. In terms of the other 5 Seater SUV, the CX-5 offers one of the lowest space in the comparison in terms of sheer numbers.

2019 Mazda CX-5 cargo space
Mazda CX-5 Cargo Space

However, the 30.9cu ft. of Space is good in terms of compact SUV standards and will accommodate most of your luggage with ease. The seats fold flat which makes it pretty easy to slide heavy items to the front of the vehicle. The release latches for the second-row seats are located in the cargo area which makes it convenient to fold down the seats. 

Model

Mazda CX-5 SPORT SUV

Ford Escape S SUV

Mitsubishi Outlander ES SUV

Chevrolet Equinox L SUV

Volkswagen Tiguan S SUV

Honda CR-V LX SUV

Hyundai Santa Fe SE SUV

Kia Sorento L SUV

Nissan Rogue S SUV

GMC Terrain SL SUV

Subaru Forester SUV

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

30.9

34.0

10.3

29.9

37.6

39.2

35.9

11.3

39.3

35.4

29.6

When compared to the rivals, the Rogue offers the most cargo space with 39.3 cubic feet. The Outlander offers the least space mainly due to the 3rd row. If you need more cargo space and fewer seats, the Rogue is the one to go for. If you need more seats and less cargo space, the Sorento is the one to go for- it offers 7 seats and more cargo space than the Outlander.

2020 Mazda CX-5 dashboard
2020 Mazda CX-5 dashboard
2020 Mazda CX-5 front view
2020 Mazda CX-5 front view
2020 Mazda CX-5 instrumental cluster
2020 Mazda CX-5 instrumental cluster
Mazda CX-5 center console
Mazda CX-5 center console
2020  Mazda CX-5 music system
2020 Mazda CX-5 music system
Mazda CX-5 seat folded
Mazda CX-5 seat folded

2020 Mazda CX-5 Exterior

Among compact crossover SUVs, the Mazda CX-5 has consistently delivered more style, more quality, and more driving enjoyment than its direct competitors Boston.com

Design

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 has always been one of the top picks for people who wanted a stylish compact SUV to be driven in. There are some sharp character lines running across the body of the SUV which exudes flair. The characteristic Mazda grill with the signature Mazda headlamps adds to the external appeal of the SUV and enhances its charm on onlookers.

2019 Mazda CX-5 side view
2020 Mazda CX-5 Side View

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 ranks amongst the shortest SUV in its segment. This gives the Mazda an advantage in parking in tight spaces or crowded areas or moving through tight traffic. The ground clearance of 7.5 inches gives the CX-5 enough space to easily crawl over the biggest of speed Bumps or wade through small brooks easily. The Mazda ranks amongst the most accommodating SUV for Tall Riders as the 66.2 in. of height gives good headroom to passengers over 6ft of height.

Model

Mazda CX-5 SPORT SUV

Ford Escape S SUV

Mitsubishi Outlander ES SUV

Chevrolet Equinox L SUV

Volkswagen Tiguan S SUV

Honda CR-V LX SUV

Hyundai Santa Fe SE SUV

Kia Sorento L SUV

Nissan Rogue S SUV

GMC Terrain SL SUV

Subaru Forester SUV

Curb weight (lbs.)

3541

3552

3329

3274

3721

3307

3591

3810

3456

3449

3499

Length(in)

179.1

178.1

184.8

183.1

185.1

180.6

187.8

189.0

184.5

182.1

182.3

Width(in)

72.5

72.4

71.3

72.6

72.4

73.0

74.4

74.4

72.4

71.5

72.4

Height(in)

66.2

66.3

67.3

65.4

66.3

66.1

66.1

66.3

66.3

68.1

65.4

Ground clearance (in)

7.5

7.8

8.5

N/A

7.9

7.8

N/A

7.3

7.8

8.7

6.9

Wheelbase (in)

106.2

105.9

105.1

107.3

109.8

104.7

108.9

109.4

106.5

105.1

107.3

Track width (in) F/R

62.8/62.8

61.5/61.6

60.6/60.6

62.2/62.2

62.2/61.8

62.9/63.5

64.3/64.7

64.3/64.7

62.8/62.8

61.6/61.8

62.2/62.2

In terms of exterior dimensions, all the vehicles in this group are evenly matched. The Kia Sorento is the longest in the bunch and it shows in the space it offers on the inside. In terms of ground clearance, all of these vehicles offer enough to overcome any speed bump or pothole. The VW has the longest wheelbase and that is the reason why it feels the most planted in this bunch. 

Exterior Features

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 is one of the best looking compact SUVs in the class and one of the reasons for this is its good set of exterior features. Some of the cool exterior features include

  • Alloy Wheels
  • Windshield Wiper De-Icer
  • Automatic Power Folding Heated Side Mirrors
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers
  • High Beam Control System
  • Power Sliding Moonroof
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps, Fog Lamps and Combination Lamps
2020 Mazda CX-5
2020 Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-5
2020 Mazda CX-5 side view
2020 Mazda CX-5 side view
2020 Mazda CX-5 front view
2020 Mazda CX-5 front view
2020 Mazda CX-5 rear view
2020 Mazda CX-5 rear view
Mazda CX-5 rear view
Mazda CX-5 rear view
2020 Mazda CX-5 headlight
2020 Mazda CX-5 headlight
2020 Mazda CX-5 taillight
2020 Mazda CX-5 taillight
2020 Mazda CX-5 wheel
2020 Mazda CX-5 wheel

2020 Mazda CX-5 Safety

Mazda has had a good track record with its CX-5. The 2018 CX-5 got a 4 overall star from NHTSA and a top safety pick award from the IIHS. With not a lot changing from last year's model, we expect the 2020 CX-5 to be equal if not better the ratings of the 2018 CX-5.

2019 Mazda CX-5 safety feature
Mazda CX-5 Blind Spot Monitoring

Some of those features include

  • ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Dynamic Stability Control with Traction Control
  • Backup Camera
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Side Curtain, Front and Thorax Airbags
  • Seatbelts with Pre Tensioners and Load Limiters

2020 Mazda CX-5 Competition

Mazda CX-5 vs Honda CR-V

There is no denying the fact that the Honda CR-V is one of the best SUVs in the segment. It flaunts an easy to understand infotainment system and best in class storage space. The CR-V additionally has a rich lodge that offers two lines of seating and has enough space to oblige grown-ups. The Mazda, however, is a more enthusiastic performer bundled with a chassis that can take that. The Mazda also offers a better off-road riding experience and better sound insulation inside the cabin.

2019 Honda CR-V
2020 Honda CR-V

Mazda CX-5 vs Chevrolet Equinox

The Mazda CX-5 is one of the most sportiest SUV in the segment. The Mazda offers one of the Best 2nd-row seating arrangement in the class as well. When it comes to the off-road ability, both the SUV are nearly matched and have potent 4WD systems. The Chevy Equinox, however, offers similar performance at a lower price and also edges out the Mazda in terms of MPG in the city.

2019 Chevrolet Equinox
2020 Chevrolet Equinox

Mazda CX-5 vs Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan has to be one of the best built SUV in the segment. The car has been solidly put together and exudes presence in flesh. It also has a potent AWD system in the form of the 4Motion technology on offer. The Mazda CX-5, however, offers a better day to day driving experience and has a more sporty character attached to it.

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan
2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

 

2020 Mazda CX-5 Final Verdict

The Mazda CX-5 has managed to make a strong name for itself in the already crowded compact SUV market. The CX-5 impresses with its responsive engine, potent chassis and great off road manners.

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 also offers great practicality in terms of the space offered for passengers and in terms of storage options. We do however miss the option of 7 seats which some of the competition offers. Overall, if you want a compact SUV that stands apart from the crowd in terms of its looks, has a well-appointed interior and offers immense driving pleasure both on the tarmac and off it, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 is the SUV that fits the bill well.

2020 Mazda CX-5 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the Mazda CX-5 expensive to maintain?

No, the CX-5 isn't particularly expensive to maintain. The average annual maintenance cost of the Mazda CX-5 amounts to around $484 whereas the average annual maintenance cost for a mid-size SUV in the US is around $539. 

Is the Mazda CX-5 covered under warranty?

Yes, the Mazda CX-5 is covered under basic warranty for 3 years/ 36,000- whichever comes first. The powertrain is covered under warranty for 5 years/ 36,000 miles- whichever comes first. 

What is the difference between the 2019 and 2020 models of the Mazda CX-5?

While the CX-5 remains same for the most part, there are a few changes. Some of the changes include a more powerful engine for the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims. Mazda has also included Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in the package.