2021 Mazda CX-5

MSRP $25,270

Ranked #2 in Compact Suv

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2021 Mazda CX-5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 12, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Mazda CX-5 is not a new name in the compact SUV segment. It is a well-known SUV from the house of Mazda. Its well-sculpted bodywork and ergonomic interiors are well praised among its buyers. All Mazda’s are well built and are made with attention to detail with their famous handling capabilities. Moreover, compared to some of its competitors in the market it looks more refined and premium from any angle you look at it.

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Pros

Agile Dynamics

Fluidic Bodywork 

Well isolated Cabin

Punchy Turbocharged engine 

Cons

Lower towing capability 

Firm Ride 

Less cargo space

Underwhelming Naturally Aspirated Engine

What's New?

New 10.3” touchscreen display

New Mazda Interface

New Carbon Edition trim

Better safety features 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25270

bodystyle

dr SUV

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Sport$25,270 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Mazda CX-5 in Deep Crystal Blue Mica color
Deep Crystal Blue Mica

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.5

Interior

9.5

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.5

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.5

8.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.6

Overall Rating


The 2021 CX-5 is available in seven trims namely the Sport, Touring, Carbon Edition, Carbon Edition Turbo, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature. The prices for the Sport trim starts at $ 25,370 and go up to $37,505 for the top-of-the-line Signature trim. It faces some serious competition from the likes of Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, and Subaru Forester.

2021 Mazda CX-5 SUV front angle view
2021 Mazda CX-5 SUV rear angle view

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.5/10
Fuel Economy

9.5/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.5/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

8.5/10
Final Verdict


2021 Mazda CX-5 Features

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 comes in seven trim options, with the carbon edition trim being the new one. It offers new polymetallic gray paint and red upholstery. With seven trims to choose from, we think that every buyer will get his desired choice of features. The good thing about the CX-5 is that you get many features as standard from the base trim ‘Sport’ itself. In other SUVs, you might need to shell extra bucks to get those features.

Trims 

Sport

Touring

Carbon Edition

Carbon Edition Turbo

Grand Touring

Grand Touring Reserve

Signature

MSRP($)

25,070 

27,110

28,955

30,760

30,560

35,385

37,505

Key Features 

SKYACTIV -G 2.5 DOHC 1

In addition to or replaces, Sport trim features with

In addition to or replaces, Touring trim features with

In addition to or replaces, Carbon Edition trim features with

In addition to or replaces, Touring trim features with

In addition to or replaces, Grand Touring trim features with

In addition to or replaces, Grand Touring Reserve trim features with

 

Rearview camera

Dual-zone automatic climate control with pollen filter

Black power side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals

SKYACTIV-G 2.5 Dynamic Pressure Turbo engine

Adaptive Front-lighting System

SKYACTIV-G 2.5 Dynamic Pressure Turbo engine

Caturra Brown Nappa leather-trimmed seats 

 

17-inch alloy wheels in Gray Metallic finish 

Leatherette seats with Lux Suede insert

19-inch alloy wheels with Black Metallic finish

Turbo badge

19-inch alloy wheels with Brilliant Silver finish

All Wheel Drive as standard

19-inch alloy wheels with Dark Silver finish

 

LED headlights with auto on/of

Auto-leveling headlights

Leather-trimmed seats, steering wheel, and shifter knob with contrasting red stitching 

LED combination tail lights

SKYACTIV-G 2.5 Dynamic Pressure Turbo engine

Ambient cabin lighting

 

Push Button Start

Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry System

Black interior accents

Power sliding-glass moonroof with tilt feature

Windshield wiper de-icer

360˚ View Monitor

 

4-speaker audio system with automatic level control

6-speaker audio system with automatic level control

10-speaker Bose surround sound system

Rear Power Liftgate

Heated rear seats

Signature trim badge

 

40/20/40 split one-touch fold-down and reclining rear seatback

Heated front seats with 3-level adjustment

Unique Black grille 

Paddle shifters

Ventilated front seats

Driver Attention Alert

Which Trim should you buy?

In our view, the carbon edition trim makes the most sense. It has all the features of the touring trim plus opens up the option for a turbocharged engine. It looks apart with its unique exterior paint and interior red-stitched upholstery. For an additional $1400 you can opt for the AWD configuration.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The Mazda CX-5 offers two engine options. A naturally aspirated one and a turbocharged option with the same cubic capacity. The 2.5 L inline-four engine produced 187 HP and 186 lb-ft of torque. The 2.5 L inline-four turbocharged engine is our favorite and it produces 227 HP and 310 lb-ft of torque with regular 87 octane fuel. 

2021 Mazda CX-5 SUV engine bay

With 93 octane fuel, the power and torque figures are 250 HP and 320lb-ft of torque. The base engine is good for fuel efficiency but takes its own time to catch up with speed. The turbocharged one is a performer and is very linear in nature like a naturally aspirated engine which is a good thing.

Models (2021)

Mazda CX-5

Honda CR-V

Hyundai Tucson 

Subaru Forester 

MSRP

$26,670

$26,000

$23,700

$24,495

Engine

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

1.5L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Flat-4

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

CVT

6-Speed Automatic

Lineartronic CVT

Power

187 hp @ 6,000 RPM

190 hp @ 5,600 RPM

164 hp @ 6,200 RPM

182 hp @ 5,800 RPM

Torque

186 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

179 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

151 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

176 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

0-60 MPH

8.3 sec

9.3 sec

8.8 sec

8.2 secs

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

16.0 sec

16.8 sec

16.7 sec

Top Speed

130 MPH

127 MPH

130 MPH

117 MPH

Even with lesser power, the Mazda CX-5 sprints from 0-60 mph in 8.3 seconds. The Honda CR-V offers more power but is a second slower in the 0-60 mph sprint. The quarter-mile timings are similar amongst all competitors. The CX-5 can cruise to a top speed of 130 MPH which is very good for a car of its stature

How well does the 2021 Mazda CX-5 handle?

The 2021 CX-5 is a family-oriented SUV. But don’t let its looks fool you. It performs really well and offers a comfortable ride. The cabin is well insulated from outside noise and it’s calm inside with very minimal vibrations. So, it scores well in the NVH department. The AWD option is available for an additional $1400 and we believe it's worth it for better traction on different surfaces.

2021 Mazda CX-5 SUV ride and handling

Like any other Mazda, the CX-5 offers an engaging driving experience and you would like to throw it around some sharp corners. Yes, it performs well and can tackle some of them really well but mind you it's not a tracking tool and there is a considerable amount of body roll on some really sharp corners

2021 Mazda CX-5 Braking Performance

The 2021 CX-5 is equipped with adequately sized 11.7-inch rotors up front and 11.9-inch rotors at the rear. The braking is progressive and not urgent. The stopping distance is about 129 ft from 60mph to 0mph. It is not the best but considering its higher curb weight of 3541 pounds, it can be considered satisfactory.

Models(2021)

Mazda CX-5

Honda CR-V

Hyundai Tucson 

Subaru Forester 

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11.7

11.1

12

11.6

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.9

10.2

11.9

11.2

Curb Weight (lbs)

3541

3455

3309

3449

60-0 (feet)

129

128

118

118

The Mazda CX-5 has a higher stopping distance of 129 feet as compared to the rivals. The Subaru Forester performs very well with just 118 feet of stopping distance, even with smaller rotors. The Tucson is equipped with larger rotors and hence comes to a stop within 118 feet. It is also the lightest which aids it in better braking. The Honda CR-V is similar to the CX-5 in terms of braking efficiency.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Fuel Economy

8.5/10

The 2021 CX-5 offers a combined fuel efficiency of 28 mpg and have a fuel tank capacity of 14.8 gallons. The efficiency figures are for its naturally aspirated engine variant. It can be considered decent and offers a combined range of 414 miles which should be sufficient for most usage scenarios. 

Models(2021)

Mazda CX-5

Honda CR-V

Hyundai Tucson 

Subaru Forester 

MPG (City)

25

27

23

26

MPG (Highway)

31

33

28

33

MPG (Combined)

28

30

25

29

Fuel Capacity

14.8 gallons

14.0 gallons

16.4 gallons

16.6 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

370/459/414 miles

392/476/420 miles

361/410/377 miles

432/548/481 miles

The Subaru Forester blows away the competition with its higher combined fuel efficiency of 29 mpg and a larger fuel tank with a capacity of 16.6 gallons. It can offer up to a 481-mile range on a full tank which is commendable. The Hyundai Tucson is the least efficient and despite its bigger fuel tank capacity, offers a lesser range as compared to the competition. The Honda CR-V offers good fuel efficiency but a smaller fuel tank results in a diminished range

2021 Mazda CX-5 Interior

9.5/10

Like every year, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 uses upscale materials in the cabin. The cabin in the top trims feels very close to the ones in the luxurious European SUVs. The Mazda CX-5 comes with a seating capacity for 5 adults. But actually, it is more suited for 4 adults only. The dashboard is ergonomic in nature and the steering wheel is at a comfortable angle too. You get a refined cabin experience from the base trim itself. The Carbon Edition trims really shine with their contrasting red stitching across leather upholstery, steering wheel, and shift knob.

2021 Mazda CX-5 SUV front seats

Mazda designers have used beautiful elements through shape, texture, and color. They have crafted a range of distinct and expressive upholstery designs using soft textures and premium stitching. The steering wheel and shift knob get leather treatment too. The seats offer good comfort and come with heating functionality from the touring trim itself. It offers a cargo capacity of 30.9 cu-ft which is a good amount of space and it can be increased via 40/20/40 split one-touch fold-down and reclining rear seatback to 59.6 cu-ft. 

Models(2021)

Mazda CX-5

Honda CR-V

Hyundai Tucson 

Subaru Forester 

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.7/57.1/41.0

40.1/57.9/41.3

39.6/57.1/41.5

40.2/58.2/43.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.0/54.8/39.6

39.2/55.6/40.4

39.2/55.5/38.2

39.6/57.2/39.4

Trunk Capacity (cu-ft)

30.9

39.2

32.0

35.4

The cargo capacity of the CX-5 is the lowest. However, it can be increased via folding the rear seats. The Honda CR-V offers the most cargo space and offers better headroom and legroom across both rows. The Forester comes with a more balanced set of interior dimensions and second-highest cargo space. The Tucson offers similar cargo and cabin space as the CX-5. Some of the standout interior features of the CX-5 are:

  • Push Button Start 
  • Dual Zone Air Conditioning (Higher trim)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Multi-Information Display with trip computer
  • Caturra Brown Nappa leather-trimmed seats (Higher Trim)
  • Power sliding-glass moonroof with tilt feature (Higher Trim)
  • Paddle shifters (Higher trim)
  • Heated and Ventilated front seats (Higher Trim)
  • Windshield-projected Active Driving Display (Higher Trim)
  • Power sliding-glass moonroof with tilt feature (Higher Trim)

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Mazda CX-5 comes with Mazda’s very own Mazda Connect Interface. It is easy to use and intuitive in nature. The good thing is that the 2021 model gets a bigger 10.25-inch touchscreen at the center of the dashboard which is crisp and legible. The infotainment system comes with Infotainment system voice command, Multifunction Commander control, Radio Broadcast Data System program information, etc. 

2021 Mazda CX-5 SUV infotainment screen

The connectivity is taken care of by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard. For audio, it gets a 4/6 speaker set-up in lower trims. The higher trims get SiriusXM support and come with a 10-speaker Bose Premium Sound system for a better musical experience. Mazda also offers Mazda Connected Services with a 3-year trial across all the trims. Some of the standout infotainment features of the Mazda CX-5 are:

  • 10.25-inch full-color center display
  • Apple CarPlay 
  • Android Auto
  • 4/6 speaker for lower trims
  • 10-Speaker Bose Premium Audio for upper trims
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio (Higher trim)

2021 Mazda CX-5 Exterior

9.0/10

The Mazda CX-5 is refreshing and looks sporty with its low profile and sleek roofline. It gets a longer front end and a shorter rear end which kind of looks nice for its size. The front fascia imbibes the signature Mazda grille with a logo on it and sleek headlamps complement it. The sides are comparatively plain and get black cladding over the wheel arches and doors. The rearview is good too and the roof-mounted spoiler and the shark fin antenna give it a sporty look. You get a 17-inch or 19-inch wheel size depending upon the trim you opt for.

2021 Mazda CX-5 SUV 

Models(2021)

Mazda CX-5

Honda CR-V

Hyundai Tucson 

Subaru Forester 

Length 

164”

180.6”

176.4”

182.1”

Width 

72.5”

73.0”

72.8”

71.5”

Height 

61.6”

66.5”

65.0”

67.5”

Ground Clearance 

7.5”

8.2”

7.4

8.7”

Wheelbase 

102.4”

104.7”

105.1”

105.1”

Overall, the 2021 model of the Mazda CX-5 shares almost similar external dimensions to its competitors, except for the ground clearance category, where it is placed in between the Hyundai Tucson and the Subaru Forester. The exterior design of the CX-5 is beautiful and can be challenged only by the Tucson which is equally impressive with its aesthetic details. Some of the standout exterior features of the Mazda CX-5 are:

  • LED headlights with auto on/off 
  • A body-color rear roofline spoiler
  • 19-inch alloy wheels with Black Metallic finish (Carbon Edition)
  • Unique Black grille (Carbon Edition)
  • LED fog lights

2021 Mazda CX-5 Safety

9.5/10

The Mazda CX-5 is one of the safest vehicles in its segment. The NHTSA rated it a 5 out of 5 for overall safety rating in various crash tests performed by it. IIHS also praised it with “Good” ratings in all the six categories on its Crashworthiness tests, along with the ‘Superior’ rating forward collision avoidance. The 2021 Mazda CX-5 has also been crowned with the ‘top safety pick+’ title from the IIHS which is a satisfying testimony for its safety credentials. Many safety features are offered as standard across all the trims. Some of the standout safety features of the Mazda CX-5 are:

  • Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection
  • Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Lane-keep Assist
  • High Beam Control Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert Dynamic Stability Control 
  • Traction Control System

2021 Mazda CX-5 Competition

8.0/10

2021 Mazda CX-5 V/S 2021 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V outshines the CX-5 with its higher cargo capacity and lower price. The fuel efficiency figures are similar for both. Despite lesser power than the CR-V, the CX-5 accelerates better. The Honda CR-V cannot match the list of features that are offered as standard from the base trim itself in the CX-5. 

2021 Honda CR-V

2021 Mazda CX-5 V/S 2021 Hyundai Tucson 

The 2021 CX-5 offers better performance as compared to the Tucson. It also offers better fuel efficiency than the Tucson. The 2021 Tucson offers modern aesthetics and its warranty coverage is unbeatable. However, it cannot match the refined interiors of the CX-5. The Hyundai Tucson offers better braking performance and comes with better cargo capacity

2021 Hyundai Tucson 

2021 Mazda CX-5 V/S 2021 Subaru Forester

The 2021 CX-5 offers better performance and handling as compared to the Forester. The CX-5 comes in more trim options and engine options to choose from. The Subaru Forester on the other side offers better cargo space and its off-road pedigree is unbeatable, owing to its standard AWD, higher ground clearance, and various traction modes.

2021 Subaru Forester

 

2021 Mazda CX-5 Final Verdict

8.5/10

The Mazda CX-5 is a decent option in the compact SUV segment. It does most of the things right and offers some good dynamics too. But its lack of a decent amount of cargo space as compared to its rivals can be an issue for those looking for practicality over aesthetics and comfort. The presence of many safety and quality features in the CX-5 from the base trim itself is commendable. Also, very few SUVs come close to the finesse levels offered by the CX-5. Overall it is a very well-rounded package and you must surely consider it.

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