2019 Mazda CX-5

MSRP $24,350 - $36,890

Ranked #2 in Compact Suv

8.7

Overall Rating

2019 Mazda CX-5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 26, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Mazda, a Japanese automotive company, is known for making affordable yet class-leading cars. It does have a popular fanbase in the US and has made some of the top cars reigning the market. The Mazda CX-5 was launched in 2005, and since then, it has been redeveloped and redesigned many times to meet the new expectations. Its sleek looks, sharp curves, and excellent performance are a delight to the eyes. 

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Pros

Well designed interior

Great exterior styling

Wide choice of engine options

Cons

7 Seater Configuration not available

Unintuitive infotainment system 

Poor cargo space

What's New?

New Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims

Revised Suspension and Steering System 

New 2.2 L Diesel engine 

Two new Exterior Colours

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay availability 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24350

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

187 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

186 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

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

dimensions

wheelbase

106.2 in.

length

179.1 in.

width

72.5 in.

height

66.2 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

7.7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

24.2 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

8.5

standing 1/4-mile

16 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

182 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/28/31 mpg

highway range

506.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Sport$24,350 onwards

Touring$26,615 onwards

Grand Touring$30,045 onwards

Grand Touring Reserve$34,870 onwards

Signature$36,890 onwards

Colors and Styles

2019 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 Features

7.8

Engine and Performance

8.6

Fuel Economy

8.4

Interior

9.1

Exterior

9.9

Safety

8.5

Competition

9.5

Final Verdict

8.6

8.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.7

Overall Rating


The 2019 Mazda CX-5 carries the same design language as the 2018 model year but with some significant upgrades and new trims. The main competitors of the CX-5 available in the market are the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander, the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox, and the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan. Can the CX-5 emerge as the top choice in the SUV market for 2019 in the US? Continue with the article to see.


8.6/10
Engine and Performance

8.4/10
Fuel Economy

9.1/10
Interior

9.9/10
Exterior

8.5/10
Safety

9.5/10
Competition

8.6/10
Final Verdict


2019 Mazda CX-5 Features

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is available in five trims options to choose from- Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature. It falls in a price range that extends from $24,350 for its base variant and goes up to $36,890 for its top-rack variant. The upper trims like the Grand Touring Reserve and the Signature get an engine upgrade to a 2.5L Turbo four-cylinder engine. You get a vast variety of additional feature upgrades that keep getting better with each higher trim.

Trim

Sport

Touring

Grand Touring

Grand Touring Reserve

Signature

MSRP (FWD)

$24,350

$26,615

$30,045

N/A

N/A

MSRP (AWD)

$25,750

$28,015

$31,445

$34,870

$36,890

Key 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 "Grand Touring Reserve"

 

17" Alloy Wheels with Electronic Parking Brake

Mazda Radar Cruise Control

Heated Side Mirrors

2.5L Turbo Engine

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

Leather Upholstery

Power Sliding Moonroof

Heated Steering Wheels

LED Room Light and Down Light

 

7" Full Touchscreen Infotainment System

6-Way Power-Adjustable Driver Seat

8-Way Power-Adjustable Driver Seat

Heated Front Seats

360 Degree View Monitor

 

Power Windows and Front Bucket Seats

Dual Zone Climate Control

6 Way Power 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

Genuine Layered Wood Trim

Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel

 

Remote Tailgate Release Button

Heated Front Seats

19" Aluminum Alloy Wheels

Automatic Power Folding Mirrors

LED Lighting for Glovebox, Cargo Area, Vanity Mirrors

Which Trim Should You Buy?

We recommend you go for the Touring trim as it is an upgrade from the base Sport trim and adds a host of new features for a lower price. It adds premiums like leather upholstery, heated front seats, Mazda Radar, etc that were missing in the Sport trim. However, if the price is not a concern, then you can blindly go for the top-level Signature trim as it gets a more powerful engine and also gets many luxurious features that you may not think of. You also get the option to get a 2.2L turbo-diesel four-pot motor with the Signature trim.

2019 Mazda CX-5 Engine and Performance

8.6/10

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is available in two gas engine options. The base trims come equipped with a 2.5L naturally aspirated Inline-4 cylinder engine that churns out 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. The engine comes mated to Mazda's SKYACTIV 6-speed automatic transmission. All that power is sent to the front wheels as standard, while AWD is made optional. The top two trims- Grand Touring and Signature, come with standard AWD configuration

The Grand Touring Reserve and the Signature trims come equipped with a 2.5L Turbocharged Inline 4-cylinder engine that churns out 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. With premium gasoline, the power and torque figures jump to 250 hp and 320 lb-ft torque. The available 2.2L turbo-diesel 4-pot develops 168 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of the engine configuration, it comes mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. The transmission is smooth, and the power delivery is linear. 

Models

2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander 

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 

MSRP

$24,350

$24,695

$23,800

$24,295

Engine

2.5L Inline-4

2.4L inline-4

1.5L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline- 4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-Speed automatic

CVT

6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

8-Speed automatic

Power 

187 hp @ 6000 rpm

166 hp @ 6000 rpm

170hp @ 5,600rpm

184 hp @ 4400 rpm

Torque

186 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

162 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm

203lb-ft @ 2,000rpm

221 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.7

9

8.4

8.6

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.7

17

16.3

16.5

Top-Speed (MPH)

120

120

115

NA

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 puts out the most power on paper, thanks to its SkyActiv tech. The base 2.5L Inline-4 pushes the vehicle from 0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds and completes a quarter-mile in 16.7 seconds. The Tiguan, on the other hand, offers a greater torque, which is good for city rides. The Outlander offers the least power on paper and is generally sluggish on the 0-60 mph run. The CVT transmission doesn’t help with its acceleration as well.

How well does the 2019 Mazda CX-5 handle?

The 2019 CX-5 is one of the best in terms of handling. This is one of the best selling points of the car. The G-Vectoring Control (GVC) immediately changes the torque of the car while entering turns to enhance grip around corners. The electrically assisted steering wheel is very light and feels nimble through the corners. It connects the driver with the wheels, but if you are looking for feedback from the roads, then you will be disappointed. The ride quality is decent as the suspension soaks up some small bumps on the road. But push it hard, and the road undulations can start to bother you.

Braking Performance

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 comes with disc brakes and ABS on all four wheels. You get 11.7-inch rotors at the front and 11.9-inch rotors at the back, which are capable enough to stop this SUV from 60 mph at a distance of 136 feet. The braking performance can be considered to be just above average. The feedback from the brakes is good and offers a great bite. The SUV weighs 3,541 lbs, making it the second heaviest option in the segment.

Models

2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander 

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11.7

11.6

NA

13.4

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.9

11.9

NA

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

3541

3329

3274

3777

60-0MPH (feet)

136

N/A

123

134

The braking distance of the CX-5 is sufficient, but when compared to others, it takes a longer distance to come to a halt. While the other factors of the Mazda CX-5 are spectacular, the braking could have been better. Chevy Equinox, being the lightest of the lot, stops the quickest from 60-0MPH in just 123 feet. The VW Tiguan, being the heaviest of the lot, performs just okay and better than the CX-5.

2019 Mazda CX-5 Fuel Economy

8.4/10

The base 2.5L naturally aspirated Inline-4 cylinder engine does a very good job of offering decent fuel economy. It provides 25 MPG in the city, about 31 MPG on the highway, and 28 MPG combined. All thanks to the SKYACTIV technology from Mazda that is efficient and does wonders in the fuel efficiency department. However, it comes equipped with a smaller fuel tank of just 14.8 gallons, which is the smallest in the competition.

Models

2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander 

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 

MPG (City)

25

25

26

22

MPG (Highway)

31

30

32

29

MPG (Combined)

28

27

28

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

14.8

16.6

14.9

15.3

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

370/458.8/414.4

415/498/448.2

387/476/417

336.6/443.7/382.5

The 2019 Equinox is the best when it comes to mileage, followed by the Mazda CX-5. They also have almost similar fuel tank capacity. The CX-5 falls behind the Outlander in terms of driving range only because it has a smaller fuel tank capacity. On the other hand, the Volkswagen Tiguan is the least fuel-efficient when compared to its competitors. When comparing the overall range, Mitsubishi offers the most at 448.2 miles combined.

2019 Mazda CX-5 Interior

9.1/10

The 2019 CX-5 is class-leading when it comes to the interior. The interior of this car is as futuristic as its exterior and is certainly the best in the segment. The interior comes in aluminum, leather, wood, and many other options to choose from that increase the premium feel of the car. Cloth upholstery comes standard in the base trim with two-tone color options, but it can be upgraded to Nappa leather upholstery as you go up the trim ladder. The dashboard looks beautiful and is matched with the two-tone scheme that is carried throughout the interior of the car. 

The steering wheel is covered with soft-touch material, and the control buttons on it do not feel cheap. It also comes with a heating function that will keep you warm during the winter. Coming to the seats, it can seat 5 people in two rows. The seats are comfortable, and there is ample room in both rows. The armrest is wide enough and comfortable for both the driver as well as the passenger. In the second row, space is sufficient and is comfortable for two adults and a child. Apart from this, you also get heating and ventilation functions along with the power-adjustable seats. There is also a moonroof and dual-zone automatic climate control on offer. Overall the entire interior looks premium and comes with a plethora of features.

Models

2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander 

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 

Seating Capacity

5

7

5

7

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

39.7/57.1/41.0

40.6/56.6/40.9

40.0/57.2/40.9

39.6/57.0/40.2

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

39.0/54.8/39.6

38.4/56.1/37.3

38.5/55.5/39.9

39.1/55.9/36.5

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

NA

35.7/51.4/28.2

NA

33.8/47.8/27.9

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

30.9

10.3

29.9

12

Although all the above cars hit the same ballpark when it comes to the interior space, the 2019 CX-5 feels better. Because the size of the car is very huge, it offers sufficient passenger space. Apart from this, it also has a larger cargo trunk as compared to its rivals. However, it can only seat 5, while rivals like Outlander and Tiguan can seat 7 people in three rows. Fold-down the seats, and the 2019 Tiguan has the best cargo space available. Some of the standout interior features of the 2019 Mazda CX-5 are:

  • Power Adjustable Driver Seats
  • Heated and Ventilated Leather Front Seats
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Heated rear seats
  • Dual Zone Climate Control
  • Leather Wrapped Heated Steering Wheel
  • Flat Folding Rear Seats

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 gets a floating 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display that looks gorgeous and adds to the beauty of the interior of the car. The display is of excellent quality, and there is no screen glare issue even in bright sunlight. The touchscreen has voice commands that work well and helps the driver to focus on driving. The display includes a SiriusXM satellite radio with AM/FM radio and 4 USB and auxiliary ports.

It includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in its tech suite. It has Bluetooth connectivity with which you can connect your smartphone with the infotainment system. A 10-speaker Bose sound system will take the party to the roads. Finally, it has a Mazda navigation system available only for the Grand Touring trim. Some of the standout infotainment features of the 2019 Mazda CX-5 are:

  • 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • 10-speaker Bose sound system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio 
  • Voice Command
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Compatibility
  • Mazda Navigation System

2019 Mazda CX-5 Exterior

9.9/10

The exterior is one of the key aspects of the Mazda CX-5’s success. The 2019 CX-5 embodies the KODO design from Mazda that is used in other cars from the manufacturer as well. This design looks futuristic and is a treat to one’s eyes. The athletic stance improves the ride quality. The grille looks completely different as compared to its competitors. 

The sharp LED headlamps and taillamps add to the sportiness of the car. The exterior dimensions are longer and wider as compared to its rivals. It also gets 19-inch alloy wheels for the Grand Touring trim, which helps the car to grip better on the off-roads and also offers a better road presence. The SUV stands 7.5 inches above the ground, making it the lowest rider in the competition.

Models

2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander 

2019 Chevrolet Equinox

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 

Curb Weight (lbs)

3541

3329

3274

3777

Length (inches)

179.1

184.8

183.1

185.1

Width (inches)

72.5

71.3

72.6

72.4

Height (inches)

65.4

67.3

65.4

66.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.5

8.5

N/A

7.9

Wheelbase (inches)

106.2

105.1

107.3

109.8

The Mazda CX-5 is the shortest car in the segment. On the flip side, the wheelbase of the Volkswagen Tiguan is the largest amongst all when compared to its competitors. The 2019 Outlander has the tallest ground clearance in the segment at 8.5 inches. This is very important for off-roading as it can easily pass through any obstacles. Some of the standout exterior features of the 2019 Mazda CX-5 are:

  • 19-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Power Folding Heated Side Mirrors
  • High Beam Control System
  • Power Sliding Moonroof
  • Chrome Accents
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps, Fog Lamps, and Combination Lamps

2019 Mazda CX-5 Safety

8.5/10

NHTSA gave the 2019 Mazda CX-5 an overall safety rating of 4 stars for its crashworthiness. It also received a Top safety pick award from the IIHS. Some of the safety features of the CX-5 include dynamic stability control, hill launch assist, traction control, front and rear parking sensors, front knee airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints. It also includes a backup camera for better outward vision. Some of the standout safety features of the 2019 Mazda CX-5 are:

  • Blindspot monitoring
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Change Alert
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Lane Keep Assist 
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Cruise Control
  • Active Lane Control
  • Automatic Emergency Braking

2019 Mazda CX-5 Competition

9.5/10

2019 Mazda CX-5 vs 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

The Mitsubishi Outlander and the Mazda CX-5 are close rivals, but the 2019 CX-5 does everything slightly better. Also, it is more likely to be loved because of its futuristic looks and overall reliability. Moreover, the CX-5 offers more power, better mileage, and a better interior in the base configuration. The only flip side is that the Mazda can seat only 5 while the Mitsubishi can seat 7.

2019 Mazda CX-5 vs 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

The 2019 CX-5 is better than Equinox in most aspects, although both the cars are good off-roaders with loads of technology. However, Equinox is ahead of the CX-5 in terms of its mileage. Also, it costs less than the CX-5. The Chevy comes with a standard turbo 4-pot in the base engine, and you feel a little turbo lag. If we have to choose between the two, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 would be our choice.

2019 Mazda CX-5 vs 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan 

The Volkswagen Tiguan is one of the best-built cars in the midsize SUV segment. It also looks good and has a different design from the CX-5. However, the Mazda feels much better in day-to-day driving because of its impressive engine and excellent handling. If you want more interior space and seating capacity, go for the VW. Otherwise, you are better off with the Mazda.

2019 Mazda CX-5 Final Verdict

8.6/10

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is an excellent car that is made for families. It can also do off-roading occasionally. This car has better low-end torque than its rivals, which is useful for city driving. Moreover, it offers sufficient interior and cargo space. The CX-5 also has a class-leading fuel economy in the segment. Also, the exterior design and the premium interior are a delight to the eyes. So, if you are planning to buy the 2019 CX-5, then you have made the right choice.

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