2020 Mazda CX-5

MSRP $26,590 - $37,155

Ranked #7 in Compact Suv

2020 Mazda CX-5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 16, 2021

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Abhinandan Banerjee 

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One of the top-selling cars from the Mazda stable, the 2020 CX-5 compact SUV has been a crowd favorite in the US for all the good reasons. Blessed with a superb 250 hp 2.5L turbocharged engine along with great driving dynamics, the 2020 CX-5 has arrived to build on the same reputation its predecessors have established. For 2020, minor feature changes such as an updated infotainment system for top-end trims, and a new key fob are the only saving grace this year.

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 starts at $25,190 for the base FWD Sport trim and goes over $37,000 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. Furthermore, Mazda also introduces plenty of safety features as standard across the trim lineup.

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Pros

Neatly laid out Interiors

Great Exterior Styling

Potent engines on offer

User Friendly Infotainment System

Cons

7 Seater Configuration not available

Lower Cargo Space as compared to 5 seater rivals

What's New?

New key fob

Extra safety features added as standard

New and updated infotainment system

Turbocharged engine gets more torque


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31710

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

187 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

186 lbs.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.7/11.9 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

106.2 in.

length

179.1 in.

width

72.5 in.

height

66.1 in.

curb weight

3679 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

1045 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.2 sec.

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.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Sport$26,590 onwards

Touring$26,830 onwards

Grand Touring$30,310 onwards

Grand Touring Reserve$35,135 onwards

Signature$37,155 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 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

6.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.5

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

Final Verdict

8.5

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


The Mazda CX-5 has been famed for its exteriors and driving dynamics. Its exteriors has been one of the best-looking SUVs 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. Rivals of the 2020 Mazda CX-5 include the likes of Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, and the Honda CR-V.


8.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.5/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition

8.5/10
Final Verdict


2020 Mazda CX-5 Features

8.0/10

Mazda offers a total of 5 trims on offer, namely Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature, with prices ranging from $25,190 to $37,155. 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 250 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. On the feature front too, the premiumness of the features does increase as you move up the trim table.

Trims

Sport

Touring

Grand Touring

Grand Touring Reserve Signature

Price(2WD)

$25,190

$26,800

$30.310

N/A N/A

Price(AWD)

$26,590

$28,230

$31,710

$35,135

$37,155

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

Universal Garage Door Opener

Genuine Layered Wood Trim

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

 

Adaptive Cruise Control

Rear Privacy Glass

Power Sliding Moonroof

Heated Steering Wheels

LED Lighting for Glovebox, Cargo Area, Vanity Mirrors
 

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

19” Aluminum Alloy Wheels

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

 

 

We recommend

The Touring trim will be best suited to most consumers, who want their SUV to be high on tech and comfort without being too heavy on the pocket. The Touring trim also offers a good amount of safety features. Furthermore, also opt for the 2.5L turbocharged engine for better performance.

2020 Mazda CX-5 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

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, which puts out 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. 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 250 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.

Transmission duties are handled by Mazda's SKYACTIV-Drive 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 performance. The Mazda CX-5's 2.5L inline 4 motor does a decent job when it comes to doing 0-60 sprints. The turbocharged motor, on the other hand, helps the 2020 CX-5 to sprint from 0-60 MPH in just about 7 seconds.

The handling of the Mazda CX-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 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. 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.

Models

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Chevrolet Equinox

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Ford Escape

MSRP

$25,190

$23,800

$25,050

$24,885

Engine

2.5L NA I4

1.5L I4 Turbocharged

1.5L I4 Turbocharged 1.5L I3 Turbocharged

Transmission

6-Speed automatic

6-Speed automatic

CVT

8-Speed automatic

Horsepower

187 hp @ 6000 RPM

170 hp @ 5600 RPM

190 hp @ 6400 RPM

180 hp @ 6000 RPM

Torque

186 ft-lbs @ 4000 RPM

203 ft-lbs @ 2000 RPM

179 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM

177 ft-lbs @ 4500 RPM

0-60 MPH 8.3 secs 8.4 secs 9.1 secs 8.4 secs
Quarter Mile 16.4 secs 16.3 secs 16.0 secs 16.6 secs

Talking about the braking of the CX-5, the 11.7-inch front rotors and 11.9-inch rear brake rotors offer good bite and feedback and don't feel soft. Mazda engineers have worked hard 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. The 60-0 stopping distance of 136 ft, however, suggests 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

7.5/10

The 2020 Mazda CX-5, with a 2.5L NA four-cylinder engine in place, is EPA-rated at 25 MPG in the city and 31 miles to the gallon out on the highway. This is with the FWD setup in place. On opting for the AWD setup, the figures drop by exactly 1 MPG. Then there is the more potent 2.5L turbocharged Inline-4 engine in place, that apart from th performance aspect also aces the fuel efficiency front. It is rated at 22 and 27 miles to the gallon out on the city and highway respectively.

Model

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Chevrolet Equinox

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Ford Escape

MPG (city)

25

26

28

27

MPG (highway)

31

31

34

33

MPG (combined)

28

28

30

30

Range (city/highway) (miles)

370 / 459

387/462

392 / 476

396 / 411

Tank Capacity (gal)

14.8

14.9

14.0

14.7

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 Honda CR-V. The 370-mile range in the city with the 2020 CX-5 makes for lesser trips to the gas station courtesy of the big 14.8-gallon tank capacity and good mileage numbers.

2020 Mazda CX-5 Interior

9.0/10

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

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 can seat 5 passengers and there is no option for a 7-seater configuration on any of the trims. The front seats are well-bolstered and offer a good view of what's outside. The armrests are all around padded and are at equivalent stature bearing a happy driving position. The CX-5 Touring gets a 6-way control driver's seat with manual lumbar support that adds to the driving comfort as well.

While the texture inside in the base trim looks extraordinary, the Touring trim's leather-rich interiors exude a richer feel. 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.

A fresh and sharp-looking dash-mounted 7-inch touchscreen carries out the infotainment 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. 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 aura 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.

Model

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Chevrolet Equinox

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Ford Escape

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

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

39.7/57.1/41.0

40.0/57.2/40.9

40.1/57.9/41.3

40.0/ 57.6/ 42.4

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

39.0/54.8/39.6

38.5/55.5/39.7

39.2/55.6/40.4

39.3/ 56.0/ 40.7
Cargo Capacity 30.9 cu. ft 29.9 cu. ft 39.2 cu. ft 33.5 cu. ft

There is not much to talk about the Cargo Capacity of the 2020 Mazda CX-5. In terms of the other 5-seater SUVs, the CX-5 offers one of the lowest spaces in the comparison in terms of sheer numbers. However, the 30.9 cu ft. of cargo 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. 

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 comes loaded with a host of features inside-

  • 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

2020 Mazda CX-5 Exterior

9.0/10

Mazda has nailed the recipe for how a crossover-SUV shoul look - at least, in our opinion - Carbuzz

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 has always been one of the top picks for customers who wanted a stylish compact SUV to be drive-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.

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 ranks amongst the shortest SUV in its segment. This gives 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. 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

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Chevrolet Equinox

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Ford Escape

Curb weight (lbs.)

3541

3274

3337

3298

Length(in)

179.1

183.1

182.1

180.5

Width(in)

72.5

72.6

73.0

74.1

Height(in)

66.2

65.4

66.1

66.1

Ground clearance (in)

7.5

6.9

7.8

6.5

Wheelbase (in)

106.2

107.3

104.7

106.7

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.

  • 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 Safety

7.0/10

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 is one of the safest crossovers in the segment. For the year 2020, Mazda also makes the i-Activesense suite of safety tech as standard across the trim lineup. Mazda has also had a good safety crash-test track record with its CX-5. The 2019 CX-5 got a 4 overall star from NHTSA and a top safety pick award from the IIHS. With a lot changing from last year's model, the 2020 CX-5 gets an overall 5 on 5-star rating from the NHTSA, and also a "Top Safety Pick+" rating from the IIHS.

Some of those safety features included within the CX-5 are-

  • ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Dynamic Stability Control with Traction Control
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Forward Collision Warning system
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Lane departure warning system

2020 Mazda CX-5 Competition

7.0/10

2020 Mazda CX-5 vs 2020 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.

2020 Mazda CX-5 vs 2020 Chevrolet Equinox

The Mazda CX-5 is one of the sportiest SUVs in the segment. Mazda offers one of the best 2nd-row seating arrangements in the class as well. When it comes to the off-road ability, both the SUVs are nearly matched and have potent 4WD systems. The 2020 Chevy Equinox, however, offers similar performance at a lower price and also edges out the Mazda in terms of MPG in the city.

2020 Mazda CX-5 Final Verdict

8.5/10

The Mazda CX-5 has managed to make a strong name for itself in the already crowded compact SUV market. The CX-5 impresses us 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.

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