2023 Mazda CX-5

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ProsConsWhat's New

Striking exterior design

Cramped rear seats

No significant changes for this year

Sporty handling

Subpar cargo capacity for the class

Commendable fuel economy ratings

Slightly firm ride quality

Lots of standard features

Base engine feels lacking

Impressive NVH levels during highway drives

Optional turbocharged motor provides ample power

2023 Mazda CX-5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 22, 2022

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Famed for making brilliant Wankel rotary engines, Mazda always made its presence felt in the affordable passenger vehicle segments. To keep up with the rapidly evolving market, the brand came up with an efficient automotive tech known as Skyactiv which aimed at increasing both fuel economy and performance. The CX-5, though it arrived late back in 2012, came fully armed with the Skyactiv tech and has been a solid performer in the compact crossover market. The main attractions of the SUV are its striking design and athletic handling along with commendable fuel efficiency.

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Out of 10

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#9 in Suv

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Base$27,420 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2023 Mazda CX-5 in Eternal Blue Mica color
Eternal Blue Mica

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 will arrive with no changes since it received a facelift along with improved suspension back in 2021. Under the hood, the SUV will get a couple of powertrain options, a standard I-4, and a turbocharged version of the same motor. In terms of trim levels, the SUV gets 8 of them with the base price starting at $27,975 for the 2023 MY. The safety department of the crossover is as impressive as it can get with the necessary ADAS features being offered as standard right from the base model. In its class, the CX-5 competes with the Honda CR-V, the Hyundai Tucson, and the Subaru Forester.


The 2023 Mazda CX-5 will be offered in a total of 8 trim levels with the base S trim carrying a price tag of $27,975. The crossover gets AWD as standard along with a standard six-speed automatic transmission as well. The base model provides features such as a height-adjustable steering wheel, LED headlamps with automatic high-beam control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and automatic rain-sensing wipers among other features. The Select trim gets the driver a power-adjustable seat with heating and the front passenger a height-adjustable seat with heating as well. Apart from that, two-zone automatic climate control is standard along with faux leather upholstery with faux suede inserts. Likewise, as you go on climbing the trim levels, the SUV goes on getting additional creature comfort and convenience features such as a power-operated liftgate, sunroof, black-and-red leather upholstery, steering-sensitive adaptive headlamps, and heating and ventilation for the front and rear seats along with the steering wheel. The Turbo trim gets the turbocharged motor along with trim-specific cosmetic upgrades, all the features of the previous trim levels along with a wireless chagrin pad. The Turbo Signature finishes the long lineup of trim levels with features such as wooden interior trims, LED cabin lighting, inbuilt navigation, and premium leather upholstery.





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Key Features

LED headlamps with automatic high beam control

Two-zone automatic climate control

Power-operated liftgate

Bigger 19-inch wheels with black paint

Dedicated off-road and Sports driving modes

De-icer system for windshield wipers

Turbocharged motor

Wooden interior trim

17-inch alloy wheels

Faux leather upholstery with faux suede inserts

Memory settings for driver’s seat

Black and red leather upholstery

Steering sensitive adaptive headlamps

Heads-up display

Trim-specific interior and exterior cosmetic upgrades

LED ambient cabin lighting

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Heated front seats along with height-adjustable front passenger’s seat


Trim-specific gray exterior paint

Heated ORVMs

Heating for rear seats and steering wheel

Wireless device charging pad


Height-adjustable driver’s seat

Fully power-adjustable driver’s seat

Auto-dimming IRVM

Steering-mounted paddle shifters

Ventilated front seats

Premium leather upholstery

Cloth upholstery

Rear privacy glass with dark tinted windows 

Leather upholstery

10-speaker premium audio system by Bose

Blacked-out headliner

Keyless entry with keyless ignition

USB charging ports for rear passengers

360-degree camera

Automatic rain-sensing wipers

Rear collision mitigation

Mazda Connected Services

Wheels finished in bright silver

Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Forward collision mitigation

Lane departure mitigation

Adaptive cruise control 

We Recommend

Mazda has curated the trim levels of the CX-5 in such a way that shoppers are able to find just the right trim for their budget. The Preferred trim is recommended since it offers an excellent combo of features for a great price tag.

Release Date

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 will be available for purchase by fall 2022.

Engine and Performance

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 will get no updates in terms of its powertrain. Hence, we’ll get to see the same 2.5-liter Skyactiv naturally aspirated I-4 motor under its hood that makes a maximum of 187 horsepower along with 186 lb-ft of torque. The turbo models get the turbocharged version of the same motor that makes a healthy 227 horsepower along with 310 lb-ft of torque. The engine dials up the output figures to 256 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque with premium 93-octane rated gasoline. Coming to the base motor, it feels just about adequate for daily driving purposes along with relaxed highway cruises. However, at low speeds, the motor doesn’t feel energetic enough and instant overtakes might not happen “instantly”. The standard 6-speed automatic transmission carries a brilliant tuning right from the factory and does its best to maximize performance by shifting at the right rpm levels. With the base motor, the CX-5 takes a leisurely 9 seconds to do the 0-60mph sprint while the turbocharged motor takes only 6.6 seconds flat to do the same run.


2023 Mazda CX-5

2022 Honda CR-V

2022 Hyundai Tucson

2022 Subaru Forester







2.5L Inline-4

1.5L turbocharged Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

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6-Speed Automatic


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187 hp @ 6,000 RPM

190 hp @ 5,600 RPM

187 hp @ 6,100 RPM

182 hp @ 5,800 RPM


186 lb-ft. @ 4,000 RPM

179 lb-ft. @ 2,000 RPM

178 lb-ft. @ 4,000 RPM

176 lb-ft. @ 4,400 RPM

0-60 MPH

9.0 seconds

7.8 seconds

8.8 seconds

8.4 seconds

Quarter Mile

16.6 seconds

16.1 seconds

16.8 seconds

16.5 seconds

Top Speed

120 MPH

120 MPH

120 MPH

115 MPH

The Honda CR-V is the most powerful one here with its turbocharged 1.5-liter powerplant and delivers a quick, 7.8 seconds 0-60mph sprint time. Also, it has the best CVT transmission in the market right now that is smooth and efficient, unlike CVT units from other brands. The Hyundai Tucson has an identical power rating to the CX-5 but makes lower torque. However, it is almost equally quick as the CX-5 from 0-60mph. The Subaru Forester has an aging but solid flat-4 motor paired with a slightly disappointing CVT unit when compared to the CR-V’s CVT.

2023 Mazda CX-5 Ride and Handling

Handling is where the 2023 Mazda CX-5 excels and leaves almost a majority of its rivals behind. Once you get behind the wheels of the vehicle, you’ll feel like piloting a premium European crossover and the vehicle takes corners gracefully too. High-speed stability is excellent and the steering wheel is precise and responsive as well. After all the good parts and the praises, comes the downside of the athleticism the CX-5 offers. The ride quality is firmer than most of its rivals and you’d definitely want to opt for the Forester or the CR-V after taking a test drive of the CX-5 if you prefer comfort over handling. However, the comfort levels have been improved during its last facelift and the suspension works better than before while soaking up the tarmac disturbances. Nevertheless, AWD is standard, with the Subaru Forester being the only other one to offer this.

2023 Mazda CX-5 Braking Performance

Compact crossovers generally weigh below 4,000 lbs and don't require big braking hardware to perform their braking duties. The 2023 Mazda CX-5 gets 11.7-inch rotors at the front and 11.9-inch rotors at the rear. The bite from the brakes is adequate but not too sharp right when you start pressing the pedal. The performance is progressive and you'll be confident at high speeds, and even under panic braking situations too.


2023 Mazda CX-5

2022 Honda CR-V

2022 Hyundai Tucson

2022 Subaru Forester

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Curb Weight (lbs)

3,717 lbs

3,398 lbs

3,629 lbs

3,454 lbs

60-0 (-ft)

129 feet

119 feet

129 feet

130 feet

The Honda CR-V gets marginally smaller, with 11.1-inch rotors at the front and smaller 10.2-inch rotors at the rear. Despite that, its braking performance is exemplary when compared to the rivals here and has a stopping distance of only 119 feet. The Hyundai Tucson gets the biggest, 12-inch front rotors here but posts the segment-average stopping distance of 129 feet. The Subaru Forester also has decent-sized brakes and stops within 130 feet as well.

Fuel Economy

Other than practicality, fuel economy has been the USP of a majority of the compact crossovers in the market, and the Mazda CX-5 doesn’t disappoint here. The 2023 CX-5 will return an average of 24mpg in the cities and 30mpg out on the highways with its base motor under its hood. The combined mileage is rated at 26mpg. From its decently-big gas tank of 15.3 gallons, the crossover has some commendable driving range numbers to offer.


2023 Mazda CX-5

2022 Honda CR-V

2022 Hyundai Tucson

2022 Subaru Forester

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The Honda CR-V has been one of the most fuel-efficient crossovers in the segment, and it continues to do so with the latest model as well. It has a city mileage rating of 28mpg and overwhelming highway mileage of 34mpg. With its small 14-gallon gas tank, the CR-V offers close to 400 miles of city driving range. The Hyundai Tucson also fares better than the Mazda CX-5 with its 26mpg of city mileage and 33mpg of highway mileage ratings. The Subaru Forester has identical EPA ratings to the Tucson but its sizable 16.6-gallon fuel tank beats almost every other rival in the segment in terms of driving range.


On the inside, Mazda has kept the CX-5 as driver-oriented as possible to justify its athletic handling. All the controls are well within the reach of the driver and the front seats get an elevated seating position along with narrow pillars, to improve all-round visibility at all times. The front seats are comfortable and offer commendable support and the driver’s seat gets standard height adjustability right from the base trim onwards. The rear seats are sculpted, making it tiger than average while the tight legroom takes things southwards. The base trim gets cloth upholstery while creature comfort features such as premium leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient cabin lighting, heated and ventilated front seats along with power adjustments gradually start appearing as you move up the trim ladder. The cargo capacity is disappointing at 20.9 cu-ft when compared to the rivals.


2023 Mazda CX-5

2022 Honda CR-V

2022 Hyundai Tucson

2022 Subaru Forester

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The Honda CR-V gets one of the most practical and robust cabins out there but you’ll find plenty of exposed hard-plastic surfaces inside the cabin. Irrespective of that, the CR-V offers excellent headroom and legroom for both the front and rear passengers with a cavernous cargo capacity of 39.2 cu-ft. The Hyundai Tucson’s cabin looks way more premium than the cabins offered by the rivals here and doesn’t compromise on the space either. The cargo capacity on offer is excellent too at 38.7 cu-ft. The Subaru Forester gets an aged yet comfy cabin with lots of space on offer for the passengers. However, it falls slightly short in terms of cargo capacity.

Some of the key interior features available with the 2023 Mazda CX-5 include:

  • Height adjustable driver’s seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Two-zone automatic climate control
  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Driver’s seat memory settings
  • Black headliner

How intuitive is the 2023 Mazda CX-5’s infotainment system?

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 will get a well-equipped infotainment system as standard. The system will offer a big 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment display placed atop the dashboard. In the features department, the system will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard along with other features such as Mazda Connected services, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot, and HD Radio. Optional features include a premium 10-speaker Bose audio setup, a couple of rear USB ports, navigation, and satellite radio.

Some of the most notable infotainment features available with the 2023 Mazda CX-5 include:

  • 10-25-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Wireless device charging pad
  • HD Radio
  • Satellite radio’
  • Mazda Connected services

The exterior design of the 2023 Mazda CX-5 is sure to attract eyeballs almost everywhere it will go, like most other recent vehicles from the brand. At the front, the big grille and the sleek headlamps give the CX-5 its necessary aggressive yet sporty appeal while there aren’t many cuts and creases on the front bumper. The side profile of the CX-5 remains slippery and simple with a couple of sculpted character lines flowing in a subtle manner across the doors. From the rear, the design looks as sporty as the SUV’s front end while the overall design makes the vehicle more compact than most of its rivals in the segment. On paper too, it is shorter in length than its rivals, which translates to the cramped rear seats inside.


2023 Mazda CX-5

2022 Honda CR-V

2022 Hyundai Tucson

2022 Subaru Forester

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The Honda CR-V tries to look like a bigger crossover than it actually is and its front-end design makes the crossover look sportier as well. From the sides, the CR-V gets a combo of big and small curves around the fenders that makes it look wider than the CX-5. The Hyundai Tucson gets the latest design from the brand, and its front-end design makes it look like a sci-fi movie vehicle. Despite the design upgrade, its 7.1-inch ground clearance makes it a city cruiser at the best. The Subaru Forester is the only wagon-style crossover on the market right now and its design has already been feeling dated for quite some time now. However, its towering ground clearance of 8.7 inches makes it a perfect getaway vehicle for adventure lovers.

Some standout exterior features include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear privacy glass with dark tinted windows
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • LED headlights with automatic high-beam operation
  • Hands-free keyless entry
  • Power liftgate
  • Power sunroof
  • Power-folding mirrors

Japanese vehicles have had a long-standing reputation for safety and the Mazda CX-5 is an excellent example. The 2022 model performed brilliantly in both the NHTSA and the IIHS tests by bagging a perfect 5-star rating from the former and the prestigious Top Safety Pick + award from the latter. Apart from the basic safety techs, the CX-5 gets some ADAs techs as standard right from the base trim which are forward collision mitigation, Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, Lane departure mitigation, and Adaptive cruise control.

Some of the standout safety features include:

  • Adaptive cruise control 
  • Lane departure mitigation
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision mitigation
  • 360-degree camera system
  • Parking sensors 
  • Rear automatic braking

2023 Mazda CX-5 vs 2022 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V gives the Mazda CX-5 a tough time when it comes to practicality and comfort. Inside the cabin, the CR-V is much more spacious than the CX-5 and offers a cavernous cargo capacity too. In terms of fuel economy too, the CR-V takes several steps ahead of the CX-5 as well. However, the CX-5 still impresses with its driver-oriented yet simple cabin, sporty handling, and smooth yet aggressive exterior design.

2023 Mazda CX-5 vs 2022 Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson has been a great player in the segment since its launch but with every upgrade, it improved a lot as well. The latest upgrade of the crossover brought a futuristic design at a similar price point when compared to its rivals and it boasts a premium cabin as well that scores big on space. However, it still doesn’t entice in terms of fuel economy and performance and is at par with the rivals at the best.

2023 Mazda CX-5 vs 2022 Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester is an aging but trusted crossover in the class that boasts the only wagon-style body in the class as well. Despite having a dated and bland cabin, the comfort levels are still excellent and the safety aspect of the vehicle still holds strong as well. Moreover, it gets the most practical AWD layout in its class and beats a majority of the rivals by a great margin with its overwhelming driving range figures.

Final Verdict

If you consider driving alone with one co-passenger at the most, the Mazda CX-5 might be your soulmate. It doesn’t compromise much on anything apart from the rear seat legroom and the ride quality. It offers an exemplary safety department with top-notch safety scores, a wide range of trim levels to choose from, and a handsome amount of features for the price with the trim level you choose to go ahead with. Overall, it makes a great value-for-money crossover, especially with the standard AWD system and the striking exterior design.


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Mazda CX-5 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $42,412
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Financing Interest$1,754$1,394$1,033$692$281$5,154
Taxes and Fees$2,421$186$202$202$196$3,207
Total Cost-To-Own$13,185$6,883$6,443$8,092$7,809$42,412
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