The second-gen Mazda CX-5 has been on sale since 2017, however the huge information for this 12 months is the addition of a brand new turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four. The engine — dubbed Skyactiv-G — is shared with the Mazda6 and the Mazda CX-9 three-row crossover and makes 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque on common gasoline and as much as 250 hp when working premium gas. Gas financial system for the brand new engine is rated at 22 mpg metropolis, 27 mpg freeway and 24 mpg mixed. The engine is simply out there with all-wheel drive, however the additional grunt means gas financial system is down from the naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four (24 metropolis, 30 freeway and 26 mixed).
The brand new engine is wrapped in the identical acquainted bundle we have seen for the previous couple of years, however is unique to the range-topping Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trim ranges. This specific take a look at automotive was a Signature, which begins at $37,935 earlier than choices. For reference, a base, front-wheel drive CX-5 Sport begins at $25,395. Commonplace options on the CX-5 Signature embody 19-inch wheels, LED lighting, rain-sensing wipers, leather-based seating, heated entrance and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise management, proximity entry and push-button begin, and a Bose audio system. Choices on this Soul Purple ($595) mannequin are restricted to accent gadgets: $70 for a cargo mat, $125 for all-weather flooring mats, $400 for illuminated door sills, $125 for a rear-bumper guard and $250 for a retractable cargo cowl. The ultimate MSRP is available in just under $40,000.
Our contributor Ben Hsu had excessive reward for the CX-5 turbo in our latest first-drive evaluation. Now the remainder of us have had a crack at it.
Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore: I like the CX-5’s appears and driving dynamics. It is a sporty Mazda tailor-made to the crossover phase. This one, completed up in Soul Purple Crystal Metallic (what a reputation) and Signature trim with smokey 19-inch wheels, appears nice. The Skyactiv-G four-cylinder with 227 hp (on 87 octane) and 310 pound-feet of torque makes for a brisk driving expertise. In Sport mode, it is virtually extra keen than I need it to be. The principle draw back is the inside. The supplies are simply nice, and the infotainment is a little bit clunky to make use of. It takes just a few extra strikes than I might like to vary the radio station. Additionally, main demerits for not with the ability to put a rear-facing automotive seat within the center. Contemplating younger households are a goal marketplace for this, that isn’t splendid. In any other case, the CX-5 is fun-to-drive, good trying and a stable choice on this phase.
Affiliate Editor Joel Stocksdale: The Mazda CX-5 was already a contender for being the best-driving compact crossover, however this turbo engine clinches it. The throttle response is impressively fast and increase comes on so easily. The bountiful torque makes it a blast when squirting by site visitors and blasting out of corners. The transmission shifts well and easily, and I by no means felt like I wanted to manually shift. The one draw back is that the engine is a bit loud. That may be enjoyable whenever you’re caning it, but it surely’s a little bit annoying whenever you’re simply cruising round.
The chassis and steering are simply nearly as good as within the non-turbo mannequin, too. The steering is extremely exact, and there is truly some suggestions. The nostril responds shortly and eagerly to steering inputs, and there is minimal physique roll. And the tougher you push the CX-5, the higher it feels. The one attainable trade-off is the journey is usually compliant however finally on the agency facet. A minimum of the CX-5 is pretty quiet, even over huge bumps.
In contrast to Greg, I discovered the inside a reasonably good place to be. The design is enticing and clear, and the switchgear feels nice, particularly the hefty temperature and infotainment knobs. A number of the supplies may very well be a little bit nicer, and the inside is tighter than a number of the competitors. The infotainment is a little bit clunkier than others, however after spending a while with it, it turns into pretty simple. Total, the Mazda has a robust cabin. However I will not be as bothered by all this merely due to how good the CX-5 is to drive.
Manufacturing Supervisor Eddie Sabatini: This compact croszzz … sorry, what?! I am awake! What was the query? Proper, the CX-5 is ok. Appears to have a little bit of a derpy-duck face (particularly in profile to three-quarter view), however inside it shines with a pleasant inside structure (Mazda doing nicely right here), stable tech and a cushty journey. It additionally has a shocking get-up-and-go demeanor and respectable dealing with. I simply have a tough time getting enthusiastic about compact crossovers. The CX-5 Turbo is a nice selection, although, if the phase would not bore you to close loss of life because it does me.