Mazda CX-5

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2020 Mazda CX-5 Ratings & Reliability
The CX-5 is one of the best small SUVs. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission make for a responsive and unobtrusive powertrain. Fuel economy of 24 mpg is good but not a standout. Handling is responsive and enjoyable, and the steady, compliant ride is among the best in this class. The cabin is quiet, and interior quality is substantial and looks attractive. Soft-touch surfaces, some detailed stitching, and chrome trim add to the interior ambience. Both the front and rear seats are comfortable. But there is a learning curve to mastering the infotainment system. Rear and side visibility are a bit compromised. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection are standard. A new top-trim Signature is available with a stronger turbocharged engine or a 2.2-liter diesel engine.
2017 Redesign Year
Mazda CX-5 2019
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 may look like the outgoing model, but the changes go deep and are, indeed, substantial. Mazda kept the strengths of the previous version, including its responsive and economical 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and spry, nimble handling. But they also addressed many weaknesses, making the ride more supple and absorbent and significantly reducing cabin noise. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission; a diesel engine comes later. The cabin is versatile and very nicely trimmed, especially in Touring and Grand Touring trims. Low-speed automatic emergency braking is standard on all trims; a more capable full-speed system with forward collision warning is optional. Figuring out the infotainment system, which is controlled by a console-located knob, takes some time. Upscale options, including driver seat memory and a heads-up display, are optional. 
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2019 $19,825 - $33,250 $18,425 - $31,875
2018 $17,775 - $22,425 $16,345 - $20,995
2017 $16,950 - $21,225 $14,515 - $19,765
2013 Redesign Year
Mazda CX-5 2016
The CX-5 provides a competitive and more entertaining small SUV alternative. Handling is taut and agile, with quick, well weighted steering that makes the Mazda fun to drive. However, we found the ride to be choppy and road noise pronounced, making it a loud car. Early versions were powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that returned a good 25 mpg overall in our tests, but it was underpowered. Look for a later model with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which is much more responsive and returns the same fuel economy. The smaller engine was eventually phased out. Happily, the cabin is roomy and versatile. Touring and higher trims have standard blind spot monitoring, a welcome feature. If budget permits, we suggest focusing your used-car search on a 2014 or newer model as these did better in the IIHS small overlap crash test. 2016 brought a light freshening that made the car marginally quieter, spiffed up the interior, and brought the Mazda Connect infotainment system, which is frustrating to use. Automatic emergency braking became available on Touring and Grand Touring models, with forward-collision warning an exclusive option on the top trim.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $13,725 - $17,550 $11,285 - $15,725
2015 $11,400 - $15,375 $8,960 - $12,800
2014 $9,850 - $13,425 $7,380 - $10,825
2013 $8,725 - $11,725 $6,235 - $9,130