With the second generation CX-5, Mazda retained most of the sporty handling that made the first-generation enjoyable, but this SUV is much more mature now with vastly improved ride comfort, noise isolation, and interior quality. It's one of the more desirable models in the compact SUV class. Unlike purely rational choices like the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester, there’s a bit of joie de vivre with the CX-5.
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard. Forward collision warning and full-speed automatic emergency braking available from 2016. Low-speed automatic emergency braking standard from 2017.
Road Test

With the second generation CX-5, Mazda retained most of the sporty handling that made the first-generation enjoyable, but this SUV is much more mature now with vastly improved ride comfort, noise isolation, and interior quality. It's one of the more desirable models in the compact SUV class. Unlike purely rational choices like the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester, there’s a bit of joie de vivre with the CX-5.

The standard powertrain is a 187-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. This makes for a docile, responsive, and easy-to-drive combination. Due to the added weight that achieved a quieter cabin, fuel economy is down by one to a still competitive 24 mpg overall. That's a tradeoff we embrace. A punchier turbo engine comes on top trims. 

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.2-liter 4 turbodiesel (168 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (227 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (250 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (187 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 Mazda CX-5 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Apple CarPlay

"Car is currently in storage in FL, did not take to dealer for 2nd attempt to fix due to corvid-19 crisis. Most problems were ok for my iPhone after first dealer fix, but would not pair with my wife's iPhone. We did not feel comfortable with taking car to dealer again at beginning of Corvid pandemic, as they did not have adequate disinfection controls in place yet. Left FL, went to MA."

Anonymous, FL (2019 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"Navigation system would freeze when navigating to a location about 2 hours into the trip. Resolved issue by manually rebooting system 2 or three times. Problem has not recurred in the 2nd 6 months of ownership."

Anonymous, VA (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Incident would occur ever few weeks constantly Radio and info screen resetting or freezing while driving and freezes / No Hand Free Operation / No Phone / No Navigation / No Radio Over the air Or Satellite Supposed Fix / Updated Software / never been able to repair it even after cmu replaced x2. Not Resolved returned to dealer"

Anonymous, NJ (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"Radio and info screen resetting while driving and freezes / No Hand Free Operation / No Phone / No Navigation / No Radio Over the air Or Satellite Supposed Fix / Updated Software not able to fix"

Anonymous, NJ (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"USB device kept playing same song. Dealer fixed it & it's been fine since"

Anonymous, PA (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"I feel they have a poor design. Just after purchase I made an attempt to use the navigation system. Unlike any others that I have seen, I had to first select the city of the place I was seeking. In a metropolitan area where towns boundaries are not easily defined, that can be hard. I believe if the system search started with the street number and name, a well programmed system could then identify the closest city locations"

Anonymous, (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Navigation froze while I was driving on highway. Suppposedly, it only reboots when engine is turned off/back on. I couldn't do this until I pulled off highway, but it didn't fix. I had to navigate home, "blind", at night, w/grandkids in car. This only happened once."

Anonymous, (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Slow to connect. Awkward controls. Sound intermittent."

Anonymous, (2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Sporadically the xm radio will not boot up. It seems that shutting the car off and restarting it will sometimes correct the problem. The dealer has looked at the vehicle twice but was unable to duplicate the problem. I contacted MAZDA USA and got them involved. XM told me the problem was most likely the XM module in the computer. Mazda advised that there is no separate module in this vehicle and that the entire computer would have to be changed. The Service Manager told me that Mazda would not be so quick to do this expensive repair. I had an appointment to bring the vehicle in when for a third time when the Covid-19 virus hit. I paid cash for this vehicle and am upset that I've been given this runaround. Once the virus has died down I intend to follow up on my case with Mazda USA."

Anonymous, NJ (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Since day one, satellite radio takes a short while before it begins; occasionally it can take several minutes. At least 3 times it could not connect at all, as if I did not have a subscription; after one of these occurrences it erased my saved stations."

Anonymous, (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"For 8 months Mazda has not been able to fix my Virus XM. The system only plays some of the time."

Anonymous, TN (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"From time to time on my Sirius XM radio receiver blinks out."

Anonymous, DE (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Entertainment system as a whole frequently fails to boot properly. Need to shut car down and restart."

Anonymous, IA (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes the stored radio station "Favorites" just disappear, and all have to be entered again."

Anonymous, IL (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It keeps changing stations in its own"

Anonymous, (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Periodically, it doesn't connect, even from my own driveway. Again, it may or may not connect after I restart engine. This has happened about a dozen tines/"

Anonymous, (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Intermittenly fails to acquire Sirus/XM signal or load content."

Anonymous, AZ (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The radio/infotainment system completely crashes if the car is driven longer than 6 hours in a row. Very frustrating on a long drive. It also seems sensitive to heat."

Anonymous, IN (2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Radio drops XM/Sirius radio. Numerous dealer attempts to fix have failed and the problem continues"

Anonymous, (2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Software update fixes

"Car had problems with the in dash system cycling on and off, they ended up replacing the Computer info system."

Anonymous, PA (2019 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"body panel came loose in wheel well section on highway"

Anonymous, (2019 Mazda CX-5 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Mazda has a paint chipping problem with their red color! Mazda repainted the front of the car due to excessive paint chips. They struggled to match the paint color so they ordered a new painted hood from the factory that looked great and got its first chip driving 15 miles home from the dealer. I have warped the hood with Expel and now happy. I will say is again Mazda soul crystal red is very susceptible to chipping."

Anonymous, WI (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have around a dozen small chips on the hood of my red CX-5. I have taken very good care of my CX-5 and feel this is way more then normal ware. Also when I waxed my vehicle it reacted strange on the hood only."

Anonymous, WV (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My beautiful Mazda paint chips so easily. Normal driving on paved roads and we get chips in the paint. Bird excrement landed on the car and it stripped the paint in that spot. So very disappointed, I try to keep it as clean as possible."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint is the red metallic. It has small chips in the paint and car was new when purchased."

Anonymous, FL (2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"My wife was told at church one night that there were no lights on the rear of the car. After evaluating the problem the manual stated that fuse #48 must have blown, after looking for the fuse it showed that there was no fuse installed. After replacing a new fuse in slot 48 all rear lights returned to normal. We are lucky my wife did not have an accident."

Anonymous, VA (2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Gauges

"Dashboard lights and backup camera became intermittent. Took it to the dealer. They were aware of the problem in the CX-5. They uploaded a software update that fully resolved the problem. The problem has not returned."

Anonymous, VA (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Lights are very bright at night so that others drivers on the road can see you in your car- good if you want to be seen but not good of you are traveling alone at night. Needs more options for reducing brightness on dashboard"

Anonymous, (2019 Mazda CX-5 Touring Unsure)
Warning lights

"Right sensor light and alarm go of when no one or anything is beside me"

Anonymous, ON (2019 Mazda CX-5 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"windshield cracks with very slight rock contact from highway."

Anonymous, (2019 Mazda CX-5 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"rear hatch door would not open. Problem resolved approx 4days after problem reported"

Anonymous, (2019 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Cooling fan

"The first time I drove the car for more than 2 hours it had a burning smell once I stopped. It only had 1500 miles so I thought it was smell of newness of engine burning off. The next time I drove fast for long time the same smell occurred but smoke was coming into vehicle from air vents (2700 miles). I stopped and opened hood to see small flame near passenger side windshield area. I couldn't put flame out and my car caught on fire and totally burned up. The dealership didn't respond expediently but did finally get me a 2020 model with better terms and included trailer hitch."

Anonymous, MA (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Overheating

"The first time I drove the car for more than 2 hours it had a burning smell once I stopped. It only had 1500 miles so I thought it was smell of newness of engine burning off. The next time I drove fast for long time the same smell occurred but smoke was coming into vehicle from air vents (2700 miles). I stopped and opened hood to see small flame near passenger side windshield area. I couldn't put flame out and my car caught on fire and totally burned up. The dealership didn't respond expediently but did finally get me a 2020 model with better terms and included trailer hitch."

Anonymous, MA (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Refrigerant leaks

"a Hose split and had to be repaired"

Anonymous, (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering wheel vibration

"The tires were balanced and rotated which solved the vibration."

Anonymous, PA (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission failed while driving and was towed to dealership. Took 1 month to get replacement transmission."

Anonymous, (2019 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Electronic ignition

"When the engine is running it "sounds" as if the automatic is a manual - makes a aloud noise while driving as if you are shifting gears but it's already in "drive""

Anonymous, (2019 Mazda CX-5 Touring Unsure)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

"Apparently, when the vehicle was manufactured the fuel pump wasn't properly connect to the electrical fuse box. It took the dealer two separate attempts to repair"

Anonymous, LA (2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Below 10 mph in parking lots car transmission struggles to find proper gear causing car to have a rocking back and forth motion"

Thomas F., FL (2019 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

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