2020 MAZDA CX-5-Small crossovers SUVs are very popular among car buyers and it’s easy to see why. They provide comfort, safety, utility and versatility without being too expensive. But it is also fair to say that most of these SUVs, as useful as they are, do not evoke much passion. A notable exception, however, is the 2020 Mazda CX-5.
The CX-5 has an attractive style inside and out, a departure from the rather utilitarian appearances of rivals. It is also more attractive and sporty to drive, which should attract those who crave more performance and a safer road feel. In the Edmunds classification, the CX-5 comes in a numerical draw with the Honda CR-V. The CR-V gains an advantage for practicality, but is not as attractive or potentially as fast as the Mazda.
Holding the CX-5 from the first place is its relatively weak base engine, smaller rear legroom and a smaller load capacity. Most likely, these inconveniences are not significant enough to keep you out of the race. It is an excellent integral SUV and worth considering against any competitor.
What’s new for the 2020 Mazda CX-5?
The advanced security features are now standard, improved noise reduction, other revisions to the availability of standard and optional features, part of the second generation CX-5 introduced for 2017.
> Sport: $26,135
> Touring: $27,775
> Grand Touring: $31,255
> Grand Touring Reserve: $36,080
> Signature: $38,100
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
Wake up within the first-level CX-5 models and you might think that you have been kidnapped by kidnappers who drive an Audi or a Mercedes. Premium materials and a fabulous design make you feel especially exclusive. The accelerator pedal with floor hinges feels better than the most common version that is suspended above the ground, the well-developed steering wheel is directly in front of the driver and does not move at a slight angle, and all the armrests of the front seat are at the same height for optimal comfort. The sacrifices come in small packages: in this case, the CX-5 had only nine handbags behind its rear seats in our tests. Its cargo volume actually decreased with the redesign of 2017; A 2016 CX-5 we tested held one more cargo luggage with the rear seats up and three more with the rear seats folded. The rear storage space of the new model is more functional, however, with a completely flat cargo floor. It also has several corners in the cabin for smartphones and other loose items. The center console has a deep tray in the front and a useful container with a removable shelf.
Infotainment and connectivity
Each CX-5 has an attractive 7.0-inch touch screen that sits on top of the board like a floating tablet. Satisfies with an intuitive swivel control mounted between the front seats and a simple interface. Too bad that the relatively small screen size and the aged menu design are worse than contemporary rivals. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is available, but not in basic level models.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
The standard CX-5 four-cylinder engine has a great throttle response when moving away from traffic lights or riding through the city, so it feels faster than it really is. It is at higher speeds, such as when it comes to passing or merging on the highway, which feels unpopular. The 250 hp turbocharged version we tested provided a much faster acceleration, firing from zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. While the turbo engine is also paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, it can only be had with four-wheel drive. Similarly, a 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel (called Skyactiv-D) is paired exclusively with four-wheel drive and can only be used in the most expensive Signature model. It is not necessary to drive the CX-5 difficult to enjoy it or to appreciate its excellence. Of course, its precise direction and compound curves make a helluva Sunday cruise. But it also absorbs rough roads without commotion and has the driving quality of crossings that cost twice as much. This harmonious interaction of dynamics is unrivaled for its competitors. Pavement imperfections are isolated, road noise is minimal, and the damping is not rigid or floating. At the same time, the Mazda comes alive on curved roads. Electrically assisted steering provides satisfactory answers. The Signature model we tested had a comforting brake pedal feeling that worked without delay and without being too tactile when the brakes were applied.
Fuel economy and real-world MPG
The CX-5 has average EPA estimates compared to rivals that have similar power. However, in our tests, the Mazda was the only one that exceeded its EPA highway rating. The all-wheel drive, non-turbocharged version gained 32 mpg, which coincided with the Honda CR-V we tested. The front, non-turbocharged CX-5 unit improved that performance by 1 mpg. We also tested a CX-5 with the most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder and four-wheel drive standard; He earned 30 mpg on our 200-mile highway fuel-saving route, which was 3 mpg higher than its EPA rating. While we have not tested the diesel version, the EPA estimates it will earn 27 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.
Safety features and driver assistance
The 2020 MAZDA CX-5 obtained a five-star crash test rating from the National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA, for its millions), and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named it Top Safety Pick +. It also comes standard with a complete set of driver assistance features. Key security features include:
> Standard automated emergency brake with pedestrian detection.
> Standard lane departure warning and lane maintenance assistance.
> Standard adaptive cruise control.