2019 Mazda CX-5 Review

2019 Mazda CX-5 - Several factors make Mazda's CX-5 unique


On the exterior, Mazda's 2019 CX-5 four-door
sport utility vehicle looks normal. Nothing extraordinary about it. Looks like
any other small SUV with several exceptions. There is the obligatory rear
spoiler, multi-spoke alloy aluminum wheels (10-spoke on a recently tested CX-5)
and body creases aplenty. On the CX-5 creases jut a short distance from the
rear taillights but the crease theme is picked up past the four doors on both
sides to the ridged fenders in front.

A bit different from
the norm is the Mazda logo (V-shaped wings representing flight above
competition in terms of innovation, strength) centered in the honeycomb grille.
The oval is big, eight inches from side to side and seven inches top to bottom.
It is larger than small vehicle competitors such as Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota,
Kia, Hyundai, Nissan, Mitsubishi and the list goes on. Volkswagen's logo equals
it in size.

In terms of engine and controlled driving,
Mazda's CX-5 stands alone. Behind the icon and under the hood is a 2.5-liter,
227-horsepower double overhead cam  four-cylinder engine. This is no
ordinary engine. It is the SkyActiv engine, which Mazda began putting in
automotive products in 2011. The idea was to improve fuel economy and produce
increased torque. The technology included the assistance of a modest
supercharger pushing more air to mix with fuel in a piston's combustion

This small SUV leaps into action when the gas pedal
is depressed. For even quicker response than the Normal drive mode, the vehicle
has a Sport mode. During a week in the CX-5 fuel usage averaged 23.5 miles per
gallon in combined suburban and highway driving with two adults aboard.

far as the driving experience is concerned, perhaps only an experienced
racetrack driver will note the difference. Mazda has a system called.
G-Vectoring Control. Delivery of power is adjusted as sensors note shifting
weight of the vehicle. In cornering, for instance, engine torque is subtly
reduced and more of the drive load is shifted to the front wheels. The system
monitors activity of the steering wheel, speed and throttle position. The
piston spark timing is retarded to reduce torque. If it is even a slight turn,
the system kicks in and the response is in milliseconds.

tested model was a top-of-the-line, all-wheel-drive, $36,890 Signature. The
four other models, with prices beginning at $24,350, are Sport, Touring, Grand
Touring and Grand Touring Reserve.

As expected the Signature
was loaded. For example, rear seat passengers get the benefit of heated seats.
In front Nappa leather seats are not only heated but ventilated for air
conditioning purposes. Front seats operate by power and there is memory for the
driver's position. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. Satellite radio
includes current information on traffic, weather, fuel prices, sport scores and
nearby or destination parking possibilities. Besides an auxiliary input jack,
USB inputs are two in front, two in the rear.

An annoying
factor is the door locking mechanism. Walk away several steps from the CX-5 and
all four doors automatically lock. Let's say a female driver forgets a package
on the front seat. She wants to retrieve it. She has put the key fob in her
purse. She walks back a few paces to the vehicle and tries the door. Won't
open. It is locked. This CX-5, at least the one recently tested, does not have
the proximity unlock feature. So she has to dig into her purse, locate the key
fob and then unlock the door. All of this because she walked a few steps from
the vehicle and simply wanted to open a door, reach in and fetch a forgotten

Mazda could make proximity door opening
standard on a vehicle with a $36,890 price tag. If in the market for a solid
small SUV, the CX-5 is a must look.


Signature all-wheel-drive model of 2019 Mazda CX-5

four-door, five-passenger compact sport utility vehicle


Delivery: $995

Engine: 2.5-liter,
227-horsepower, double overhead cam, four-cylinder

six-speed automatic

Towing: 2,000 pounds

tank: 15.3 gallons

Fuel: unleaded regular

3,825 pounds

Wheelbase, length, width, height, ground
clearance in inches: 106.2, 179.1, 72.5, 65.3, 7.5

circle, curb-to-curb: 36 feet

Wheels (aluminum, alloy),
tires (P225): 19-inch

Brakes: discs, vented 12.6-inch front,
solid 11.9-inch rear

Suspension: struts front, multilink
rear, stabilizer bars

Leg room: 41 inches front, 39.6 inches

Storage: 30.9 cubic feet rear seat seat up, 59.6 cubic
feet rear seat flat

Annoying feature: see review

feature: when engine off, automatic folding exterior mirrors

three years or 36,000 miles with roadside assistance, five years or 60,000
miles powertrain

Assembly: Hiroshima, Japan


Jerry Kuyper

Born on a southwestern Minnesota farm, Jerrold E. Kuyper quickly became familiar with tractors, pickup trucks and related agricultural equipment. He left that behind to graduate from Augsburg College in Minneapolis and attend graduate schools in Evanston and Chicago. He was hired as a reporter for the Kenosha News, a daily newspaper in Kenosha, WI. After a stint of a dozen years at the Kenosha News, he became a columnist, layout, page and sections editor at the Northwest Herald, a daily newspaper based in Crystal Lake, IL serving northwest Chicago suburban communities.

While with the Northwest Herald he helped create, write reviews and opinion columns as well as edit the newspaper's Wheels section, a 16- to 40-page broadsheet that appeared weekly in the newspaper's Friday edition. Wheels was devoted to reviews of new vehicles, looks at automotive history, current trends in the automobile world and columns by automotive enthusiasts. Midwest Automotive Media Association members who contributed to reviews and columns included Mitch Frumkin, Phil Arendt, Matt Joseph and James Flammang as well as photo journalist Doug Begley and dragster specialist Fred Blumenthal.

Kuyper, who lives in Salem Lakes, WI, is a founding member of MAMA, is married, has three children and six grandchildren.