2020 Mazda CX-5
Pros-Sporty look. Refined. Roomy. Fast. Athletic handling. Supple ride. All-wheel drive. Safety features.
Cons-Ride a bit firm for its class. Outdated infotainment system. So-so fuel economy.
Bottom Line-Mazda's top-seller for good reasons.
The refined 2020 Mazda CX-5 mid-size crossover is for those who like to drive but don't want to sacrifice utility.
vehicles show that "driving enjoyment" is its middle name and the CX-5
shows you need buy a Mazda MX-5 Miata sports car to get it.
CX-5 is Mazda's top-selling vehicle in America. It's a mid-size
crossover (or "SUV", if you will) hatchback with more sporty flair than
Improvements for 2020 include refinements, more
safety features and quieter operation, especially less road noise,
although the engine is noisy during hard acceleration.
the top-line, equipment-loaded $37,055 CX-5 with all-wheel drive. It's
the most expensive CX-5. The base front-drive CX-5 is priced at $25,090.
It's got better fuel economy than the Signature but has less equipment
and a 187-horsepower engine that provides just so-so highway
The CX-5 Signature is no fuel miser, but isn't a gas
hog, either, for this type vehicle. Its turbocharged 2.7-liter engine
provides 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque while delivering an
estimated 22 miles per gallon in the city and 27 on highways. It's got
strong acceleration in the city and on highways and only calls for
The responsive six-speed automatic
transmission can be manually shifted, and a driver can switch from
regular to "sport" mode via a console shift if a little faster
acceleration is needed, although that drive mode lowers fuel economy a
The responsive electric power-assisted steering has a firm
feel, and the ride is supple, although some may feel it's a little too
Handling is athletic, thanks to an all-independent
suspension, dynamic stability and traction controls, front/rear
stabilizer bars, G-vectoring control and the clever all-wheel-drive
system.The brake pedal has a reassuring feel.
The Signature is
loaded with convenience and safety equipment. However, my test test
vehicle's striking "Soul Red Crystal Metallic" paint cost an extra $595.
The Signature also has special aluminum alloy wheels, heated power
mirrors with turn signals that fold against the windows to prevent
parking lot damage, a power moonroof, "Signature" badging and nifty twin
As with many crossovers, it takes a little
extra effort to enter the CX-5, but once aboard occupants sit high in
the Signature's upscale interior. It has such features as supportive
power Nappa leather heated and ventilated front seats, detailed
stitching throughout, soft-touch surfaces and genuine layered wood trim.
The console takes up a lot of space, but there's good room for four
tall adults, although the center of the rear seat is too hard for a
third occupant back there; it's best left to the fold-down armrest,
which has twin cupholders and controls for the heated rear seats.
power hatch works efficiently, and the cargo floor is low and wide. The
cargo area is moderately large, and 60/40 split rear setbacks easily
fold forward to greatly increase the cargo area. The MX-5 cabin has a
good number of storage areas, including pockets in all doors.
features also include a push-button start, which is somewhat buried
behind the heated tilt/telescopic steering wheel, which has audio and
cruise controls, automatic door locks and a decent sound system.
large gauges can be quickly read, and a heads-up windshield display
even provides traffic sign recognition. The rather outdated infotainment
system is challenging to work, but there are a good number of manual
switches on the dashboard for those who don't want to bother with the
console dial to get vehicle information.
Safety features include
radar cruise control with stop-and-go, a 360-degree view monitor with
front and rear parking sensors, advanced dual front air bags, front/rear
side curtains and smart brake support.
The CX-5 Signature won't deliver the "zoom-zoom" of a Mazda sports car, but you can tell it's from the same outfit.