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Mazda CX-5 | CarMax

Compact SUVs offer the best of both worlds. They're small enough for easy city driving, while also offering plenty of space for passengers and gear.

The Mazda CX-5 is a great option for shoppers looking for a small SUV that looks great, is fun to drive, and has plenty of style inside and out. With sharp handling, a strong engine, and plenty of space, it's an appealing option for families too.

Learn more about the second-generation CX-5, which was launched in 2017, here.


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Key Specs & Features (2017-present)

Mazda CX-5: Engine | CarMax
  • The second-generation (years 2017 and later) CX-5 has a standard four-cylinder, 187-horsepower engine that comes with automatic transmission (manual transmission was discontinued for the second generation).
  • The CX-5 has front-wheel and all-wheel drive options, with a towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds, enough to pull a small boat or teardrop camper when properly equipped.1
    Mazda CX-5: Trunk Cargo | CarMax
  • The CX-5 offers 30.9 cubic feet of storage in the back when the rear seats are in place, an amount that nearly doubles to 59.6 cubic feet with the seats folded.
  • The CX-5 has a spacious rear seat with 55.3 inches of hip room and 39.6 inches of leg room, nearly equal to the space in the front seats.

5 Reasons To Buy

1. Upscale and comfortable interior

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The Mazda CX-5 offers a spacious and comfortable interior. With standard features like a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system on the second generation (model years 2017 and later), you'll be driving in luxury. Optional upgrades such as leather and power seating can enhance comfort even more.

2. It's fun to drive

The Mazda CX-5 is a practical choice but it's also a great SUV for people who love to drive. The CX-5 has a snappy, responsive gearbox and agile handling that feels more like a car than an SUV. Although the option for a manual transmission is only available in models made before 2016, the CX-5 is a thrilling SUV no matter what year you choose.

3. You're looking for a stylish vehicle

Mazda CX-5: Backseats | CarMax

The CX-5 has an exterior design that makes it stand out among other SUVs. Drivers who want an upscale and stylish vehicle will enjoy being seen in the CX-5. Optional features on the second generation (model years 2017 and later) such as leather, lumbar support and optional heated front and rear seats mean you can find a CX-5 that suits you.

4. Plenty of grit

If you opt for all-wheel drive, the Mazda CX-5 is a small SUV that is designed to tough all sorts of weather conditions. In addition, all models of the CX-5 come with a decent towing ability. For example, the Mazda CX-5 has front-wheel and all-wheel drive options, with a towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds when properly equipped.1

5. It's well-equipped

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The second-generation Mazda CX-5 comes with an array of standard features such as push-button start, Mazda Connect infotainment system, and a standard engine across all trims. Because the CX-5 appeals to a variety of drivers from families to teens, it also holds its resale value well.

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What You Need to Know

The Mazda CX-5 Average CarMax Pricing2:

  • 2014-2017 - Average price less than $21,000
  • 2018 - Average price less than $27,000

Mazda CX-5 Trims

2013-2015 Trims

  • Sport: A sporty trim with manual transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, cruise control and a four-speaker sound system. A USB port was also added in 2015.
  • Touring: This trim included a more-adjustable driver's seat to help with long drives, as well as automatic transmission, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth┬« and fog lights.
  • Grand Touring: With features such as 19-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated leather seats, a nine-speaker Bose┬« audio system and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, this trim is pure luxury.

2016 Trims

  • Sport: This was one of the last manual transmission trims. It includes all the accessories and features of previous sport models plus a four-speaker sound system with USB port, auxiliary audio jack and Bluetooth.
  • Sport variant: This automatic sport trim also includes crash notification and a rearview camera.
  • Touring: An automatic touring trim with six-speaker audio system, touch screen infotainment system, fog lights, crash notification, rear-view mirror, and handy blind spot monitoring.
  • Grand Touring: A good-looking trim level with 19-inch alloy wheels and a moonroof. Plus dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power -adjustable driver's seat, heated leather seats, satellite radio and a nine-speaker Bose audio system.

2017-2018 Trims

  • Sport: All the features of previous sport model but now with cruise control, LED headlights, push-button start, backup camera, two USB ports, a seven-inch touch screen, and a four-speaker sound system.
  • Touring: An updated trim perfect for long drives including leather-trimmed seats, cross-traffic alerts, blind-spot monitoring, a six-speaker sound system and auto-leveling LED headlights. The Optional Preferred Equipment Package on this trim includes power moonroof, navigation, 10-speaker Bose sound system, power liftgate and auto-dimming mirrors.
  • Grand Touring: With 19-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, SiriusXM satellite radio, eight-way power driver's seat along with power lumbar support, heated exterior mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive front-lighting system and LED tail lights and fog lights, this is true driver's car. An optional premium package includes active driving display projected onto the windshield, traffic sign recognition, windshield wiper de-icer, heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats.

2019 Trims

In addition to the trims above, the 2019 CX-5 added two trim options:

  • Grand Touring Reserve: All of the Grand Touring features plus all-wheel drive, a turbocharged engine, traffic sign recognition, a heads-up display, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.
  • Signature: All of the Grand Touring Reserve features plus Nappa leather upholstery, wood trim, 360-degree parking camera, and front and rear parking sensors.

The second-generation Mazda CX-5 (years 2017 and later) is available in seven colors:

  • Deep Crystal Blue Mica
  • Eternal Blue Mica
  • Jet Black Mica
  • Machine Gray Metallic
  • Snowflake White Pearl Mica
  • Sonic Silver Metallic
  • Soul Red Crystal Metallic

Years in Review

2013 Mazda CX-5 - In 2013, the Mazda CX-5 debuted with the agile handling and powerful engine that would set it apart from other SUVs.

2014 Mazda CX-5 - In 2014, Mazda added a new 2.5L four-cylinder engine, and automatic low-speed braking became an available option.

2015 Mazda CX-5 - The 2015, the Mazda CX-5 got standard keyless entry on the Touring and Grand Touring models.

2016 Mazda CX-5 - The 2016, the Mazda CX-5 had many changes. The interior and exterior both got a face lift, and tech features like an upgraded infotainment system and Bluetooth connectivity became standard. Features expanded with lane departure warnings, rear cross-traffic warnings and adaptive cruise control becoming available. Halfway through 2016, a rear backup camera became standard.

2017 Mazda CX-5 - 2017 saw the launch of the completely-redesigned second-generation Mazda CX-5. A sleek new exterior set the second generation apart from previous CX-5s, and more trim levels offered luxury options and increased personalization.

2018 Mazda CX-5 - Following the redesign in 2017, there were few changes to the CX-5 in 2018 other than blindspot monitoring being added as a standard feature.

The Bottom Line

The Mazda CX-5 is a great SUV for people who are looking to get more from their vehicle. With great handling, a powerful engine and a host of luxury options, the CX-5 feels high-end with a nice price tag. It still delivers on the day-to-day necessities with a spacious cabin and some great standard features.

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1Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
2Based on CarMax average prices between August 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
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