Matthew Pilgrim
Automotive Editor - December 12, 2018

Expert Rating

3.25 (Good)
24 City / 30 Highway

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2019 Mazda CX-5 OVERVIEW

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 receives significant updates that emphasize the brand’s near luxury aspirations. Though the newly planted Signature trim stretches the price of the five-passenger crossover SUV, it still represents value with little sense of excess.

What's New for 2019

Two new trims sit at the top of the CX-5 hierarchy to bring additional luxuries and more power. Also new for 2019 is the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a seven-inch digital driver display, ventilated seats, power folding mirrors, and a three-year subscription to SiriusXM with Traffic and Travel Link. The chassis receives updates, and driving dynamics and handling are further enhanced with improved steering, suspension, and an enhanced handling assist system.

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Choosing Your Mazda CX-5

There are two engines available. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine powers the Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trims. It generates 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque and is fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission. This motor achieves an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg highway, and 28 combined with front-wheel drive. Adding all-wheel drive costs $1,400 and decreases fuel economy to 24/30/26 mpg (city/highway/combined).

The other engine is a new 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 250 horsepower and a healthy 310 lb-ft of torque at just 2,000 rpm. It's available exclusively with all-wheel drive on Grand Touring Reserve and Signature models, and fuel economy checks in at 22/27/24 mpg.

The CX-5 is available in five trim levels:


The Sport trim is priced at $25,345 (all prices include the $995 destination charge) and is well equipped on the safety front with with automatic emergency braking, automatic collision notification, and blind-spot monitoring. Additional exterior features include LED headlights, dual exhaust outlets, and body-colored mirrors with integrated turn signals. The interior includes cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Bluetooth and HD radio capability, though audio output is limited to four speakers. The Sport i-ActivSense Package ($625) includes a long list of gear including adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic headlights, high beam control, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.


The Touring trim begins at $27,610 and builds on a fully-optioned Sport trim. Proximity entry opens the door to an interior with leatherette seats with suede inserts, heated front seats, a six-way power driver seat, rear passenger vents, and additional rear USB power outlets. Audio capability is expanded to include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto while the speaker count is increased to six. The Touring Preferred Equipment Package ($1,375) includes a Bose 10-speaker audio system, a power tailgate with height adjustment, a sunroof, and an automatic-dimming rearview mirror.

Grand Touring

The Grand Touring trim is priced at $31,040 and includes 19-inch wheels, active LED headlights, LED fog lights, heated exterior mirrors, and LED rear lighting. Leather seats, a seven-inch digital driver display, a power passenger seat, and an upgraded infotainment unit with navigation and SiriusXM radio are among the notable interior additions. The single option package is the GT Premium Package ($1,625) that adds a head-up display, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, power folding side mirrors, and a windshield wiper de-icer.

Grand Touring Reserve

The new-for-2019 Grand Touring Reserve begins at $35,865 with the turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive as standard. This trim includes all features from a fully-optioned Grand Touring, and there are no packages available.


The Signature trim, which also carries the turbocharged engine, carries a starting price of $37,885. As with the Mazda CX-9 and Mazda6, it represents a thorough styling and materials update for the interior. Notable features include 19-inch dark colored wheels, genuine wood layered trim, Nappa leather seats, LED interior lighting, unique silver trim, and a frameless interior mirror. There are no packages available on the Signature trim.

CarsDirect Tip

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 offers impressive equipment at each trim and even the option packages are tempting for their value. The Touring trim includes active safety features and upgraded infotainment while also providing some of the best handling dynamics in the compact crossover segment.

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