The 2020 Mazda CX-5 gets more standard safety features. Lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control are all now standard.
Mazda’s engineers have also improved the CX-5’s ride to reduce the amount of road noise and harsh vibrations coming into the cabin. The result, in the automaker’s words, is a more premium crossover.
Opting for the turbocharged engine now brings 10 more pound-feet of torque than before. A new off-road traction assist feature has been added, as well, that makes the CX-5 better at finding its footing in low-traction situations.
Choosing Your Mazda CX-5
The CX-5 is offered in five trims: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature. Prices range from $26,135 including destination for the Sport to $38,100 for the Signature trim.
Mazda offers the CX-5 with three engines. The Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring get a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder, while the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature feature a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. While no official word from Mazda has been given, we expect the 2.2-liter turbodiesel, which was introduced last year, to remain optional on the Signature trim.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|2.5L 4-Cylinder||187 hp||186 lb-ft||28 mpg|
|2.5L Turbo 4-Cylinder||250 hp||320 lb-ft||24 mpg|
|2.2L Turbodiesel 4-Cylinder||168 hp||290 lb-ft||Not Yet Rated|
A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for all of the engines. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is a $1,400 option on the Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trims. The Grand Touring Reserve and Signature come with all-wheel drive as standard.
The diesel powertrain is a rare option for the compact crossover segment. While we’re still waiting on fuel economy figures for the 2020 version, we weren’t impressed with the EPA figures the 2019 model got (28 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg highway, and 29 combined).
Out of the three engines, the turbocharged motor is our favorite.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Mazda CX-5 can hold five passengers. Cargo capacity is below average for the class, at 30.9 cubic feet behind the rear seat and a total of 59.6 with it folded down.
Mazda’s expanded the CX-5’s list of safety features for 2020. Automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are all standard.
The Grand Touring trim can be equipped with a head-up display through the GT Premium Package ($1,625), while it becomes standard on the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. Front and rear parking sensors and a surround-view camera system are also standard on the range-topping Signature trim.
The Mazda CX-5 comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen, two front USB ports, HD radio, Bluetooth, and Pandora and Stitcher integration. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come starting with the Touring, which also gets two rear USB ports.
The Grand Touring adds satellite radio, while moving up to the Grand Touring Reserve brings an 8-inch touchscreen. The range-topping Signature gets navigation.
The base Sport trim comes well equipped with remote keyless entry, push button start, LED headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
On the inside, it comes with a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, cloth upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The driver's seat is six-way manually adjustable, while the front passenger seat is only four-way.
Moving up to the Touring brings auto-leveling LED headlights, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, smartphone integration, and dual-zone climate control.
If buyers want more convenience features, they can tick the box for the Touring Preferred Equipment Package ($1,375), which includes a moonroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power rear liftgate, and a 10-speaker Bose audio system.
The mid-level Grand Touring trim adds quite a lot of features over lower trims. LED exterior lights, 19-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, a moonroof, and a power liftgate are standard. The cabin features leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver’s seat, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The Grand Touring is available with the aforementioned GT Premium Package ($1,625), which adds heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, auto power-folding side mirrors, and the head-up display.
The Grand Touring Reserve adds the turbocharged engine, the auto power-folding side mirrors, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel as standard equipment.
Standard features on the top-of-the-line Signature trim include 19-inch wheels, a universal garage door opener, LED interior lighting, Nappa leather upholstery, and wood trim.
With the changes to the 2020 Mazda CX-5, lower trims are even more attractive. Mazda’s attempting to move upstream with its vehicles and it’s working. The Touring manages to feel upscale while having an affordable price tag. More importantly, it also comes with smartphone compatibility, which is quickly becoming a must-have feature for a lot of consumers.