The 2021 Mazda CX-5 receives a few notable updates, including a new 10.25-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wi-fi hot spot capability. A new Carbon Edition model joins the lineup, while the range-topping Signature trim adds a surround-view camera, rear automatic emergency braking, and a driver attention monitor.
Choosing Your Mazda CX-5
The CX-5 is available in six trim levels: Sport, Touring, Carbon Edition, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature. Prices start at $26,370 including destination for the base Sport and climb to $38,505 for the Signature.
There are two engines available in the CX-5. The Sport, Touring, Carbon Edition, and Grand Touring start with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Standard on the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature and available on the Carbon Edition is a turbocharged version of the same motor.
|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||25 mpg|
Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual overrides. All but the top two trims start with front-wheel drive and offer all-wheel drive for $1,400, which comes standard on the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The CX-5 is a compact crossover that offers seating for five passengers. Cargo capacity stands at 30.9 cubic feet with the rear seats in place, and 59.6 once they're dropped.
Mazda fits an array of i-Activsense active safety features on all CX-5 models. This suite includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Signature models are the only ones with traffic sign recognition, a driver attention monitor, front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera system, and rear automatic emergency braking.
The enlarged 10.25-inch center display dominates the CX-5’s dashboard. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, two front USB ports, HD radio, and Pandora integration are also standard.
The Carbon Edition brings two rear USB ports, while the Grand Touring upgrades include a head-up display, 10-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, and a 7-inch LCD digital gauge cluster. Only the Signature is equipped with navigation.
Riding on 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, Sport models have a rear roof spoiler, LED headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. There’s remote keyless entry and push button start, while the steering wheel and shift knob are wrapped in leather. The seats are wrapped in cloth with only manual adjustability up front.
The standard spec sheet for Touring demonstrates how sparsely equipped Sport models are. An extra $1,740 brings heated front seats, a six-way power driver's seta, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate, and rear air condition vents. It adds auto-leveling headlights outside.
For $1,375, the Touring Preferred SV Package is a great value. It adds leather upholstery, a power passenger seat, a moonroof, a power liftgate, the Bose audio system, and more.
Carbon Edition models are focused on design. They stand out from the rest of the range with an exclusive gray exterior paint, gloss black detailing, and 19-inch black alloy wheels. Red stitching accents the black interior trim, which also comes with an eight-way power driver's seat, six-way power passenger seat, and two rear USB ports.
The Grand Touring improves in numerous areas, starting with 19-inch silver wheels, a moonroof, heated side mirrors, a power liftgate, adaptive front headlights, and LED taillights and fog lights. Inside, it adds the head-up display, Bose audio, 7-inch digital gauge cluster, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The GT Premium Package adds a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, ventialted front seats, and more for $1,625.
Only available with the turbo engine and all-wheel drive, Grand Touring Reserve models are well suited to colder states. They receive the heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and a windshield wiper de-icer, as well as automatic power-folding side mirrors.
The range-topping Signature provides navigation, rear automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, wood trim, a black cloth headliner, and a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror. It's easily the most opulent trim in the lineup as a result.
Buyers wanting the best value from their 2021 Mazda CX-5 should look at a Touring model with the Preferred SV Package added on. It’s rare for an options pack to provide so much for so little money.