In 2017, the second-generation Mazda CX-5 arrived with an all-new look. Since then, it’s seen a few upgrades, including a turbocharged engine and tweaks to its features. With this compact crossover still fresh, we expect the 2021 CX-5 to be a carryover model.
The second-generation CX-5 arrived in 2017 with a CX-9-inspired look that included slitlike headlights and taillights, a longer hood, a forward-leaning grille with bold chrome underline, and tasteful chrome trim. Though this design has aged a bit, it is still relatively fresh, and we expect it to carry on unchanged into the 2021 CX-5.
Inside, the current CX-5 boasts a clean and upscale design that looks and feels more premium than its price tag alludes to. It features a simple center stack with a well-organized HVAC interface, a dash-top infotainment screen controlled by a rotary knob on the center console, light metallic touches, and a low-sitting dash that enhances outward visibility. We expect this look and feel to remain the same in the 2021 Mazda CX-5.
Under its hood, the current CX-5 comes standard with a 186-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. In the Grand Touring and Signature trims, the CX-5 gains a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that injects up to 250 hp and 320 pound-feet of torque. Both engine options come standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is also available. We expect the 2021 CX-5 to continue with the same powertrain options.
Mazda is working on a new SKYACTIV-X engine that’ll have the feel of a gasoline engine but the low-end torque and fuel efficiency of a diesel. The CX-5 is slated to receive this new engine, but there is no word on whether it’ll be a part of the 2021 lineup or not. Mazda also offers a CX-5 diesel, but it remains unclear whether the model has been discontinued.
The current CX-5 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ thanks to its “Good” crash-test ratings, “Acceptable” standard headlights, and “Superior” standard automatic emergency braking system. Other standard safety gear on the 2020 CX-5 includes adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and blind-spot monitors. We expect the 2021 CX-5 to continue with the same safety ratings and features.