After receiving updated bodywork, new suspension, upgraded seats, standard all-wheel drive, and a more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine for 2022, we think the Mazda CX-5 will carry over unchanged for the 2023 model year. The introduction of the rugged CX-50, which utilizes the same platform as the CX-30, also points toward a carryover CX-5.
With more ground clearance, durable styling, heavy-duty body cladding, a drive-mode selector with off-road modes, and similar four-cylinder engines as other Mazdas, the all-new CX-50 is aimed at consumers that want to travel on rough terrain. Mazda could give the CX-50 a full year on sale before coming out with a redesigned CX-5 in late 2023 for the 2024 model year.
The CX-5 arrived last year with a sharper design. We expect the look to carry over unchanged for 2023. The current CX-5 is one of the curvier options in the compact class, with sleek lines that are simpler than before. Some models also lose the black body cladding around the bottom of the body, resulting in a more upscale look. The slim headlights, sharp taillights, and dual exhaust outlets are sporty touches on the CX-5.
Mazda’s interior design for the CX-5 feels and looks nearly as upscale as some luxury brands. Premium materials and a simple, yet elegant design make the CX-5 more high-end than the majority of its rivals. The pentagonal air vents offer a high-end feel, while the simple buttons and dials for the HVAC system make it easy to use. The infotainment screen is controlled through a rotary dial and a handful of buttons behind the shift knob on the center console. As a carryover model, we expect the 2023 CX-5 to share the same design as the current SUV that’s on sale.
Tech features should remain the same for the 2023 CX-5. The current SUV comes with a 10.25-inch display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, four audio speakers, an HD Radio, Bluetooth, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Available tech features include a Bose audio system, two rear USB ports, navigation, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, and a universal garage door opener.
Under the hood, the upcoming CX-5 will share the same engines as the current model that’s on sale. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine will be standard, carrying ratings of 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. A more powerful turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine will be optional. It will produce 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. AWD is standard for the CX-5.
When it comes to safety features, the 2023 CX-5 will come standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high-beam assist. Available features include traffic sign recognition, parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera, reverse automatic emergency braking, a head-up display, and a driver attention monitor.