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Mazda CX-5:Review the specs, features and pros & cons

Mazda CX-5 side view
Mazda CX-5 angular front perspective
Mazda CX-5 angular rear perspective

Overview of the Mazda CX-5

Learn about the Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 Summary

Though only in its second generation, the Mazda CX-5 is already one of the Japanese manufacturer's best sellers. With options for diesel engines, a comfortable and spacious interior and impressive towing capacity, it’s not hard to see why this compact crossover SUV is so popular. A range of engine sizes up to 2.5 L—turbocharged on the most recent model—along with the option between manual and automatic transmission on most vehicles. This makes the Mazda CX-5 a solid choice for families, as well as for commuters who need rough weather capability. And, helpfully, all models are super fuel efficient.

Pros and cons of the Mazda CX-5

  • Strong optional turbo engine
  • All-wheel drive
  • Upscale interior furnishings
  • High-tech safety systems not standard in lower trim
  • Little cargo space behind rear seats
  • Base engine lacks power
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety ratings of the Mazda CX-5

Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags6

Specifications of the Mazda CX-5

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeGas or Diesel
  • TransmissionManual or Automatic
  • City consumption8.9 - 10.8 L/100km
  • Highway consumption7.4 - 8.7 L/100km
  • Width1842 - 2116 mm
  • Length4550 - 4575 mm
  • Trunk space871 - 875 L
  • Cargo space1680 - 1687 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Mazda CX-5

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Mazda CX-5 2017 - 2023 is available in 7 trims:

GX trim features and specs

Frequently asked questions about the Mazda CX-5

Dimensions of the Mazda CX-5

Vehicle dimensions
YearHeight fromWidth fromLength from
Exact values depend on trim choices.
20231679 mm2116 mm4575 mm
20221679 mm2116 mm4575 mm
20211680 mm2115 mm4550 mm
20201680 mm1842 mm4550 mm
20191680 mm1842 mm4550 mm
20181680 mm1842 mm4550 mm
20171680 mm1842 mm4550 mm

Towing capacity of the Mazda CX-5

Unbraked is when the trailer being towed does not have its own braking system. Braked is when the trailer being towed has its own braking system.
Braked and unbraked towing capacities
Exact values depend on trim choices.
2023907 kg907 kg
2022907 kg907 kg
2021907 kg907 kg