2021 Mazda CX-5 delivers a remarkable combination of elegant style, excellent fuel economy, and sport-like driving dynamics. The compact crossover SUV comes with some critical changes, a decent amount of new equipment, and affordable prices. Furthermore, one of the main advantages of the CX-5 will be improved handling and fuel economy. Not to mention the announced diesel engine.
The powerful gasoline unit with cylinder deactivation, one of the first 4-cylinder vehicles in the States, is available as well. Mazda will release the Turbo version shortly after the regular model. The compact crossover offers three trim levels: Sport, Touring, and the top-ranking, and most expensive Grand Touring.
Changes and Introducing of the Kodo Design
2021 Mazda CX-5 comes with a significant number of changes, adjustments, and improvements. The upcoming crossover will introduce new safety features, like rear cross-traffic detection, and blind-spot monitoring. Moreover, the complete i-ACTIV AWD system will be available with the Grand Touring version. The i-ACTIV is a fully-autonomous AWD system that combines outstanding all-road ability with excellent fuel economy.
The prominent trapezoidal grille and flashy LED headlights are the main exterior element of this; we dare to say the classiest vehicle in the compact crossover class. The CX-5 will present the new “Kodo” design, which will increase the overall “refined toughness” appearance.
On top of that, the color palette is updated as well. The Soul Red Crystal is the brand-new tint, and we can already see that it will fit perfectly with the new design. The 2021 CX-5 offers three trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. All three comes with cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels, an electronic parking brake, and a shift knob.
The cabin of 2020 Mazda CX-5 is a winning combination of sophisticated, elegant design and functionality. The interior provides enough room for five passengers, with two-row seats. The whole layout is very driver-oriented, with a good driving position and visibility. Also, the wide gap between the dead pedal and the brake is very suitable for taller drivers.
The front headroom is quite generous, with support from the low seat heights. The rear headroom provides a decent amount of space, as well. But, the rear seats are tiny, so the big fellas better stay upfront. The wide-opening rear doors will ensure the easy installing of the child seats, and the cabin will provide maximum safety for the young ones.
Mazda CX-5 Turbo
It looks like the Japanese company will finally fulfill the desires of the hardcore fans. The 2021 Mazda CX-5 will include a sportier version with the turbocharged engine. The turbocharger will improve the potency of the SkyActiv 2.5-liter unit up to 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. However, the forthcoming Turbo model will not bring any exterior improvements and unique details.
Likewise, most of the cabin features will be the same as on the standard version. But, the Turbo exclusive will be the G-Vectoring Control Plus. The main goal is to improve the handling by adding braking force to the outside wheel when the vehicle exits a corner or completing a lane change. The official release date of CX-5 Turbo is not yet confirmed. Still, we expect that the Fuchu-based automaker will announce the date very soon.
2021 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring
The most expensive version of 2021 Mazda CX-5 is the Grand Touring model. Under the bonnet will be the identical powertrain with the cylinder deactivation. The standard transmission is a SkyActiv Drive2 6-speed automatic, with manual-shift and available Sport Mode. Furthermore, the SkyActiv-Vehicle Dynamics with G-Vectoring is included. The Grand Touring will return 31 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg in the city.
The 19-inches aluminum-alloy wheels with Brilliant Silver finish are standard, as well as heated side mirrors, and leather-trimmed seats. Besides, the Smart City Brake Support is also available. Also, Grand Touring comes with a 7-inch touchscreen, automatic rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers, and 6-way manually adjusted driver’s seat.
2021 Mazda CX-5 will offer only one drivetrain option – 2.5-liter four-cylinder SkyActiv engine. This mill produces 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. We know, the 2.5-liter isn’t precisely the most powerful of the efficient unit. Still, it records remarkable fuel economy figures.
The estimated city/highway is 25/31 mpg for FWD, and 24/30 mpg for the all-wheel-drive system. Towing capacity rating is 2,000 lbs. As we mentioned earlier in this review, Mazda will bring the diesel model to the US market. Under the bonnet will probably be the 2.2-liter 4-cylinder powertrain. However, we need to wait for the official confirmation from the headquarters.
2021 Mazda CX-5 Release Date and Price
The MSRP of 2021 Mazda CX-5 is $26,500. The better-equipped Touring will cost just over the $29K mark. The top-line model, Grand Touring, starts at $32,400. The optional AWD system adds an extra $1,500 for each trim level.
On top of that, if you choose the Soul Red Crystal color, it will cost you $600 more. The CX-5 is in the price range with Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Nissan Rogue. The Japanese carmaker set the second quartal of 2020 as the official release date.