2020 Mazda CX-5 Buyer’s Guide

2017 CX-5

When looking for an entry-level luxury crossover, Mazda probably isn’t the first car that comes to mind, but the new 2020 Mazda CX-5 may change that. That’s why U.S. News ranked the 2020 Mazda CX-5 among the best in rankings in 2019 and 2020, coming in at #2 in the Compact SUVs category in 2020. The new model has been reenvisioned, with even more focus on the details and a newly available powerful turbo engine. Driver assistance features that may have been optional with different 2019 CX-5 trim packages come standard in the 2020 Mazda CX-5. 

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2019 Mazda CX-5 Interior

The 2020 CX-5 borrows greatly from the Mazda CX-9. Options such as heated leather seats, a standard leather steering wheel, wood accents, and the Mazda Connect infotainment system create the feeling of a much more expensive German car model. 

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 has a much quieter interior because of details such as new foam seats, a third door seal, extra carpeting, and newly placed speakers. Even tall passengers fit comfortably in the back seat with lots of legroom, heated seats, and climate control. If you need more room than the 31 cubic feet in the truck, fold down the flat-fold back seats for even more cargo space (59.6 cubic feet). 

The exterior is much smoother than its competitors – the least boxy in its class. Extra details such as the chrome accents under the windows and smaller headlights and taillights, live up to Mazda’s KODO design.

2020 vs 2019

2017 CX-5

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 embodies many new features including a smoother ride, highly reduced road noise, back seat climate controls and USB charging ports, new headlamps and taillights, and many new paint color options. Additionally, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 is equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

Mazda rolled out G-Vectoring Control, which improves car stability and comfort through turns, to its 2019 models. This improvement is well received on all models, but especially the CX-5, which previously had negative feedback about the rough ride. Other changes to the suspension, mounting points, and seat foam work to make the 2019 Mazda CX-5 a more tranquil ride.

Mazda also made improvements to the exterior, creating a more streamline vehicle with redesigned headlamps and taillights. 

The interior also feels more luxurious, with leather seat and wood accent options, highly reduced road noise, and even two USB charging ports and climate controls in the back seat.

Full Features

Mazda continues to include the five CX-5 trim levels from 2019 to 2020 to include the Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Reserve, and Signature.   


All trims feature the same Skyactiv-G 2.5 Liter standard engine. This 6 speed automatic transmission engine has plenty of power for each trim option and features even faster response time. Other engine options for the 2019 CX-5 include the Turbocharged engine with 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The Mazda CX-5 is also upgradable to a diesel engine that increased tow capacity to 3500 pounds.

 Engine SizeHorsepowerTorque

Standard Engine
2.5 Liter187185 pound-feet

Turbocharged Engine
2.5 Liter250310 pound-feet

Skyactiv-D Diesel Engine
2.2 Liter168290 pound-feet

Mazda’s impressive G-Vectoring control is included in the 2019 CX-5. The G-Vectoring control creates a more comfortable driving experience by calculating the optimal torque of the engine to improve overall stability when turning. It then adjusts power delivery and shifts vehicle weight for more consistent performance. These detailed calculations work alongside the driver to ensure a smooth ride.

Mazda stands by the 2019 CX-5 with the following programs:

  • 3-year/36,000-mile “Bumper-to-Bumper” Limited Warranty
  • 5-year/60,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty

Mazda CX-5 Gas Mileage

The base Mazda CX-5 engine gets up to 31 mpg with highway driving. The turbocharged and diesel models get 28 and 30 mpg highway performance, respectively. 


2017 CX-5 Traffic Sign Safety Mode

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 received a 5 star NHTSA safety rating and the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating. Top safety features that come standard include: blind spot monitoring, low-speed automatic braking, rear-cross traffic alert, and a rearview camera. Optional features include, traffic sign recognition, full-speed automatic braking, fog lights, and adaptive cruise control. 

Traffic Sign Recognition

New traffic sign recognition allows the Mazda CX-5 to detect and respond to traffic signs that you might otherwise miss – keeping you safe with ever-changing construction on I-64 and new roundabouts in Church Hill.

Camera and Radar Technology

Parking in Short Pump no longer has to be stressful – the Mazda CX-5 is equipped with backup cameras and traffic alerts to let you know if someone is approaching your vehicle from behind. Optional features include a 360-degree parking camera – helpful for tight parallel parking spots in Fan or Downtown. 

Don’t worry about drifting outside your lane on Richmond‘s winding interstates. The lane departure warning system will notify you and even make minor steering changes to keep the car on track. When you’re intentionally change lanes, the blind spot monitoring keeps you safe with the chiming sounds and warning lights.

At night, high-beam light control automatically adjusts your high-beam lights on and off for oncoming traffic and adaptive headlights move 15 degrees towards curves when turning for better visibility.

When using cruise control, radar technology helps maintain a safe and comfortable distance from the vehicle in front of you. These radars also support Smart Brake Support functions, which automatically apply the brakes if you’re about to hit an object ahead.


2017 CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 includes the Connect infotainment system. This system features the following:

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • A 7” full-color touch-screen
  • Two USB ports
  • A commander control for easy access
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • HD Radio
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming capability

New for 2019 are the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – two features not available in older models of the car. Listen to your favorite Richmond artists on the 10-speaker Bose sound system and keep watch on your engine with the  4.6-inch color Multi-Information Display in addition to the 3-binnacle instrument cluster.


Soul Red 2019 Mazda CX-5

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 starts at only $24,350 while the 2020 Mazda CX-5 starts at $25,090. 

 SportTouringGrand Touring
Starting MSRP$24,350$26,615$30,890

Driving a 2020 Mazda CX-5 at Whitten Brothers Mazda in Richmond

The reenvisioned Mazda CX-5 high-performance luxury crossover is a safe, affordable option for your next vehicle. What’s stopping you from experiencing it yourself? To ask questions or schedule a test drive for the Mazda CX-5, contact Whitten Brothers Mazda online or by phone today.

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