Mazda CX-5 remains bigtime small SUV


Sharp handling, a well-built cabin, and good performance

Roseville, California – Mazda CX-5 It is considered a very reliable SUV since its inception in 2012.

It only took four years to reach the six-figure sales mark and it hasn’t fallen below that level since then. Sales last year totaled 151,594. The numbers tell the story of the CX-5’s rise to just below the category’s heavyweights—the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.

Expect similar sales results from the 2023 Mazda CX-5. It doesn’t come with any significant changes this year, mirroring last year’s version that added standard all-wheel drive across all trim levels. Mazda also updated the front and rear design,

The CX-5 remains one of the best small SUVs because of its sharp handling, well-designed cabin and good performance from its turbocharged engine that makes for a fun ride. The downside is that there isn’t much room in the second row, and fuel economy is good, but not overwhelming.


The Mazda SUV has an impressive turbocharged engine – a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder that generates 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. We were totally impressed with the strength on demand that you provided.

The turbo is the optional engine for the CX-5. It goes from 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds, but fuel economy (23-28 mpg) is disappointing.

The standard CX-5’s engine isn’t quite as powerful as the turbo model. It’s a 2.5-liter, inline-four that makes 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. Being able to pass highways and climb steep hills can be an issue. It goes from 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds, yet it’s more fuel efficient than the turbo, getting 25-31 mpg.

The smartly designed SUV gets high marks for its driving acumen as it handles as well-behaved sedans. It has responsive steering, smooth ride, and great handling on challenging roads. It’s also quiet, with only wind and tire noise heard at highway speeds.

The Safety Package on all CX-5 models includes Intelligent Brake Support, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring, Radar Stability Control with stop-and-go functions, Advanced Intelligent Brake Support with pedestrian detection, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. .

At a glance – 2023 Mazda CX-5

  • Performance: 2.5-liter, four-cylinder, 187 hp; 2.5-liter turbo, four-cylinder, 227 hp
  • Mileage estimate: 25-31 mpg; 23-28 mpg
  • Estimated price: $26,800 to $39,700
  • Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles; drivetrain 5 years/60,000 miles; roadside assistance 3 years / 36,000; 5 years/unlimited corrosion


The interior gets mostly a good mark, thanks to its refined design and use of high-quality materials. The 10.25-inch display is easy to use. The cabin is well suited to the driver, who has all controls within easy reach. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard features.

While the CX-5 is roomy up front, the three rear passengers will feel very cramped, especially if they’re three adults. Cargo space is adequate, offering 30.9 cubic feet of space which expands to 59.3 cubes with the second row down.

the 2023 Mazda CX-5 It remains a smart buy because of its all-around quality. It has earned the mark of being among the best small SUVs.


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