2023 Mazda CX-5 Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

2023 Mazda CX-5 Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

Key Features

  • Starting at $26,700 MSRP*
  • Standard SKYACTIV®-G 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder engine (187 HP / 186 TQ) or available SKYACTIV®-G 2.5 Dynamic Pressure Turbo engine (256 HP / 320 TQ) and SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission
  • SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control Plus i-ACTIV AWD®
  • Optional MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System with 10.25-inch full-color center display and Apple CarPlay™ / Android Auto™ integration
  • Available Nappa leather-trimmed seats and genuine layered wood trim interior accents
  • Optional Bose® 10-speaker surround sound system with Centerpoint® 2 and AudioPilot® 2
  • Available Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection
  • Optional Rear Power Liftgate with programmable height adjustment
Mazda CX-5

About the Mazda CX-5

Unmistakably stylish, cleverly designed, and infused with the capability you need to take command of your drive – the dynamic Mazda CX-5 continues to set the benchmark among compact crossover SUVs. Inspired by the Kodo design philosophy, the exterior look of the CX-5 combines sophistication with sportiness to help you stand out from the ordinary. In addition to standard i-ACTIV AWD® for enhanced control, the CX-5 is available with your choice of two potent engines that strike a balance between efficiency and performance. Step inside the cabin and you’ll find an ergonomic yet luxurious interior that’s packed with advanced tech features to help you stay connected and informed. For example, the available MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System includes standard smartphone integration and Bluetooth streaming audio to help you enjoy some of your apps and media on the way to your destination. Rounding out the compelling list of advantages for the Mazda CX-5 is a comprehensive collection of active driver-assist features designed to keep you one step ahead of danger on the roadways.

What the Critics Say

“The CX-5 is impressive from the moment you lay eyes on the expressive, sharklike nose. The good vibes continue when you take a seat inside and see the beautifully constructed cabin that puts all other vehicles in this class to shame. Few crossovers offer a sense of adventure, but you get it with the CX-5.” — Edmunds

“Just because — like every other Mazda — the CX-5 has a reputation for being an enthusiast’s choice, that doesn’t mean it has limited appeal. The ride quality is comfortable, with well-calibrated responses. There’s the raised driving position loved by so many. And the ergonomics are spot-on, working just as well for the soccer parent as the corner-carver.” — Kelley Blue Book

What’s New for 2023

After a modest refresh last year, the popular Mazda CX-5 returns for 2023 almost entirely unchanged. The sole update is the arrival of a new Rhodium White paint color choice on its option list. Sold alongside its CX-50 stablemate, the CX-5 has an established reputation for delivering enthusiast-oriented driving characteristics combined with class-leading value and technological innovation.

Mazda CX-5 Features

Mazda CX-5 Performance

Proven Performance

Unlike most crossovers in its class, the Mazda CX-5 is engineered to deliver engaging handling, all-season capability, and athletic performance. The CX-5 is powered by your choice of two engines. Standard is a balanced SKYACTIV®-G 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder engine that cranks out 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. Craving more muscle? Upgrade to the available SKYACTIV®-G 2.5 Dynamic Pressure Turbo engine that delivers 256 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. Better still, all CX-5 models come standard with proven i-ACTIV AWD® along with SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS for all-weather stability and control. Available Mazda Intelligent Drive Select technology (Mi-Drive) gives you the flexibility to personalize your drive modes across different roads and surfaces. Rated for up to 30 MPG highway fuel economy and with a towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds (when properly equipped) – the Mazda CX-5 is the perfect choice for your active lifestyle.

Mazda CX-5 Interior

Sophisticated Interior

Carefully crafted to balance ergonomics with opulence, the interior of the Mazda CX-5 offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Mazda Takumi craftsmen worked tirelessly to ensure that the cabin of the CX-5 instills a true connection between the driver and their Mazda. Color, texture, and shape are just three elements that were carefully considered when designing the CX-5 interior. The luxurious CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature features natural materials like Caturra Brown Nappa leather and authentic layered wood trim, while 2.5 Turbo models come equipped with black leather seats complemented with red stitching. All models come standard with premium amenities like push-button start, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. An available Bose® 10-speaker surround sound system with Centerpoint® 2 and AudioPilot® 2 helps you enjoy a concert-like listening experience inside of the Mazda CX-5.

Mazda CX-5 Technology

Cutting-Edge Technology

Equal parts supportive and inspiring, the advanced technology features found across the Mazda CX-5 lineup help to transform your daily commute. Standard Mazda Connected Services allow you to access and monitor key vehicle information via the MyMazda App for added convenience. Your favorite apps and media are located within arm’s reach thanks to the Mazda Connect™ Infotainment System including a high-definition 10.25-inch center display and both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration. For added confidence behind the wheel, every CX-5 comes equipped with i-Activsense® safety features. Highlights range from standard safety innovations like Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection to available features like a 360° View Monitor. and Driver Attention Alert. Collectively, these features help make the Mazda CX-5 one of the most forward-thinking crossovers available on the market.

Trims & Specs

2.5 S

2.5 S

  • Starting at $26,700 MSRP*
  • SKYACTIV®-G 2.5 DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine
  • i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive
  • Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection
  • 10.25-inch full-color center display with Apple CarPlay™ / Android Auto™ integration
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
2.5 S Select

2.5 S Select

  • Starting at $28,500 MSRP*
  • MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System
  • Mazda Connected Services (3-year trial)
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Heated front seats with 3-level adjustment
  • 17-inch alloy wheels in Gray Metallic finish
2.5 S Preferred

2.5 S Preferred

  • Starting at $29,590 MSRP*
  • Power sliding-glass moonroof with one-touch-open feature
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink®
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar
  • Rear Power Liftgate with programmable height adjustment
2.5 S Carbon Edition

2.5 S Carbon Edition

  • Starting at $30,500 MSRP*
  • Exclusive Polymetal Gray Metallic Paint
  • 19-inch alloy wheels with Black Metallic finish
  • Unique Black grille with Black signature wing
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with Red stitching
  • Black power side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals
2.5 S Premium

2.5 S Premium

  • Starting at $32,400 MSRP*
  • Bose® 10-speaker surround sound system
  • Mazda Intelligent Drive Select (Mi-Drive)
  • 19-inch alloy wheels with Black Metallic finish with Machine Cut
  • Adaptive Front-lighting System
  • Paddle shifters
2.5 S Premium Plus

2.5 S Premium Plus

  • Starting at $35,500 MSRP*
  • Automatic power-folding side mirrors
  • Windshield-projected Active Driving Display
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated rear seats
2.5 Turbo

2.5 Turbo

  • Starting at $36,850 MSRP*
  • SKYACTIV®-G 2.5 Dynamic Pressure Turbo engine
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Black interior trim with Red stitching
  • Front grille with Gloss Black finish
  • Signature wing with Gloss Black finish
2.5 Turbo Signature

2.5 Turbo Signature

  • Starting at $39,650 MSRP*
  • Mazda Navigation System
  • Caturra Brown Nappa leather-trimmed seats
  • Genuine layered wood trim
  • 360° View Monitor and front and rear parking sensors
  • Interior LED lighting

*MSRP excludes tax, title, license fees and $1,275 destination charge (Alaska $1,320). Actual dealer price will vary. See dealer for complete details.