In the market for a crossover? Here’s why the Mazda CX-5 might be worth your attention…

Quick notes

– The Mazda CX-5 is one of the most versatile, sporty, and compact crossovers in the class.

– It has top-notch safety scores and a premium interior.

– When compared to in-class competitors such as Subaru and Honda or even Mazda’s own CX-3 sedan, the CX-5 more then holds its own.

Mazda entered its CX-5 into the world of crossovers in 2013, and it hasn’t looked back since. The CX-5 has earned consistently strong reviews across the board, but is it the right crossover for you? How does it compare to the competition? What’s the pricing like?

These are the questions worth asking before you empty your accounts on a new Mazda CX-5, so let’s dive right in…

Is the Mazda CX5 worth buying?

There’s no question that the 2019 Mazda CX-5 should be one of the final contenders on your list of compact SUVs. Its sporty design and increased power are sure to attract attention, yet it still packs ample functionality into the overall package with lots of seating space and aesthetically-pleasing interior styling.

“If you’re planning on going for a base model, a used 2017 CX-5 might be right up your alley since it shares many of the same features as the 2019 model.”

In terms of power, the 2019 model comes with the option of a new 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s capable of delivering up to 250 horsepower. A few other new options include a 360-degree parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.
If you’re interested in the new turbo engine or some of the new tech offerings, you can’t go wrong with the 2019 CX-5. On the other hand, if you’re planning on going for a base model, a used 2017 CX-5 might be right up your alley since it shares many of the same features as the 2019 model.

How does the Mazda CX-5 measure up to the competition?

The crossover class has gotten increasingly competitive over the years, and there are a number of outstanding vehicles for you to choose from. For example, Subaru’s Forester boasts all-wheel drive on its standard model while the Honda CR-V touts best-in-class fuel economy and a brilliant amount of cargo and passenger space.


At the end of the day, your best bet is to test drive a few of these top competitors before reaching your verdict, but to save you some time, the Mazda CX-5 more than holds its own. Not only does it offer relatively strong fuel economy, but it handles better than most of its competitors and has perhaps the most pleasing cabin of all the crossovers in this price range. It might not have as much storage space as other crossovers, but it has an excellent price point for the quality features it offers.

Mazda CX-3 vs Mazda CX-5 – who wins?

Unsurprisingly, the CX-3 comes in at a lower price point than the CX-5. In fact, you can expect to spend anywhere from $5,000-10,000 less for a CX-3.

With that being said, you’ll take a haircut on cargo space if you go with the CX-3 instead of the CX-5. The CX-3 has roughly 40% less cargo space than its larger cousin and a little less passenger space as well.

The CX-3 comes out ahead in fuel economy, but by a smaller margin than you might have thought (approximately 2-3 MPG better). Although it might take the “L” in terms of fuel economy, the CX-5’s turbo engine is much stronger than the CX-3 with nearly 40 additional horsepower.

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