2019 Mazda CX-5 Review: Upscale Model for the New Year

Stunning from front to back and packed with interior amenities, it's no surprise the 2019 Mazda CX-5 is ranked #2 in small SUVs in the United States. More modern amenities add to the CX-5's appeal this year, including a suite of new standard and available features. Rides in the latest CX-5 are quieter and more comfortable than in the past thanks to improved materials and design. Five trim levels are offered in the 2019 CX-5, each with its own distinct personality.

Upgrades

In 2019, the CX-5 takes performance to new heights. This year, the upper trim levels of the 2019 model get the addition of more powerful engines. Both get a 2.5L turbo-charged engine with a capacity of 250 HP at 5,000 rpm. It also has a low rpm torque production capacity of 310 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm. Along with providing plenty of power, the engine is also responsive to the lightest touch with a pressurized turbocharger. With the tap of a toe, the turbo kicks into gear to provide a boost of power.


The 2019 CX-5 features an all-wheel drive configuration that automatically senses changing road conditions. All-wheel drive is automatically turned on or off as needed. A selection of driving modes lets drivers operate the CX-5 with confidence in all driving conditions. Minor tweaks and changes have made the CX-5's steering and handling system tighter and more responsive this year.

Interior

Along with its enhanced performance capacity, the latest CX-5 is more luxurious than it has been in the past. In all 2019 trim levels, the infotainment center has smartphone integration, so drivers can easily access their favorite music, apps, and navigation. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, other desirable features, are standard this year. The front seats are ventilated for ultimate comfort, while a panoramic backup camera instills confidence when backing up. The new CX-5 is also designed to leave the good sounds in the cabin and block out disruptive sounds. Concert-quality sound comes from the premium audio system, which has up to 10 speakers at the higher trim levels. With the infotainment system's advanced connectivity features and user-friendly design, it is easy to play favorite tunes through the Bose sound system. Hands-free Bluetooth makes it easier and safer to manage the entertainment system.

Exterior

Complementing the nice amenities and upgrades in the cabin is the SUV's stunning exterior. Chiseled and polished, the CX-5 shows that beauty begins on the outside with rounded edges, sweeping curves, and automatic lights. For 2019 the CX-5 gets full LED lights with daytime-running headlights. The back features a rear privacy glass to block harmful UV rays and maintain the privacy of occupants. Completing the SUV's streamlined appearance are a body-colored spoiler mounted to the rear roof and a stylish antenna.

Unique Features

There are five trim levels available in this year's CX-5. The base model is called the Sport. Its features include air conditioning with a pollen filter, power-operated windows with a one-touch feature, a push-button start, and a rearview mirror that dims or brightens for driving during the night and day. A seven-inch Mazda Connect screen with Bluetooth and HD radio comes standard. The second trim, called the Touring, adds dual-zone climate control and 12V power outlets to keep devices charged. There is also a keyless entry and remote start capability in this model. A premium six-speaker sound system comes standard. The Grand Touring adds a power-sliding moonroof with an interior protective sunshade. The door's locks are designed to lock at higher speeds for safety. Leather seats and a leather-wrapped wheel are standard. The Grand Touring Reserve adds heated leather seats and adjustable headrests. It has a seven-inch infotainment display screen that comes standard with navigation.


New for this year is the Signature model, which is even more luxurious and upscale than its siblings. Higher-quality materials grace the interior of the Signature, starting with layered wood trim around the cabin. Premium Nappa leather seats are other highlights of the Signature model. Elegance continues with ambient interior lighting and a leather-wrapped wheel that has custom-designed stitching.

Pricing

Pricing for the 2019 CX-5 depends on the trim level and extra amenities added on. Price also varies by drivetrain. With front-wheel drive, the MSRP for the Sport is a base of $24,350. The Touring starts at $26,615. The Grand Touring has an MSRP of $30,045. The Grand Touring Reserve starts at $34,870, and the Signature, which is the highest trim level available, begins at $36,890. Getting all-wheel drive instead costs a little more. The Sport in AWD starts at $25,750. The Touring in AWD begins at $28,015. Those who want the Grand Touring will pay about $31,445. The MSRP for the Grand Touring Reserve is $34,870, while the base price for the Signature with AWD is $36,890. Standalone features and custom packages can be added on to each of these trim levels, too.

Final Thoughts

With good looks, more upscale features, a more powerful turbo-charged engine, and a new trim in the latest lineup, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 is better than ever. More comfortable, quiet, and user-friendly than in the past, it rightfully earns its place as one of the country's most popular and best-selling SUVs.


***Not all features come standard.