Road Test: 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature

Road Test: 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature

Story by Jordan Allan, photos courtesy of Mazda Canada


Price: $43,145 (as tested)

Engine: 2.5L SKYACTIV-G turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I4

Trans: SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed auto

Power: 250 hp@ 5,000 rpm

Torque: 310 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,823 lbs./ 1,734 kg

Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) 10.8/8.7


New for 2019: The CX-5 introduces a new Signature trim level for 2019 which features a new 7.0-in. TFT digital gauge display, new 19-in. alloy wheels and a plethora of other new features both inside and out. A new SKYACTIV-G 2.5L turbocharged engine is available (standard with Signature trim) and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment technologies is now standard on all trim levels.

Segment Competitors: Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Subaru Forester, Jeep Cherokee, Mitsubishi Outlander, Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Toyota Rav4, Nissan Rogue, GMC Terrain, Volkswagen Tiguan

The Skinny: The Mazda CX-5 has always been at or near the top of the compact crossover class, due to its great looks, functional interior and drivability that is truly unmatched by its segment competitors. It comes in a number of different trims with different drivetrain options in a wide variety of price points to fit just about anyone’s needs and the new Signature trim, which our test model was, really added a sense of luxury that isn’t as apparent on other trims. The use of high-quality materials, such as Abachi wood trim and Cocoa Nappa leather, doesn’t go unnoticed nor does the added power gained from the newly available turbocharged engine.

Pros: During my test week, we were hit with much more snow than normal here in Vancouver and the CX-5 handled all of it with ease.

Cons: The infotainment system need some serious updating and I still wish it wasn’t only controlable via the knob mounted just behind the shifter.

The Verdict: In order to be successful in such a competitive segment, vehicle’s must do something to stand out. With its great looks, great ride and overall great feel, the Mazda CX-5 has done just this and should easily continue its run of success.

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