Mazda CX-5: Chronicling the Changes

The Mazda CX-5 is a compact, two-row crossover utility vehicle with room for five. Launched in 2013, the CX-5 replaced the previous Mazda Tribute. In 2020, a premium Mazda CX-50 debuted; both models are sold today.


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Chronicling the Changes


2023 – Changes pending. A CX-50 model joins the CX-5 as an upscale companion model.

2022 – Refreshed front and rear styling, standard all-wheel drive, along with suspension and performance enhancements chart the changes this year.

2021 – Additional safety figures are added to the range-topping Signature grade. A Carbon Edition rolls out. A 10.25-inch display and new infotainment interface underscore the tech changes.

2020 – Offered for just one year, the diesel option disappears. Amenity shuffling and a quieter interior are other changes of note.

2019 – Expanded engine choices highlight this year’s model. A turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine powers the upper grades. A 2.2-liter turbodiesel is optional with the Signature edition. Several amenity upgrades are apparent, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility.

2018 – The 2018 models are slightly more efficient this year. Blind-spot monitoring is now included all grades.

2017 — The most significant updates thus far accompany the 2017 CX-5 as it launches this model’s second generation. The base engine is gone and the manual transmission is no longer offered. Forward collision warning with low-speed braking is now standard.

Second-Generation Mazda CX-5


The second-generation Mazda CX-5
The second-generation Mazda CX-5

2016 — The 2016 CX-5 benefits from minor exterior updates and suspension tuning. Equipment updates include newly available driver-assist features such as adaptive cruise control, and now standard Bluetooth connectivity.

2015 — Minor equipment shuffling marks the 2015 CX-5, which is essentially unchanged.

2014 — A second engine choice, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder debuts, and is optional on all but the base trim. Expanded audio features and newly available driver assist options, including collision warning, roll out.

2013 — Making its debut in 2013, the compact Mazda CX-5 comes powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Available in three grades, the 2013 CX-5 offers room for five along with technology, convenience, and audio packages.

First-Generation Mazda CX-5


The first-generation Mazda CX-5
The first-generation Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 Considerations

Mazda has two entries in a segment that shows no signs of slowing down. The CX-5 targets the mainstream while the CX-50 targets luxury shoppers with a premium design and pricing structure.

The two-row compact crossover segment is comprised of numerous competitors. These models include the Chevrolet Equinox, Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Rogue, Jeep Compass, Honda CR-V, and the Ford Escape. In addition, the Toyota RAV4, Kia Sportage, Subaru Outback, Buick Envision, Volkswagen Tiguan, and the GMC Terrain are other models to examine.


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