2020 Mazda CX-5 Touring Jet Black Mica 6-Speed Automatic FWD SKYACTIV® 2.5L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16V
25/31 City/Highway MPG
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The 2020 Mazda CX-5 gives Mazda a strong foothold in the competitive compact crossover class. Its nimble handling is among the sportiest in this segment, which is a boon to driving enthusiasts who find themselves in need of something practical.
Changes for 2020 include a newly standard suite of active-safety features and a new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system for the top two trim levels. A new turbodiesel option is also making its way to the options sheet later in the 2020 model year, though it will be limited to the top-spec Signature trim.
Base CX-5 models are powered by the same 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that does business in most Mazda vehicles. It makes 187 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque, which is routed to the wheels via a 6-speed automatic.
Top trims up the ante with a 2.5-liter turbo-4 that pushes 250 horsepower when fed 93 octane gas. It also pairs to a 6-speed automatic that sends power to all four wheels.
New for this year is a 4-cylinder turbodiesel. Displacing 2.2 liters, this limited-availability engine makes just 168 horsepower but a full 290 lb-ft of torque. It can't top the 310 lb-ft being churned up by the 2.0-liter turbo-4, but it should get better mileage.
The two gas engines have been tested by the EPA, and the results are about typical for the class. The non-turbo 2.5-liter engine with front-drive is rated for 25 mpg city, 31 highway, 26 combined. Figures for all-wheel-drive models drop slightly to 24/30/26 mpg. Turbocharged models are rated at 22/27/24 mpg.
Standard safety features now standard on every trim include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and blind-spot monitors. Options on high-trim versions include a surround-view camera system, parking sensors, and a head-up display.
The NHTSA allotted the CX-5 a five stars for safety, including four stars in the calculated rollover test. The IIHS has awarded it a Top Safety Pick+ awar2020 Mazda CX-5 Signature Snowflake White Pearl Mica 6-Speed Automatic AWD 2.5L 4-Cylinder
The sporty CX-5 is a lone wolf in a crowded pack of unexciting compact crossovers. Most of its performance chops lie in the chassis, which utilizes four-wheel independent suspension and a rigid steel uni body design. The resulting stable ride allows for great cornering and impressive road handling abilities.
Matching this chassis is steering that is firm but not heavy and pleasingly progressive. There's also torque-vectoring on all-wheel drive models that can adjust the torque sent to the inside wheels during cornering, further improving performance.
The base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder isn't as exciting as the specs of the chassis, as it comes with just 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. But this engine is eager to rev and has enough pep to feel adequate around town. Its 8.6-second 0-60 mph time and noisy operation leave something to be desired, though.
Newly available last year, the turbocharged version of the 2.5-liter engine boosts power to a highly respectable 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque on premium fuel. It takes about 7 seconds to reach 60 mph. This engine is standard on the top two trims, and helps justify the upcharge associated with those models.
A turbodiesel is also available, but we haven't had the chance to road test it yet. Expect great mileage and lots of torque way down low in the rev range.
With any engine, the CX-5 rides well, firm without being stiff and comfortable without being floaty. This is the case even with the big 19-inch wheels, though the base 17-inchers do offer the best ride thanks to their thicker sidewall.