By Asian Journal Auto Editor
The latest version of the popular 2019 Mazda 2016 CX-5 Skyactiv mid size crossover continues with a few changes. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, are now standard in every trim, there are new wheel designs and heated seats are also standard in all models. There are four trims: GX, GS, GT and, new for 2019, the top-flight; lavishly equipped Signature model. The turbo engine is optional on the GT but standard on the Signature. Engineering wise, there are some minor tweak to the suspension. All the top models are significantly more luxurious and feature packed than before. Prices range from $27,850 – $40,950. The current Mazda CX-5 is powered by either a 2.0L or the SKYACTIV 2.5L direct-injection gasoline four-cylinder engine. The engines are paired with either the six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. The outside of the CX-5 has few changes if any. Not that it’s needed, the CX-5 is probably the best looking CUV in its class thanks to its slinky sleek sheet metal, with an equally rich looking cabin.
Our top level 2019 CX-5 GT trim level as tested offered the more powerful SKYATIV-G 2.5-liter engine as standard with the 6-Speed automatic transmission, leather heated seats, leather wrapped seats, and steering wheel, and shift knob; brake handle and leather look door inserts. The driver’s seat is 8-way power adjustable. Other GT offerings include: 19 inch alloy wheels, auto dimming rearview mirror, dual zone automatic climate control, Bose premium 10 speaker audio system, intelligent key, ACTIVSENSE safety technology, wide-angle rearview camera, LED headlights with lighting signature, LED daytime running lights, LED foglights, LED rear combination lights with lighting signature, i-ACTIV AWD, 7” colour touchscreen display with Mazda Connect, HMI Commander, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, 2 front-seat USB ports, rear seat center armrest with 2 USB ports, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats (outboard), heated steering wheel, front wiper de-icer, power rear liftgate with programmable height adjustment, automatic headlights with auto levelling, power glass moonroof, automatic dual-zone climate control, advanced keyless entry (proximity and ignition), windshield-projected Active Driving Display, Bose® Premium Sound System with 10-speakers with Centerpoint® 2 Surround Technology and AudioPilot® 2, SiriusXM Traffic Plus and Travel Link® services.
There were no option on our fully loaded tester that came in at total price of $41,435. The Interior wise the CX-5 has a typical Mazda sporty look and feel. Sharp styling, comfortable seats and a high driving position dominate, the available 40/20/40 rear seat folds at the push of a button. The clever tri- split seat allows you to seat two people and still carry a long load. Cargo capacity is 966 liters (34.1 cu. ft.) behind the rear seats and 1,852 liters (65.4 cu. ft.) with the rear seats folded. The Mazda CX-5 gets a 2,000 lb tow rating.
On the road, the sporty CX-5 impresses with its responsive 2.5 -liter engine generates peak torque at 185 horsepower 4000 rpm and proves very tractable. The turbo engine’s ample lower range of torque and feisty acceleration are very impressive, with the mid and upper range of the tach also providing plenty of passing power and for uphill climbing. The six-speed automatic makes great use of its engine matching shift points and delivers enjoyable and well-balanced acceleration and performance. The well designed chassis allows for precise steering with refined road manners in terms of handling. Braking and acceleration. Mazda’s proprietary G-Vectoring Control (GVC) proves to be a handy aid in mitigating any of the CX-5’s body roll, and provides a more comfortable ride by adjusting engine torque in response to steering wheel action; a boon in CUVs with their high centre of gravity. Fuel economy is rated at 10.8 km/100L in the city and 8.7 on the highway which is not bad at all.
To sum up, the CX-5 offers great styling in a compact package along with enjoyable to drive dynamics. Nothing to complain of really, in cabin storage could be improved a tad, but that’s about it. With its fuel efficient and technology advanced engines and optional All Wheel Driver the Mazda offers a lot to potential buyers. Add a high quality, expensive looking interior and a plethora of features and you can’t go wrong in choosing the CX-5 as a wonderful family CUV. Highly recommended.
2019 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD MRSP Priced from $39,450. Price as tested with all options, freight and PDE $41,345.