With so many compact crossovers available these days, it’s difficult to find one that rises above the mundane. One model that’s attracting a lot of attention is the 2020 Mazda CX-5. Whether it’s the CX-5’s beautiful exterior styling, sophisticated interior or exceptional driving dynamics, there are plenty of reasons the CX-5 is a standout vehicle. When you visit Phoenix area Mazda dealerships and test drive the 2020 CX-5, you’ll notice something else; it’s fun to drive. That’s something you can’t say about the CX-5’s competition.
The 2020 Mazda CX-5 seats up to five passengers. Phoenix Mazda shoppers can get the 2020 CX-5 in one of five different trim levels: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature.
Powering the Sport, Touring and Grand Touring models is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque, connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine features fuel-saving cylinder deactivation technology. Front-wheel drive is standard, and drivers can also choose the optional all-wheel-drive system.
The Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims employ a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque, also teamed to a six-speed automatic gearbox. All-wheel drive is standard.
The reviewers at The Car Connection wrote: “The 2020 Mazda CX-5 would like to let you know that it is the sportiest small crossover SUV on the market. Subtle, occasional reminders, such as the high-effort steering, taut suspension, and bolstered seats are welcome. ... There’s a lot to like about the 2020 CX-5.”
On the inside, you’ll enjoy the luxurious cabin that looks and feels like it belongs in a more expensive vehicle. At the top of the lineup, the Signature trim includes comfortable power-adjustable front seats covered in premium leather. Buyers can choose an optional heated steering wheel, as well as heated and ventilated seats.
The CX-5’s wide-opening doors make it easy to install and use child seats. Meanwhile, passengers in the rear seats will appreciate the rear air conditioning vents. Those in the rear of the Signature trim will enjoy the standard heated rear seats. Owners who need to transport cargo will find 30.9 cubic feet of cargo space to store luggage and other belongings. With the rear row folded down, there’s a full 59.6 cubic feet of space.
Standard features on the base Sport trim include black cloth-covered seats, push-button ignition, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, LED headlights, 40/20/40-split reclining rear seats, remote keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an electronic parking brake, push-button start, a stereo system with four speakers, a 7-inch touchscreen, two USB ports and Bluetooth. The CX-5 now gets i-Activsense standard. This suite of advanced safety features comes with automated emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beam headlamps.
As of the date of this writing, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 has yet to be tested by the IIHS or the NHTSA. However, both organizations gave the 2019 CX-5 their top scores. The IIHS named the CX-5 a 2019 Safety Pick+ model. Since the 2020 CX-5 is essentially the same vehicle, it should receive identical scores.