2019 Mazda CX-5 SUV: Luxury at a reasonable price

18 Nov 2019 | 65 views | No Comment
2019 Mazda CX-5 SUV
Price
Base prices range from $24,350 to $41,000
 
Performance
Prepare to fly if you order a new turbocharged 2.5 liter, 250 horsepower four cylinder engine! The car is fast, handling, as you would expect, is superb, as it is with any Mazda.
 But be prepared to pay for the privilege--it is available on two new models, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. They are further up on the price scale.
Economy
24/30 for the turbocharged engine; 25/31 for the smaller one.
Safety
    Mazda offers an optional Sport I-Activsense package brings automatic headlights, automatic high beans, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, upgraded forward collision warning and mitigation with pedestrian detection, and automatic windshield wipers.
The Car
    The Mazda CX-5 is undeniably the class act and the gold standard for the compact SUV/UV category, with impeccably gorgeous interior that places the car ahead of some entry level luxury products, styling that is understated yet muscular and robust, and performance, braking and handling far above competitors in its own class and ahead of some others that cost considerably more.
     Changes include a new 2.2 liter diesel engine if you order the Signature model, a more powerful engine for the Signature and Grand Touring Reserve models, and Android and AppleCarPlay Auto smartphone integration. There are also newly available ventilated front seats and surround-view parking camera.
Technology
The CX-5 provides a wide choice of models for you to consider.  At the lower end of the range, it comes in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring versions, but you will get the 2.5 liter four putting out 187 horsepower, which some car writers consider to be somewhat sluggish.
    Then come the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature models, which cost considerably more, though you get quite a bit with them that are standard features. 
    Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims come with that lusty version of the turbocharged same engine, with power ranging from 227 horsepower to 250 horsepower. And for the first time, if you want a diesel engine, you can get one, if you order a Signature model. It's a 2.2 liter turbocharged 168 horsepower engine.
     There is a six speed automatic that Mazda attaches to all of its engines for the CX-5.
.     ​Standard equipment for the Sport model includes: 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, push-button ignition, a 7-inch touchscreen, manually adjustable front seats, 40/20/40-split reclining rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, a four-speaker sound system and two USB ports. Low-speed forward collision warning and mitigation and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert are also included.
        Adding the optional Sport i-Activsense package brings automatic headlights, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, upgraded forward collision warning and mitigation with pedestrian detection, and automatic windshield wipers. The i-Activsense safety features come standard on the  trim. You also get automatic wipers, keyless entry, a power-adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear climate vents, simulated-leather upholstery, heated front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, two additional speakers and two more USB ports.
     The optional Touring Preferred package adds items such as a sunroof, a power liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and an upgraded 10-speaker Bose sound system.
      All that I mentioned above in terms of standard features is included on the Grand Touring in addition to 19-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, LED foglights, heated side mirrors, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, driver-seat memory functions, an upgraded driver information display, a navigation system, and satellite radio. The optional GT Premium package adds a head-up display, power-folding mirrors, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a windshield wiper de-icer.
      Want more? Check out  the Grand Touring Reserve, which adds  Grand Touring's optional features as standard plus that terrific new engine I discussed earlier.
      Then there's the top-drawer Signature adds ambient cabin lighting, premium leather upholstery, wood trim accents, a surround-view camera, and front and rear parking sensors.
   The Warranty
3 years or 36,000 miles bumper to bumper warranty

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