A few weeks back we had the pleasure of driving the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD with the Skyactiv-Drive 6 Speed Sport Mode. In 2019 Mazda offers two new trim options in the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. Both of these new trims come standard with the new 2.5-litre turbo four and all-wheel drive. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity is also standard with these models.
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The CX-5 is Mazda’s midsize crossover and fits right in the middle of the CX-3 and CX-9. The Signature model we tested also came with 19-inch aluminum wheels, Nappa leather seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, wood trim, and LED interior lighting.
The Signature model we tested is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged I-4 making 227 hp on 87 octane and 250 hp on 93 octane fuel, and 310 lb-ft, exclusively all-wheel drive through a six-speed automatic transmission, with a fuel economy rating of 22/27 mpg (base model as a decent rating of 25/31 mpg with a slightly smaller engine). This gave what my Hubby described as a Sports Sedan quality drive experience. He in fact said it has more Umph! than the 2017 Sports Sedan we currently own. He said the handling was more than impressive for a higher profile vehicle.
As a passenger, I was more than comfortable riding in comfort on the leather seats that came with both heating and cooling elements and more adjustment settings than I knew what to do with. The back seat is quite roomy and the cargo area more than adequate for what a small family needs. Whether you are stacking luggage, supplies or groceries, there is more than enough space for all of the above. Cargo space behind the rear seats measures at 30.9 cubic feet, and 59.6 cubic feet with both rear seats folded down.
The interior amenities of this Mazda is impressive and a step above what comes standard these days. Great features such as auto-dimming heated exterior mirrors, power rear liftgate, power sunroof, 7.0-inch multifunction display, memory for driver’s seat, leather seats, satellite navigation, power passenger’s seat, and a 10-speaker Bose audio system with SiriusXM radio all are standard for the Signature.
Safety is taken serious by Mazda. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is rated a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+, as well as receiving a front crash prevention designation of Superior by fully collisions both in the 12-mph
low-speed and 25-mph high-speed autobrake tests when equipped with tech available on the Touring and Grand Touring trims. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). The sturdiness can be felt while driving as well as closing the doors. I felt highly secure during my time in this fun Mazda.
All CX-5s come standard with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking. Touring models and up add automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, and automatic brake assist. The Signature trim adds a surround-view camera system plus front and rear parking sensors. This was a tech lovers dream. The features in this Mazda were comparable to some of the higher end luxury cars we have had the pleasure to try out. That alone says a lot about what Mazda is offering.
So, you want to know the cost for all this fun and features right? Well, the MSRP Sticker on our test vehicle showed a drive off final price of just a hair over $39,000. Honestly, a car with this many features for under $40,000 is indeed a good deal these days. After all, if you take advantage of incentives, dealer sales and good negotiating, a little bird told me that you can easily shave another $3,000-$4,000 off the final price. This ultimately means you can get a Luxury quality Mid Size Crossover SUV for about $35k!
In closing, I can give this Mazda CX-5 a 4.1 out of 5 Awmyposh rating. Although this is a good rating, one reason it is not higher is the fuel economy rating. As a smaller crossover, in these days of environmental concern, I would hope the MPG would be a little better. With that said, if the trade off is the performance, then I will take it as it is. If you want more specific regarding my rating, feel free to comment on the story with your question and I will be happy to give you my honest opinion regarding any questions.
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