Mazda’s recent introduction of the all-new 2023 CX-50, an SUV similar in size to the compact CX-5 but better prepared for light off-roading, sparked rumors that it will replace the CX-5 just like the CX -30 ousted the CX-3. The automaker says its best-selling model remains, however, and for now, it’s keeping its word: the CX-5 returns for 2023 unchanged save for a new paint color and upgrades. mostly minor prices.
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The 2023 CX-5 will once again offer the choice of two powertrains: a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder paired with a six-speed automatic transmission for up to 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque or a turbocharged version which boosts power up to 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque on regular fuel or 256 hp and 320 lb-ft on premium. Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel drive is again standard for all models.
Technology and security
All CX-5 variants feature a standard 10.25-inch center display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. What the system lacks is touchscreen capability: a console button controller is the only way to navigate the Mazda Connect system, which we found frustrating to use.
Standard safety features for all trims include Adaptive Cruise Control with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Warning with Lane Alert. rear cross traffic; traffic sign recognition, a 360-degree camera system and a head-up display are optional. The CX-5 won the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s 2022 Top Safety Pick Plus award and was the only small SUV to earn a good rating in the agency’s updated crash test.
Versions, prices and release date
2.5S: $27,975 (up to $500)
2.5S Select: $29,775 (up to $300)
2.5S Preferred: $30,865 (up to $290)
2.5 S Carbon Edition: $31,775 (down $80)
2.5S Premium: $33,675 (down $210)
2.5S Premium Plus: $36,775 (up to $1,250)
2.5 Turbo: $38,125 (up to $150)
Signature 2.5 Turbo: $40,925 (up to $700)
Eight versions will be offered for the 2023 CX-5, which will go on sale in the fall. The only way to tell the 2023 model apart from the 2022 paint-wise is a new Rhodium White color that joins Soul Red Crystal Metallic and Machine Gray as a premium option; all carry a price premium of $595.
The base 2.5 S model starts at $27,975 (all prices include a $1,275 destination charge), up $500 from the starting price of the 2022 CX-5. There’s good news for buyers considering the Carbon edition or Premium trims, however – those models see prices drop from 2022. While the Carbon edition returns unchanged, buyers should note that the Premium will no longer offer a Bose sound system 10-speaker upgrade, which now comes standard with the Premium Plus. Other standard features include automatic LED headlights and taillights, keyless entry and push-button start, leather-wrapped shifter and steering wheel, dual front USB ports and leather upholstery. tissue.
The S Select adds dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and an upgraded six-speaker audio system. Rear passengers benefit from air conditioning vents, two USB ports and a center armrest. The Preferred trim adds a standard power sunroof, auto-dimming mirrors and genuine leather seats.
The Carbon Edition of the CX-5, introduced in 2021, returns for 2023 with a year-over-year price drop. Along with trim-specific paint, it gets 19-inch alloy wheels and black leather seats with red stitching or red leather inside.
The Premium model is also cheaper for 2023; it adds Mazda’s Mi-Drive Intelligent Drive Select system with three drive modes: Normal, Off-Road and Sport. It has standard LED daytime running lights and combination taillights, adaptive front lighting and a 7-inch LCD gauge cluster. Upgrading to the Premium Plus adds a color head-up display, ventilated seats, heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. A Bose 10-speaker premium audio system and power rear liftgate are standard
As well as housing the more powerful turbo engine, the 2.5 Turbo features gloss black exterior trim, 19-inch black alloy wheels and sportier trim inside. Wireless charging is standard. The range-topping Turbo Signature stands out visually with body-color upholstery, 19-inch silver alloy wheels and Nappa leather and real wood trim inside. It’s also the only trim that offers Mazda’s extensive list of safety features as standard, including a 360-degree camera system with parking sensors, driver alertness monitor and low-rear emergency braking. speed with pedestrian detection. The 2.5 Turbo Signature also comes with built-in navigation as standard and ambient interior lighting.
Against the competition
The Mazda CX-5 competes in a crowded field of compact SUVs, including the Honda CR-V, which is getting significant updates for 2023. Other rivals include the Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV-4 and the new stablemate of the CX-5, the 2023 CX -50. The CX-5’s starting price is competitive within the class: Pricing for the refreshed 2023 CR-V has not been announced, but it will likely increase from the 2022 model’s $28,045. Meanwhile, the 2022 RAV4 currently starts at $28,190, the 2022 Rogue at $28,445 and the 2023 CX-50 at $28,025.
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