The 2021 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover gets a modest price bump over the 2020 model but adds a larger 10.3-inch display screen and a new Carbon Edition trim, the automaker announced Tuesday.
The 2021 CX-5 Sport base model starts at $26,370, including $1,100 mandatory destination charge. That's an $80 increase over 2020. A 10.3-inch display screen replaces a 7.0-inch screen from last year that's controlled by steering wheel buttons or a knob in the center console. It is not a touchscreen, which provokes a fair amount of criticism, but Mazda claims it's safer. Advanced safety features include adaptive cruise control that can restart itself from a stop in traffic, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active lane control, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams and LED headlights. Most luxury automakers charge extra for everything but automatic emergency braking.
2021 Mazda CX-5 interior
In addition to standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Mazda adds a three-year trial to Mazda Connected Services that can monitor and control the CX-5 through a smartphone app. Other standard goodies include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, keyless ignition and entry, two USB ports, and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
Most CX-5s are powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 that makes 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque, mated to an outdated 6-speed automatic transmission in front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive adds $1,400 across the board, except for Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims, which included it as standard equipment.
The Touring trim goes up $180 to start at $28,110. It adds heated front seats shod in synthetic leather, dual-zone climate control, two more USB ports in the back seats, which also get air conditioning vents. For $1,445 more, the Preferred SV Package adds leather seats, a Bose 10-speaker sound system, power liftgate, sunroof, and power-adjustable front seats. It offers the most premium feel without the premium price.
New for the 2021 Mazda CX-5 is the Carbon Edition, which starts at $29,955. Following in the footsteps of the 2021 Mazda CX-9, It builds off the Touring premium package with gray paint, black trim elements, and 19-inch black alloy wheels. Inside, red leather seats with black trim distinguish the cabin.
The Carbon Edition is available with a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-4 also used in the 2021 Mazda 3. It makes 250 hp and 320 lb-ft on 93 octane fuel, or 227 hp and 310 lb-ft on 87 octane. The Carbon Edition turbo costs $31,760.
The 2021 CX-5 Grand Touring and GT Reserve increase $150 to $31,560 and $36,385, respectively. Grand Touring has the interior upgrades of the Touring Preferred SV, but the outside comes with LED taillights, fog lights, adaptive headlights, heated mirrors, and 19-inch silvery alloy wheels.
The GT Reserve adds all-wheel drive standard and a turbocharged engine. It also includes cooled front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, and power-folding side mirrors.
At the top of the 2021 Mazda CX-5 lineup is the Signature trim, which increases $250 to $38,505. Clearly in luxury territory, Signature trim adds rear automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera system, parking sensors, traffic sign recognition, nappa leather seats, wood trim, and ambient lighting.
Built in Japan, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 goes on sale in September.