More than 200 horsepower!

It’s been less than two years since the second-generation CX-5 went into production and Mazda is already rolling out an update. While it’s not exactly a facelift design-wise, the upgrade adds a more powerful turbo engine and two new trims with more premium features. And higher prices obviously.

What’s New Under the Hood?

Updated Mazda CX-5 Brings Turbo Engine and Luxury Trim
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The new turbo engine cranks out 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque

The CX-5 already offered solid variation with a choice of three engines, including a diesel, but you now have access to significantly more oomph. While power was capped at the 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet delivered by the old 2.5-liter mill, a new, turbocharged engine with the same displacement cranks out 250 horses and 310 pound-feet of torque. That’s more twist than the 2.2-liter diesel too, rated at 290 pound-feet.

There is a catch though. You can only have this engine with one of the two new trim levels added for the 2019 model year: Grand Touring Reserve or Signature. Both come with notably more premium features that the previous trims, but they also cost more. For instance, the Signature model will set you back a whopping $37,885. The Grand Touring Reserve comes in at $34,870. Both add notable premiums to the Grand Touring model, priced from $30,045.

Better Handling, Smoother Ride

Drivetrain upgrades don’t stop at the new engine. Mazda also introduced a new version of its G-Vectoring Control handling system. This upgrade enhances steering precision and makes the CX-5 more agile when cornering. Mazda also says the CX-5 has a smoother and better rides thanks to some suspension refinements, while the updated steering geometry gives the SUV a more natural feeling handling.

New Premium Features

Updated Mazda CX-5 Brings Turbo Engine and Luxury Trim
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The new trim levels come with more premium features than the Grand Touring model. The Signature, which is the most expensive of them, adds brown leather seats, real wood trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a unique stitching pattern. It also adds tech like frameless auto-dimming mirror, 360-degree view camera, LED interior lighting, and a set of dark silver 19-inch wheels on the outside. The Grand Touring Reserve boasts goodies like heated and cooled seats, a heated steering wheel, and power folding mirrors. Of course, these are standard on the Signature trim too.

How Much Does it Cost?

The CX-5 is now a bit more expensive than before. The base Sport model comes in at $24,350, while the Touring trim starts from $26,615. The Grand Touring version will set you back $30,045, while the Grand Touring Reserve fetches $34,870. Finally, you’ll need to pay $36,890 before options for the range-topping Signature trim.

Further Reading

2017 Mazda CX-5 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review of the Mazda CX-5.

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