New 2023 Mazda CX-5 ( Overview ). HIGHS
– Artful exterior design, refined handling, richer interior than similarly priced SUVs.
– Rear-seat legroom is tight, tows less than rivals, cargo space is merely average.
– The CX-5 is true to Mazda’s philosophy of building cars and SUVs with driver-friendly road manners and chic, upscale interiors.
The Mazda CX-5 remains one of the best small SUVs around. It offers a high-quality interior, sharp handling and a competitive price. It comes up just a bit short in terms of rear passenger space, cargo capacity and fuel economy, but overall it’s an outstanding vehicle in its class.
Engaging driving dynamics
Attractive and upscale cabin
Optional turbocharged engine provides plenty of power
Quiet at highway speeds
Base engine offers lackluster acceleration
Ride is a little firm for the class
Less rear legroom and cargo space than most competitors
– What’s new
No significant changes for the 2023 CX-5
Part of the second CX-5 generation introduced for 2017
The Mazda CX-5 is a compact crossover SUV with seating for up to five passengers. Its current generation has lived near the top of our rankings for years thanks to its premium interior and excellent driving dynamics for a compact SUV in this price range. Consumers apparently agree that the CX-5 is a compelling choice in its class, as it is the most popular vehicle in Mazda’s lineup.