Among mainstream carmakers, Mazda is probably closest to the premium segment. Elegant styling, class-leading handling and quality and fully-loaded interior are the things that go along with Mazda name. This compact crossover is a perfect representative of the company’s design philosophy. Currently, in the second generation, it came completely redesigned last year. Considering such a recent arrival, none of us would expect bigger novelties. The 2020 Mazda CX-5 probably won’t feature them, except the big one – new engine.
This is definitely one of the strongest points of this attractive crossover. Compared to other mainstream carmakers, Mazda doesn’t insist of too sharp lines. Moreover, its models look very upscale, full of elegant lines, with plenty of smooth surfaces. The 2020 Mazda CX-5 will come with the newest version of the famous KODO styling philosophy and it will definitely be one of the most attractive compact crossovers around. Besides excellent styling, it also offers amazing driving characteristics. Compared to models like Toyota RAV4, this one is a real athlete. It offers superior handling, driving dynamics, and overall driving experience, like no other model in the class.
The cabin definitely follows the beautiful exterior styling. Inside this crossover, you can see plenty of elegant lines and hi-quality materials. Though this model puts focus on driving experience, it is also a quite practical crossover. It probably can’t compare with super-practical and family-oriented Honda CR-V, but definitely offers a decent level of practicality, in terms of interior space and cargo volume. On the other side, it offers plenty of standard equipment already in base models. For example, while Honda’s touchscreen interface is available only in higher CR-V trim levels, Mazda offers it across the whole range. All in all, if you prefer pleasure over practicality, 2020 Mazda CX-5 will definitely be a better choice.
This is the area where we could see a big novelty for the 2020 Mazda CX-5. It’s no secret that Japanese manufacturer is prepared a new-generation SkyActive X engine, which will be the first compression ignition gasoline engine in a production car. Although exact numbers are yet to come, the company claims 30% better fuel economy and 30% more power than before. The current 2.5-liter engine will carry on as well. It delivers around 185 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque and comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Outside the U.S. this model is also available with a small 2.0-liter engine, which is good for about 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. Finally, European drivers can choose a diesel engine as well. It is a familiar 2.2-liter unit which delivers around 175 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.
2020 Mazda CX-5 Release Date and Price
We expect 2020 Mazda CX-5 to arrive in the second half of next year. The current model starts at $24,000 and we don’t expect bigger changes in the future.