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Mazda CX-5 Review, For Sale, Colours, Interior, Models & News

The Mazda CX-5 was a definite late-comer to the mid-size SUV party, not arriving until 2012, by which time it was almost beyond fashionably late.

Luckily for Mazda, it arrived wearing some seriously stylish looks, which have been refined in successive updates. Backed up by a pair of high-tech four-cylinder petrol engines (2.0- and 2.5-litre) and impressive road manners it's become an Aussie family favourite competing with the likes of the evergreen Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester.

The Mazda CX-5 is available in two- and all-wheel drive, across six model grades - Maxx, Maxx Sport, Touring, GT, GT SP, and the flagship Akera.

Prices start at $31,390 for the CX-5 Maxx (fwd) and swell up to $53,680 for the CX-5 Akera (awd).

Mazda CX-5 Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Mazda CX-5 varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $31,390 and going to $53,680 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2022 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $31,390 $53,680
2021 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $25,200 $57,090
2020 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $24,200 $55,550
2019 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $22,700 $49,280
2018 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $18,600 $44,880
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Mazda CX-5 Colours

There are eight colours to choose from for the CX-5 - ‘Polymetal Grey Metallic’, ‘Deep Crystal Blue Mica’, 'Eternal Blue Mica', ‘Soul Red Crystal Metallic’, 'Zircon Sand Metallic', ‘Jet Black Mica’, ‘Machine Grey Metallic’, ‘Sonic Silver Metallic’, and 'Snowflake White Pearl Mica'.

  • Polymetal Grey Metallic
  • Deep Crystal Blue Mica
  • Eternal Blue Mica
  • Soul Red Crystal Metallic
  • Zircon Sand Metallic
  • Jet Black Mica
  • Machine Grey Metallic
  • Sonic Silver Metallic
  • Snowflake White Pearl Mica
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Mazda CX-5 Dimensions

The dimensions of the Mazda CX-5 SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2022 SUV 1675x1840x4550 mm 193 mm
2021 SUV 1675x1840x4550 mm 193 mm
2020 SUV 1675x1840x4550 mm 193 mm
2019 SUV 1675x1840x4550 mm 193 mm
2018 SUV 1675x1840x4550 mm 193 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda CX-5 Dimensions

Mazda CX-5 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Mazda CX-5 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Which mid-size, diesel SUV should I buy?

    Mazda’s SUV range (CX-5 and CX-8) are popular with their owners and have a good reputation in the trade. Crucially, they’re also available with a turbo-diesel engine, so they fit your criteria on that basis. We’d also suggest you take a good look at the South Korean brands’ offerings (Hyundai and Kia) as these are also highly rated by the trade and those companies have been involved with small-capacity diesel engines for decades, so the technology is pretty well sorted.

    It’s interesting that you’ve had a good run from your Holden Captiva as that is far from the experience of many owners and former owners of this particular vehicle. As the Captiva ages it is very likely to start giving trouble, so the best advice is to trade up to a newer vehicle sooner rather than later.

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  • Will the stop/start function damage the turbo in my Mazda CX-5?

    The advice to always idle a hot turbocharged engine down was based on a period in time when turbochargers didn’t have the water-cooled bearings they do now. With modern turbos such as the one in your Mazda, the bearing shouldn’t get hot enough to need idling down (cooling gradually while the engine idles, pumping oil through the turbo bearing).

    That said, I would imagine that the Mazda’s engine management software incorporates a line of code that will not allow the stop/start function to operate if the engine was at a high enough temperature that anything (turbo included) might be damaged by shutting the engine down suddenly. That same logic also ensures that the stop/start is disabled if the battery is low on charge, if the air-conditioner is running flat out or any other condition exists that requires the engine to be running. If you’re still concerned, you could always disable the stop/start function manually when you come to a stop after a drive and manually idle the engine for a minute or two before shutting it off. I appreciate mechanical sympathy, and so, obviously, do you, Steven.

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  • How can I replace a damaged compliance plate?

    Given that it’s just a small piece of stamped aluminium, a car’s compliance plate is a big deal as it confirms that the vehicle to which it’s attached meets all relevant rules and regulations to be used on the street. The laws vary from State to State, but in WA right now, it seems that replacing a damaged compliance plate with a new one is not permitted. Instead, what you may have to do is to apply for an exemption to have a compliance plate fitted to that particular vehicle.

    According to the WA authorities (who I contacted about this) “If a vehicle’s original compliance plate is destroyed or lost, it cannot be replaced, however the vehicle owner can apply…for an exemption from having to fit a compliance plate”. There’s a process to be followed including having the car inspected and, if the vehicle is deemed to qualify for the exemption, a note will be made on its registration record to reflect the fact that it doesn’t require a physical compliance plate. This inspection will confirm that the vehicle is legal and hasn’t been stolen or written-off.

    My concern is that it’s something you’re going to have to explain to a buyer when you sell the car on. Even though a car with this exemption is perfectly legal and shouldn’t present any insurance hassles, some buyers might be leery of a car without a compliance plate. For that reason, I’d be doing everything I could to preserve the original compliance plate. Unless there was a fire that melted it, even a bent and buckled compliance plate may be able to be straightened and left attached to the car. That would certainly be my preference.

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  • What may have caused my Mazda CX-5 to suddenly stall?

    There are literally hundreds of things that could have caused the engine to suddenly stop. It could be anything from an electrical failure to a broken crankshaft to a seized torque-converter to an empty fuel tank. And practically anything in between. The dash lights illuminating when the engine stopped is actually quite normal, as the lights are trying to warn you that something’s wrong (in case you hadn’t noticed).

    The fact that it won’t restart is no real clue, either, as you haven’t told me whether the engine turns over and won’t fire, or won’t turn over on the starter at all.

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Mazda CX-5 Accessories

Standard equipment in the Mazda CX-5 includes auto LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, push-button start, satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a head-up display. There are a few standard safety features, too, like: rear-cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane keeping aids.

Mazda CX-5 Accessories

Mazda CX-5 Interior

The Mazda CX-5’s cabin is roomier up front than it is in the back. The multimedia screen sits on top of the dashboard and can measure up to 10.25-inches, while being controlled with a rotating controller dial.

On the lower grades you have a light grey headliner but on the higher grade models the headliner is black and you have the option of adding an electric sunroof.

Mazda CX-5 Interior

Mazda CX-5 Towing Capacity

The Mazda CX-5 has maximum towing capacity of 1800kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2022 SUV 1800kg 1800kg
2021 SUV 1800kg 1800kg
2020 SUV 1800kg 1800kg
2019 SUV 1800kg 1800kg
2018 SUV 1800kg 1800kg
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Mazda CX-5 Boot Space

The CX-5’s boot is a good size for a medium SUV and with all five seats up, you get 438L (VDA) of cargo capacity but pop that back seat down and that jumps up to 1340L (VDA), which is great. It’s handy that the rear seat has a 40/20/40 split fold-down because it offers further versatility for cargo storage.

Mazda CX-5 Boot space Mazda CX-5 Boot space

Mazda CX-5 Fuel Consumption

The Mazda CX-5 is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel and ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6L/100km for SUV /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2022 SUV 6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2022 SUV 6.9L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2021 SUV 6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2021 SUV 6.9L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2020 SUV 6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 6.9L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2019 SUV 6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 6.9L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2018 SUV 6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 6.9L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Mazda CX-5 Pricing and Specs for 2022

Mazda CX-5 Wheel Size

The Mazda CX-5 has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 225x65 R17 for SUV in 2022.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2022 SUV 225x65 R17 225x65 R17
2021 SUV 225x65 R17 225x65 R17
2020 SUV 225x65 R17 17x7 inches 225x65 R17 17x7 inches
2019 SUV 225x65 R17 17x7 inches 225x65 R17 17x7 inches
2018 SUV 225x65 R17 17x7 inches 225x65 R17 17x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda CX-5 Wheel Sizes

Mazda CX-5 Seats

The Maxx and Maxx Sport, which are the base models, get cloth upholstery, while the Touring, Touring Active and GT SP upgrade to synthetic leather, and the Akera (top spec) enjoys dark russet coloured Nappa leather.

The rear seats are a 40/20/40 split fold-down and offer versatility with cargo storage.

Mazda CX-5 Seats

Mazda CX-5 Speed

The CX-5's 0-100km sits around the 7.2 second mark.