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Mazda CX-5 Australia

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, the CX-5 arrived wearing some seriously stylish looks, backed up by a pair of high-tech engines and road manners that quickly made it the belle of the ball. Mazda's initial effort into the medium SUV market has been a resounding success, quickly stealing the limelight from previously perennial favourites, the Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester.

The Mazda CX-5 is available in two and all-wheel drive, with a pair of petrol engines and a uniquely high-revving diesel. Prices start at $30,880 for the CX-5 Maxx (4x2) and swell up to $52,330 for the CX-5 Akera Turbo (awd) 100TH Anniv.

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 $30,880 and going to $52,330 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
2020 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $30,880 $52,330
2019 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $23,700 $51,480
2018 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $20,200 $47,410
2017 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $16,300 $36,630
2016 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $14,600 $30,470
See All Mazda CX-5 Pricing and Specs

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
2020 SUV 1800kg 1800kg
2019 SUV 1800kg 1800kg
2018 SUV 1800kg 1800kg
2017 SUV 1800kg 1800kg
2016 SUV 1800kg 1800kg
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Mazda CX-5 Colours

  • Deep Crystal Blue
  • Eternal Blue
  • Soul Red Crystal
  • Titanium Flash
  • Jet Black
  • Machine Grey
  • Sonic Silver
  • Snowflake White Pearl
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
2020 SUV 1675x1840x4550 mm 193 mm
2019 SUV 1675x1840x4550 mm 193 mm
2018 SUV 1675x1840x4550 mm 193 mm
2017 SUV 1710x1840x4540 mm 150 mm
2016 SUV 1710x1840x4540 mm 150 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.

  • 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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  • Is a 4WD necessary for travelling through regional Queensland?

    It sounds like you don't really need a big, heavy and expensive 4WD for the type of vehicle you require. Maybe ample ground clearance would be an advantage, but otherwise, as all the driving is on sealed or some dirt roads, a good front-drive (2WD) medium-sized SUV should suffice. This type of vehicle is typically more stable at speed as there isn't a high centre of gravity to contend with - a big safety plus. And while all-wheel-drive might be useful driving out of ruts, on sand or in snow, if none of the these apply, the 2WD's stability and traction control system ought to be enough. 

    As a result, we recommend the latest-model (from May 2019-onwards) Toyota RAV4 GX or GXL. It is an exceptionally practical, roomy and robust SUV, with a high level of standard safety features, and big comfy seating. Its 2.0-litre engine is strong, smooth and economical. And you won't have a problem finding somewhere for it to be serviced.

    If AWD is deemed essential, then the base Subaru Forester 2.5i is another great choice. Lots of ground clearance, a gutsy 2.5L engine and a soft, relaxing ride. Nowadays Subaru has increased its service intervals from six to 12 months, taking away one of the hassles of running these well-engineered Japanese SUVs.

    Finally, the Mazda CX-5 AWD is recommended as well, for it too has a well-sorted AWD system. This is quite a sporty number, with plenty of higher-speed power for effortless overtaking, as well as responsive handling. 

    All three SUVs mentioned retail at well under $40,000, and all are enjoyable, capable and reliable choices.

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  • What is the best family SUV for around $20000?

    While the Mitsubishi Outlander is spacious, reliable and easy to drive, our experience testing it against rival medium SUVs have found it to be noisy and a little too firm riding to be truly comfortable and relaxing. At your price point, there are better alternatives out there. 

    Have you considered a Mazda CX-5? In petrol or diesel, we have found it to be a superior and more economical proposition, and is definitely quieter and more refined. Plus, the Mazda's all-wheel-drive system is more sophisticated and better at dealing with loose surfaces like sand.

    A late-model (post 2014) S5-series Subaru Forester 2.5i petrol is far more economical than the earlier iterations, since it switched to a more efficient CVT continuously variable transmission. And there's also the 2.0D turbo-diesel which is economical. This, too, is a fine SUV on-road or for light off-road driving.

    Finally, the Nissan X-Trail diesel is a roomy and capable choice, especially from 2017, when it received a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel to replace the older 1.6L unit.

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  • What car should I buy now that my Mazda 6 doesn't suit my needs?

    If you’re happy with the Mazda 6 wagon – and it sounds like you are - then there’s a good case for sticking with the Mazda brand. And if that’s the case, the next thing to consider is which model and body style. Given your requirement for a car that is easier to get in and out of, I reckon a mid-sized SUV might make the most sense since it’s footprint will be similar to the Mazda 6 you have now, but it sits you higher and more upright. On that basis, the Mazda CX-5 seems the natural choice.

    If you go for the petrol-engined Touring model, you’ll get all-wheel-drive for extra grip and safety as well as keyless entry and start where you can open the vehicle and start the engine without even taking the key from your pocket. Very convenient. If you can afford a little more, the GT model gets you the powered front seats you need and these even have a memory function that will automatically adjust them to either your or your husband’s preferred settings as a one-button job. Again, very convenient. The GT model also get a powered tailgate which was also on your must-have list. About the only thing missing is the full-sized spare wheel, and all Mazda CX-5s use a space-saver spare. But be honest, are you going to change a flat tyre yourself, or call roadside assistance? And when was the last time you experienced a flat tyre anyway?

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Mazda CX-5 Interior

The Mazda CX-5's interior looks simple, clean and contemporary, with a 7.0-inch media screen (protruding from the dashboard) armed with Mazda's 'MZD Connect' connectivity system, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The CX-5 is a five-seater offering a ton of room for the driver and front passenger, as well as multiple storage options. Space in the back is just as generous, with heaps of head, leg and toe room, although, as our review images show, three full-size adults will be a squeeze across the rear seat for anything but short journeys.The top two models in the five grade CX-5 range offer partial leather seat trim as standard.

Mazda CX-5 Boot Space

The Mazda CX-5 SUV has a boot space size of 442 Litres.
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
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
2017 SUV 5.7L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2017 SUV 6.4L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2016 SUV 5.7L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2016 SUV 6.4L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Mazda CX-5 Pricing and Specs for 2020

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 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 17x7 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
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
2017 SUV 225x65 R17 17x7 inches 225x65 R17 17x7 inches
2016 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 following Mazda CX-5 is available with five seats. Both the Maxx and Maxx Sport variants are only available with black cloth seat trim. The Touring variant is available with black Maztex/black suede upholstery. The GT variant is available with the choice of either black or pure white leather, with dark russet nappa leather reserved for the top-of-the-range Akera.

Mazda CX-5 Seats