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Mazda CX-5 Pricing and Specs


Mazda CX-5
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The Mazda CX-5 is available from $36,590 to $55,000 for the 2024 range of models in SUV body types.

A firm favourite with families across Australia, Mazda’s CX-5 blended all the practical benefits of a mid-size SUV with the driving dynamics of a much more lithe and low-riding car when it launched in 2012. Offering a choice of petrol or diesel engines, the CX-5 can be had in front- or all-wheel drive configurations. Existing models offer a versatile boot space and a premium-feel interior, and the CX-5 is squarely aimed at urban families with an active lifestyle. Like most Mazdas, a rock-solid reputation for driving dynamics and reliability has made them strong resale propositions on the second-hand market.

The G20 Maxx (fwd) starts off at $36,590, while the range-topping, G35 Akera Turbo (awd) is priced at $55,000.

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Mazda CX-5 FAQs

Does the Mazda CX-5 have a timing belt or chain?

Looking at the popular CX-5 range from 2017 onwards, is the Mazda CX-5 timing belt or chain driven?

There was a big range of engines used in this model CX-5, but the short answer is a very simple one. It doesn’t matter whether your CX-5 has the 2.0 or 2.5-litre (turbo or non-turbo) or even the turbo-diesel engine option, the engine uses a maintenance-free timing chain rather than a rubber toothed belt.

That means, you don’t need to even think about the timing chain, because it should last the life of the engine. A timing belt, meanwhile, needs regular replacement to avoid doing expensive damage to the engine if it should break while the engine was running.

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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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