STATUS: Turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines added for 2020 - The CX-5 has been the recipient of regular updates since its arrival for 2013, but changes to the 2020 model are perhaps the most significant. The base 187-horsepower four-cylinder engine is joined by a turbocharged version producing 250 horsepower on premium fuel and 227 when the tank is filled with regular-grade gasoline. You can also specify a 2.2-liter diesel that puts out 168 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is only slightly better than the gasoline engines, although the diesel gives the CX-5 a 3,500-pound towing capacity (1,500 pounds greater than gasoline models). Mazda uses two turbochargers instead of the traditional single turbo: A small, responsive turbo helps the CX-5 diesel accelerate from a stop, while a larger turbo delivers airflow at higher engine revs. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, while all-wheel-drive is available with both gasoline engines, but is standard with the diesel. The CX-5 is available in five trim levels, ranging from the base Sport to the top-of-the-line Signature AWD, the latter being the only way to get the diesel). Standard equipment includes a seven-inch touch-screen, reclining rear seat and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Also standard is Mazda's G-Vectoring Control Plus, a system that briefly reduces engine torque upon entering a turn, which loads more g-force over the front axle to improve steering response.
Base price (incl. destination): $25,400Type: Compact utility vehicle
Engines (h.p.): 2.5-liter I-4 (187); 2.5-liter I-4, turbocharged (227/250); 2.2-liter I-4 diesel, twin-turbocharged (168)
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Layout: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 25/31/28 (base 2.5, FWD)
Base weight (lb.): 3,560