The 2024 Mazda CX-5 is a compact SUV made for driving. We look at trim levels, interior quality, and more.  

What’s New for the 2024 Mazda CX-5?

The 2024 Mazda CX-5 is deep into its second generation and comes in eight trim levels with two engines, a single gearbox choice, and standard all-wheel drive. It might not be the most advanced compact SUV on the market, but it’s one of the very best to drive at this price and just so happens to also offer a premium interior with high-grade materials, excellent switchgear, and comfortable seating.

Mazda hasn’t added anything to the CX-5 for 2024 aside from axing the old base model and adding a new base Turbo model called the CX-5 Carbon Turbo. It gets unique paint, a turbocharged engine, and black trim.

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Carsforsale.com Score
9.25/10
Powertrain
Score
9.5/10
Interior
Score
9.25/10
Technology
Score
9/10
Value
Score
9/10
Body Style

Starting Price

MSRP $30,675

Drivetrain

Drivetrain

AWD

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy

24 City / 30 Hwy

Number of Seats

Seating

Seats 5

The Breakdown

Great chassis

Fun turbo engine

Excellent interior

Older technology

No hybrid engine

Base engine could use more power

A drivers compact SUV

2024 CX-5 Specs

Trims & Pricing

Select - $30,675
Preferred - $32,025
Carbon Edition - $33,325
Premium - $35,275
Premium Plus - $37,875
Carbon Turbo - $38,970
Turbo Premium - $39,175
Turbo Signature - $41,975

2024 Mazda CX-5 Powertrain 9.5/10 

2024 Mazda CX-5 2.5L I4 - carsforsale.com
2024 Mazda CX-5 2.5L I4 - carsforsale.com

Few brands appear to place such a high priority on driving prowess as Mazda does. The CX-5 is sharp from behind the wheel and that’s true regardless of trim level or engine specification. The steering is tight and nimble and communicates very well with the driver. The suspension and chassis limit body roll and the brakes feel excellent too.

In base form, the CX-5 comes with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. It’s not exactly fun but it moves the CX-5 about without much strain. According to the EPA, it also gets up to 24 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway. Those figures are fine but the truth is that many competitors like the Kia Sportage and Honda CR-V offer attractive hybrid options that get more miles per gallon.

2024 Mazda CX-5 - mazdausa.com
2024 Mazda CX-5 - mazdausa.com

What those brands don’t offer is a car that handles and goes as well as the CX-5 turbo. In any Turbo trim the CX-5 leverages a turbocharged version of the 2.5-liter engine and it makes 256 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. To achieve that power figure one will need to fill this Mazda with premium fuel though. That’s a worthy tradeoff as the turbo engine is sincerely sporty and playful. It gets up to 24 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway.

Notably, both versions of the CX-5 powertrain use a six-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive. Both add to the experience behind the wheel as the gearbox is quick enough and delivers power in a satisfying way and the AWD system cleverly moves power to the most appropriate tire for the type of driving that’s underway.

2024 Mazda CX-5 Interior 9.25/10 

Mazda doesn’t just give the CX-5 great on-road manners. It also offers customers one of the most upscale cabins at this price point. In fact, it’s so nice that were the badges removed we might mistake it for a certain German luxury brand. The console is elegant and simple, the dash design is straightforward and all of the controls are easy to find. The switchgear feels good under the fingertips and the soft-touch materials are above average in this class. The seats are more comfortable than those in the CX-50 but there is just a touch less space overall in the CX-5.

The rear seats likewise offer good support and we really like the sculpted nature of the padding which holds onto outboard passengers better. Those who end up stuffed in the middle of the back seat might not fare so well though. Behind the third row, you’ll find 29.1 cubic feet of cargo area. That’s more storage than one might expect from the CX-5 and no doubt it’s technically above average. Keep in mind though that the shape of the cargo isn’t very boxy so using all of the space might take some clever packaging.

2024 Mazda CX-5 Technology Features 9/10

2024 Mazda CX-5 - mazdausa.com
2024 Mazda CX-5 - mazdausa.com

Mazda still hasn’t made the leap to gigantic infotainment screens and it might be better for it. Instead, buyers across the whole lineup get a 10.3-inch screen with limited touch functionality. Instead,a dial and button interface serves as the main way to interact with the system. We like that as it’s easier to navigate during driving than a touch-only system likely would be. It’s also quick enough and easy enough to navigate that we think most buyers will really enjoy it.

Beyond that, Mazda also includes a full suite of driver aids that improve the experience of living with the CX-5 through thoughtful technological progress. Every CX-5 gets adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, automated emergency braking, and pedestrian detection.

The systems that we had a chance to test are top-notch. For instance, the adaptive cruise control is smooth and intuitive. It brakes nice and early so that there’s no worry about its effectiveness. In addition, the lane-keep assist is easy to trust as it doesn’t bounce between lanes. This sort of focus on safety is part of why the CX-5 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick + winner and boasts a five-star crash test rating with the NHTSA.

2024 Mazda CX-5 Trims & Pricing

2024 Mazda CX-5 Select - mazdausa.com
2024 Mazda CX-5 Select - mazdausa.com

Select – $30,675

The base CX-5 starts off with 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, faux leather upholstery, a 10.3-inch infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, six speakers, and a 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat.

2024 Mazda CX-5 Preferred - carsforsale.com
2024 Mazda CX-5 Preferred - carsforsale.com

Preferred – $32,025

The Preferred adds a sunroof, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, driver’s seat memory settings, and a hands-free liftgate.

2024 Mazda CX-5 Carbon Edition - carsforsale.com
2024 Mazda CX-5 Carbon Edition - carsforsale.com

Carbon Edition – $33,325

Consider the Carbon Edition more of an appearance package than anything. It gets unique 19-inch wheels, exclusive gray paint, and black trim. In addition, it features a 10-speaker Bose sound system.

2024 Mazda CX-5 Premium - carsforsale.com
2024 Mazda CX-5 Premium - carsforsale.com

Premium – $35,275

The Premium includes 19-inch wheels, upgraded headlights and DRLs, Sport and Off-Road driving modes, a larger driver information display, and paddle shifters.

2024 Mazda CX-5 Premium Plus - carsforsale.com
2024 Mazda CX-5 Premium Plus - carsforsale.com

Premium Plus – $37,875

The top non-turbo CX-5 includes power-folding mirrors, a wiper de-icer system, a heated steering wheel, a wireless charging pad, wireless Android and Apple connectivity, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, and a heads-up display.

2024 Mazda CX-5 Carbon Turbo - carsforsale.com
2024 Mazda CX-5 Carbon Turbo - carsforsale.com

Carbon Turbo – $38,970

This new trim gets the turbo engine along with the content of the Premium Plus and Carbon trims combined. It does feature one notable difference in that it comes exclusively in Brown Zircon Sand paint.

2024 Mazda CX-5 Turbo Premium - carsforsale.com
2024 Mazda CX-5 Turbo Premium - carsforsale.com

Turbo Premium – $39,175

The mid-range turbo CX-5 adds black exterior trim, black leather-trimmed seats with red stitching, a unique black grille, and unique interior trim.

2024 Mazda CX-5 Turbo Signature - carsforsale.com
2024 Mazda CX-5 Turbo Signature - carsforsale.com

Turbo Signature – $41,975

Finally, the Signature includes a surround-view camera system, body-colored exterior trim, silver wheels, a black headliner, integrated navigation, real wood interior trim, parking sensors, and rear automatic braking.

2024 Mazda CX-5 Overall Value 9/10 

At the same time, it’s nowhere near the most advanced of compact SUVs on the market today and it’s overdue for a full update. Mazda also doesn’t meet or beat the most competitive companies on warranty coverage. It offers a very basic three-year or 36,000-mile limited warranty and five years or 60,000 miles of powertrain coverage.

The CX-5 is an excellent compact SUV that has a place on numerous best-of lists and has beaten other competitors head to head. It’s fun to drive, looks fabulous, feels more expensive than it is, and still features most of the modern tech that buyers want. Mazda is even offering attractive incentives on it right now.

CarsForSale.com Overall Score 9.25/10 

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Mazda would do well to give the CX-5 a full update with a hybrid engine, more power from its base offering, and a longer warranty period. Frankly, I’d love to see it do that without expanding the size of the CX-5 at all. This SUV drives great in part due to its smaller size. Purists can’t ask for more interior space and complain that cars are getting bigger at the same time. Keep it small, keep it fun, and add more value.

2024 Mazda CX-5 FAQ

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2024 Mazda CX-5 - mazdausa.com

Is the Mazda CX 5 Reliable? 

Looking back just a few years at data from the NHTSA, the Mazda CX-5 has relatively few complaints and recalls compared to many rivals. That would indicate that it is above the average when it comes to reliability.

Is the Mazda CX-5 all-wheel drive?

Yes. Every Mazda CX-5 features AWD.

Does the Mazda CX-5 have Apple Carplay? 

Yes, every CX-5 has Apple CarPlay connectivity.

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Stephen Rivers

Stephen Rivers is a car enthusiast who loves all things built with passion, extending to nearly all car cultures. After obtaining an occupational studies degree in sports medicine, Stephen turned his attention to sports cars. He was employed as an auto shop manager, spent time in auto sales, and worked as a software developer for a racing company, but Stephen began writing about cars over 10 years ago. When he's not in front of a computer screen, he's racing his own Bugeye Subaru WRX in as many autocross and rallycross competitions as he can.

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