Monterey Mazda Shoppers Get A 2019 CX-5 First Look

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is Mazda’s most popular vehicle. In fact, this compact crossover nearly outsells every other vehicle in Mazda’s roster combined. One reason the Mazda CX-5 is a best-seller at dealers like the Monterey Mazda dealership is that in addition to being competitively priced and offering excellent driving dynamics, the CX-5 feels like a luxury SUV. Although it costs about the same as rivals like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, it’s more attractive, more sophisticated and provides a more engaging ride than these rival SUVs.

For 2019, Mazda adds a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to the new upper Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trim levels. Other new features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a revised torque vectoring system. Anyone looking for a compact SUV should place the 2019 Mazda CX-5 at the top of their shopping list.

The automotive press is unanimous in its admiration for the 2019 Mazda CX-5, with Car and Driver writing: “The CX-5 is everything to Mazda these days. ...  it has become perhaps the clearest representation of the tiny Japanese company's ambition to become a premium brand. ... This all adds up to a vehicle that can hardly even be considered in the same conversation as Toyotas and Hondas anymore. Frankly, the CX-5 Signature is nicer—to drive, to look at, and to sit in—than some similarly sized crossovers with full-on premium badges (we're looking at you, Cadillac XT4 and Acura RDX).”

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 seats five and is offered in five trim levels, listed as Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. Powering the Sport, Touring and Grand Touring is a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts out 187 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque, matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine features cylinder deactivation to increase fuel economy. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.

The Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims employ a new 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 250 horsepower with premium gasoline and 227 hp with regular. Torque for this powerplant checks in at 310 lb.-ft., also mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard, while buyers can also select front-wheel drive.

Fuel economy is excellent, with the base four-cylinder block getting an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway for models with front-wheel drive.* All-wheel drive models return 24/30 mpg. The 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder checks in with 23.28 mpg with front-wheel drive, and 22/27 mpg with all-wheel drive.

Mazda’s new G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) improves on the previous G-Vectoring Control system. While the old system improved traction when the CX-5 is cornering by controlling the vertical load on each axle to vary the engine torque, GVC Plus adds a braking function.

* All vehicle mileage based on 2019 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.