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2024 Mazda CX-5 Review: A Tempting Offer Under $40,000

The 2024 Mazda CX-5 ticks all the right boxes including value and styling


  • Priced from $32,250, the Mazda CX-5 represents a very attractive purchase in today’s market.

  • Consumers can choose between a naturally-aspirated or turbocharged version of the 2.5 L four-cylinder engine.

  • Unfortunately, the infotainment system screen is only partially touch-sensitive.


In 2017, Mazda launched the second generation of its compact SUV, the CX-5. Since then, it’s been virtually unchanged and remains one of the benchmarks in its segment.

2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer

Naturally aspirated or turbocharged engine

The Mazda CX-5’s mechanical offering is, all in all, straightforward. Consumers can choose between naturally-aspirated and turbocharged versions of the 2.5L four-cylinder engine. In the former case, power and torque are rated at 187 hp and 186 lb-ft respectively. Performance is highly satisfactory. In the second case, power output climbs to 256 hp. Torque is 310 lb-ft.

As you can imagine, the CX-5, when equipped with the turbocharged engine, is a pleasure to drive. Without being sporty, it’s entertaining to say the least. On the other hand, the six-speed automatic transmission is sometimes slow to respond. That said, we prefer it to any continuously variable automatic gearbox.


A somewhat thirsty engine

2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer

The Mazda CX-5 2024 has many qualities, but frugality is not one of them. In fact, for an SUV of its size, the CX-5 is rather greedy. At the end of the week spent behind the wheel of the CX-5 Suna 2024, the on-board computer showed an average consumption of 9.7 L/100 km. For its part, Natural Resources Canada reports a combined driving rating of 9.8 L/100 km for the naturally aspirated version and 9.3 L/100 km for the turbocharged version.

We think the addition of some form of electrification would do the CX-5 a world of good. We can well imagine the plug-in hybrid technology of the CX-70 and CX-90 being dropped under the hood of the CX-5. It would be a very interesting combination. Mazda would thus have an alternative to offer consumers interested in the Toyota RAV4 Prime, Ford Escape PHEV, Kia Sportage PHEV and Hyundai Tucson PHEV. Unfortunately, this is all speculation on our part at this time.


A screen that’s only partially touch-sensitive

2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer

In 2024, a touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard is a convenience you’d expect to find in a mid-range vehicle. Not so with the CX-5. In fact, it’s only partially the case. In fact, the screen is only touch-sensitive when the vehicle is stationary. When the vehicle is in motion, the driver must use the scroll wheel on the console to navigate through the menus, changing the radio station, entering the destination address, answering the phone, and so on. We find this strategy on the part of the CX-5’s designers quite bizarre. It’s hard to understand why the screen isn’t completely touch sensitive.


A cabin less spacious than the competition

In terms of dimensions, the Mazda CX-5 2024 feels slightly inferior to the leading models in its segment, namely the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. In fact, the latter’s interior is more spacious, and cargo space is more voluminous. The CX-5’s load volume is 872 L, compared with 1,059 L for the RAV4 and 1,113 L for the CR-V. It all depends, of course, on your needs.


A very attractive entry price

2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer

In inflationary times, it’s easy to understand why people pay particular attention to family budgets. With this in mind, the Mazda CX-5 is a very attractive purchase. A GX version is available for $32,250. If you want a little extra equipment, such as a power tailgate, leatherette upholstery, power driver’s seat and heated steering wheel, you can upgrade to a GS version, priced at $36,100. This puts the CX-5 in an advantageous position compared with other compact SUVs. In fact, it’s right on the price scale of a Chevrolet Trailblazer, for example, which is much less attractive overall with its three-cylinder engine.

The CX-5 makes sense if you’re satisfied with an inexpensive version. The higher up the range you go, the less interesting it becomes. If your budget is around $45,000, we recommend you take a look at the CX-50 range, which offers a similar formula, but with a more spacious interior.


In a nutshell

In short, the Mazda CX-5 2024 offers a simple, reliable, and proven solution. We have no hesitation in recommending it, even though it’s a bit of a gas guzzler. We remain convinced that an electrified version would be highly relevant. As mentioned above, we believe that the GX and GS versions, available for under $40,000, are the most attractive in the range.

2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer
2024 Mazda CX-5 Suna | Photo: Germain Goyer

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