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Should You Buy a 2024 Mazda CX-5?


  • The 2024 Mazda CX-5 starts at $30,675 in the United States and at $34,345 in Canada, freight and delivery charges included.

  • Fun to drive, decent fuel economy, good value.

  • Tight rear-seat area, below-average cargo space, stiff ride.


Mazda is currently expanding its crossover lineup, and expanding it upmarket as well, leaving the 2024 Mazda CX-5 as the sole remainder of the “previous” portfolio using single-digit model names. The current generation of the CX-5 has been around since the 2017 model year, so it’s getting up there in age, but numerous updates over the years have kept it relatively fresh.

Inevitably, the CX-5 will retire, leaving a void between the Mazda CX-30 and Mazda CX-50. One of two things could happen, including the reveal and launch of a Mazda CX-40, though if it’s in the company plans, we have yet to hear anything about it. The other option is to cancel the CX-5 outright and leave breathing room for the CX-50 in the lineup. As a reminder, the Japanese brand just debuted the 2025 Mazda CX-70 midsize two-row crossover, identical in size to the three-row Mazda CX-90.

Actually, ditching the CX-5 would be a rather peculiar strategy for the automaker, as it’s by far their best-selling model in Canada and in the U.S. right now, respectively representing 39 % and 42% of the brand’s sales in the two countries.

2024 Mazda CX-5

On the other hand, the 2024 Mazda CX-5 is the oldest product in the automaker’s lineup. So should you buy one?

In the U.S. market, the CX-5 is offered in eight levels. The 2.5 S Select, 2.5 S Preferred, 2.5 S Carbon Edition, 2.5 S Premium and 2.5 S Premium Plus are equipped with the naturally aspirated 2.5L four-cylinder engine that develops 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque (or 185 with cylinder deactivation technology), matched to a six-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. The 2024 model year adds automatic stop/start, which improves fuel economy noticeably. Meanwhile, the 2.5 Carbon Turbo, 2.5 Turbo Premium and 2.5 Turbo Signature boast a turbocharged 2.5L mill that dishes out 256 hp when fuelled with premium fuel, 227 hp with regular dino juice, along with 310 to 320 pound-feet of torque.

In Canada, the 2024 Mazda CX-5 is served in seven variants. The GX, GS, Kuro and GT get the base 2.5L four, while the Sport Design, Suna and Signature get the turbo four.

New for 2024 is the 2.5 Carbon Turbo in the U.S., available with either Zircon Sand Metallic or Rhodium White paint, mixed with black exterior accenting and black alloy wheels as well as a terracotta leather interior with black sueded accents. Also new for the 2024 model year is the Suna Edition in Canada, which gets an exclusive Zircon Sand Metallic paint job, gloss black exterior accenting, black alloy wheels, terracotta interior upholstery with black suede inserts and gunmetal accents. So, it’s pretty much the same trim level across both countries, but with different names, and that’s the one we tested this time around, by the way. We managed an average of 26 mpg or 8.9 L/100 km with winter tires on.

2024 Mazda CX-5

EnginesCity/highway/combined (mpg)City/highway/combined (L/100 km)
2.5L I4 without cylinder deactivation23/29/2510.2/8.2/9.3
2.5L I4 with cylinder deactivation26/31/289.1/7.7/8.5
Turbo 2.5L I422/27/2410.8/8.7/9.8

 

Regarding fuel economy, the CX-5 isn’t the most efficient compact crossover on the market, but it now only trails the Nissan Rogue, the Toyota RAV4, the Subaru Forester, the Honda CR-V and the Ford Escape. It outperforms the rest of the bunch that rounds up the Jeep Compass, the Chevrolet Equinox, the Mitsubishi Outlander, the Hyundai Tucson, the GMC Terrain, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Kia Sportage—from best to worst. The CX-5’s optional engine has only one rival left in the category, the turbo 2.0L four found in the Escape, the latter being slightly more efficient.

Of course, the 2024 Mazda CX-5 doesn’t offer a hybrid powertrain, pluggable or not, like several of its foes. The Escape, the CR-V, the Tucson, the Sportage and the RAV4 all offer gas-electric propulsion, all of which except the Honda can also be selected with a PHEV powertrain. The Mazda CX-5 is one of the segment hot rods, not one of the fuel-sippers.

2024 Mazda CX-5 pricing ranges from $30,675 to $42,570 in the United States, and from $34,345 to $47,545 in Canada, freight and delivery charges included.


Why You Should Buy a 2024 Mazda CX-5

  • It’s fun to drive. Sure, we say this for every Mazda vehicle, but it’s true. The CX-5 serves up good handling to carve up those highway on-ramps, well-calibrated steering feel, and even the base engine isn’t a slouch.
  • Interior fit and finish is pretty good, and the overall interior design is luxury-car chic. It’s obvious that Mazda is seeking to head upmarket.
  • Fuel economy with the base engine has improved slightly, and we’ll take every little gain we can. The 2024 Mazda CX-5 isn’t the most efficient crossover in its category, but it’s not the worst, either. We can live with that. We can also use regular fuel in both engines.
  • Despite its age, the CX-5 still looks pretty good. It’s a subjective opinion, of course.

2024 Mazda CX-5


Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 2024 Mazda CX-5

  • Mazda’s infotainment system interface isn’t the slickest out there. It was designed to be less distracting to use, and the console-mounted multifunction knob with accompanying volume knob helps keep our eyes on the road. Browsing through the menus seems complex at first, but over time, we get used to it. On the other hand, if we’re true believers of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the system isn’t as user-friendly.
  • The turbocharged engine obviously provides more zip-a-dee-doo-dah, but its power delivery isn’t all that violent. Mashing the go-pedal doesn’t feel like we’re exploiting more than 310 or 320 pound-feet of torque. We don’t think the turbo engine is a must-have, but at least the penalty at the pump is marginal over the base powerplant. Speaking of fuel economy, there’s no hybrid powertrain available in the CX-5, while six out of its 13 rivals do.
  • There’s a lack of rear-seat space in the 2024 Mazda CX-5, as always. Especially legroom. The cargo area also isn’t the most accommodating in its segment, with a volume of 30 cubic feet or 871 litres behind the rear seat, and 59.3 cubic feet or 1,680 litres with the seatbacks folded. It’s actually one of the smallest. Towing capacity is capped at 2,000 pounds or 907 kg, if that’s an important criterion.
  • The CX-5’s ride is stiff, at least with the 19-inch wheels and 255/55R19 rubber that’s fitted to almost all trim levels.


Final Word

Will there be a 2025 model-year CX-5? Unless the automaker changes course, the answer is yes. In the U.S. market, the CX-50 is only $1K to $2K more, proof that a CX-5 replacement likely won’t happen. In Canada, the CX-50’s base price is $7K higher than the CX-5’s, but that gap can be plugged by adding base GX and GS trim levels with cloth seats and a few less standard features. On the flipside, despite the CX-50’s bigger footprint and its more rugged looks, it isn’t roomier than the CX-5—and even smaller according to some dimensions on paper.

In conclusion, yes, we think you should buy a 2024 Mazda CX-5 before it goes away. It’s engaging, fairly well-equipped, luxurious in its upscale trims, and it’s a generally reliable vehicle. Simply put, it offers great value. It might be the best choice for families whose kids have become teenagers, as they might complain about the lack of rear-seat room.

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