The 2023 CX-5 offers six trim levels and two powertrains.
All-wheel drive is standard on every version this year.
Numerous accessories can push the price of the fully loaded Signature over $58,000.
The Mazda CX-5 is the most popular of the brand’s models in Canada and it received a refresh last year that will allow it to remain popular for a while.
For 2023, the Mazda CX-5 is offered in six different trim levels and it can be powered by two versions of the same engine.
The standard powertrain in every version except the top-of-the-line Signature is a 2.5L Skyactiv four-cylinder engine with cylinder deactivation that provides 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque to all-four wheels via the standard six-speed automatic transmission and i-Activ all-wheel drive.
Drivers who want more punch under the right foot can opt for a turbocharged version of the same engine which bumps power up to 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque when using 87-octane fuel or 256 horsepower and 320 lb-ft when using 93-octane fuel.
With the standard engine, the CX-5 can deliver fuel consumption figures of 9.8 L/100 km in the city and 7.9 l/100 km on the highway while the increased power of the turbocharged engine comes at the cost of 10.8 L/100 km in the city and 8.7 L/100 km on the highway.
The 2023 Mazda CX-5 represents a good value in its segment since it offers many standard features that are optional on many of its competitors.
Indeed, the entry-level GX model is equipped with items such as 17-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured heated side mirrors, automatic LED headlamps and taillamps, rain-sensing wipers, tinted rear glass, a 10.25-inch infotainment screen with Mazda Connected services, a 4-speaker audio system with controls on the steering wheel, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, push-button start, auto brake hold, adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, heated front seats, cloth upholstery, two seatback pockets, a four-way manual passenger seat, a 7-inch digital display in the instrument cluster, and a sunglasses holder.
In terms of driver assistance, the CX-5 GX also comes standard with blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, and an engine immobilizer.
Stepping up to the $34,800 GS trim level adds features such as a gloss black front grille, automatic headlight levelling, a front wiper de-icer, a six-speaker audio system, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a power liftgate, illuminated vanity mirrors, a rear center armrest, two USB ports in the rear console, leatherette upholstery with suede trim, a six-way power driver’s seat, a six-way manual passenger seat, remote folding rear seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and cloth-wrapped A-pillars.
The GS can also be ordered with a $2,100 Comfort Package which features 19-inch alloy wheels, a power moonroof, automatic dual-zone climate control, air vents for the rear passengers, intelligent key access and start, and a reversible trunk board.
The Kuro version of the 2023 Mazda CX-5 is a distinctive model based on the GS trim level with Comfort Package which features a number of unique elements such as black metallic 19-inch alloy wheels, garnet red leather upholstery, red stitching on the steering wheel and the dashboard, black decorative dash panels and door panels, and red stitching on the center console. A black leather upholstery with red stitching is a $200 option on this $38,600 trim level.
The $39,850 GT version builds upon the GS with Comfort Package to offer a wide array of features and technologies such as power folding side mirrors, piano black B and C-pillar trims, signature front and rear LED lighting, a 10-speaker Bose premium sound system, a navigation system, a wireless phone charger, Sirius XM satellite radio, Homelink, premium stitching on the center armrest, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a 10-way power driver’s seat with 2-person memory, a six-way power passenger seat, metal wood accents on the dashboard, satin chrome accents around the interior, a head-up display, soft-touch lining in the glove box, traffic sign recognition, and adaptive front lighting.
As its name suggests, the $41,050 Sport Design is a sportier version of the CX-5 that distinguishes itself from the GT with black 19-inch alloy wheels, exclusive red accents in the front grille, gloss black lower front and rear bumpers, wheel arches and rocker panels, larger exhaust outlets, LED front and rear interior lamps, LED cargo lamps, footwell lighting, black leather upholstery with red stitching, red stitching on the steering wheel, decorative panels trimmed in a black hexagonal pattern, a black roof lining, and Traffic Jam Assist.
This model can also be ordered with the turbocharged engine for a supplement of $2,200. This package also includes paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.
At the top of the 2023 Mazda CX-5 lineup is the Signature, a model that builds upon the GT while including many of the additional features found in the Sport Design. For example, the CX-5 Signature is only powered by the turbocharged engine and it is equipped with features such as unique 19-inch grey alloy wheels, a signature grille with bright surround, body-coloured lower front and rear bumpers, wheel arches and rockers, a frameless rear-view mirror, Nappa leather upholstery, premium stitching on the steering wheel, Abachi wood accents on the door and dash panels, satin-chrome glove box handle and power seat switches, LED lighting in the glove box, a 360-degree camera system, front and rear parking sensors, autonomous emergency braking in reverse, and driver attention monitoring.
Up to eight paint colours are offered depending on trim levels with black, silver, and two shades of metallic blue being offered at no extra cost and the others requiring a supplement of between $250 and $450. The GT version also offers a white leather interior upholstery package which costs an additional $200.
Finally, the 2023 Mazda CX-5 doesn’t offer many standalone options but a wide range of accessories ranging from paint touch-up kits to roof boxes, floor mats, and bike racks are offered through the company’s dealers at prices that range between $19 and $1,972.