Highway Take a look at: 2023 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo AWD

Highway Take a look at: 2023 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo AWD

Compact Crossover with Turbo Pizzaz

Enjoyable to drive. That’s a great place to start out when summing-up the Mazda line-up of crossover/SUVs, its one remaining sedan and, after all, the pleasant MX-5 Miata.

Clear Fleet Report spent per week just lately within the 2023 CX-5 Turbo AWD and are happy to say, despite the fact that Zoom-Zoom is now not its advertising and marketing slogan, Mazda made positive this compact crossover continues the fun-to-drive heritage.

2023 Mazda CX-5
The silhouette nonetheless appears to be like the half

Turbo Possibility

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 has a base non-turbocharged Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 187 horsepower (hp) and 186 pound-feet of torque (lb.-ft.). Clear Fleet Report opted for the turbocharged model that uniquely supplied both 227 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque when utilizing 87 octane or 256 hp and 320 lb.-ft. of torque when pumping 91 octane. So, primarily based in your finances and the necessity for extra oomph, going for high-test could possibly be worthwhile.

2023 Mazda CX-5
We opted for the turbo

The CX-5, no matter engine selection, comes with Mazda’s i-Energetic all-wheel drive (AWD), which makes use of instantaneous driving information to anticipate wheel slippage, enhancing traction in numerous circumstances. The sleek shifting 6-speed computerized transmission, with paddle shifters, Sport and Off Highway modes, was by no means at a loss to seek out the appropriate gear.

The EPA charges the CX-5 2.5L Turbo AWD at 22 mpg metropolis/27 freeway/24 mixed. In 450 miles driving by way of Southern California, we averaged 25.6 mpg, however a considerably higher 29 mpg on a 94-mile all-freeway run with the adaptive cruise management set at 65 mph. Gasoline financial system and efficiency numbers reported by Clear Fleet Report are non-scientific and characterize the reviewer’s driving expertise utilizing the sprint gauge pc. Your numbers might differ.

Hitting the Highway

2023 Mazda CX-5
Able to tackle the street

The two.5L Turbo gives sturdy acceleration, with 0-to-60 instances round 6.1 seconds, which was greater than loads for getting into freeways and passing 18-wheelers. The automobile’s 3,856-pound weight was well-balanced, offering a strong, protected and assured really feel. What engine noise is heard, when accelerating laborious, has a sporty notice to it. In any other case, the cabin is quiet with little wind or tire noise.

The trip was easy with agile dealing with, which isn’t stunning because it comes from the corporate that makes the incredible dealing with MX-5 Miata. The checklist of suspension and chassis know-how contains Toyo A36 all-season 225/55 tires on 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, unbiased entrance and rear suspension, entrance and rear stabilizer bars, a properly weighted and adjusted electrical power-assist steering, dynamic stability and traction management and the G-Vectoring Control Plus system. When cornering, the G-Vectoring Management Plus system adjusts engine torque to shift weight, improve steering response, and applies a little bit of the anti-lock brakes to ease cornering.

Kodo: Soul of Movement Exterior Design

Design cues for the 2023 CX-5, which make use of Mazda’s Kodo: Soul of Movement design theme, embody a particular and engaging entrance finish that has Mazda’s signature grille, which doesn’t endure from being overly massive. A pleasant contact on the two.5 Turbo grille are rows of black horizontal wings aside from 4 of them, that are pink. If choosing the highest trim CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature, the grille is brilliant chrome. With the slim smooth LED headlights, daytime operating lights and switch alerts, the entrance finish appears to be peering. The Adaptive LED Headlights robotically alter to the driving circumstances for safer night time driving.

2023 Mazda CX-5
Right here’s Kodo ya

The lengthy hood, laid-back windshield and quick overhangs entrance and rear full the sporty profile. The shark fin antenna, roof rails, built-in spoiler over the raked energy raise gate and brilliant twin exhaust ports finish-off the rear together with LED tail lights. Portray the wheel arches the physique colour provides the CX-5 Turbo an upscale look.

The AWD opens the chance to go off-roading, however with solely 7.9 inches of floor clearance, the additional traction will principally be known as upon for sloppy on-road circumstances. In case you are planning to go away paved surfaces, check out the CX-50, which Mazda says is a “rugged and succesful crossover SUV, purpose-built for energetic life.”

Clear Fleet Report’s CX-5 Turbo AWD was painted in an attention-grabbing Deep Crystal Blue Mica, which underneath sure mild has a metallic flake sparkle. Different exterior colours, some with an added cost, embody Soul Purple Crystal Metallic, Sonic Silver Metallic, Machine Grey Metallic, Rhodium White, Jet Black Mica, and Everlasting Blue Mica.

A Class Above Inside

Mazda set out a number of years in the past to reposition itself to be extra upscale than its mainstream opponents, which aren’t thought of premium manufacturers. The CX-5 Turbo inside is straightforward with an all-black colour scheme and aluminum accents, steering away from fake wooden or carbon fiber. Mazda provides patrons 4 seat overlaying choices with fabric on the two.5 S mannequin, leatherette on Choose and Most well-liked, and leather-based as on our 2.5 Turbo. The Signature trim will get nappa leather-based.

2023 Mazda CX-5
Easy, Clear Logical – What extra do you want?

The leather-based entrance seats are heated and ventilated, with the motive force getting 8-way energy (with lumbar and reminiscence) and the passenger 6-way energy changes. The seats, with peak adjustable shoulder belts, have been supportive and comfy. Together with the adjustable heated, leather-covered steering wheel, which held the cruise management and audio controls, it made for a cushty driver setting.

The rear passengers have been handled to leather-based seats, with the outbound locations heated. Studying lamps, air vents and a middle foldable armrest with cup holders accomplished the image. The cargo space is has 29.1 cubic toes of cupboard space, however will increase to 58.1 cubic toes when the 60/40 rear seat is folded flat. The rear seat may be folded when loading by way of the facility raise gate through the use of the useful releases within the cargo space.

The sprint has a easy, clear, logical format with loads of mushy contact supplies. Three easy-to-read spherical gauges with black faces, white letters and a silver encompass are a part of a 7-inch multi-information show for the speedometer, odometer, common gas financial system and plenty of different readings.

2023 Mazda CX-5
Transferring on up

The ten.25 inch horizontal colour show, normal on all CX-5 trim ranges, is not a touchscreen. Rising from the sprint it’s residence to navigation and the Bose premium audio system. With 10 audio system, the sound high quality is superb for the AM/FM/HD radio, SiriusXM, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and something linked to one of many 4 USB ports. The Mazda Connect system contains Bluetooth, voice recognition, Aha, Pandora and Stitcher radio integration.

You management the system by way of the Commander wheel positioned on the middle console, or the controls on the steering wheel. We discover the Mazda audio interface requires further additional steps to perform duties that on different automobiles are executed a lot simpler and less complicated. Mazda says its system is safer to make use of than one with a touchscreen or channel preset buttons, and that we must always “give it three weeks” for it to turn out to be easy-to-use. We’re assured that for house owners it rapidly turns into a by-touch operation.

2023 Mazda CX-5
Room for 3 (for a brief drive)

Comfort comes by approach distant keyless door locks, push button begin/cease, energy home windows, energy sliding glass moonroof, rearview digital camera, carpeted ground mats, twin zone computerized warmth and air-con, auto-dimming rear view mirror with Homelink, tilt and telescopic steering column, rain-sensing windshield wipers with a de-icer, folding energy and heated aspect mirrors with flip indicators, distant launch for the gas door and hood and an digital parking brake.


The 2023 Mazda CX-5 comes with normal security options of four-wheel anti-lock brakes, eight airbags, driver consideration alert, anti-theft engine immobilizer, hill launch help, a tire strain monitoring system, entrance and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane maintain help and rear cross visitors alert.

In crash testing by the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA), the 2023 CX-5 acquired five stars (its highest score) for general crash safety, whereas the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS) gave the CX-5 its highest rating of Top Safety Pick.

Pricing and Warranties

2023 Mazda CX-5
All 8 trims have related controls & shows

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 is available in eight trims. All costs embody the obligatory supply, processing and dealing with price of $1,275.

2.5L Non-turbocharged

  • S                                    $27,975
  • S Choose                          $29,775
  • S Most well-liked                     $30,865
  • S Carbon Version             $31,775
  • S Premium                      $33,675
  • S Premium Plus               $36,775

2.5L Turbocharged

  • Turbo                              $38,125
  • Turbo Signature              $40,925

The 2023 CX-5 comes with these warranties:

  • Powertrain – 5 years/60,000 miles
  • New Car – Three years/36,000 miles
  • Roadside Help – Three years/36,000 miles

Observations: 2023 Mazda CX-5 2.5L Turbo AWD

With eight trims and two engine selections, Mazda hopes there’s a 2023 CX-5 to fulfill many patrons’ wants. Slowly, over the previous few years, Mazda has been taking its model upscale and into the near-premium class with enhancements in exterior and inside design, inside materials upgrades and engine choices. Importantly, they haven’t misplaced any of the fun-to-drive DNA that comes with the Mazda identify.

2023 Mazda CX-5
One of the best-selling Mazda

The entrance cabin comfortably seats two, with the rear able to carrying three adults, two for longer journeys. The rear cargo capability is massive sufficient for 2 however could also be a decent squeeze for all of the gear obligatory for 4. The suspension delivers a smoother and quieter trip than is anticipated in a compact crossover, and the dealing with, particularly with the i-Energetic AWD system, makes it partaking to drive. If pushed with effectivity in thoughts, lengthy street journeys can even see 30 miles per gallon.

Mazda designed the CX-5, its best-selling mannequin in America, with {couples}, singles and households with young children in thoughts. There may be greater than a $10,000 soar in value from the bottom non-turbo mannequin as much as the turbo-equipped fashions, so take a look at drive each to see which meets your driving wants.

The CX-50 can also be a consideration because it has a more moderen design on a more moderen platform, with a bigger again seat and extra cargo room. If a turbocharged engine is in your must-have checklist, notice the bottom CX-5 turbo and the bottom CX-50 turbo are priced only some hundred {dollars} aside.

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Story by John Faulkner. Images by Mazda and John Faulkner.

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