Fun times in the 2019 Mazda CX-5


Experienced by Adrian McQueen

Photography by Adrenaline Lifestyles


With the Holiday season upon us, I was excited to be able to use this time experiencing the 2019 Mazda CX-5.  The Mazda CX-5 is a compact-size crossover SUV manufactured since 2012. This two-row crossover is great for a week of shopping, darting around the town and hauling family around.

The Mazda CX-5 is a rare example of a crossover that still blends a great deal of driving fun with all the utility thanks to a well-sorted chassis and communicative steering. The CX-5 is also the first vehicle featuring the company’s full Skyactiv Technology suite.

Mazda provided us with a Machine Gray Metallic 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD edition to use for the holiday season. Santa’s sleigh arrived in style this year! Many compliments and joyous comments were given about the Mazda CX-5. The CX-5 is eye-catching as soon as you see the long sloping hood that leads to the large Mazda symbol which is prominently placed on the sharply angled front grille. This Signature edition also adds LED lighting to the signature grille. Also, its beautifully designed exterior has a steeply raked windshield and sweeping rear end.  This two-row, 5 passenger SUV, sits on 19-inch alloy wheels. The exterior side-view mirrors fold in automatically when the doors are locked.  The rear roof spoiler, roof mounted shark fin antenna and bright finish exhaust outlets added to sporty look to this compact-size crossover SUV.

Driving the Mazda CX-5 around town was a pleasure. Inside is an equally lovely cabin, dressed in class-above materials and high-tech features like ventilated front seats, a 360-degree-view exterior camera system, SiriusXM Travel Link, a digital gauge display. The luxurious Signature trim comes with a new wood trim inside and exclusive exterior badging. The CX-5 Signature also has NAPPA leather surfaces, leather-stitched leather wrapping for the steering wheel and LED accents in the area around the gear shifter. The second row of seats easily folded as we needed to make quick configuration changes to load up the gifts. The CX-5’s rear row does a 40/20/40 split-folding bench seat to create a larger cargo area.

Technology is not lost in the CX-5. The dashboard features a 7.0-inch touchscreen at the top of it. The system can be controlled via the touchscreen, a rotary knob, buttons on the center console near the shifter and voice commands.

Christmas tunes were blaring from the 10 speaker BOSE system as we grooved throughout the city. It was a pleasure to be able to choose from Sirius XM, Pandora, Stitcher, Aha, Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto bring a whole new bounty of possibilities to the Mazda experience. Both allow drivers to connect their compatible smartphones to the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system and access all the features on their phone right there on the touchscreen. You can make calls, send messages, set up navigation routes, browse music playlists and more all without having to touch your phone. Missing from all the connectivity is an in-car LTE or Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities but we hope that Mazda adds this in the future.

The throttle response was quick and boost from the turbo is instantaneous. Sport mode in the six-speed automatic transmission definitely adds some pep in your step while the normal mode set us up for a more relaxed commute. The G-Vectoring Control system reduces engine torque to help settle the front end so the SUV would take the turns smoothly. The suspension setup has been refined to offer a smoother and quieter ride. The 227 hp, SKYACTIV-G 2.5T turbocharged four-cylinder engine was surprisingly very good on gas averaging 22 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg combined.

The Mazda CX-5 earned a Top Safety Pick honor from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also gave the CX-5 a five-star result. Key safety features in i-ACTIVESENSE package in the CX-5 include  dual front air bags, front side-impact air bags, rear cross traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, advanced smart city brake support, front and rear parking sensor, 360 view monitor, Mazda radar cruise control, automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist, adaptive front headlights, lane departure warning, front obstacle warning, distance evaluation, braking assist and pedestrian detection.

As a parent of two little children, installing car seats is important to me. There are two complete sets of LATCH connections on the rear outboard seats, as well as a third tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The two sets of anchors sit in the bottom of the seats and the three top tether anchors sit on the seatbacks. When using a Forward-facing convertible, the convertible fit well after removing the head restraints. The infant seat was easy to install but the front seat had to moved up far up for it to fit properly. It was not a comfortable ride at that point. The was pretty much the same situation using a Rear-facing convertible seat.

Mazda has a limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles, Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles but no complimentary scheduled maintenance. Key competitors to the Mazda CX-5 are the Jeep Cherokee, Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, GMC Terrain Denali, Subaru Forester, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Rogue, Toyota Rav4 and the Volkswagen Tiguan.

It was a fun week in the CX-5 and we even spent some time with our Mazda family at their annual holiday party. We had a chance to check out the Mazda MX-5 RF. Looking forward to getting behind the wheel of it in the Spring/Summer. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD model reviewed is priced at $38,360.00 and very well worth price tag considering the size, safety and comfort of the vehicle. Enjoy the photo gallery.


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