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2021 Mazda CX-5

2021 Mazda CX-5

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2021 Mazda CX-5 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Jennifer Geiger

Most significant changes: Larger multimedia screen standard across all trims; new Carbon Edition trim; more available safety features

Price change: Base Sport model costs $80 more than the outgoing version; prices for other trims also up slightly

On sale: September

Which should you buy, 2020 or 2021? 2021 for the upgraded multimedia system and access to more safety features

Mazda added some more standard safety features to the CX-5 for 2020, and even more are available for 2021. Other updates for the new model year include a larger standard size for the multimedia system and a new Carbon Edition trim.

Related: 2020 Mazda CX-5: What’s Changed

Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims return to the lineup for 2021. The base Sport model starts at $26,370 — just $80 more than the outgoing model (all prices include destination). Price increases on the CX-5’s four higher trim levels (in ascending order Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature) are up $150 to $250.

New this year is the Carbon Edition trim, which slots between the Touring and Grand Touring models. It adds Polymetal Gray exterior paint, gloss-black side mirrors and 19-inch black metallic aluminum-alloy wheels. Inside, upgrades include red leather seats and black honeycomb interior trim on the dash and door panels. Prices for the trim start at $29,955 with front-wheel drive and the base engine.

Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trims continue to get power from the 2.5-l...

Most significant changes: Larger multimedia screen standard across all trims; new Carbon Edition trim; more available safety features

Price change: Base Sport model costs $80 more than the outgoing version; prices for other trims also up slightly

On sale: September 

Which should you buy, 2020 or 2021? 2021 for the upgraded multimedia system and access to more safety features

Mazda added some more standard safety features to the CX-5 for 2020, and even more are available for 2021. Other updates for the new model year include a larger standard size for the multimedia system and a new Carbon Edition trim. 

Related: 2020 Mazda CX-5: What’s Changed

Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims return to the lineup for 2021. The base Sport model starts at $26,370 — just $80 more than the outgoing model (all prices include destination). Price increases on the CX-5’s four higher trim levels (in ascending order Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature) are up $150 to $250.

New this year is the Carbon Edition trim, which slots between the Touring and Grand Touring models. It adds Polymetal Gray exterior paint, gloss-black side mirrors and 19-inch black metallic aluminum-alloy wheels. Inside, upgrades include red leather seats and black honeycomb interior trim on the dash and door panels. Prices for the trim start at $29,955 with front-wheel drive and the base engine.

Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trims continue to get power from the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 187 horsepower. Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims use the 227-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder. The Carbon Edition can be had with either engine. All-wheel drive is standard on Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims, and it’s available on all others.

Inside, the biggest news is that all trims get the larger 10.25-inch center display as standard equipment. It uses the latest version of the Mazda Connect multimedia system and features standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. It includes a free three-year trial of the Mazda Connected Services system. For 2020, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were unavailable on the base Sport trim.

On the safety front, the CX-5 returns for 2021 with the i-Activsense safety package standard on all trims. It includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. New for 2021 on the top Signature trim is automatic emergency braking that works in reverse and a driver attention alert system. Also, Mazda says the front and rear parking sensors have been updated with high-definition digital clarity.

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 goes on sale in September.

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New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mazda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CX-5 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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