Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5[1] is a compact crossover produced by Mazda starting in 2012 for the 2013 model year lineup. It is Mazda's first car featuring the new KODO – Soul of Motion Design language[2] first shown in the Shinari concept vehicle in May 2011.[3] It shares a platform with Mazda3 and Mazda6.[4]

Mazda CX-5
ProductionJanuary 2012 – present
Body and chassis
ClassCompact crossover SUV (C-Suv)
Body style5-door SUV
PredecessorMazda Tribute
Mazda CX-7

It is also the first vehicle featuring the company's full Skyactiv Technology suite, including a rigid, lightweight platform, combined with a new series of efficient engines and transmissions resulting in reduced emissions and fuel consumption. The Skyactiv Engine and Transmission Technologies were first released in the 2012 Mazda3 compact sedan and hatchback.[5]

First generation (KE; 2012–2017)

First generation (KE)
ProductionJanuary 2012–2017
AssemblyJapan: Hiroshima (Ujina Plant No.2)[6][7][8]
China: Nanjing[9]
Malaysia: Kulim (Inokom)[10]
Russia: Vladivostok[11]
DesignerMasashi Nakayama (2009)[12]
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106.3 in)[13]
Length4,540 mm (178.7 in)[13]
Width1,840 mm (72.4 in)[13]
Height1,670 mm (65.7 in)[13]
Curb weight1,455–1,555 kg (3,208–3,428 lb)[13]

The design of the CX-5 was based on the Mazda Minagi. The Mazda CX-5 replaces both the Mazda Tribute and the Mazda CX-7.[14]

The CX-5 was first shown at the September 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.[15] The Japanese model was unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show,[16][17] along with a customized variant featuring a red exterior body color, with alloy wheels painted in matte-black and a slightly lower body height, which was unveiled in later 2012 at the Tokyo Motor Salon.[18][19]

Production models went on sale in 2012, with a choice of SKYACTIV-D 2.2 or SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engines, matched to SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmissions.[20] At its introduction in 2012, it won the Car of the Year Japan Award.[21]

Engine and drivetrain

The CX-5 is available with both front-wheel and all-wheel drive, powered by a 2.0 liter petroleum four-cylinder engine (PE-VPS) sporting 162 bhp (121 kW; 164 PS)/155 lb⋅ft (210 N⋅m) averaging an estimated 28 mpgimp (10 L/100 km; 23 mpgUS) emitting around 139 g/km.[22]

It will also be available with a 2.2-liter two-stage turbocharged diesel (SH-VPTS) with either 147 bhp (110 kW; 149 PS)/280 lb⋅ft (380 N⋅m) or 173 bhp (129 kW; 175 PS)/310 lb⋅ft (420 N⋅m), emitting an estimated 119 and 139 g/km, respectively. Fuel consumption for the entry-level diesel engine with front-wheel drive is 63 mpgimp (4.5 L/100 km; 52 mpgUS).[23][24]


According to IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) the 2013 CX-5 achieved Good crash test ratings in Moderate Overlap Front, Side, Roof Strength, and Head Restraint & Seats categories, while achieving only a Marginal rating in the Small Overlap Front crash test. Design changes were subsequently made that brought up the Small Overlap Front rating up to a Good rating.

The small overlap test, introduced in 2012 by the IIHS, simulates a frontal collision on 25 percent of the driver's side front corner. Since its adoption, the IIHS has noticed several automakers making non-symmetrical modifications to their vehicles to improve ratings. Another small overlap test was conducted on a number of vehicles, including a 2015 CX-5, but was conducted on the passenger side instead and earned an acceptable rating.

The crash test showed substantially more intrusion into the passenger side than into the driver's side of the CX-5.[25]



Japan production of the Mazda CX-5 fitted with a SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engine began at Ujina Plant near Mazda's headquarters in Hiroshima.[26]

In 2012, Mazda CX-5 production at Ujina Plant was set to increase to 240,000 units per year by expanding production from Ujina Plant No.2 to boost Ujina Plant No.1.[27]

The Japan domestic market CX-5 achieved monthly sales 8 times higher than forecast just after its launch in February 2012, with the "clean diesel" (as it is referred to in Japan) model accounting for 73% of the sales.[28]


The first generation Mazda CX-5 was launched in Malaysia in May 2012. At launch only one trim level was offered with the 2.0 L SKYACTIV-G engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Though, consumers had the choice between FWD or AWD and it was fully imported.[29] In August 2012, the 19" wheels previously offered was replaced with 17" wheels.[30] In June 2013, locally assembled models became available. The previously offered, fully imported trim was renamed to High Spec and a new lower trim level, Mid Spec was launched. The Mid Spec was only available with FWD while the High Spec continued to be offered with both FWD and AWD.[31] In April 2015, a new base variant was launched dubbed GL.[32]

The first-generation facelift version was launched in Malaysia in May 2015. Initially, the facelift version was fully imported and only available with the 2.5 L engine. Though again, consumers could choose between FWD or AWD.[33] The locally assembled facelift version was made available in early 2016 with either a 2.0 L SKYACTIV-G engine or a 2.5 L SKYACTIV-G engine. The 2.0 L engine could be had with only FWD but two trim levels: Mid Spec and High Spec with Mid Spec being the more affordable of the two trim levels. The 2.5 L engine was only available with one trim level but with either FWD or AWD.[34] The In July 2016, a 2.2 L SKYACTIV-D powered, FWD, locally assembled variant was launched in Malaysia. It was positioned in between the 2.5 L SKYACTIV-G FWD and 2.5 L SKYACTIV-G AWD variant.[35]


The Australian production of the Mazda CX-5 was first introduced in 2012 and was available in Maxx, Maxx Sport, Grand Touring and Akera variants. The initial models were available in either a 2.0 petroleum engine or a diesel engine with front wheel drive and all wheel drive as options (only the 2.0 was available with FWD). Automatic was standard on all wheel drive models (manual was available on the 2.0 petroleum Maxx FWD).[36]


Early European models include choice of SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and SKYACTIV-D 2.2 engines.[37][38]

North America

To promote the CX-5, Mazda teamed up with Universal Pictures for their strategic partnership in support for the launch of the movie, Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, and Mazda launched a co-branded national Dr. Seuss's The Lorax-themed commercial spot based around Mazda’s SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.

The United States version of the CX-5 debuted at the November 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Initially, the only engine available was a direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv-G petroleum engine with 155 bhp (116 kW; 157 PS),[39] which is less than the 163 bhp (122 kW; 165 PS) first reported.

However, it is rated at 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway with automatic transmission and 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway with manual transmission.[40]

For the model year of 2014, an available 2.5-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv gas engine was introduced to address the main criticism of the CX-5. It is rated at 184HP/ 185-lb.ft, with an EPA MPG rating of 25/32 (FWD), 24/30 (AWD). Only the six speed automatic transmission is available for this engine. This engine is standard on the Touring and Grand Touring trim levels.

The 2.0 engine carries over in the base Sport model. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are offered for all model grades.

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 was one of the five finalists for the 2013 Green Car of the Year awarded by the Green Car Journal at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.[41]


The facelift model Mazda CX-5 was unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show as a 2016 model.[42] Notable changes include updates to exterior styling, reductions in road noise, an improved infotainment system and a sport mode for the six speed automatic transmission. The Technology package on Touring & Grand Touring Models also get LED headlights, LED fog lights and combination LED tail lights.

The SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine was made standard on all United States trim levels, except the base level Sport equipped with the six-speed manual transmission and front wheel drive, which retained the 2.0 liter powerplant.[43]

2016.5 update in North America

In the end of 2015, Mazda increased the level of standard equipment offered in the United States and Canada, christening the upgraded vehicles as 2016.5 models.

In the United States, a backup camera and touch-screen audio system were made standard on the base Sport trim level with the automatic transmission, leaving the manual-transmission Sport as the only model to lack these features. The navigation system became standard on mid level Touring and top level Grand Touring trim levels, along with heated front seats on the Touring.

List prices remained the same or increased, although the Touring and Grand Touring price increases were less than the premiums previously charged for the optional navigation system.[44]

In Canada, the mid-level GS and top-level GT received standard navigation systems, and the GT also received a power adjustable driver's seat with memory. The SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine was made standard on the base-level GX with the automatic transmission; the GX with the manual transmission became the only trim level to retain the 2.0-liter engine,[45] similar to the lineup in the United States.

Pre-facelift styling

Post-facelift styling

Second generation (KF; 2017–present)

Second generation (KF)
Model years2017–present
AssemblyJapan: Hiroshima (Ujina Plant No.2)[46]
Japan: Hōfu (Hofu Plant)[46]
Malaysia: Kulim (Inokom)[47]
China: Nanjing
Body and chassis
Transmission6-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic
Wheelbase2,698 mm (106.2 in)
Length4,550 mm (179.1 in)
Width1,842 mm (72.5 in)
Height1,680 mm (66.1 in)
Curb weight1,505–1,659 kg (3,318–3,657 lb)

The second generation CX-5 was unveiled with an overhauled design and new tech on November 15, 2016 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.[48]

The CX-5 is available with SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline, SKYACTIV-G 2.5 gasoline and SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engines. New features include a new 'Soul Red Crystal' body color as well as a new remote controlled powered tailgate.[49]

The 2019 CX-5 adds the CX-9 engine as an option. The Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 250 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on 93-octane fuel and 227 hp on 87-octane. Mazda claims the new engine delivers 22 mpg city, 27 highway, and 24 mpg combined in AWD trim regardless of octane.



Mazda Singapore officially launched the second-generation CX-5 on July 21, 2017, offered in either 2.0L 2WD or 2.5L 2WD models. Variants include the 2.0L Standard Plus, 2.0L Premium, 2.5L Luxury and 2.5L Super Luxury.


The second generation Mazda CX-5 was launched in October 2017. It was available in five variants: 2.0 gasoline 2WD GL, 2.0 gasoline 2WD GLS, 2.5 gasoline 2WD GLS, 2.2 Diesel 2WD GLS and 2.2 Diesel AWD GLS.[50][51][52]


In Australia, the second generation Mazda CX-5 (which was designated as the KF model), was released in March 2017. The range consisted of the base model Maxx, then continuing onto the Maxx Sport, Touring, GT & Akera editions. It was available as AWD (except Maxx, which came as 2WD) as standard. The fuel types that were available for the car is either a 2.2 diesel engine twin turbo or a 2.0 & 2.5 petrol engine.[53]

North America

Mazda announced the availability of a diesel engine for 2017[54] however that engine ultimately did not arrive in the US until the 2019 model year.


In Thailand, the second generation Mazda CX-5 (which was designated as the KF model), was released in 13 November 2017. It was available in five variants: 2.0 gasoline 2WD Core (C), 2.0 gasoline 2WD High (S), 2.0 gasoline 2WD High Plus (SP), 2.2 Diesel 2WD XD and 2.2 Diesel AWD XDL. and New Version in 2019 Engine is 2.5 Turbo gasoline AWD High Plus (SP).

Euro NCAP test results
Mazda CX-5 (2017)[55]
Test Points %
Adult occupant: 36.5 95%
Child occupant: 39.4 80%
Pedestrian: 32.8 78%
Safety assist: 7.1 59%


Calendar year United States Japan Europe[56] Australia China[57]Canada[58]Thailand[59]
2012 43,319 35,438[60] 26,664 15,861 11,301
2013 79,544[61] 38,520[62] 49.883 20,129 22,54917,648
2014 99,122[63] 29,466[64] 57,289 21,571 51,58519,9205,634
2015 111,450[65] 27,243[66] 56,179 25,136 45,11022,2813,832
2016 112,235 21,078 55,345 24,564 49,14725,1233,323
2017 127,563[67] 41,622[68] 59,499 25,831 51,585 25,4044,835
2018 150,622 38,290[69] 69,956 26,173 22,549 26,587 8,184

MINAGI Concept (2011)

Mazda MINAGI (マツダ 勢(MINAGI)) concept car is the first Mazda vehicle featuring Mazda's new 'KODO – Soul of Motion' design language and SKYACTIV technologies.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.[70][71][72]


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