Review: 2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD

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2021 Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-5/Image Credit: Mazda

Contributing Author: Anne Fleming


Starts at $37,505/Tested at $39,025


The all-new 2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD turbo is a fun and fantastic smaller SUV to drive. It hits the market with a stealthy 227 horsepower that allows you to get up and go with ease. Acceleration is on point and handling is responsive – putting its competitors Honda and Toyota on notice. My test vehicle sees an increase in fuel efficiency and torque thanks to Mazda’s Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine. Towing capacity is rated at 2,000 pounds.

The CX-5’s suspension is definitely tuned to be on the sportier side of things as well. You feel planted and nimble in this CUV and Mazda’s popular all-wheel-drive system gives you a little extra confidence when the road gets rough. Anyone looking for a small(er) SUV that’s fun and sporty should put the 2021 CX-5 at the top of their list. Mazda has a winner here.

Fuel Economy

24 Overall/22 City/27 Highway mpg

2021 Mazda CX-5 Interior
Mazda CX-5 Interior/Image Credit: Mazda

The Car

At Mazda, they do things a little differently. First, their car design is distinct. Next, they only have about 200 car dealerships so if you buy a Mazda CX-5, you are not going to be seeing one on the road every other milli-second. Unlike some of their challengers, Mazda’s updates to the CX-5 add a very luxurious aesthetic to it; the features and the finish are surprisingly high-end.

Sitting on 19″ alloy wheels, the 2021 CX-5 offers a tremendous value of upgraded tech and features, discerning styling – including two-tone doors- an upgraded infotainment system and large, comfortable seating. The revamped infotainment system is particularly impressive with its excellent touch screen. Of course, safety is important and this vehicle rates very highly there too.

My biggest quibble with this crossover SUV is the cargo room, of which there is little; this Mazda rates below-average in size. They build their cars for driving enjoyment more than carrying capacity.


All Driver’s Airbags – Front, Head, and Side, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, Traction Control, Brake Assist, All-Wheel Drive, 4 Wheel ABS, 4 Wheel Disc Brakes, Child Safety Locks, Lane Turning Signal Mirrors, Cross-Traffic Alerts.

Electronic Stability Control. Daytime Running Lights. Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Driver Attention Alert, City Brake Support. Hills Launch Support. Adaptive Front Lighting System, 24-Hour Roadside Assistance. Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Automatic High Beam Headlight, Rearview Camera, Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers.

Mazda CX-5 Infotainment System
Mazda CX-5 Infotainment System/Image Credit: Mazda


Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration are standard. Attention monitoring and reverse automatic emergency braking are available. These are great features for families with young drivers or just people looking for a little extra peace of mind.

Wi-Fi Hotspot, Two (2) USB Ports, Bluetooth, and HD Radio. Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Forward Automatic Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, High Beam Headlight, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Automatic, Rearview Camera, Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers, Surround-View Parking Camera System, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, and Traffic Sign Recognition.

10.3″ Infotainment Touchscreen, Satellite Radio, Navigation, Universal Garage Door Opener, Two Rear USB Ports, 6-Speaker Stereo, 10-speaker Bose Premium Stereo, Proximity Keyless Entry, Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror, Ambient Interior Lighting, No Moonroof.

Mazda CX-5 Exterior
Mazda CX-5 Exterior/Image Credit: Mazda

Aesthetics & Styling

Chiseled and muscular, the CX-5 has its own presence on the road. Its lines are perfect and clean, and the LED lights are reflective of a well-designed vehicle.

On the interior, the luxurious Nappa leather appeals to one’s senses. The front seats have heated and ventilated cool support.It also has heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver and passenger seat, and a rear center armrest. Donut spare in the back of the trunk.

We noticed with the height of the headrests in the back row adds, there can be some blind spots for the driver; something to be aware of. 60/40 rear seats fold easily to make more room. As stated earlier, not too many negative things to say about this remarkable vehicle, I only wish there was more overall space. Overall, the 2021 CX-5 is a highly enjoyable crossover SUV, perfect for younger couples and individuals without older children or the need to carry a significant amount of cargo.


3 year/36,000 miles Basic Warranty, 5 Year/60,000 Mile Powertrain Warranty. 24-Hour Roadside Assistance for 3 Years or 36,000 Miles.

Anne Fleming

Anne Fleming began reviewing cars years ago. After a disempowering car buying visit made her realize how undervalued women’s voices were in the automotive world, she started a platform for women to rate their car dealership experience and make their voices heard.

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