With the recent introduction of the brand-new CX-50, many wonder what will happen with the CX-5, which has been representing the Japanese manufacturer in the compact SUV segment for a long time. From what we know, the company doesn’t plan to discontinue it, at least not in the next few years. Simply, the current generation still looks fresh and competitive. More importantly, sales numbers are still pretty decent, so there is no logical reason to stop the production of this stylish SUV. This also indicates that the 2024 Mazda CX-5 is about to carry on without more important changes.
The next year’s model should carry on in the same way, featuring familiar design characteristics and features. This means that you may count on a crossover that offers a pretty impressive level of athleticism for a crossover, along with a pretty capable available powertrain. Furthermore, this Mazda still features one of the nicest cabins in the class, while the list of standard equipment is also pretty generous.
We expect that the 2024 Mazda CX-5 will arrive sometime in the last quarter of 2023.
2024 Mazda CX-5 Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2024 Mazda CX-5 should carry on without more important changes. We expect to see a familiar design, characterized by a pretty sleek and stylish appearance. There was a mid-cycle refresh for the 2022 model year but the overall appearance is largely the same as in the initial model year of the generation. In any case, we like the styling very much, just like most people do, so there is no doubt that the next year’s model won’t bring any notable changes in this aspect.
The CX-5 looks great and also rides great. It features a pretty engaging chassis, with a suspension setup that may feel a little bit stiffer compared to rivals but which provides a pretty engaging handling, which is even on par with some compact hatchbacks and sedans.
The cabin design of the current generation aged incredibly well. Even today, it looks very stylish and attractive. The dashboard features a simplistic and very elegant design, with soft-touch materials and very nice color schemes. All that makes this cabin one of the best in the class, even when compared to much younger competitors with luxurious cabins, such as the new Hyundai Tucson.
Besides a lot of style, this cabin also offers a decent level of comfort and functionality. The front seats are well designed and offer not just good comfort, but also pretty good side support. The second row isn’t the most impressive in the class but has enough room to accommodate a couple of adults with ease. The weakest point of this interior is actually the cargo area, which offers around 30.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 59.3 cubic feet of the total volume. Those are subpar numbers for the class.
As we already mentioned, this will be a typical carryover model, so there’s a little chance t see bigger changes regarding the standard and available equipment. Therefore, we expect to see base models equipped with a 10.2-inch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, a four-speaker stereo and a Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as convenience features like remote keyless entry, push-button start and remote start. Higher trim levels should bring upgrades like navigation, satellite radio, six- and 10-speaker stereos, wireless device charging and two additional USB ports, as well as a partially digital gauge cluster, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, ambient lighting and a moonroof.
When it comes to safety, all models will come standard with a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams etc. Also, count on several available upgrades, such as parking sensors, surround-view camera, reverse collision warning, driver-attention monitoring, traffic-sign recognition and more.
2024 Mazda CX-5 Engines
Expect to find two familiar powertrain options on offer for the next year. The base Mazda CX-5 will continue with a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four, which puts out around 187 horsepower. That’s plenty enough for daily commuting, though the optional 2.5-liter turbo-four takes much more from the CX-5’s excellent chassis, due to much better driving dynamics. It puts out around 227 horsepower but if you use premium gasoline, the max output goes up to 256 horsepower. Both units come in pair with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Besides good performance, these two engines also offer decent fuel economy. The base engine returns around 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is typical for the class. The turbo-four is notably thirstier and returns around 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
2024 Mazda CX-5 Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2024 Mazda CX-5 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around $26,000.