2024 Mazda CX-5 Carbon Turbo
2024 Mazda CX-5 Carbon Turbo

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2024 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Carbon Turbo

Class: Compact Crossover/SUV

Coloration: Zircon Sand

Seating capability: 5

CG Report Card
Room and Consolation B
Energy and Efficiency B+
Match and End A
Gasoline Financial system B
Worth B+
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus different automobiles in the identical class. Worth grade is for particular trim stage evaluated, and should not replicate Client Information’s impressions of your complete mannequin lineup.
Large & Tall Consolation
Large Man B
Tall Man A-
Large & Tall consolation rankings are for entrance seats solely. “Large” ranking primarily based on male tester weighing roughly 350 kilos, “Tall” ranking primarily based on 6’6″-tall male tester.
Drivetrain
Engine Specs 227-horsepower, 2.5-liter
Engine Kind Turbo 4-cylinder
Transmission 6-speed computerized
Drive Wheels AWD

Miles pushed: 471

Noticed gasoline financial system: 24.0 mpg

Driving combine: 75% metropolis, 25% freeway

EPA-estimated gasoline financial system: 22/27/24 (mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed)

Gasoline sort: Common gasoline

Snow Efficiency: N/A

Base value: $37,000 (not together with $1375 vacation spot cost)

Choices on check car: Particular paint ($450), navigation system ($450), rear bumper guard ($135)

Value as examined: $39,410

 

Fast Hits

The nice: Sporty character, upscale really feel

The great: Comfy cabin, loads of energy

The not so good: Coarse-sounding engine, near-premium value

 

Tom Appel:

Mazda is aware of a superb factor when it sees it. Although the model’s crossover lineup has been extensively reworked over previously couple of years, one mannequin stays resolutely mounted in place. Whereas the small CX-3 gave means for the extra upscale CX-30, and the midsize CX-9 was deleted from the lineup to make room for the CX-90, the compact CX-5 stayed put, regardless of the addition of the like-size CX-50 to the Mazda U.S. portfolio.

2024 Mazda CX-5 Carbon Turbo
2024 Mazda CX-5 Carbon Turbo, Christmas Lights

The CX-5 has lengthy been Mazda’s best-selling mannequin, and the extra of upscale “2-digit” (30, 50, 90) crossovers to the lineup has achieved little to problem the CX-5’s recognition. Whereas the brand new crossovers are supposed to look a bit of extra rugged, and to softly nudge the Japanese model upmarket, customers haven’t given up on the CX-5’s tempting mix of sporty character, cabin consolation, and greenback worth. Final 12 months, prospects snapped up 154,000 CX-5s. Mazda’s 2nd-best promoting mannequin, the CX-30, accounted for lower than half as many gross sales. For the document, the CX-50 got here in at round 45,000 items.

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2024 Mazda CX-5 Carbon Turbo
2024 Mazda CX-5 Carbon Turbo

For 2024, Mazda sweetens the CX-5 pot considerably, by including a second, turbocharged Carbon Version trim stage to the lineup up. The Carbon Version contains distinctive Polymetal Grey paint, crimson leather-based seating, distinctive wheels, and several other different options for a price value. A non-turbo Carbon Version was added to the lineup for the 2021 mannequin 12 months.

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2024 Mazda CX-5 Carbon Turbo
2024 Mazda CX-5 Carbon Turbo

The complete—and expansive—CX-5 lineup begins with the two.5 S Choose (round $31,000), and ascends by way of the two.5 S Most popular ($32,000), 2.5 S Carbon Version ($33,000), 2.5 S Premium ($34,000), 2.5 S Premium Plus ($36,000), 2.5 Carbon Turbo ($38,000), 2.5 Turbo Premium ($39,000), and a couple of.5 Turbo Signature ($42,000).

All non-turbo CX-5s are powered by a 187-horsepower 2.5-liter 4. Turbocharged fashions additionally include a 2.5-liter 4, however rated at 227 horsepower. All engines mate to a 6-speed computerized transmission, and all run on regular-grade gasoline. Be aware that operating turbocharged CX-5s on premium-grade gasoline bumps the rated energy output to 250 horsepower. For 2024 all CX-5 trim ranges included commonplace AWD.

Be aware that the marginally longer and decrease CX-50 kind of matches the CX-5 trim ranges, with every coming in round $1000 increased in value. We severely advocate that buyers contemplating both car check drive every. There’s lots to love about each.

Client Information not too long ago spent per week behind the wheel of a 2024 CX-5 Carbon Turbo in optionally available Zircon Sand Metallic. With vacation spot and some choices, our check automobile rang in at $39,410.

Inside, the CX-5 largely lives as much as Mazda’s upscale intentions. Cabin supplies are of a excessive grade, and meeting high quality seems high notch. We additionally discovered the seats to be each substantial and cozy. Thanks, no less than partially, to its upright posture, visibility out of the CX-5 is usually wonderful, and the beneficiant glass space provides the crossover’s inside an open and ethereal really feel. Rear-seat house can also be beneficiant, and 4 adults will discover long-trips greater than tolerable.

Underway the CX-5 shines. Mazda’s “Skyactiv-G” turbocharged engine delivers loads of energy for around-town site visitors dealing with, and affords up a deep reserve of energy for passing and merging. We examined the CX-5 utilizing regular-grade gasoline. Operating premium gasoline will increase the enjoyable by a significant 23 horsepower. Regardless of Mazda’s upscale aspirations, the Skyactiv engine is a bit of coarse at idle, and doesn’t produce the smoothest sounds when pushed. Mazda loyalists will defend the engine’s lack of refinement as character, and we’re OK with that.

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2024 Mazda CX-5 Carbon Turbo
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By way of trip and dealing with, the CX-5 shines as few small crossovers do. Dealing with is entertainingly sporty, with agency, properly weighted steering, strong-feeling brakes, and properly managed lean in corners. Regardless of its athletic nature, trip high quality is spectacular, with well-controlled physique movement over bigger street imperfections and no harshness over damaged street surfaces.

We should always deal with the love-it or hate-it infotainment interface. The CX-5 employs a center-console located rotary knob for many digital actuation. The knob each rotates and acts as a plunger, the later to interact deeper menus and sub menus. Preliminary response to the setup—even by the automotive media—is usually destructive, primarily as a result of most different manufacturers have moved on to easier touch-screen programs.

They mentioned, there may be a lot to love concerning the Mazda system as soon as a driver has turn out to be aware of the association. This writer finds the system a wonderful strategy to preserve a driver’s eyes on the street. It takes only some days to turn out to be familiarized with the system, after which many drivers come to favor it to standard touch-screen operation. You’ll want to spend time studying how the Mazda knob-driven infotainment-system works must you take a check drive in a CX-5, or any Mazda, for that matter.

We’re huge followers of the CX-5. We discover that Mazda’s best-selling crossover represents a deft mix of utility, luxurious, and sporty character. Some customers could balk on the infotainment-system interface, however we promise that it turns into extra acquainted, and simpler to make use of, over time. Extra importantly, the CX-5 can appear expensive in comparison with different small crossovers. However, whenever you examine the CX-5’s upscale cabin, accessible energy, and common utility, the Mazda justifies its additional price. Whenever you check drive the CX-5, take time to take a look at the more-modern-looking CX-50, it’s additionally excellent.

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