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The 2023 Mazda CX-5 competes with the best small SUVs in its segment. The 2023 CX-5 is affordable and comes with plenty of standard features. It offers even more value at upper trim levels. Is the 2023 Mazda CX-5 the best new small SUV for the money?

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 is incredibly affordable

A white 2023 Mazda CX-5 small SUV is driving on the road.
The 2023 Mazda CX-5 | Mazda

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 starts at just $26,700 (before destination charges and additional fees). Its price increased by only $450 (from $26,250) for the 2023 model year. Edmunds expects the 2023 Toyota RAV4 to start at around $28,000. The 2023 Honda CR-V starts at $31,110.

The CX-5 is one of the more affordable small SUV models, like the 2023 Kia Sportage and the 2023 Hyundai Tucson. The 2023 Kia Sportage starts at $25,990. The 2023 Hyundai Tucson starts at $26,450.

The Mazda CX-5 is affordable considering the long list of standard features it includes. Its value proposition is one of the many reasons why the CX-5 competes with the best small SUVs in its class.

The Mazda CX-5 is loaded with standard features

The Mazda CX-5 comes standard with all-wheel drive. It also comes with Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop and Go. This feature is ideal for driving in areas with a moderate flow of traffic. It’s an advanced form of cruise control that simplifies the small SUV’s driving experience.

The CX-5 includes standard power side mirrors with LED turn signals and automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Mazda CX-5 comes with hill launch assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and advanced smart city brake support with pedestrian detection. It features lane-keep assist, a lane-departure warning system, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

The base model Mazda CX-5 2.5 S comes standard with push-button start, a remote keyless entry system, and 12-volt power outlets. It also features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a leather-wrapped gear selector, and a 10.25-inch infotainment system display.

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to make 187 horsepower. The small SUV achieves 24 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway. The Mazda CX-5’s power output is similar to most small SUVs in its vehicle segment. Its fuel economy isn’t great compared to many of its rivals.

How does the Mazda CX-5 compare to the best small SUVs on the market?

Front angle view of new 2023 Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV with Soul Red Crystal Metallic exterior paint color option
Soul Red Crystal Metallic 2023 Mazda CX-5 | Mazda

The Mazda CX-5 doesn’t sell as well as the most popular small SUVs on the market like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. U.S. News & World Reports lists the CX-5 as a top-five small SUV model alongside models like the Tucson and Bronco Sport. If you’re looking for a comfortable small SUV with plenty of standard tech, the 2023 CX-5 is the way to go.

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