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The Mazda CX-5 has given us a full package of impressive premium materials and excellent qualities for several years. The 2023 Mazda CX-5 won the Best Compact SUV for the Money award from U.S. News & World Report. This isn’t where the accolades end for this top-level compact crossover SUV.

What makes the 2023 Mazda CX-5 the best compact SUV?

The latest version of the CX-5 delivers an impressive package of comfort, athleticism, and interior refinement to give you an SUV with the driving and comfort features you want in a crossover SUV. U. S. News & World Report tells us the Mazda CX-5 offers:


  • Poised ride and handling
  • Zippy acceleration (thank you SkyActiv engine technology)
  • Premium interior
  • Many standard safety features


  • No touchscreen for the infotainment system
  • Below-average cargo space

In addition to being the 2023 Best Compact SUV for the Money, the CX-5 is:

  • #1 in Compact SUVs
  • #1 in Crossover SUVs
  • #1 in SUVs with 2 Rows

What’s new for the 2023 Mazda CX-5?

Side view of red 2023 Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV
2023 Mazda CX-5 | Mazda

Mazda took the approach that “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” for this Mazda SUV. There aren’t any major changes going into 2023. Certainly, we would love to have seen this brand add a touchscreen to the infotainment system, but that didn’t happen. Of course, the lack of changes could have something to do with the new Mazda CX-50.

Mazda CX-5 powertrain and fuel economy

Red Mazda CX-5 Parked and Posed Outdoord
Mazda CX-5 | Mazda

All S models of the 2023 Mazda CX-5 use a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine that produces 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. If turbo is part of the name, the engine includes a turbocharger. For those models, the power delivered is 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque when using 87-octane gasoline. If you fuel up with 93-octane, the power increases to 256 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque.

In both cases, the transmission used is a 6-speed automatic. Every new CX-5 includes standard AWD, giving you power on all four wheels. The S models return 24 city/30 hwy mpg of fuel mileage while Turbo versions provide 22 city/27 hwy mpg.

How much does this Mazda SUV cost?

The price range for the 2023 Mazda CX-5 starts with the base 2.5 S model with a starting price of $26,700. The top trim level, 2.5 Turbo Signature, comes in at a little more than $40,000. The relatively affordable price and quality features give this Mazda SUV the Best Compact SUV for the Money award.

Is the 2023 Mazda CX-5 a good SUV?

White 2023 Mazda CX-5 SUV parked in front of a barn
2023 Mazda CX-5 | Mazda

This compact crossover SUV delivers an impressive package of quality features, an upscale cabin, and interior comfort that allows everyone to enjoy the ride. The Mazda CX-5 has tons of standard safety features, a roomy cargo area, and the drive you want. The SkyActiv engine technology allows this Mazda SUV to be active, peppy, and fun to drive on any road. The only real drawback to the CX-5 is the infotainment system which lacks touchscreen functionality.

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