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The 2023 models are finally rolling out. If you’ve been eyeing a new Mazda CX-5, you’ll likely be pleased with its ratings from critics. However, the 2023 Mazda CX-5 isn’t all that different from the previous model year, which also earned high marks from experts.

We dove deep into expert evaluations of the 2023 CX-5 and confirmed there’s still much to like about this beloved compact SUV. Still, three things stand out as potential negatives. Here’s what you might not like about the latest CX-5.

1. The 2023 Mazda CX-5 gets unimpressive fuel economy 

A red 2023 Mazda CX-5 compact SUV model driving at night with its headlights on
2023 Mazda CX-5 | Mazda North American Operations

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 has retained much of its previous model’s best attributes, including sporty handling, excellent ride quality, and interior plushness.

A 187-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission power the standard model. However, the powertrain’s weight affects the Mazda CX-5’s fuel efficiency. While not terrible, the fuel economy ratings of the CX-5 don’t make it stand out amongst its rivals. Still, settling for 24 mpg combined might be worth a smooth, quiet ride.

2. The CX-5’s infotainment controls require a learning curve

Next up on the 2023 Mazda CX-5 disappointment list is the infotainment system. Though most of the knobs and controls work well, the system requires time to master. Expect a learning curve to configure and use the CX-5’s infotainment system.

Edmunds reviewers like the 10.25-inch screen’s bright and attractive components. They also think the navigation is simple enough to figure out, and voice controls are not overly complicated to set up. However, they state that ease of use for the infotainment settings and advanced driver’s aids is a mixed bag.

3. Poor rear visibility

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With any vehicle purchase, you’ll want to test drive your picks to gauge visibility. It’s long been a common complaint that SUVs’ wide pillars and crossbars can obstruct certain views from the driver’s seat. It’s a concern that still plagues even the 2023 Mazda CX-5.

Outward visibility is suitable on the latest CX-5, but rear visibility is poor, presenting a challenge for some drivers. The model’s thick rear pillars, paired with its sloping roofline, create the need for smaller rear windows. However, a rear camera display, blind spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert standard features help offset poor rear visibility.

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 doesn’t have much new to offer over the 2022 model. Aside from a minor facelift, new seat designs, and a few tweaks to the transmission and suspension, this crossover remains primarily unchanged. However, although the 2022 and 2023 model years earned high marks in various categories from experts, don’t overlook the above potential flaws.