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Mazda recently reported it sold 38,727 CX-5 compact SUVs in the first three months of 2023. Fewer than 10,000 units of every other Mazda model have sold this year, except the CX-30 subcompact SUV. Aside from 2020 because of the pandemic, the CX-5’s sales have continued to grow every year. Here are five reasons why the Mazda CX-5 remains a hot seller.

1. The Mazda CX-5 delivers plenty of value

The best-selling Mazda model, the 2023 CX-5, drives on a city street.
The 2023 Mazda CX-5 | Mazda

A new Mazda CX-5 is inexpensive compared to most of its rivals. The base trim starts at only $26,700. That includes a 187-hp four-cylinder engine paired with standard all-wheel drive. Both Turbo trims have a more potent turbocharged engine.

If you want to stick with the base model, you’ll still get numerous advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). They include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, and forward collision warning. LED headlights and rain-sensing windshield wipers are also standard, as is a three-year trial for Mazda Connected Services.

The range-topping Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature boasts extra ADAS features, such as driver attention monitoring and parking sensors. This 2023 trim starts at just under $40,000. 

2. The CX-5 delivers a superb ride and handling

Car and Driver reviewers call the Mazda CX-5’s handling “athletic” regardless of the engine. With the 256-hp turbo engine, the CX-5 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under seven seconds. Even at higher speeds, this SUV’s sharp steering ensures it doesn’t have any cornering problems.

In addition, the suspension is smooth enough to outmatch more expensive rivals. C/D also appreciates the CX-5’s quiet interior at high speeds. Both powertrain options also exceed their EPA estimates in real-world highway driving. The base engine is more efficient, earning 32 mpg.

3. The Mazda CX-5 boasts refined exterior styling

Mazda redesigned the CX-5’s headlight structure and grille insert for the 2022 model year. The SUV also received an elongated front end and a refreshed bumper. 

The CX-5 retains the attractive curves and sloping roofline it has boasted since the 2017 model. And the Turbo trims strike an even sportier figure with black chromeck wing and red accents to highlight the glossy black grille.

4. Its interior borders on luxurious

Cloth seats are standard in the base-model 2023 Mazda CX-5, but the S Select has faux leather. Every other trim has leather seats, starting with the Preferred, priced at $30,190. As part of the Mazda CX-5’s refreshments for 2022, every seat now offers better support. 

This SUV’s interior quality is also attractive and polished, especially in the Turbo Signature. That trim has upscale Nappa leather seats, brushed metal accents, layered wood, and ambient lighting.

5. The CX-5’s controls are easy to use

Every 2023 Mazda CX-5 trim has a 10.25-inch infotainment screen with clear graphics. A center rotary dial near the gear shifter serves as the main controller. Despite having no touchscreen, the system is still user-friendly thanks to physical knobs, including intuitive steering wheel buttons and voice controls. That makes driving less distracting.

Bluetooth and smartphone integration and two USB ports below the center stack are also standard in every trim. The Premium Plus trim adds a Bose audio system and a digital speedometer, while both Turbo models have a wireless charging pad. Various packages are available to upgrade most trims.

Even in a “bad” year, the Mazda CX-5 still sells more than 146,000 units. Given its excellent performance capabilities and features for the price, we wouldn’t be surprised if the CX-5 continued its streak as the best-selling Mazda.


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