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The Mazda CX-5 has long been recognized as one of the best options in its segment, and for good reasons. It’s available with a range of engines, boasts a long list of features, and has earned itself a pretty good reputation over the years. But does that make the Mazda CX-5 a worthwhile pick for used SUV shoppers?   

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Choosing a used Mazda CX-5 over a newer model

For budget-conscious shoppers, buying a used SUV just makes sense. But for other car shoppers? They might need some convincing. Fortunately, when it comes to the Mazda CX-5, convincing someone to buy a used model, rather than a new one, isn’t all that difficult.

Take for instance the 2019 Mazda CX-5. According to U.S. News & World Report, the average list price for one is $21,796. A new CX-5, on the other hand, will run you about $25,270. Choose a used model, and you’ll not only be spending less, but odds are that you’ll also be able to find a better, more well-appointed CX-5 and still spend less than you would if you bought a newer model.

Choosing the perfect Mazda CX-5 for your daily driving needs

But which Mazda CX-5 should you choose? Well, the first generation of the Mazda CX-5 ran from 2013 to 2016. Consumer Reports says this generation of CX-5 models is fun to drive but recommends that used car shoppers choose a 2014 or newer model because these models earned better crash test ratings. And if it’s tech features that you’re after? Consumer Reports suggests choosing a 2016 model or newer, all of which are available with the Mazda Connect infotainment system.

In 2017, the CX-5 underwent a substantial redesign. Mazda not only improved the overall ride of the CX-5 but it also dampened cabin noise. In 2019, the CX-5 added two additional engine options, a turbocharged four-cylinder, and a turbo diesel. The automaker also introduced a slew of new features in 2019, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, ventilated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, and a surround-view parking camera system.

Is the Mazda CX-5 a safe and reliable SUV?

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Mazda CX-5 is a pretty safe SUV. The 2020 Mazda CX-5 was tapped as a Top Safety Pick+. That’s not the first time it’s earned such a title either. Most model years, when properly equipped, have been recognized as a Top Safety Pick+. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also given the Mazda CX-5 a five-star overall safety rating for the last two years. Prior to that, most models earned a four-star overall safety rating.

While safety is certainly important when buying a used SUV, you should also keep a vehicle’s reliability rankings in mind. According to Consumer Reports, most CX-5 models earned a four or five out of five reliability rating. J.D. Power has also given the CX-5 a ‘Great’ quality and reliability rating numerous times.

There are some common complaints worth keeping in mind


People Had Problems Until Mazda Fixed the CX-5

As tempting as a used Mazda CX-5 might be, there are a couple of common owner complaints that you should know about. reports that the most common complaints include the CX-5’s windshield, which according to some owners is pretty easy to crack. This issue tends to occur around the 22,000-mile mark and costs about $500 to fix. According to, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 also struggled with daytime running led light failure.

The benefits of choosing a certified pre-owned model

If you’re not convinced that buying a used Mazda CX-5 is the right choice for you, then consider the benefits of choosing a certified pre-owned model. According to Mazda, only the best of the best used vehicles make the certified cut and must first endure an uncompromising 160 multi-point inspection. Each certified pre-owned model comes with a 12-month/12,000-mile CPO Vehicle Limited Warranty too.

Is a used Mazda CX-5 the right pick for you?

The Mazda CX-5 has positioned itself as a great pick for used SUV shoppers. To find out if it’s the right pick for you, we recommend heading to your local car dealership to take the Mazda CX-5 out for a test drive.