Consumer Reports Recommends Every Model of This Mazda SUV It’s Ever Tested

People know Consumer Reports for its rigorous testing and careful rating and ranking of various makes and models of cars. From luxury sports cars to large utilitarian family haulers to the compact crossover SUV, some models get the esteemed recommendation badge. In fact, Consumer Reports recommends every model of the Mazda CX-5 it’s ever tested. 

a red 2021 Mazda CX-5 driving on the road at speed
2021 Mazda CX-5 | Mazda

Is the Mazda CX-5 a good car? 

Yes, the Mazda CX-5 is a good compact crossover SUV model. It’s an ideal size, offering a lot of versatility to a variety of households. While it can easily serve well for a family of three or four, it also makes sense for someone single too. 

According to Consumer Reports, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 is No.2 among 23 compact SUVs. The 2021 Subaru Forester is No. 1, with a total score of 89/100 from Consumer Reports. Just behind the Mazda SUV in the rankings, the 2021 Honda CR-V is No. 3 with a total score of 82/100. Consumer Reports gave the 2021 Mazda CX-5 83/100 points. 

The Mazda CX-5 slots between the CX-30 and the CX-9 in the Mazda SUV lineup. Overall, the Mazda CX-5 is a good choice for both a new or used SUV. Consumer Reports recommends the Mazda CX-5 based on its high reliability ratings and superior driving dynamics. 

Is the Mazda CX-5 reliable?

The second generation Mazda CX-5 driving at speed on a scenic country road.
2017 Mazda CX-5 | National Motor Museum/Heritage Images via Getty Images

This Mazda SUV is a compact crossover that has never scored lower than 4/5 for predicted reliability from Consumer Reports. The 2013 and 2016 Mazda CX-5 both earned the 4/5 rating while every other model year has a reliability rating of 5/5. Consumer Reports has tested every model year since 2013, its debut model year. 

Since then, Consumer Reports literally recommends every model year of the Mazda CX-5. The Mazda CX-5 saw a redesign for the 2017 model year; it considers both generations of the Mazda CX-5 good quality, reliable compact crossover SUV models.

This Mazda SUV is ‘one of the best small SUVs’

According to Consumer Reports, the Mazda CX-5 is, hands down, one of the best compact crossover SUV models money can buy. Buyers can’t go wrong with virtually every model year for the CX-5. It’s fun to drive and offers a variety of trim levels. 

The base engine for the current generation is a 187 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. However, buyers can also opt for the turbocharged four-cylinder engine that gives this Mazda SUV 227 hp. That said, this upgrade is limited to the most expensive Signature and Grand Touring Reserve range-topping CX-5 trims. 

How much is the CX-5? 

2018 Mazda CX-5 on display at an indoor auto show
2018 Mazda CX-5 | Victor Decolongon/Getty Images for Mazda Motor Co.

Buying a brand new 2021 Mazda CX-5 will set buyers back between $25,370-$37,505. On the other hand, buying a three year old used model can save quite a bit of cash. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is a great used SUV with an average price between $21,725-$26,800.

For those looking for an even thriftier used SUV model, the older generation is still a good car as well. Consumer Reports shows average pricing for a 2016 Mazda CX-5 between $15,775-$19,050. Whether a brand new version of this compact crossover SUV model makes sense or a used version sounds more appealing, buyers are likely to end up happy with their choice. After all, Consumer Reports recommends every model year of the Mazda CX-5 it’s ever tested.

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