The 2021 Mazda CX-5 Is Worth the Upgrade for the New Safety Features

The Mazda CX-5 is consistently one of the top-rated small SUVs. The CX-5 has a sleek, sporty look and often receives high safety ratings. In fact, in 2018, the CX-5 was the only SUV in its class to receive the IIHS’s top safety honor. The IIHS awards Top Safety Pick designations to vehicles that perform well in crash tests and have collision-prevention technology. Another factor that plays an important part in safety ratings is the quality of a vehicle’s headlights – something that does have to be upgraded from the standard CX-5 model. 

This year, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 returns with a plethora of desirable perks and enhanced safety features. While the 2020 CX-5 is a fantastic vehicle, the newer model provides more bang for the buck. In addition to new safety features, the 2021 CX-5 offers a unique new Carbon Edition that boasts bold exterior colors and interior accents. 

What are the new safety features in the 2021 Mazda CX-5?

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 is offering drivers even more standard safety features – the iActivsense suite is now standard on all models. Drivers and passengers will drive in safety with the protection of the Advanced Smart City Brake Support and Pedestrian Detection. The system engages to stop or slow the vehicle before a collision. At speeds over 6 mph, it can detect the presence of a pedestrian in the path of the vehicle.

Another safety feature drivers will find in the 2021 CX-5 is the Lane-Keep Assist and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear-Cross Traffic Alert. The feature notifies you when a vehicle is approaching from the rear and warns you of cars in your blind spots. The CX-5 also includes Mazda Radar Cruise Control, which has stop and go functions. 

The CX-5 with all-wheel drive will include Off-Road Traction Assist, making the vehicle safer while driving in slippery conditions. 

What other new features does the 2021 Mazda CX-5 have? 

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There are several other exciting upgrades to the Mazda CX-5, according to All trims will now have the expansive 10.25-inch information display, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. CX-5 owners will enjoy a three-year free trial of Mazda’s Connected Services system. The system allows your smartphone to interact with your vehicle, letting you start your vehicle or lock your doors remotely. 

The signature trim now includes a 360-degree monitor and smart rear braking. The 2021 CX-5 line-up also includes a brand-new Carbon Edition. Exterior features on the Carbon Edition include Polymetal Gray paint, gloss-black door mirrors, black metal grille, and black 19-inch alloy wheels. The interior has red leather seats and black honeycomb trim on the dashboard and door panels. 

What is the difference in price between the 2020 and 2021 models?

According to Kelley Blue Book, the MSRP of the 2021 CX-5 Sport is $25,270 for front-wheel drive (FWD) and $26,670 for all-wheel drive (AWD). However, KBB recommends the CX-5 Touring model, which has an MSRP of $27,010 (FWD) or $28,410 (AWD). The Grand Touring model starts at $30,460, and the top-of-the-line CX-5 Signature starts at $37,405. 

A 2020 Mazda CX-5 Sport will run about $25,819. The Touring model is about $27,157, while the 2020 Grand Touring model runs around $30,233. Drivers can expect to pay about $36,808 for the 2020 CX-5 Signature. The 2020 and 2021 CX-5 have comparable prices, so it’s well worth the extra money to purchase the 2021 model for its extra safety features and upgraded tech. If you’d like to splurge on something special, the new Carbon Edition is a great choice for anyone looking for unique colors and features.