2021 Mazda CX-5 Redesign and Changes (Under the Hood)

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Mazda plans to add more model to its portfolio. One of them could be the CX-7 crossover SUV. We already analyzed the possibilities of its comeback and the review is HERE. Still, the company keeps tabs on the flagship CX-5 model, which expects another update. After two years fans saw the facelift. After another 2-year period, we will see the 2021 Mazda CX-5 redesign.

Changes on the new compact crossover will improve sales. The success of the market of the previous editions made Mazda making more vehicles. Now, the lineup is way larger and other comebacks are on the way. It won’t stop the carmaker from redesigning the CX-5. Rumors about possible changes are louder, but the company is not making anything official yet.

Main updates could happen under the hood. The 2021 Mazda CX-5 will probably get the hybrid version, and the diesel for the USA is not written off. The most recent additions for 2019 season also upgraded the engine lineup, with the new turbo engine now available besides the naturally-aspirated four-banger.

2021 Mazda CX-5 changes

2021 Mazda CX-5 Rumors – Hybrid and Diesel Drivetrains

The most realistic speculations about the 2021 Mazda CX-5 are informing about the new powertrains. The compact crossover already offers a pair of the four-cylinder unit with the power range between 190-250 hp. There are the naturally-aspirated engine and the turbocharged unit available for choice.

The new CX-5 could carry over a diesel engine available for European customers. That is a 2.2-liter Skyactiv turbodiesel drivetrain returns 150 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The US version will tune this unit to decrease emissions and improve efficiency. Currently, crossovers with such engine return 48 mpg combined. So, this is quite a good reason why Mazda USA should consider this unit.

On the other hand, the company could try to boost efficiency with the hybrid setup. At this moment, the article on the NIKKEI says the carmaker will bring the first diesel hybrid unit. But, the US market is more demanding and regulations are strict, so we believe that engineers will have to provide a gasoline-based version. The first mild-hybrid unit arrived as the CX-30 entered the market. A system for a larger crossover will need more power, so we expect the company to build such configuration on a 2.5-liter unit.

2021 Mazda CX-5 diesel

Redesign Details

The crossover will go through a big update soon and we believe it is happening with the 2021 Mazda CX-5. Well, the latest generation arrived in 2017 and already in 2019, we saw the first update. In the compact class, the changes are the most frequent and Mazda wants to keep up the pace with the competition. The carmaker is still not in the same league as the class-leading Japanese companies Honda, Nissan, and Toyota. So, CR-V, Rogue, and Rav4 are no true rivals. Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass, and Subaru Forester achieved similar sales as the CX-5 in 2018.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Specs (2.5 and Turbo Model)

When you purchase the 2021 Mazda CX-5, the 2.5-liter engine with 190 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque is under the bonnet. A six-speed automatic transmission distributes power to the front axle by default. We recommend an all-wheel drive as one of the best upgrades available for the CX-5. The naturally-aspirated unit also returns a respectable 28 miles per gallon, making the offer more interesting.

If you are looking or the more power, the Japanese carmaker will offer a turbocharged four-banger, with the capability to deliver 250 ponies and 310 pound-feet of twisting power. However, this is not the only upgrade required for such configuration, since the engine is available on top-tier trim levels, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. On the other hand, the engine sends power to all wheels, and the setup needs 7 seconds to reach 60 mph.

2021 Mazda CX-5 interior

2021 Mazda CX-5 Release Date and Price

The new 2021 Mazda CX-5 will arrive in the second half of 2020. The model for the next season will be mostly unchanged, and the release date will depend on other arrivals by the Japanese carmaker. The base price will remain the same, while the possible upgrades (diesel and hybrid) will bring a tag with a higher price. Three trim levels are available with the standard engine and the base cost is $26,000. For the least expensive model with turbo unit (Grand Touring Reserve), you need to spend at least $35,000.


The facelift for the 2019 season didn’t bring expected results. In the first two quarters, Mazda managed to sell slightly fewer units than in the same period in 2018. The redesign is going to bring new things to the marker and fix all issues drivers of the CX-5 are pointing to. For example, the crossover is not available with the manual gearbox. Also, the room in the second row is tiny for taller passengers. Still, the CX-5 offers plenty of premium features and extra drivetrain options will definitely increase the demand for the compact crossover.

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There are 9 comments

  1. I like my ’16 cx5. But other offerings (Rav4, crv) have more cargo room and better mpg. Mazda was leading, but is falling behind. Time for an 8 speed, maybe a carbon fiber hod to reduce weight…

    1. CX5 all the way. I bought a 2019 Rav4 hybrid over my 2015 cx5. The rav is garbage on icy roads while the cx5 sits the way it is suppose to. A Hybrid CX5 would be ideal.

  2. I think the gas mileage is a bit debatable here. My father’s 2019 CX-5 Signature AWD has a Turbo engine (~250 HP). After 11 months of usage he is averaging 30-30.5 MPG. I believe its fuel efficiency to be competitive. The Rav4 perhaps could get a few more MPG, but it’s not turbo and almost 50 HP less. I think the Mazda is hanging in there. And we have no issues with 6 speed trans, smooth, efficient, and quiet. Brian is right that it is snugger – but that also adds to its tight driving dynamic. So if you want raw cargo space get a CRV. You want something snugger and sportier get a CX-5. If you want mileage get a RAV4 hybrid.

  3. I have the 2016 CX5 GT AWD and love it, the only car I’d trade it in on would be a newer CX5, so the end of 2020 will be the choice, a 2020 signature awd or a 2021 signature awd, which would as Mazda is doing, cause me to wait till maybe February 2021…so make it fast cos I love my sport button and load it up with everything cos I love my toys even more.

    1. I am in the same position. The lease on 2016 CX 5 ends in November. Waiting to see 2021 to decide. I will be choosing the 2020 or2021 Signature series.

  4. Charles Mandracchia |

    Bought my cx-5 Touring FWD Sept.2019. Most compliments I have ever gotten, Rich interior, I get 35mpg hwy. 32 around NC towns. Mileage depends on driving habits. So quiet I dont even know the car is running at a stop light. Plenty [power, Handles like a very expensive car. Only complaint would be that the dash tells me im getting 37mpg. when I figure it gets 35 hwy loaded w family.

  5. Charles Mandracchia |

    I must add the 2019 Touring CX-5 LED Leveling headlights are Super Bright compared to my 2016 Rogue. Really make night driving a pleasure.

  6. I’ve been the proud owner of a CX-3 for the past 2.5 years now and it’s the first time I ever had a Mazda. Superb quality and a VERY affordable price. Almost bought the CHR instead and although my wife and I loved the look of it, it would have been over £7k+ more than what we paid for the Mazda. This summer is the time to swap as PCP is ending and we love the current 2019/2020 but perhaps we might wait for the newer model or not as giving that they always drop prices for existing stock when there’s a newer model just around the corner. This is how we got a brand new CX-3 Sports Nav for £17,850.00 rather than full price at £21,400.00. Only time will tell but Mazda all the way.


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