2023 Mazda CX-5

2023 Mazda CX-5
Price Range
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Fuel Efficiency6 - 8.2 / 100km
ANCAP Rating5-star
Warranty5 years
Fuel Efficiency6 - 8.2 / 100km
ANCAP Rating5-star
Warranty5 years

About the Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is a mid-sized SUV stalwart. It's consistently a top seller in its segment, and goes head-to-head with strong competition such as the Toyota RAV4 and Kia Sportage.

Four engines are offered, along with a choice between front- and all-wheel drive.


Our expert's shortest summary

Fun to drive

Comfortable ride

Attractive, well-made interior


Some rivals have more space

Rivals have more technology

Infotainment options are compromised

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2022 Mazda CX-5 turbo (inc. 0-100) review

Mar 26, 2022

This is one of the few SUVs that don't have a massive waiting list. Is it worth delving into the Mazda CX-5 world if you need a medium-sized SUV? Paul Maric checks out the 2022 Mazda CX-5 Akera 2.5T to see if it's any good after its mild refresh.

Mazda CX-5 Price

What is the price of a Mazda CX-5?
  • 2023 Mazda CX-5 Maxx 2.0 FWD: $35,390 (+$1000)
  • 2023 Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport 2.5 FWD: $39,190 (+$1000)
  • 2023 Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport 2.5 AWD: $41,690 (+$1000)
  • 2023 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5 AWD: $43,580 (+$1000)
  • 2023 Mazda CX-5 Touring Active 2.5 AWD: $43,880 (+$1000)
  • 2023 Mazda CX-5 Touring Active 2.2TD AWD: $46,880 (+$1000)
  • 2023 Mazda CX-5 GT SP 2.5 AWD: $49,190 (+$200)
  • 2023 Mazda CX-5 Akera 2.5 AWD: $51,380 (+$500)
  • 2023 Mazda CX-5 GT SP 2.5T AWD: $51,690 (+$200)
  • 2023 Mazda CX-5 Akera 2.5T AWD: $53,880 (+$500)
  • 2023 Mazda CX-5 Akera 2.2TD AWD: $54,380 (+$500)

(Price over 2022 model)


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Mazda CX-5 Range Guide

Which variant of the Mazda CX-5 range is best for you?

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 Maxx comes standard with the following standard features:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Automatic high-beam
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Body-coloured side mirrors with power folding
  • 7.0-inch TFT CLD digital instrument cluster
  • 10.25-inch infotainment system (Mazda Connect)
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • Internet radio
  • Wired Apple CarPlay
  • Wired Android Auto*
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Head-up display
  • Two front USB-C ports
  • Push-button start
  • Air-conditioning
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped gear shifter
  • Electric parking brake with auto-hold
  • Keyless window open function
  • Black cloth upholstery
  • Rear seat reclining function

The Maxx Sport adds:

  • LED tail lights
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay
  • Wireless Android Auto*
  • Satellite navigation
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Rear air vents
  • Paddle shifters
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Rear centre armrest
  • Two rear USB-A ports

The Touring adds:

  • Auto-folding heated side mirrors
  • Front parking sensors
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Keyless entry
  • Black Maztek/Black Grand Luxe synthetic suede upholstery

In addition to unique green accents and grey wheels, the Touring Active receive gloss black exterior mirrors. It’s also optionally available with the 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel.

The GT SP adds:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Adaptive Front-Lighting System
  • Single-pane sunroof
  • Hands-free power tailgate
  • 10-speaker Bose premium sound system
  • Cruising and Traffic Support
  • Black leather upholstery with red stitching
  • Heated front seats
  • 10-way power driver’s seat with two-position memory
  • Six-way power passenger seat

The flagship Akera adds:

  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Surround-view camera
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Interior ambient lighting
  • Real wood trim
  • Dark Russet Nappa leather upholstery
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated outboard rear seats

A ‘*’ indicates this feature won’t be available for vehicles built for vehicles built between November 2022 and March 2023 and will need to be activated through a software update

Mazda CX-5 Variants

What are the variants of the Mazda CX-5?
Variant Name
Price From
6-speed Automatic
Fuel Type
Fuel Economy
6.9L / 100km
Seating Capacity
Engine Size


Photos and Images of the Mazda CX-5 Interior

An update to the CX-5 at the start of 2022 brought about new interior options designed to better differentiate the models throughout the range. The cabin technology, however, remains the same.

The CX-5’s interior is refreshingly simple in layout and finished with attractive, tactile materials.

There are lovely knurled dials, elegant stitching details on the dash, doors and console, and soft-touch plastics on the top half of the dash and doors.

It’s almost European in execution, especially the rotary dial for the infotainment system – shades of BMW – and the smaller dial next to it for volume, reminiscent of an Audi. Subtle metal-look highlights, including around the air vents, shifter, and switchgear, help to break up the black-on-black trim.

The sides of the centre console are finished in padded leatherette, which is a thoughtful touch. Red stitching details can also be found here. If you want a breezier interior, the GT offers white upholstery.

The new 10.25-inch Mazda Connect system is a big improvement over the 8.0-inch MZD Connect system found in lesser CX-5 models. The only downside is the lack of touchscreen functionality which means using smartphone mirroring can be a bit clunky, for example if you’re using Google Maps.

The seats are comfortable, though they could stand to be a touch wider. While the CX-5 isn’t quite as commodious as a Toyota RAV4 in the back, there’s still ample headroom and legroom. The front seatbacks are soft, and there are map pockets and air vents for rear passengers.

Those rear seats split and fold 40:20:40, which is handy when carrying long items but multiple passengers. If you’re carrying babies instead of bean poles, there are three top-tether anchor points for child seats plus ISOFIX anchor points for the two outboard seats.

Like the back seat, the boot is a touch smaller than some rivals. Cargo space measures 442L up to the cargo cover, expanding to 1342L (measured to the roof) with the second row folded flat.


Photos and Images of the Mazda CX-5 Exterior

Base models ride on 17-inch alloy wheels, and feature automatic LED headlights. Moving through the range brings bigger wheels, and the option of models such as the Touring with its body-colour mirrors, or the Touring Active and its more off-road focused look.

The GT SP is designed to look sporty with 19-inch black alloy wheels, while the range-topping Akera features a more luxurious design.


Mazda CX-5 Colours

What colours are available for the Mazda CX-5?

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 is available in the following exterior paint colours:

  • Soul Red Crystal metallic
  • Eternal Blue mica
  • Deep Crystal Blue mica
  • Jet Black mica
  • Rhodium White metallic
  • Sonic Silver metallic
  • Zircon Sand metallic
  • Machine Grey metallic
  • Polymetal Grey metallic

Cost of Ownership

What is the running, servicing and ownership costs of buying a Mazda CX-5?

Mazda backs its range with a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty and five years of roadside assist.

Service intervals and prices for the updated CX-5 haven’t been revealed, but they’re unlikely to have changed from those of the pre-update model which required maintenance every 12 months or 10,000km.

Five years of capped-price servicing in the pre-update model cost a combined $1805.

How it Drives

Our expert take on Mazda CX-5 drivability?

The CX-5 remains arguably one of the dynamic benchmark in the mid-sized SUV segment, and it shines brightest with the turbo-petrol engine.

This mid-sized SUV fun to drive on a twisty road, something that can’t be said for a vast number of its rivals. Steering is precise, well-weighted and communicative, and there's plenty of grip.

The six-speed automatic might be down a gear or two on some rivals but it shifts smoothly and quickly, even in spirited driving. There’s really little point in flicking it to Sport mode or using the paddle shifters.

Ah, but how does it fare in your daily commute? Quite well. The ride is a touch firm but it’s never uncomfortable, and bumps are dispatched with a well-damped poise even riding on the bigger wheel options.

Out on a country road, the LED headlights provide excellent illumination and the Adaptive Front Lighting System is a splendid companion on a winding mountain road.

The automatic stop/start system isn’t as intrusive as Volkswagen’s, and you have to depress the brake pedal quite firmly to activate it. Likewise, the lane-keep assist isn’t constantly making its presence felt, though that also means its overall performance is average.

You can switch it off via a button on the dash, though it defaults to on.

Mazda CX-5 Safety Rating

ANCAP Safety Rating Australia

All versions of the Mazda CX-5 wear a five-star ANCAP safety ratingbased on testing carried out in 2017.

The CX-5 scored 95 per cent for adult occupant protection, 80 per cent for child occupant protection, 78 per cent for pedestrian protection, and 59 per cent for safety assist.

Dual frontal, side chest and side head (curtain) airbags are standard across the range, as are:

  • Autonomous emergency braking (Forward/Reverse) with pedestrian detection (Forward)
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Driver attention alert
  • Auto high-beam
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop/go (stop/go auto only)
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Tyre pressure monitoring

adult occupants
child occupants
pedestrians & cyclists
collision avoidance

Mazda CX-5 Lifecycle

How old is the current generation and when will there be a new or updated Mazda CX-5?
90% lifecycle
March 2017

The current generation Mazda CX-5 was launched in March 2017 and is currently 90 percent through its lifecycle. The last update was a technology change that was launched in July 2023 with the next model expected in 2024.

Mazda CX-5 Options

Options list for the Mazda CX-5

The CX-5 range doesn't have a long options list, what you see on each model is what you get.

Mazda CX-5 Warranty

What is the warranty period and kilometre limit for the Mazda CX-5?

Mazda backs its range with a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty and five years of roadside assist.

Service intervals for 2023 CX-5 models with petrol engines have been increased to 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first.

Service intervals for CX-5 models with the 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel remain at 12 months or 10,000km, whichever comes first.

Five years of capped-price servicing in the pre-update model cost a combined $1805.

Mazda CX-5 Stock Availability

Is the Mazda CX-5 available to buy now and what are stock levels and how long are wait times?

Stock availability for the Mazda CX-5 is better than average with wait times less than 3-6 months depending on variant

Mazda CX-5 Boot Space

How much luggage or cargo capacity and boot space is there in the Mazda CX-5?

Boot space is a claimed 438 litres with the rear seats in place, and 1340L with the 40/20/20 folding rear bench sitting flat.

Mazda CX-5 Fuel Economy

How much fuel does the Mazda CX-5 use and what are its emissions?

Combined fuel economy in the CX-5 with a 2.0-litre petrol engine is 6.9 litres per 100km. Moving to the 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol ups that figure to 7.4 litres per 100km with all-wheel drive.

Opting for the turbo petrol ups fuel use to 8.2L/100km, while the diesel uses as little as 5.7L/100km on the combined cycle.

All versions are fitted with idle stop/start technology, and all petrol versions are designed to run on 91 RON regular unleaded.

Depending on the variant, view the 2023 MAZDA CX-5 fuel usage below.

All Highway, City, and Combined figures below are litres per 100km

VariantSeriesStyleFuel TypeHighwayCityCombinedE10?

Mazda CX-5 Dimensions

The dimensions of the Mazda CX-5

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 measures 4575mm long, 1845mm wide and 1675mm tall, with a 2700mm wheelbase.

The 2023 MAZDA CX-5 measures 4550mm long, 1840mm wide and 1675mm tall, with a 2700mm tall wheelbase.

The 2023 MAZDA CX-5 has a braked towing capacity of 1800kg and an unbraked towing capacity of 750kg.

Mazda CX-5 Market Fit

Where does it fit in the competitor segment?

The CX-5 fits into one of Australia's most popular new car segments, going head-to-head with mid-sized SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4 and Nissan X-Trail.

Mazda CX-5 Sales Data

How well has the Mazda CX-5 been selling?

Mazda sold 24,968 examples of the CX-5 in 2021, putting it behind just the Toyota RAV4 (35,751) in the mid-sized SUV class.

The CX-5 outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander (14,572), Hyundai Tucson (14,194), and Nissan X-Trail (13,860).

Should you buy the Mazda CX-5

Is this the right car for you? Our experts buy or not guide.

We’ve all heard it before. A person wants something a little sporty to drive, but their partner wants a practical SUV. Or perhaps they’re a couple on the same page about needing an SUV but both want something with a little more poke.

Unfortunately, many vehicles in this segment are merely poky. That’s where the Mazda CX-5 stands tall, with one of the most powerful engines in the mainstream mid-sized SUV segment, and sharp handling.

While the interior isn’t the roomiest in the segment, it’s a comfortable place to sit and has a high-quality look and feel.

Competitor Analysis

What other cars should you look at?

The CX-5 is one of the more style-oriented mid-sized SUVs on the market. It's fun to drive, and still offers enough space for the average family inside, but it's a bit tighter in the rear than a RAV4 or Subaru Forester.

The RAV4 is unique in offering a hybrid option, although it can't match the luxurious feel of the CX-5 at the top end of the range.

New to the class are the 2022 Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage, which can't match the Mazda when it comes to driving fun but counter with spacious cabins and thoroughly modern infotainment screens.

Mazda CX-5 Interesting Facts

Did you know?

Before it set about developing the CX-5, Mazda sold a version of the Ford Escape called the Mazda Tribute. It also offered a mid-sized SUV called the CX-7 until 2012.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Mazda CX-5 range kicks off from $35,510 (plus on-road costs) for the "CX-5 MAXX (FWD)" variant and finishes at $54,500 (plus on-road costs) for the "CX-5 AKERA (AWD)" variant.

The Mazda CX-5 is built in Japan and is then shipped to Australia.

The Mazda CX-5 has a braked towing capacity of 1800kg and an unbraked towing capacity of 750kg.

Mazda suggested that owners service their Mazda CX-5 every 12 months or 10,000km, whichever comes first.

The Mazda CX-5 has a five star ANCAP safety rating out of five.

The variants of the Mazda CX-5 use Unleaded Petrol or Diesel.

The Mazda CX-5 has 4 doors.

In our latest review the Mazda CX-5 scored 7.9 out of 10. Read the full Mazda CX-5 review here.

The Mazda CX-5 had a 5 year, unlimited km warranty.