The Mazda CX-5 may not be the newest compact crossover SUV on the market, but it remains the second most popular option for Australians today. People who have driven the CX-5 claim that the high-quality interior, slick design, excellent road performance, and Mazda’s refinement are all factors that define the SUV. The all-new and improved Mazda CX-5 has all these things in spades and comes out with enhanced handling, better interior specs, and quieter on-road performance.

If you have been looking for a new compact crossover SUV, it doesn’t get much better than the Mazda CX-5. It not only boasts excellent safety features but is economically priced and delivers great driving performance with excellent fuel economy. Let’s look at some of the standout features of the 2021 Mazda CX-5 in our review.


Production 2012 – Present
Models2012 – Present
PriceA$31,190 – A$52,380
Engine2.0/2.2/2.5-liter engine
Fuel Capacity21.14 gallons (80 litres)
Mileage Hwy/City5.7 kmpl/8.2 kmpl
Horsepower250 hp
Displacement1999 cc
0-60 mph6.1 sec
Top Speed183 kph

Our Review of the Mazda CX-5

Even though the new Mazda CX-5 delivers a premium feel with its interior and sleek exterior, the car doesn’t come cheap when you compare it with other flagship SUVs. However, there is no shortage of luxury features with the CX-5, and you can expect 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, proximity key access, active cruise control, electric-powered tailgate, auto-folding side mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, and a sunroof.

In the interior of the CX-5, you get an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a 7.0-inch TFT computer, satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, a 10.25-inch infotainment display, 360-degree camera, Bose audio system with subwoofer, traffic sign recognition, and wired Android Auto/Apple CarPlay. You will also find Nappa leather trim and the front seats are electrically powered, ventilated, and heated. The driver side also has two-person memory presets, and the steering wheel is heated and leather-wrapped.

The Mazda CX-5 scores highly in safety ratings and was awarded five stars by ANCAP. Its safety features include rear cross-traffic alert, AEB with pedestrian detection capability, driver-attention monitor, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping aids, and automated high-beam headlights. Mazda has always prioritised using premium quality material in their cars, and the Mazda CX-5 is no exception.

The interior of the CX-5 is exquisitely designed and is spacious and roomy. There could be more room afforded to individuals in the back, but it does a decent job of keeping things comfortable inside the car. The seats are comfortable but not as supportive, and the improved infotainment system ensures you can enjoy your ride. You can read more about the impressive features of the 2021 Mazda CX-5 in our CX-5 reviews on CarExpert.


The Mazda CX-5 remains a premium quality compact crossover SUV, and now, it has all the interior luxury features you would want in a family SUV. Mazda has done an amazing job at updating its technology and improving both the vibration and noise levels in the vehicle. The SUV may not boast the best boot or backseat space, which are both important when you’re buying a family SUV. However, if you want a luxury SUV that delivers on-road performance, the Mazda CX-5 remains the best choice out there.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments