Here are the Updates the CX-5 is Getting for the 2021 Model Year
The fan-favorite crossover is back for the new model year. With critics giving past models accolades left and right, the 2019 and 2020 Mazda CX-5 models have garnered a reputation for being excellent vehicles. How does the 2021 CX-5 measure up?
What does the 2021 Mazda CX-5 do to improve the formula? Which new features does it bring to the table? Let’s take a look.
Brand-New New Trim
The 2021 Mazda CX-5 is getting an all-new trim: Carbon Edition. It slots in-between the Touring and Grand Touring. It comes in Polymetal Gray, with a striking red leather interior. While you won’t have to decide on a color, you will have to decide on a powertrain. The new trim comes in two variants: Carbon Edition and Carbon Edition Turbo. The former features the 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder engine found in the CX-5 Sport and Touring trims. It produces 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. The latter, as you might expect, features the turbocharged 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder engine found on the CX-5 Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature trims. With premium fuel, it produces 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque.
New Standard Tech and Safety
The 2021 CX-5 gets some major infotainment upgrades. The base 2021 CX-5 Sport will have a 10.25-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility. Previous model year Sport trims had a 7-inch touchscreen and no standard smartphone integration other than Bluetooth. The Sport also gets a three-year trial of Mazda Connected Services. The standard i-Activsense safety suite also gets a new addition in the form of Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. That suite also includes Mazda Radar Cruise Control with stop and go functionality, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Brake Support, and Lane Departure Warning with Lane-Keep Assist.