The 2021 Mazda CX-5 is a very good compact SUV. It delivers robust performance, thanks to a responsive transmission that doesn’t hunt for gears. The CX-5 also has comfortable seating in the front and the back. Its above-average predicted reliability rating and outstanding safety scores add to its appeal, as does its good fuel economy.
The redesigned 2021 CX-5 comes standard with front-wheel drive and a 187-horsepower four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available. While some rivals have more powerful turbocharged engines, the CX-5 delivers enough power for most driving situations.