Among compact crossover SUVs, the Mazda CX-5 has consistently delivered more style, more quality, and more driving enjoyment than its direct competitors.
Now, for 2019, this is truer than ever thanks to the introduction of a luxurious new Signature trim level, a more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine, enhanced dynamic tuning, an improved infotainment system, and more.
Patterned after the Mazda6 sedan and Mazda CX-9 SUV trim levels of the same name, the 2019 CX-5 Signature delivers lots of luxury at a relatively affordable price.
At the same time, higher CX-5 trims also offer a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine lifted from the Mazda6 and Mazda CX-9. This engine makes 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Improved Mazda G Vectoring Control Plus technology is standard on all 2019 CX-5s. This upgraded version of an existing technology is claimed to improve steering response while exiting corners by adding a little bit of braking to the outside front wheel as a driver straightens the steering wheel.
Mazda has also re-tuned the suspension for a smoother and more linear ride quality. Taken together, the turbocharged engine, G Vectoring Control Plus, and the revised suspension should make the latest CX-5 drive more like a luxury model than a mainstream crossover.
Luxury is more than brand deep
Another welcome change for 2019 is the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the Mazda Connect infotainment system. Available new upgrades to the SUV include SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link service with a free three-year subscription, a seven-inch configurable driver information display, power folding side mirrors, and ventilated front seats.
All of these features are standard for the new 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature, along with a 360-degree surround view monitoring system. The Signature’s real draw, however, is a plush cabin of truly luxurious quality.
Occupants sit on Caturra Brown Nappa premium leather seats, and the driver faces a dashboard trimmed in layered wood with satin chrome accents. A black headliner completes the upscale ambience, along with ambient interior LED lighting, unique leather-wrapped steering wheel stitching, and a classy frameless rearview mirror.
Mazda is not a luxury brand, yet it delivers the design, the refinement, and the engineering that can easily qualify the new CX-5 Signature as an alternative to vehicles such as the BMW X1, Jaguar E-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and others.