2024 Mazda CX-5 Review:
Premium Compact SUV Takes On Sportage, Forester, CR-V and RAV4

The refreshed 2024 Mazda CX-5 looks to solidify its position as one of the most premium compact SUVs on the market. This small SUV with a turbo engine option aims to go head-to-head with other compact AWD SUV models like the Kia Sportage, Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4.


Compact SUV Powertrain Comparison

Under the hood, the CX-5 brings some serious compact SUV power to take on its rivals:

  • Standard 2.5L 4-cyl (187 hp)
  • Turbo 2.5L 4-cyl (227 hp or 256 hp on premium fuel)
  • 6-speed automatic, AWD available

How does that stack up? The Sportage offers a turbo 2.5L 4-cyl (237 hp), while the CR-V has a 1.5L turbo 4-cyl (190 hp). The RAV4 has a hybrid variant with a 2.5L (219 net hp). All offer AWD systems.

The CX-5 holds a power advantage with its available turbocharged 2.5L, making up to 256 horsepower - more than other turbo compact SUV engines in this lineup.

Compact SUV Interior Space and Amenities

Inside, the CX-5 emphasizes premium cabin materials and tech over maximum cargo space:

  • Up to 59.6 cu. ft cargo room
  • Premium Nappa leather seats available
  • 10.25" infotainment display standard
  • Panoramic moonroof available

The Sportage counters have up to 74.1 cu. ft cargo space and a dual panoramic sunroof option.

The Forester tops out at 76.1 cu. ft, while the CR-V has up to 76.5 cu. ft for compact SUV cargo space.

However, the CX-5 remains one of the most premium compact SUVs, with offerings like the Nappa leather upholstery and panoramic moonroof that give it a more luxurious SUV vibe.

Compact SUV Exterior Dimensions

Looking at exterior compact SUV dimensions, the CX-5 has one of the most compact footprints:

  • Length: 180"
  • Width: 72.5"
  • Height: 65.3"
  • Wheelbase: 106.2"

The Sportage is larger overall, while the Forester and RAV4 split the difference. The CR-V is the largest compact SUV in this group by length and width.

The 2024 CX-5's relatively compact exterior dimensions could be a selling point for those wanting a premium yet easy-to-maneuver small SUV.

Standard Tech and Safety

Even the base 2024 CX-5 comes loaded with the latest compact SUV tech features thanks to its standard 10.25" infotainment system. The Sportage offers a larger 12.3" digital cluster, while the Forester has its EyeSight safety suite, and the CR-V and RAV4 provide generous standard safety tech as well.

The Verdict

2024 Mazda CX-5 Remains a Premium Compact SUV Value

With its available turbocharged performance, premium interior appointments like the optional Nappa leather and moonroof, generous tech like the 10.25" display, and compact SUV dimensions, the 2024 Mazda CX-5 continues to be one of the most compelling options for those wanting equal parts sophistication and versatility in their compact SUV purchase.