Hello, Old Friend: The 2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD


2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD front 3/4 view

Those of you who've been with me since the old TireKicker site know of my deep and abiding appreciation for the Mazda CX-5, an affection dating back six years to a spring break trip to Southern California with my wife and two then-teenage stepdaughters.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD rear 3/4 view

If you have discovered me since the launch of this site last June, this may still sound familiar. That's because the 2020 CX-5 Signature AWD was one of the first vehicles we reviewed back in July.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD hood up

What's changed? Not much. Under the hood, it's still the 2.5-liter turbo four, upgraded in 2019 to 250 horsepower on premium fuel, 227 on regular. The EPA still says 22 mpg city/27 highway.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD liftgate open

2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD cargo area

2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD interior

2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD rear seat

2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD front seats

The big change is on the inside, where Mazda has swapped out the infotainment screen for a bigger, brighter unit.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD instrument panel

2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD steering wheel and gauge cluster

2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD infotainment and HVAC

The new unit is 10.25 inches and considerably more readable and usable than last year's.


The window sticker is at the end of this review, so you can see for yourself, but the base price of the 2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD is $37,405, only $350 more than last year's, with the same standard feature content, plus the improved screen.


The only extra-cost options on our tester were $595 for the Soul Red Metallic paint and $125 for the rear bumper guard. So, with $1,100 delivery processing and handling fee, the as-tested price of the 2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD is $39.225.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD front view

2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD side view

2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD rear view

As before, as always, we think the CX-5, especially in top-of-the-line Signature trim, is a tremendous choice in a small crossover SUV. The streak remains unbroken.

https://www.mazdausa.com/vehicles/2021-cx-5
Click on the image to go to the XC-5 page on the Mazda website.

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