It’s no secret that the Japanese company is working on a completely new lineup of vehicles, which will be based on a new RWD platform and equipped with inline-six engines. The CX-5 is also part of this plan but from what we know so far, these novelties won’t come so soon. Most likely, the next generation of this compact crossover will hit the market in 2023, for the 2024 model year. This means that the 2023 Mazda CX-5 will probably be the final model year of the current generation, which indicates no bigger changes, especially if we consider the novelties that were introduced with the 2022 model.
In any case, you may count on a vehicle that has so many great things to offer. Besides the gorgeous look, this crossover also offers the nicest cabin in the class, while the handling is as impressive. Finally, there is a peppy optional engine, while the transmission has just received an update.
Since there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2023 Mazda CX-5 release date will be scheduled for the last quarter of 2022.
2023 Mazda CX-5 Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 Mazda CX-5 redesign won’t happen. Instead, we will see a familiar design, which has been around since 2016. Also, keep in mind the novelties that were introduced recently, for the 2022 model. The first thing you’ll notice is a new front end, which brings a slightly revised grille, with a new mesh pattern, as well as new headlights.
Besides aesthetical updates, the company also did some revisions on the suspension. As a result, the CX-5 now offers even better handling than before. Furthermore, the drive modes have been revised too. So, you can adjust the car in accordance with your driving style in a much nicer fashion.
The 2023 Mazda CX-5 interior will also remain pretty much the same. We saw a couple of updates recently, particularly in terms of the new seats, which now offer better side support. Other than that, things haven’t changed much since the initial launch, which isn’t an issue at all. Simply, the CX-5 features the nicest cabin in the class, thanks to the elegant design, high-end materials and excellent fit and finish.
The front seats are spacious and comfortable. We like the driving position very much, especially in terms of ergonomics. On the other hand, the second row still accommodates adult passengers, though rivals like Hyundai Tucson and Subaru Forester are way more generous with legroom. The same thing goes for the cargo area. The CX-5 offers around 31 cubic feet behind the second row, as well as 60 cubic feet of the total cargo volume. That’s below average for the segment.
We don’t expect that the 2023 Mazda CX-5 could bring too many changes in this aspect, though a few smaller tweaks are possible. All models should come standard with goodies like a 10.25-inch touch-screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Mazda Connected Services, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a four-speaker stereo, and HD Radio. Among upgrades, we expect to find things like a 10-speaker Bose sound system, satellite radio, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a moonroof, a universal garage door opener, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster display, and ambient interior lighting.
The same thing goes for safety features. The list of standard features should include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, a rearview camera, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Also, we count on upgrades like adaptive headlights, a head-up display, reverse automatic emergency braking, driver attention monitoring, a surround-view parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, and traffic sign recognition.
2023 Mazda CX-5 Engines
Under the hood, the 2023 Mazda CX-5 will continue with two familiar engine options on the offer. Base versions will feature a 2.5-litre inline-four, which puts out around 187 horsepower. This engine provides pretty decent performance, which should satisfy most drivers. For those who are looking for something peppier, there is a turbocharged version of this engine, which puts out up to 250 horsepower.
Both engines come in pair with a 6-speed automatic transmission, which received an update recently and now is smoother and more responsive. When it comes to fuel economy, the base engine returns around 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
2023 Mazda CX-5 Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Mazda CX-5 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of 2022, with a starting price of around 27.000 dollars.