The Mazda CX-5 is improving with age as the company has announced a handful of updates for the 2021 model year.
Set to go on sale in the United States next month, the 2021 CX-5 now comes standard with a 10.25-inch infotainment system. It replaces the previous 7- and 8-inch displays and features Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay compatibility.
The infotainment system runs the latest software and comes with a three-year trial of Mazda Connected Services. The latter enables owners to remotely monitor and control their crossover via the MyMazda app.
Besides the infotainment system, the CX-5 Touring gains an all-new Touring Preferred SV Package which costs $1,445 and adds a host of commonly requested features. These include power front seats, leather upholstery and a moonroof. The package also adds a power liftgate, a ten-speaker Bose audio system and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink.
Another new addition is the previously announced CX-5 Carbon Edition. It’s based on the CX-5 Touring with the Touring Preferred SV Package, and features a Polymetal Gray exterior with gloss black mirrors and 19-inch alloy wheels with a black finish. The special edition also has red leather seats, black honeycomb trim, and red contrast stitching on the steering wheel.
Lastly, the range-topping CX-5 Signature features additional i-Activsense safety features including Driver Attention Alert and Smart City Brake Support Reverse. They’re joined by a 360° View Monitor that has been “updated with high-definition digital clarity.”
Engine options carryover and include a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder that pumps out 187 hp (139 kW / 190 PS) and 186 lb-ft (252 Nm) of torque. Customers can also opt for a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine which produces up to 250 hp (186 kW / 253 PS) and 320 lb-ft (433 Nm) of torque.
On downside, prices have crept up as the entry-level CX-5 Sport now starts at $25,270 excluding a destination charge of between $1,100 and $1,145. That’s up $180 from last year, but the destination fee has also increased by $55 bringing the total increase to $235.