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Mazda Unveils Refreshed CX-5 at Seattle Auto Show

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Mazda’s CX-5 crossover is arguably the star of its lineup. Now, about a month and a half after we saw a leaked dealership document with details of a refreshed CX-5 and a month after Mazda confirmed those rumors with a Japan release, Mazda has unveiled the refreshed 2019 CX-5 for the U.S. at the 2018 Seattle Auto Show.


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2017 Mazda CX-9 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G turbocharged four-cylinder engine

Turbo power

One big addition for the 2019 CX-5 is a new engine option: a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, currently available on the CX-9 and Mazda6, which makes 250 horsepower on premium fuel and 310 lb-ft of torque. This is on top of the existing, non-turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

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G-Vectoring Control Plus in operation

G-Vectoring Control Plus

In addition to the new engine, the 2019 CX-5 will indeed use the new G-Vectoring Control Plus system as standard equipment. We talked about what exactly that entails in more detail in a separate article (which you can read by clicking right here), but suffice it to say that the GVC Plus system helps improve steering response coming out of a turn.

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2018 Mazda CX-5

Suspension updates

On top of G-Vectoring Control Plus, the CX-5 received some suspension refinements to improve its driving experience. Mazda re-tuned the CX-5’s suspension to reduce friction, letting the wheels glide over bumps more easily. It also adjusted the steering geometry to make corners feel more natural.

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2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature

Signature trim

Probably the biggest new step in the CX-5’s development is the addition of the Signature trim level. This adds a more refined touch to the crossover, with features like leather and wood trims, a frameless rearview mirror, interior ambient lighting, a 360-degree View Monitor with front and rear parking sensors, and more.

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The CX-5 Signature will be part of the Mazda Drive Experience for three days at the Seattle Auto Show. It will also be on display with the rest of the lineup, though it will be the main focus.


One Step Up: If you like the CX-5 but need more space, look at the Mazda CX-9