In today’s car market, the easiest way to attract more buyers is to add more luxury and more power, and that’s exactly what the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Turbo Signature brings to the table. This new CX-5 model trickles down some high-lux bits and new turbocharged engine from the mid-size CX-9 Signature and Mazda6 Signature, resulting in a small CUV that is big on power and luxury. The CX-5 was already a must-see vehicle in the crowded compact crossover segment, but we spent a week in the new 2019 Mazda CX-5 Turbo Signature to see how much better this class leader can get.
2019 Mazda CX-5 Exterior
For the extra money, you’re really not getting a whole lot more from the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Turbo Signature, but that’s alright with us since the CX-5 is already the best-looking CUV in its class… and perhaps even among all compact crossovers on the market. This little crossover looks that good! This new trim level does get subtle additions like the exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels with a dark silver finish and the “Signature” badge on the liftgate leaving the rest of this model’s content the same as the previous top trim level – the CX-5 Grand Touring. That means you’re getting standard features like heated door mirrors and full LED lighting including the headlights, DRLs, taillights and fog lights. The satin chrome trim and dark wheels looked especially nice on this tester, which was painted in the premium ($200) Snowflake White hue.
2019 Mazda CX-5 Interior
As we’ve seen from other Signature-trimmed Mazdas, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature interior has the styling, technology and cabin materials to look and feel like a true luxury crossover. This starts with the seats, which are exclusive to the Signature trim wrapped in soft Caturra Brown nappa leather. This dark brown leather is also added to the door panels, while the rest of the cabin is trimmed with genuine wood and satin chrome accents. A black headliner, LED cabin lighting (including ambient lights), frameless rearview mirror and added leather stitching on the heated steering wheel round out the list of additions made to the CX-5 Signature’s luxurious interior. The new Grand Touring Reserve and Signature also come standard with head-up display (including Traffic Sign Recognition), heated rear seats and cooled front seats (heated front seats standard on Touring trim), while navigation, Bose 10-speaker audio system and the all-new seven-inch reconfigurable LCD gauge cluster are all standard starting at the Grand Touring trim. The 2019 model year adds Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to the Touring trim and up.
In terms of passenger comfort, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 is surprisingly roomy despite its sporty intentions and compact size. The front seats of the CX-5 Signature are incredibly supportive and well-bolstered, while the rear seats have plenty of room for three adults to ride comfortably. For added comfort, the 40/20/40 split folding rear seats can recline, but they aren’t able to slide fore and aft like some rivals. When it comes to cargo capacity, the 2019 CX-5 can hold 30.9 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 59.6 cubic feet with the seats folded flat.
2019 Mazda CX-5 Powertrain
If you want a sporty compact crossover, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 is now an even better choice. The new Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trim levels aren’t just more luxurious, they also come standard with the new 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder as well as the i-Activ all-wheel drive system. This engine delivers 310 lb-ft of torque and 250 horsepower on premium fuel (227 hp on regular grade), which is more than sufficient power to motivate this compact crossover. Even though Mazda officially lists a 0-60 time of 7.3 seconds, the turbocharged CX-5 feels quicker off the line than that number would suggest. As expected, the more powerful turbo engine in this CX-5 Signature AWD takes a slight hit in fuel economy compared to the base engine with EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway* (the non-turbo 2.5L AWD returns 24 mpg city and 30 mpg highway*).
While only the top trims get the new turbo engine, all 2019 Mazda CX-5 trim levels now come standard with the new G-Vectoring Control Plus. This technology builds on the previous G-Vectoring Control, which uses engine timing to control the steering inputs helping to give the driver increased confidence and control. G-Vectoring Control Plus applies braking to the outside wheel to further improve steering response. Mazda says this industry-exclusive feature is not only undetectable to the driver but it also adds no weight; a base 2019 CX-5 weighs in at just 3,541 pounds, while the CX-5 Signature tips the scales at 3,825 pounds. For even better handling with the peppier turbo engine, the Reserve and Signature trim levels get larger front brakes (almost an inch larger diameter rotors).
Overall, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 is smooth and quiet on the road, and it exhibits the same fun-to-drive spirit as all other Mazdas bring to their respective segments from the Miata up to the CX-9. Even the six-speed automatic feels just as advanced as some competitors – the Toyota RAV4 offers an eight-speed automatic and the Chevrolet Equinox is available with a nine-speed.
2019 Mazda CX-5 Safety
The 2019 Mazda CX-5 achieves a five-star overall crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration thanks to an extensive list of standard and available safety features. All models come standard with Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, while the Touring and higher get advanced driver assistance safety features like Mazda Radar Cruise Control with stop and go function, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with pedestrian detection, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist and High Beam Control. The CX-5 Signature adds a 360-degree monitor and front and rear parking sensors.
2019 Mazda CX-5 Overall
When most people think about a luxurious, sporty crossover, a Mazda might not be the first vehicle that pops into their head… let alone a compact Mazda. But the new 2019 Mazda CX-5 Turbo Signature changes all that while solidifying the CX-5 as a top pick in this compact crossover segment. With this new engine and upscale trim level, the CX-5 Signature is an excellent excuse to overlook smaller crossovers from traditional luxury automakers; yes, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Turbo Signature is actually nicer and sportier than small luxury SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.
The base 2019 Mazda CX-5 packs a lot of content into its $24,350** starting price, but if you want the sportiest and most luxurious that the CX-5 offers, the $36,890** CX-5 Turbo Signature is a great place to start. This tester added a handful of options (illuminated door sills, roof rack side rails and premium paint color to name a few), and it carried an as-tested price of $39,330.
Make sure to visit your local AutoNation Mazda dealership and test drive the 2019 Mazda CX-5 today!
* Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
** MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.