The Bottom Line: What is a CX-5? The CX-5 is a compact crossover SUV, and it’s the number one best selling nameplate built and sold by Mazda. The 2023 CX-5 2.5 Turbo AWD all wheel drive model offers a crossover that wants to be driven. The compact crossover SUV class is the largest single class of all crossover vehicles sold, with a sales rate of over 1.3 million vehicles purchased every year.
To be competitive you have to have a model line up that has to look good, and be the best in performance, comfort and drivability, and it has to deliver all these elements at a great price. The Signature Edition comes with a gloss black grille with red accents, a chrome black wing, and 19” black alloy wheels, with all the right stuff for that special look, that makes this model stand out from the crowd.
With a starting price of just over $26,000 for the base model, to the Turbo Signature Edition that I tested at just over $41,000, the Mazda CX-5 delivers a luxury level ride, with an entry level price tag. With beautiful body work, extra comfort, and the leather and wood accented interior, this car feels right at home at the Country Club, or at Costco.
To prove that point, this week Mazda sent me a 2023 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo AWD Signature SUV, with a base price of $39,650 on the window sticker, for this near top of the line model. The 2 options on the press car are: the Soul Red Crystal metallic paint for $595, and the rear bumper guard cover for $135. The MSRP manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including the $1,275 destination charge, is only $41,655.
After adding in the state and local sales tax, plus the DMV and dealers fees, the total out the door and in your garage purchase price came to: $46,862. This number is just below the average transaction sale price of all vehicles sold in the US, which is now at $48,300. To be a number one seller in its class, price is a big part of the equation, and the 2023 Mazda CX-5 delivers the best bang for the buck in the compact SUV sales class.
It starts with the Skyactiv 2.5L liter turbocharged engine that makes 227 HP horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. This engine is bolted to a Skyactiv drive 6 speed automatic transmission with sport …read more
Source:: The Mercury News