The stunning second-generation Mazda CX-5 rolled into showrooms in the 2017 model year and was followed by two new range-topping trims in 2019. In 2020, Mazda will continue upgrading the CX-5 with a few new standard safety goodies, an upgraded powertrain, and a few other nips and tucks.
The biggest change to the 2020 Mazda CX-5 lineup is the full line of i-Activsense safety goodies becoming standard equipment on the base-level Sport model. These newly standard nannies include full-speed adaptive cruise control, low-speed automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and automatic high-beam headlights. The Sport trim will also gain new standard automatic on/off headlights and rain-sensing wipers.
Inside the CX-5 Sport, its standard 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system will gain a new Cylinder Deactivation System display that’ll show off its fuel economy.
Folks who pick up the Grand Touring Reserve trim will get an extra inch of infotainment touchscreen, as Mazda will replace the 7-inch screen from 2019 with a new 8-incher. Grand Touring buyers will get new paddle shifters to control the standard six-speed automatic gearbox manually.
Mazda also claims to be adding a new “Engine Harmonics Enhancer” to the 2.5-liter turbocharged engine. It’s not overly clear what this is, but Mazda says it “tunes to the engine with a much more refined and powerful sound.” My best guess is this is an engine-noise system that pipes simulated engine sounds into the cabin. If this is the case, let’s just hope Mazda doesn’t go all fake Ferrari on us with this system a la the Lexus LC 500h. Or maybe it is something mechanical to make the boosted 2.5-liter engine sound a little livelier.
The 2.5-liter engine will also get a small performance boost, as its torque will jump by 10 pound-feet to 320 pound-feet when running on 93-octane fuel. Horsepower will remain the same at 250 ponies. If you’re a cheapskate and run 87-octane, the CX-5 will punish you with just 227 horses and 310 pound-feet of torque.
The other underhood upgrade to the 2020 CX-5 is a new off-road traction assist system that replaces last year’s traction control button. When this new system senses diagonal wheels losing traction, it stops limiting torque to these wheels and instead applies the brakes to them, forcing the torque to the wheels with the most grip.
The 2020 Mazda CX-5 will hit showrooms in the fall of 2019 with an MSRP range of $25,090 to $37,055.