Ever since its first generation appeared as a 2013 model, the Mazda CX-5 compact crossover has been a favorite among driving enthusiasts. Sure, it didn’t match the function-focused Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4 for maximum interior volume. But the CX-5 won fans for blending the good looks and fun-to-drive handling of a Mazda with the practicality of an SUV. The current CX-5 generation, which followed in 2017, refined and enhanced the original formula.
There was just one problem: Some folks still pined for extra oomph. The CX-5 had become a beautiful, premium-feeling crossover with the ability to delight drivers — but it didn’t have the horsepower to outgun the RAV4 and CR-V in a straight line. That’s changed with the updated 2019 Mazda CX-5, whose newly available turbocharged engine brings a welcome jolt of energy. At the same time, new high-end trim levels double down on the model’s luxury aspirations. Let’s go over the details of this appealing crossover.