Mazda CX-5 Awarded Car & Driver 10Best for the Fourth Year in a Row
The CX-5’s driving dynamics, design, and value were the main features that helped qualify the CX-5 for this award. The 2021 model offers many premium features including Lane Departure Warning with Lane-Keep Assist and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
New for the CX-5 is a 10.25-inch center display, the largest screen ever in a CX-5! The infotainment display will run the latest Mazda Connect interface which includes Mazda Connected Services and an in-car Wi-Fi Hotspot.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto provide occupants with seamless smartphone integration capabilities and helps enhance the sophisticated experience in the vehicle.
“The Mazda CX-5 is the crossover we recommend to friends who are shopping for crossovers,” said Sharon Silke Carty, editor-in-chief of Car and Driver. “It is polished enough to compete with more upscale brands, and its effortless steering and controlled suspension make it fun to drive. It has the right combination of good looks, price and handling and has become a regular on our 10Best list.”
The upper trim models come with a Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine that delivers up to 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. The standard four-cylinder Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter engine delivers 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque.
CX-5 also features a quick-shifting six-speed automatic transmission with sport and manual-shift modes, G-Vectoring Control Plus, and front-wheel drive as standard. Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel drive with off-road traction assist is available on all trim levels.
The Carbon Edition is new for 2021 and shares features with the Touring and Touring Preferred SV Package. The Carbon Edition features exclusive exterior styling with Polymetal Gray exterior paint, gloss black door mirrors and 19-inch black metallic aluminum alloy wheels. The interior of the Carbon Edition is equipped with red-leather seats and an exclusive interior trim.
Car and Driver’s staff evaluated 57 vehicles during two weeks of testing, before voting on its 2021 10Best winners. The award recognizes the smartest, most entertaining cars, trucks, SUVs and vans on sale. “We judge vehicles with an emphasis on value, mission fulfillment, and whether they are fun to drive,” Carty said. “Each of the 10 winners competes against the entire market to earn this recognition.”
To be eligible for a 10Best award, a vehicle must be new or substantially changed from the prior model year, or be a returning winner from last year’s awards. It also must have a base price of less than $90,000 and be on sale in the United States by Jan. 21, 2021.