On-command engine power, sticky road grip, and a very comfortable ride are among the attributes that help define the 2021 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover utility vehicle’s. A week-long test drive of the CX-5 Signature showcased superior steering responsiveness and excellent stopping power in city and highway situations. A new-for-2021 CX-5 feature is reverse gear automatic emergency braking (Smart City Brake Support-Reverse). The system uses two ultrasonic, bumper-located sensors to detect obstacles and automatically apply braking if a collision risk is detected.

The tested Mazda CX-5 was powered by the Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that produces 227 horsepower at 5000 rpm and 310 lb-ft torque at 2000 rpm. (Premium fuel increases the output to 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque.) Engine mates to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2021 CX-5 cabin sports a new, standard 10.25-inch center touchscreen (replacing the previous standard 7-inch display) with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interface capabilities. The tested 106.2-inch wheelbase Mazda CX-5 Signature with all wheel drive collects estimated mpg of 22 city/27 highway and carries a MSRP of $37,405.