2019 Mazda CX 5 One Week Review

With morning lows in Calgary close to -30C, the week Dave Joseph spent behind the wheel of the 2019 Mazda CX-5 turned out to be one of the coldest during this prairie city’s winter. Needless to say, he was happy to find the CX-5 Signature equipped with a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated Nappa-leather covered seats, winter tires and Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel drive system.

“It was so cold, the best part of the test car was the heated steering wheel that heated up almost immediately,” Joseph says. “I didn’t do much extra highway driving due to the cold temperatures and greasy road conditions, but that being said, this was a perfect commuter car with a nice solid feel to it.”

After its debut in 2012, Mazda’s CX-5 has become the automaker’s best-selling model with more than two-million examples sold globally. The five-seat compact crossover was redesigned for 2017, and new for 2019 is the Signature trim that adds leather and wood accents to the interior. To further enhance the Signature model, Mazda has dropped in their 2.5-litre turbocharged inline four-cylinder powerplant. The GX, GS and GT CX-5s are powered by a naturally aspirated 2.5L engine, but the turbo can be had in the GT as an extra-cost option. Backing up the engine in all models is a six-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode and switchable drive selection that includes a ‘sport’ setting. Front wheel drive is the standard layout in the GX and GS while all-wheel drive is standard in the GT and Signature. However, all-wheel drive can be added to either the GX or GS for an extra $2,000.