Mazda has established itself as a quality automaker with close attention to detail and a strong focus on performance. Its newest CX-5 SUV model, which will only cost a fraction of the price of its competitor’s offerings, promises to be one of the best new compact crossovers on the market. A modern, sculpted, and sleek exterior, state-of-the-art interior technology, and respectable performance will define the new CX-5, a vehicle we’re watching closely before next year’s release.

The 2021 Mazda CX-5

The most noteworthy and impressive change for the 2021 release is the updated infotainment system, which significantly improves on an already impressive product from previous models. Its 10.3-inch touchscreen dashboard navigation allows for Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity and smartphone app integration. While the previous 7-inch display was fair, especially for the price, the newest model is especially enticing.

Available in six variations, the CX-5 will be able to cater to any prospective driver’s needs. Its standard four-cylinder engine reports 187 horsepower, while some of its more premium editions are up over 250 horsepower. Early test drives have found the CX-5 responsive and precise, especially considering its cost, which is much more reasonable than many other compact crossovers.

Along with an upgraded infotainment system, the CX-5’s interior is nothing to scoff at. Its appearance is similar to that of a Mercedes, with high-end detailing and upscale features like its responsive steering wheel and firm accelerator pedal. Considering that this is a Mazda release, its interior is especially impressive.

The compact crossover SUV market is thriving as many drivers turn away from compact vehicles to more accommodating lifestyle options. While its luxury market has turned heads recently, more affordable alternatives have been popping up on the release calendar for next year. Mazda’s CX-5 is maybe the most exciting of them all.