Which 2021 Mazda CX-5 variant should you buy? [Comparison Guide] 

Updated Aug 03, 2021 | Same topic: Which Car Variant to Buy?

This premium crossover has four variants. 

Since its introduction to the Philippine market back in 2017, the Mazda CX-5 has continued to be a very desirable luxury five-seater crossover. Now in 2021, it remains to be a common sight on Philippine roads, and so one can safely say that many are aspiring to get one as their next vehicle. 

A picture of the Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 has four variants available locally. So, which of these are the right one for you? Let’s help you decide. 

Mazda CX-5 Variants: Exterior 

In terms of size, the CX-5 for the Philippine market has a length of 4,550mm, and a width of 1,840mm. The two all-wheel-drive (AWD) drive variants however, are slightly taller than the front-wheel-drive variants. Specifically, the CX-5 Signature AWD and CX-5 Sport FWD come with a height of 1,680mm. Meanwhile, the CX-5 Sport FWD and CX-5 Pro FWD are 1,675mm tall.  

A picture of the side of the CX-5 Signature

The CX-5 Signature 2.2 Diesel AWD AT

While all four have the same wheelbase length of 2,700, the AWD has more ground clearance at 195mm. In turn, the FWD CX-5 trims have 188mm. 

As for exterior equipment, the higher-spec CX-5 Sport trims are kitted out with adaptive LED lights with auto leveling. The rest gets adaptive LED headlamps without the auto leveling feature. 

A picture of the CX-5

Many will agree that the CX-5 is one of the most attractive-looking crossovers in the market right now

All CX-5 variants are provided with LED taillights, power-adjustable and power-folding side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, and dual type exhausts. 

Of note, the Signature AWD and Sport AWD do have some exterior bits that aren’t available on the FWD variants. These include a set of 19-inch wheels, as well as an electronic glass sunroof. In turn, the FWD variants ride on a set of 17-inch wheels. 

A picture of the rear of the Mazda CX-5

It just looks great from every angle doesn't it?

Mazda CX-5 Variants: Interior 

Moving on to interiors, all variants of the CX-5 can comfortably seat up to five. Also standard on all trims is an eight-inch LCD monitor with smartphone mirroring software, 60:40 split folding rear seats with leather-wrapped center armrests, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. 

A picture of the interior of the CX-5

The CX-5 features an abundance of soft-touch surfaces

The Signature and Sport variants add on to those with a seven-inch digital gauge cluster, a ten-piece BOSE sound system, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. In turn, the entry-level CX-5 Pro FWD gets manual air-conditioning, a six-piece speaker set, and a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.  

All variants come equipped with leather-wrapped seats, a power liftgate, a push-to-start button, cruise control, rear air-conditioning vents, and a good amount of USB charging ports. 

A picture of the CX-5's rear seats

There's plenty of room at the back too

Mazda CX-5 Variants: Engine and Performance 

For the Philippine market, the CX-5 gets three engine options. The most powerful of these is the 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D diesel mill for the CX-5 Signature AWD variant. At most, it can make up to 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque.  

Next up is the 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline engine, which is available on the CX-5 Sport AWD. This engine can produce up to 187 horsepower and 252 Nm of torque.  

A picture of the CX-5's 2.2-liter diesel engine

The 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D inline-4 diesel engine

The CX-5 Sport FWD and Pro FWD meanwhile, use the 2.0-liter version of the Skyactiv-G engine. At maximum, this gasoline four-pot can make 153 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque. 

For transmissions, all CX-5 variants use a six-speed automatic gearbox with a sport mode. All variants also use the same MacPherson strut front suspension, and multi-link rear suspension. All four also come standard with rear and front disc brakes.  

And lastly, all CX-5 trims levels are equipped with an electronic parking brake with an auto brake-hold function. 

Mazda CX-5 Variants: Safety 

For safety, the CX-5 gets a largely uniform kit all throughout. Standard on all trims is six airbags, anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, dynamic stability control, ISOFIX child seat tethers, and a smart entry system. 

The CX-5 Pro however doesn’t come with the rear-cross traffic alert system, front and rear parking sensors and 360-degree view camera that’s standard on the CX-5 Signature and Sport variants. 

Speaking of the Signature, it is also the sole trim that’s equipped with the Mazda Smart City Brake Support pre-crash braking system, driver attention alert, and lane departure warning. 

Mazda CX-5 Variants: Price 

Mazda CX-5 Variants 


CX-5 Pro Skyactiv-G 2.0 FWD AT 

Php 1,730,000 

CX-5 Sport Skyactiv-G 2.0 FWD AT 

Php 1,890,000 

CX-5 Sport Skyactiv-G 2.5 AWD AT 

Php 1,990,000 

CX-5 Signature Skyactiv-D 2.2 AWD AT 

Php 2,350,000 

Mazda CX-5 Variants: Conclusion 

If you’re the adventurous type who likes to go out and explore, then the CX-5 Sport AWD and CX-5 Signature AWD Diesel might be the right fit for you. They can both handle slippery surfaces with ease due to having all-wheel-drive, and both have more ground clearance.  

If for some reason you need to tow something with your CX-5 however, then the logical choice is the CX-5 Signature. The same goes if you’re a car safety nut as it is the only trim that comes with the pre-crash braking system, driver attention alert, and lane departure warning. Otherwise, the CX-5 Sport AWD might fit the bill if you don’t like electronic driving nannies. 

A picture of the side of the CX-5 Sport AWD

The CX-5 Sport AWD variant

Do note though that the CX-5 in general already comes with a competent safety kit, even without the aforementioned driver-assist features. Although, a city slicker might see a lot of use from the 360-degree camera that doesn’t come on the entry-level CX-5 Pro. 

Then again, even the most affordable CX-5 Pro variant is no slouch when it comes to providing comfort and practicality. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but it is more than a match for many other crossovers in the market today. 

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Know more about Mazda CX-5 2021

Mazda CX-5

The CX-5 is a compact crossover, the first model to carry the Japanese auto giant Mazda's Kodo design language previewed on the Shinari concept in 2010. It is also the first to feature Mazda's full complement of SKYACTIV technologies, combining a rigid yet lightweight platform with efficient powertrains that reduce fuel consumption.  

For the Philippine market, the CX-5 is currently sold in four variants: 2.0 Pro FWD, 2.0 Sport FWD, 2.0 Sport AWD, and 2.2 Signature AWD.  

From ₱1,730,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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