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.
The second-generation Mazda CX-5 made its global debut in 2016, with the Philippines launching the model in 2017 as the first country in ASEAN to do so. The initial release saw the introduction of three trim levels: the 2.0 FWD Pro gasoline, 2.5 Sport FWD diesel, and the 2.2 Sport AWD diesel. In 2019, the 2.0 Sport FWD gasoline was added to the lineup, followed by the 2.2 Signature AWD diesel in 2020.
The Mazda CX-5 follows the brand’s iconic Kodo design philosophy. The wide Mazda grille is flanked by LED headlamps featuring adaptive front lighting on all but the Pro FWD trim, as well as LED fog lamps. The front lip, wheel arches, and sides are wrapped in black body cladding. Power-folding side mirrors are standard, as well as a dual-type exhaust tailpipe incorporating a mesh design.
Sport AWD and Signature AWD variants come with an electric glass sunroof as well as 19-inch alloys, while the Pro FWD and Sport FWD trim levels ride on 17-inch wheels.
All Philippine-spec CX-5 variants feature leather seating for up to five occupants, with 6-way power-adjustable driver's seats on the Pro FWD and 10-way power adjustments for the rest of the range. The second-row seats can be split-fold 60/40 to access the rear cargo area, as well as expanding carrying capacity when needed. Dual-zone automatic climate control with rear vents is standard across the range, accompanied by seat ventilation for the front occupants on the Signature AWD.
Technology & Safety Features
Mazda CX-5 units released in the Philippines come with infotainment features across the range. Standard among these is an 8-inch Mazda Connect LCD monitor featuring USB, Bluetooth, and smartphone mirroring. This is linked to six speakers on the base Pro FWD trim level, while the rest offer DVD playback capability and a 10-speaker Bose sound system. Sport FWD variants upward feature an active driving heads-up display projected on the front windshield, and all variants are equipped with auto-dimming rear view mirrors.
Standard safety equipment on all variants include six airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, dynamic stability control, ISOFIX anchors, child door locks, and seatbelt warning lamps for all occupants. The Pro FWD is also equipped with a rear-view camera, while the rest of the line sports a 360-degree camera system and Blind-Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The range-topping Signature AWD variant features I-ACTIVSENSE including Lane Departure Warning with Lane-Keep Assist, Driver Attention Alert, and Smart City Brake Support.
Platform & Chassis
The Mazda CX-5 sold in the Philippines shares the same Mazda G platform that underpins the Mazda3 and Mazda6 sedans. Suspension comes in the form of MacPherson strut in front and a multi-link setup at the rear. The CX-5 uses front ventilated disc and rear solid disc brakes, supplemented by an electric parking brake with auto-hold function.
Engine & Drivetrain
The Philippine-spec Mazda CX-5 comes in a choice of three engines, each paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Base Pro and Sport variants run on a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G DOHC engine that makes 154 hp and 200 Nm of torque, with power channeled to the front wheels. The Sport AWD trim level carries a 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G engine producing 187 hp and 251 Nm of torque matched to an all-wheel drivetrain. For the range-topping Signature AWD trim, a 2.2-liter SKYACTIV-D diesel motor spins all four wheels with 173 hp and 420 Nm of torque.