What are the Different Mazda CX-5 Models? (Explained!)

There are seven different Mazda CX-5 models. Although they are similar in many ways, there are some slight differences between each model. So what are the different Mazda CX-5 models?

The different Mazda CX-5 Models are Sport, Touring, Carbon Edition, Carbon Edition Turbo, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature. The models have different engines, drivetrains, horsepower, wheels, storage, information systems, safety features, and much more.

Below, we are going to look at each of the Mazda CX-5 Models from 2021. We’ll start with the basics that all CX-5s have before going into the differences. Some models do have similarities with one or two others, but not all the models.

CX-5 Model Similarities

When it comes to the size of the CX-5, you can expect it to be the same all around, except for the height of the car.

Features such as the push-button start, manual day/night rearview mirror, electronic parking brake, remote fuel door release, rearview defoggers with timer, 12-volt outlets, and a one-touch window up/down button are some technological basics for each model.

Some simple storage includes the front console and glove compartment. There are drink holders and pockets in the back of the front seat as well. There are five seats in each car, with the back three having the ability to fold down for more cargo room.

All models have 10.25-inch displays, Apple and Android car play, steering wheel audio controls, and two UBS ports in the front.

Looking at the mechanics of the models, all of them have a direct injection fuel system and use regular unleaded fuel. They have a 6-speed automatic transmission and spark plugs ignition system. The suspension is the same for all models and wheels. Each model can tow up to 2,000 pounds if necessary.

Safety features for these models include: front and side airbags, seat belts with force limiters, anti-lock brake system, brake assist, Dynamic and traction control, rear traffic alerts, cruise control stop and go, pedestrian detection, collision warnings, lane warning and assist, LATCH, rear child locks, and a rearview camera.

Mazda CX-5 Trim Packages


The Sport model has most of the basics and the simplest version of different aspects of the car. It costs $25,370 and its FWD version comes with 25/31 mpg (city/highway) while the AWD version has 24/30 mpg.

Focusing on the exterior features alone, the Sport has LED lights that will automatically turn on and off depending on available light, with high beam control and special daytime running lights.

This vehicle is about 65.4 inches tall. The Sport has the basic needs for the interior of the Mazda CX-5 Models, which means it is missing the advanced keyless entry system, illuminated visor mirrors, dual-zone climate control, and rear air conditioning vents.


The Touring model is slightly better than the Sport, but not by a lot. It costs $27,110 and has 25/31 mpg in FWD and 24/30 mpg in AWD. Now taking a look at the exterior the first difference we see is in the headlights.

The Touring’s LED headlights will automatically follow your steering wheel to guide your exact path. Just like the Sport, the Touring also has a SKYACTIVE, 16-valve, 4-cylinder with Cylinder Deactivation engine with 187 horsepower.

Carbon Edition V. Carbon Edition Turbo

Between the Carbon Edition and the Carbon Edition Turbo, the Turbo is better option. The Carbon Edition costs $28,955 and has 25/31 mpg for FWD and 24/30 mpg for AWD. While the Carbon Edition Turbo costs $30,760 and has 23/28 mpg for FWD and 22/27 mpg for AWD.

Both of these vehicles have the same headlights as the Touring. They are also the same height as the Sport and Touring. Both vehicles also have HomeLink installed which will automatically dim your rearview mirrors.

Some of the differences we find between these two packages are in the engine. The Carbon Edition has a SKYACTIV-G 2.5, 186 lb-ft torque engine like the Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. While the Turbo has a SKYACTIV-G 2.5 with Dynamic Pressure Turbo, 3250 lb-ft torque, making the Turbo way more powerful. The Carbon only has 187 horsepower while the Carbon Edition Turbo has 227 horsepower with it’s more powerful engine.

Grand Touring V. Grand Touring Reserve

The Grand Touring Reserve is going to be a bit more limited than the normal Grant Touring. The Grand Touring costs $30,560 and has 25/31 mpg for FWD and 24/30 mpg for AWD. The Grand Touring Reserve costs $35,385 and only has AWD with 22/27 mpg.

The Grand Touring is 65.4 inches tall while the Reserve is only 65.3 inches tall. But the Reserve has a more powerful engine like the Carbon Edition Turbo and the Signature. Meaning the Reserve also has 227 horsepower compared to the Grand Touring which only has 187 horsepower.

Some of the similarities are that both of these vehicles have a couple of extras to the headlights as mentioned in previous models. These also have fog lights, LED taillights, and adaptive front lighting that will light the whole path in front of you instead of just where your lights are pointed.


The Signature trim package has the best of the best when it comes to the Mazda CX-5. It costs $37.505 and gets 22/27 mpg. It has all the basic safety features we talked about in the beginning, but it is the only trim package with extra safety features.

Not only does the Signature have a rearview camera, but it has a 360 degree view monitor. This allows you to see everything going on all around your car. The Signature trim package also has parking sensors in the front and back of the vehicle. It also has a driver alert system to keep you focused and smart brake support to protect your brakes when you need to stop immediately.

Just like the Grant Touring and Grand Touring Reserve, this model comes with paddle shifters, which makes it possible for you to change gears while holding onto the steering wheel at the push of a button. No need to worry about reaching down to grab the gear level or accidentally shifting to the wrong gear.

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