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Since its first launch on the market in 2012, the Mazda CX5 has undergone 2 generations and many upgrades. Continuous improvements make the Mazda CX-5 never out of the "hot model" and almost always appear in the top 10 best-selling cars worldwide. Moreover, the CX-5 is considered one of the most favorite family SUVs in the same segment. Many drivers shared that they were impressed with the practical interior, stylish design, and high performance of this car. Let's go deep into and find out:

The History Of Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 is a mid-size SUV by a Japanese automaker that was launched in 2012. This is the first model to be applied by the company to the KODO design language, using the same platform as Mazda3 and Mazda6. Over the course of more than a decade in the car market, Mazda CX-5 has experienced two generations of upgrades and development:

First generation 

The first-generation Mazda CX-5 was built on a new platform that was developed specifically for the vehicle. It featured a choice of two engines: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 155 horsepower and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 184 horsepower. The CX-5 was also available with a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. 

In addition to its fuel-efficient engines, the first-generation CX-5 was also praised for its responsive handling and comfortable ride. It quickly became one of Mazda's most popular vehicles, with sales exceeding expectations in many markets around the world.

Second generation 

In 2017, Mazda introduced the second-generation CX-5. This updated version of the vehicle featured a refreshed exterior design, an improved interior, and a new diesel engine option. The gasoline engine options remained the same as in the first generation. 

The second-generation CX-5 was also known for its comfort and handling, as well as its advanced safety features. It was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and received high marks in crash tests conducted by other organizations.

Mazda CX-5 specifications (2017-2023)





Body type

5-door SUV


Compact crossover SUV


Front-wheel-drive, four-wheel-drive


2016 - 2023

Number of seats 



4,550 mm


1,840 mm


1,660–1,685 mm 


2,700 mm

Curb weight 

1,505–1,765 kg (3,318–3,891 lb)

Engine type

2.5 L Skyactiv-G PY-VPS I4

Engine capacity

2000-2500 cc

Maximum power

256 hp


6-speed manual/6-speed automatic

Why Should You Choose Mazda CX-5 Over Its Competitors?

Leading interior

Mazda CX 5 interior space is very luxurious, sporty, and extremely modern in every detail. Compared to many competitors on the market, this is a big plus of the model from the Japanese automaker. The car's cockpit with a delicate leather-wrapped steering wheel provides a realistic feeling when driving.

Seating for passengers is quite comfortable, the legroom and ceiling are wide enough and the center armrest is extremely comfortable. Not only that, but Mazda CX-5 also has an infotainment system with a 7-inch screen that can be connected to smartphones with Mazda Connect, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto systems, and a 10-speaker Bose sound system.

Safety features 

Many CX5 owners shared that the most impressive thing about the CX-5 was the car's safety technologies, which outperformed competitors at that time, such as blind spot warning support, parking assistance, lane or sign scanning technology, or automatic emergency braking. These technologies are very cool and practical. 

Handling any terrain 

The Mazda CX-5 has demonstrated its capability to handle any terrain, from navigating challenging conditions in Chile to exploring off-the-beaten-track locations in Vietnam. In 2019, a fleet of CX-5s embarked on a journey from the UK to Nordkapp, the northernmost point of mainland Europe, braving icy and snowy conditions along the way. The CX-5 also made history as the first car manufacturer to cross the frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia, the world's oldest and deepest lake. 

Awards and international recognition

The Mazda CX-5 has been a top-selling model for Mazda globally, with a leading position in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. It has received more than 100 awards worldwide, including 45 awards in its first year of launch. The CX-5 has been recognized as a 2021 Car and Driver 10Best winner, an achievement it has now earned for four consecutive years. Additionally, the CX-5 has consistently been recognized for its safety, earning a TOP SAFETY PICK award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety every year since its initial release.

Mazda CX5  Price In Kenya

The Mazda CX-5, whether new or used, is a versatile and practical small MPV that is perfect for families. With a price range of KES 1,360,920 to KES 5,000,000 for used models, it is an excellent choice for budget-conscious drivers looking for a reliable and affordable vehicle. And for the new CX5, the price will range from KES 3,200,000 to KES 6,000,000 or even more. We can say that the CX-5 is a smart and sensible option that has earned a reputation as a legendary car among those seeking an economical and practical driving experience.

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