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2020 Mazda CX-5 Is A Torque Monster

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Mazda also says this new model is more refined.

Mazda's best-selling mid-sizer, the CX-5, is getting an update for the 2020 model year. The 2020 CX-5 will arrive at dealerships in the Fall of 2019 starting at $25,090. This is a small increase over the 2019 model, which had a starting MSRP of $24,350. Mazda says the 2020 CX-5 costs a bit more because it offers improvements at every trim level including performance upgrades and more standard safety features.

The engineers have even improved the CX-5's noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), to create a more peaceful ride. NVH has been a common sore point for Mazda recently, so this should be a welcomed change for the 2020 CX-5.

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The base engine is still a 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder producing 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission going out to front- or available i-Activ all-wheel drive. Upgrading to the Grand Touring Reserve trim rolls in a turbocharged Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine which, like the 2020 CX-9, sees a torque increase for a total of 320 lb-ft (on 93 octane fuel) while power remains the same at 250 hp.

Mazda has also improved the Skyactiv-G 2.5T with a new Engine Harmonics Enhancer, which gives the motor a more refined and powerful sound while also improving emissions. As with the new CX-9, a new off-road traction assist replaces traditional traction control to diagnose wheel slippage on loose surfaces.

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Pricing for the nicer Touring trim starts at $26,730 while the Grand Touring Trim costs $30,210. Adding AWD to any of the three lowest trims adds an additional $400 to the price. The Grand Touring Reserve trim includes AWD plus the turbocharged engine for $35,035 while the top Signature trim is priced at $37,055. Mazda's press release for the 2020 CX-5 does not mention the diesel model, which starts at an even $41,000 for the 2019 model year, though we assume it will also make a return for 2020.

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