4 New Competitors That Could Beat a Mazda CX-5 for Around $30,000

The Mazda CX-5 has warmed the hearts of enthusiasts for several years as a fearless SUV. There aren’t many SUVs that can pack a 256-horsepower turbo engine, fancy all-wheel drive (standard!) and more into a surprisingly nice SUV at this price. But Mazda has let this hot hatch languish without major updates since 2017, and the competitors are catching up.

The Mazda is still fun to drive and a bargain

The base trim of the Mazda CX-5 starts at just $26,700. But for just $29,590 you can get into the 2.5 S Preferred trim that comes with Mazda’s standard i-Activ AWD, which provides a connected, sporty feel. It also comes with leather upholstery, heated seats, and a driver’s seat with memory function. Although the Mazda received a facelift for 2022, its bones are still from 2017 when the second-generation CX-5 was released.

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