With the first cars arriving in March next year, the 2023 Mazda CX-5 is available to order and configure now. The 2023 model year CX-5 builds on the success of the significantly updated 2022 Mazda CX-5, which made its debut in January, so it’s no surprise that the award-winning styling, cabin and chassis of Mazda’s spacious and dynamic SUV remains unchanged.
However, the 2023 model year sees the introduction of 24v Mazda M Hybrid mild-hybrid technology across all petrol models, while the addition of cylinder deactivation to 165ps petrol automatic models, means all petrol CX-5’s now feature this efficient technology – the result of both updates is a petrol CX-5 range average Co2 reduction of 9g/km.
Other incremental updates to the 2023 Mazda CX-5 include the introduction of wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto, while the front USB ports are changed to USB-C. Additionally, the 2023 Mazda CX-5 becomes the second car to be offered with Mazda’s new signature paint colour – Rhodium White, which made its debut on the larger Mazda CX-60 SUV.
While the 2023 Mazda CX-5 retains the same 20-model line-up, it now features new trim level naming to match other cars in the Mazda family. The 2023 Mazda CX-5 range features five trim levels: Centre-Line, Newground, Exclusive-Line, Homura and Takumi. Individual model grades feature subtle styling differentiation to give customers the option of choosing a CX-5 with a unique character and focus. The three stand out trim grades: Newground, Homura and Takumi each have a distinct personality to ensure the CX-5 range offers lots of choice for individual style.
The entry point to the CX-5 range is the Centre-Line model, which is offered with either the 165ps e-Skyactiv G petrol or 150ps Skyactiv-D engine. Offered exclusively with the 165ps e-Skyactiv G engine, the stand-out Newground features a slightly more rugged look with front and rear silver underguard trims matched to silver lower body side skirts, black door mirrors and 19-inch black diamond cut alloy wheels. Subtle lime green accents in the grille are replicated inside where the black half leatherette seats have matching green piping. Perfect for an active lifestyle, the boot even features a reversible waterproof boot floor.
Predicted to be the biggest seller in the UK, the Exclusive-Line is offered with a choice of 165ps e-Skyactiv G petrol or 150ps and 184ps Skyactiv-D diesel. The higher output diesel is offered with a choice of front or all-wheel drive. Matched exclusively to an automatic gearbox this 184ps Skyactiv-D AWD Exclusive-Line is the entry point of Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel drive system in the 2023 Mazda CX-5 range.
The Homura trim is another model that offers customers a unique look, offered exclusively with the 165ps e Skyactiv G petrol engine and front wheel drive, it delivers a sportier interpretation of the CX-5’s look with gloss black detailing on the wheel arches, side moldings, door mirrors and signature wing grille surround. Subtle red accents within the grille and 19-inch black alloy wheels finish the sporty look, while inside the black leather seats feature red stitching, which is also found around the cabin in areas like the door trim, centre console and steering wheel.
Sitting at the top of the 2023 Mazda CX-5 range, the Takumi is a premium flagship model that combines a unified one-colour exterior with a high-class interior that features the smooth tactility of brown Nappa leather and the luxurious textures of genuine woodgrain. Externally, the single colour body and trim details highlight the CX-5’s dynamic proportions, while the cabin features the luxurious materials and high levels of technology you’d expect of a premium SUV.
The 2023 Mazda CX-5 Takumi also features a wide choice of engine, drivetrain and transmission with both the 2.0-litre 165ps e-Skyactiv G and 194ps 2.5-litre e-Skyactiv G petrol available. As before, the 165ps engine is matched to front wheel drive, while the larger 194ps petrol comes exclusively with all-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox. The Takumi is also offered with the 184ps Skyactiv-D diesel matched to all-wheel drive.
Thanks to the unique styling of the Newground, Homura and Takumi models, and a 20-model range that offers a choice of automatic or manual gearbox with every trim level, the 2023 Mazda CX-5 is a family SUV tailored around customers to give them more choice and options for personalisation.
Benefiting from the new styling introduced in January 2022, the 2023 Mazda CX-5 features the latest evolution of its award-winning Kodo Design. The front and rear bumper designs combine with the headlight and taillight clusters to give the 2023 CX-5 a distinctly modern and sharper look. At the front the three-dimensional and powerful grille design is combined with a signature wing trim that no longer heads into the lamp cluster, while at the rear the bumper shape and strong taillight design sharpens the rear styling.
The 2023 Mazda CX-5 features Mazda Intelligent Drive select (Mi-Drive), which enables the driver to select the most appropriate drive mode with one touch of a switch. On 194ps petrol Takumi models the i-Activ AWD system now benefits from an Off-Road Mode, which makes driving feel more natural on un-made and slippery surfaces. Other tech highlights include wireless Qi phone charging tray in the centre console, while the updated range of i-Activsense safety systems standard across the range includes Cruise & Traffic Support (CTS). CTS helps reduce driver fatigue by assisting with accelerator, brake pedal and steering operations when stuck in traffic jams.
Commenting on the 2023 Mazda CX-5, Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director, Mazda Motors UK, said: “the Mazda CX-5 is an incredibly important car in Mazda’s history. From the launch of the original first-generation car in 2012 it has been a hugely popular choice for UK SUV buyers, who have loved its style, quality and driver engagement. It’s the car that established Mazda as a maker of genuinely sporty SUVs, which deliver class leading quality and high levels of standard equipment”.
Adding, “with the introduction of Mazda M Hybrid technology across all petrol models, CX-5 customers will benefit from improved efficiency, plus lower fuel and tax costs, with the 2023 CX-5 available to order now for delivery early next year there’s a huge choice of models across the range”.
Joining the all-new Mazda CX-60, the smaller Mazda CX-30 and the Mazda MX-30 BEV in Mazda’s SUV line-up, the 2023 Mazda CX-5 is part of a growing SUV range that offers customers a wide choice depending on their motoring needs. The 2023 Mazda CX-5 is also the latest example of Mazda’s successive updates and refinements to every aspect of this ever-popular SUV. Since the launch of the original Mazda CX-5 in 2012, over 75,000 CX-5s have been sold in the UK and today it accounts for around 25 per cent of UK sales.