Eric's Autos: 2019 Mazda CX-5
The CX-5, Mazda's compact crossover SUV, isn't exactly a muscle car. But now it has something in common with muscle cars.
Mazda decided to turn up the heat for 2019 by offering a 250 horsepower optional engine, the strongest available in a crossover in this class.
The result is a family car that hauls a family.
What It Is
The CX-5 is Mazda's sportier-than-most compact crossover SUV.
Prices start at $24,350 for the base Sport trim with a 2.5-liter engine and front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive can be added to the mix for a total of $25,750.
A turbocharged version of the 2.5-liter engine that has 250 horsepower is standard in the GT Reserve ($34,870) and top-of-the-line Signature trims ($36,890), both of which come standard with AWD.
To set it apart from the dozen-plus crossovers in this class, Mazda decided to offer CX-5 buyers an optional engine that's more powerful than those you can get in rivals. It also now comes standard with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.