Whenever you look at a new model year, you expect a few changes. And that’s exactly what you get with the 2024 Mazda CX-5. Very few. Similar to the 2024 CX-50, there’s really not much new for the upcoming model year, except a price increase.
So, let’s take a quick look at what’s new on the 2024 CX-5.
Before you release an insulted gasp, let’s be clear: Mazda has done away with the base 2.5 S trim. So, though the base price increases by $2,700, the 2.5 S Select, which becomes the new base trim, only has a price increase of $900, which is reasonable for a model year increase.
There are also now three Turbo trims, instead of two. The price spread between base and top trims is $11,300.
One other thing to note, the destination fee increases by $100 for 2024. So, pricing listed below includes the $1,275 and $1,375 destination fees for the 2023 and 2024 model years, respectively.
|2.5 S Select||$29,775||$30,675||$900|
|2.5 S Preferred||$30,865||$32,034||$1,169|
|2.5 S Carbon Edition||$31,775||$33,325||$1,550|
|2.5 S Premium||$33,675||$35,275||$1,600|
|2.5 S Premium Plus||$36,775||$37,875||$1,100|
|2.5 TTurbo Carbon||n/a||$38,375||n/a|
|2.5 Turbo (Turbo Premium for 2024)||$38,125||$39,175||$1,050|
|2.5 Turbo Signature||$40,925||$41,975||$1,050|
The base powertrain is a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine that delivers 187 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. New for 2024, Mazda adds what it calls i-Stop technology, which is a fancy phrase for auto stop-start, which turns your engine off when you come to a stop.
The good news: You add 2 MPG in combined driving, and the 2024 average is 28 MPG. The bad news: You now have to hit a stupid button to deactivate the system every time you drive if you don’t like it. Which I don’t.
The press release doesn’t make any mention of adding this technology to the turbo engine.
The Carbon Turbo trim slots in as the base turbo model with the Turbo Premium and Turbo Signature models following. This model comes with the 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that delivers 256 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque – with premium fuel.
This model is available with the premium Zircon Sand Metallic and Rhodium White exterior paints, and it gets and exclusive terracotta-and-black interior with leather seats and sueded inserts.
The CX-5 is the best seller for the Mazda brand. So, why change what works? I’m definitely bummed by the addition of auto stop/start tech, but assuming it wasn’t an accidental omission, that gives buyers even more reason to get behind the wheel of a Turbo model.
Mazda continues to take the brand up level with both amenities and pricing, so it’ll be interesting to see how 2024 CX-5 shoppers react.