Mazda continues to improve their vehicles, and the 2019 CX-5 Signature is no exception. We show you what's new for 2019 and everything that comes with their new premium-oriented Signature trim.

Special thanks to Mazda du Boulevard in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec for allowing us to film their 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature: www.mazdasthyacinthe.com/

This is the vehicle we've been waiting for since early 2018. We started to talk about Mazda's direction with their Signature line of vehicles when the Mazda6 was announced, and we speculated heavily that a CX-5 Signature would be coming in the next couple years with the same premium treatments found on their other vehicles. To our great delight the new 2019 models have brought a lot of the features we expected, along with a few extras.

Changes for the 2019 Mazda CX-5 include LED license plate lights, improved steering, ride handling, and vibration reduction. Mazda's enhanced G-Vectoring Control Plus brings added ride control to this compact crossover SUV. Interior updates include ventilated front seats for the GT trim, illuminated glove box, LED interior lighting, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM Travel Link & Traffic, and changes to Mazda's HMI Commander interface for Mazda Connect.

The Signature trim adds new 19" gun metal alloy rims, a new 7" colour multi information display, black headliner, cocoa nappa leather seating, bezel-less HomeLink mirror, Abachi wood trim, and other premium enhancements over the GT trim. Our episode of TestDrive Snapshot goes over all the changes for 2019 including the new Signature features.

We also take the new 2.5L turbocharged SkyActiv-G engine on a road test to talk about the 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque experience in Mazda's compact crossover. Our road test talks about our driving experience, how the vehicle performs on public roads, and our thoughts on the changes made to the mechanical aspects of this vehicle.

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Comments

    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive

      Interesting note, the US-Spec models get the terrible 360° camera system, but here in Canada we don’t.

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to PRN_TestDrive

      Parking sensors would be really nice actually. The 360° seriously needs to be improved.

      about 5 months ago
    • John Edmond
      John Edmond In reply to PRN_TestDrive

      Sarcasm... or jealousy?

      about 5 months ago
    • soupnazi81
      soupnazi81 In reply to PRN_TestDrive

      And the US also gets front / rear parking sensors too! Lame.

      about 5 months ago
    • Adam Rosenbaum
      Adam Rosenbaum

      Not even close to the best. The tech in this care is a joke!!! The x3 is a MUCH better all around car in every way.

      about 20 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Adam Rosenbaum

      I agree that the infotainment needs to be improved. Kia/Hyundai’s outgoing system was our top pick in the consumer segment, their newest update in their big crossovers looks even better, whereas Mazda’s is functional yet ugly and boring.

      about 19 days ago
    • Adam Rosenbaum
      Adam Rosenbaum In reply to Adam Rosenbaum

      +PRN_TestDrivethe Mazda is just lackluster with yesterday's tech. The electronics are just not good, better tech in a basic Hyundai. Even the seat motors and rails are junk.

      about 19 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Adam Rosenbaum

      How about price? Or BMW's hard plastic dashboard? Or BMW's overall reliability with this model, something we know extensively about since the Showdown we filmed with the 2015 X3 xDrive28d is owned by a close friend who has non-stop problems with it.

      about 19 days ago
    • spikey Top
      spikey Top

      The satnav on my 2019 UK spec CX5 is so basic that its actually embarrassing. The graphics are poor and route direction is woeful. Terrible, just terrible, a £70 off the shelf plug in gives a better road layout and clearer more up to date maps. Mazda, you should be ashamed of yourselves for putting such rubbish in your cars.

      about 1 month ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to spikey Top

      They do need to get serious about the infotainment system. My worry is their partnership with Toyota when it comes to infotainment, Toyota's isn't any better.

      about 1 month ago
    • CmanCorporations
      CmanCorporations

      How can you say Mazda is amoung the best in the Premium space? That's crazy. You're comparing a mazda to a lexus, acrua, bmw, volvo, benzo, etc??? You're joking right?

      about 3 months ago
    • CmanCorporations
      CmanCorporations In reply to CmanCorporations

      +PRN_TestDrive Ahh, my definitions were incorrect. I didn't realize there was a distinction from Premium vs luxury, which makes complete sense. I definitely agree with your evaluation now. Thanks for clarifying.

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to CmanCorporations

      There's a HUGE difference between Acura and Mercedes-Benz. Acura, Infiniti, & Buick make up the Premium segment, which falls in between the consumer segment (Toyota, Honda, Chevrolet, etc) and the luxury segment (BMW, Volvo, Mercedes, Audi). So yes, the Mazda Signature vehicles absolutely compete against Acura's lineup, but they're far from BMW.

      about 3 months ago
    • The T of Bahz
      The T of Bahz

      Did you find that the seats were comfortable? The stitching on the seat were stiff and can be felt under thighs. Thought? In the cx5 signature.

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to The T of Bahz

      To be fair we didn't have the Signature for a long time on the road, but our 17 GT is very comfortable. We were supposed to have the 19 Signature this past week but we've had to re-book it for April/May. We'll make sure we investigate further when we get it!

      about 3 months ago
    • L 1
      L 1

      Great review. I'm really not keen on the new alloy wheel design. It looks very plasticky, to me at least.

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to L 1

      Mazda can't seem to win them all, apparently a lot of people didn't like the design of the GT rims either.

      about 3 months ago
    • チャンネル登録者10万人行ったら動画出す
      チャンネル登録者10万人行ったら動画出す

      Mazda car

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to チャンネル登録者10万人行ったら動画出す

      Yes it is.

      about 3 months ago
    • DeathsInverse
      DeathsInverse

      Just bought a 2019 RAV4, this is the only other vehicle in the class I'd consider though.

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to DeathsInverse

      The Rav4 has a good look to it for 2019, the outgoing generation looked very meh, and the one before was decent. We're hoping we can start the ball rolling with Toyota and feature some of their vehicles this year.

      about 3 months ago
    • Péter Bonnez
      Péter Bonnez

      My daughter has one coming in February, it's on the high seas at the moment.

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Péter Bonnez

      Congrats! Hope she enjoys it.

      about 3 months ago
    • Maui
      Maui

      Dumb question, I read that you need premium gas to get a true 250hp, so is it ok to have regular gas let's say during the week, then change to premium on the weekend? I have the 2017 and absolutely love it!!! Will probably upgrade in 2020

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Maui

      Mazda recommends using premium fuel, but it's not a requirement. I think you'll end up with 227hp as per their rating with regular fuel, however we don't recommend mixing fuel grades, best if you can drain the tank as much as possible before switching between premium and regular.

      about 4 months ago
    • dgclark67
      dgclark67

      Great video! At 11:43, you mention the 2018 Nissan Rogue having ventilated seats, but I'm not able to confirm that for Canada (or for the 2019 Rogue). Can you explain where that comment came from?

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to dgclark67

      You can chalk that up to a mistake on our end. We were thinking back on the spot to the other vehicles we've driven in this segment, we should have said that the Rogue has a 360º camera system over the CX-5, rather than ventilated seats.

      about 4 months ago
    • Kailem Jones
      Kailem Jones

      This car could be PERFECT if it just had 2 extra things... 

      Bigger touchscreen (preferably 8") + Panoramic Sunroof.

      Then this car would be 10/10.

      about 4 months ago
    • Noel Lopez
      Noel Lopez In reply to Kailem Jones

      Kailem Jones and more leg room in the back seats

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Kailem Jones

      Agreed! Mazda's new non-touch screen in the 2019 Mazda3 looks nice from photos, we're hoping to get hands-on with it next week at the Montreal auto show. If they incorporate that system we might be in business.

      about 4 months ago
    • Mic Raw
      Mic Raw

      As a German car guy, I never thought I would say this but this is the best looking suv imo ever!

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Mic Raw

      Might be something down the road, we've had comments from others saying that paddle shifters are available in other markets on some vehicles.

      about 4 months ago
    • Mic Raw
      Mic Raw In reply to Mic Raw

      PRN_TestDrive indeed! I really wish they offered a sport mode with paddle shifters but I don't think I'd let that keep me from potentially getting one.

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Mic Raw

      Mazda has an incredible design language right now, it's really hard not to like what they've been doing.

      about 4 months ago
    • Michael Peskin
      Michael Peskin

      Our 2018 Lexus RX-350 has rear seat belt indicators, the 2016 model year has it too

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Michael Peskin

      Good to know! That's why we mentioned in this, the Volvo, and the CX-9 videos that these seat belt systems were the first we've tested, as we figured they aren't the first to market.

      about 4 months ago
    • Ron Sutton
      Ron Sutton

      Nice early review, thanks for posting.
      The main reason I am interested in this vehicle is it’s turbo engine,. It’s 0-60 time is comparable to more powerful vehicles.
      You look like a pretty big guy like myself, I’m 6’2” what is your height for a point of reference?
      I agree with the sunroof and infotainment assessment. May wait for a 2020 model to see if they improve those.

      about 4 months ago
    • Babs
      Babs In reply to Ron Sutton

      0-60 mph in 6.2s according to car and Driver.
      https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2019-mazda-cx-5-turbo-by-the-numbers

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Ron Sutton

      I'm 6 foot, I've always found the CX-5 had enough interior space for me. We didn't get a chance to do much testing with the engine, but we've requested it from Mazda Canada so we can do some more testing specifically with fuel economy and overall performance. In theory the performance should be closer to what vehicles like the BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC can produce.

      about 4 months ago
    • Carlos Arruda
      Carlos Arruda

      Got a CX-3 2017 which I absolutely love! Sadly, it's now time to change as the kids are getting bigger thus requiring a bigger boot space. My next purchase this summer will be, off course, CX-5. Sad though that here in the UK they don't sell it with a sunroof. Mazda is brilliant and with it's quality and price tag puts other competitors to shame.

      about 4 months ago
    • ctranger
      ctranger In reply to Carlos Arruda

      Same as you, I have a '17 CX-3 GT and it has been fabulous. Just need a bit more cargo and backseat room so I just ordered a 2019 CX-5 Signature trim. Will miss my CX-3, but cannot wait for the CX-5 to arrive.

      about 2 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Carlos Arruda

      Great point! Strange though either way!

      about 4 months ago
    • Carlos Arruda
      Carlos Arruda In reply to Carlos Arruda

      +PRN_TestDrive could well be. Not that one can't be still ejected out of all windows.

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Carlos Arruda

      I have heard that, something to do with being ejected out of it in an accident, right?

      about 4 months ago
    • Carlos Arruda
      Carlos Arruda In reply to Carlos Arruda

      +PRN_TestDrive not really. Some do. It seems it's all to do with our brilliant health and safety.

      about 4 months ago
    • Johnny Tampocao
      Johnny Tampocao

      Yes the improvement is very much welcomed but Mazda still needs to address some of the remaining things missing in this car like paddle shifter, panoramic roof and wireless charging and probably more color choices for the interior for a sporty look, but no doubt this is my favorite car in this segment👍👍👍😁😁😁

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Johnny Tampocao

      Agreed! It's still not perfect, but with improvements every year Mazda is certainly on the right track. The 2019 Mazda3 is scheduled to be at the Montreal Auto Show, we're hoping to spend a few minutes with it to see if that design will trickle it's way into the CX-5 down the road.

      about 4 months ago
    • P Dhingra
      P Dhingra

      Which colour would look best on the CX-5? I'm torn between the white and machine grey. The red also looks nice

      about 4 months ago
    • Val M
      Val M In reply to P Dhingra

      Love the machine grey with parchment leather

      about 4 months ago
    • P Dhingra
      P Dhingra In reply to P Dhingra

      What are your thoughts on the Machine Grey? +PRN_TestDrive

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to P Dhingra

      We went with the Deep Crystal Blue paint for our 2017 CX-5, only because the Eternal Blue Mica wasn't available until 2018. Mazda's red looks incredible in person though!

      about 4 months ago
    • Jacob Reese
      Jacob Reese

      Have you tried the new Toyota Rav4? I'm very torn between the two. Mazda has done a great job at designing a crossover that looks both sporty and elegant, but the new Rav4's design is a bit more rugged and masculine, which is better for a male shopper. The Mazda does admittedly look more expensive, though. Both hit at the same price point; however, the Rav4 offers a few things the CX-5 doesn't, such as a larger infotainment screen (better for Apple Carplay) and a panoramic moonroof, among other things. I suppose it'd be down to a back-to-back test drive of both to determine which suites me most, considering the differences in things like engine, speakers, noise dampening, road feel, etc. are going to be the determining factors.

      about 4 months ago
    • Nikolai Harhai
      Nikolai Harhai In reply to Jacob Reese

      Rav4 looks like a remake of a Jeep. No thanks!

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Jacob Reese

      We're hoping to be able to drive the new Rav4, Toyota is the only consumer brand who won't give us press cars but we're planning to speak with their PR teams at both the Montreal & Toronto auto shows to see what we can make happen. We're hoping we get the chance to drive it, definitely has a baby 4Runner look to it, which is good!

      about 4 months ago
    • Ahmad Al Ameer
      Ahmad Al Ameer

      Happy new year buddy

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Ahmad Al Ameer

      Thank you, Happy New Year to you also!

      about 4 months ago
    • HugFest
      HugFest

      I have it. Seats are tiny! Made for Asian body. I am 6ft and 170 pounds and the side cushions are eating into my thighs

      about 4 months ago
    • HugFest
      HugFest In reply to HugFest

      PRN_TestDrive don’t mean to be mean but you might just have a layer preventing you from feeling how crappy the seats are. I mean just look at them. The seating area is tiny

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to HugFest

      I’ve driven almost all the 12,000km we’ve put on our 2017 CX-5 and the driver’s seat comfort has never been a problem for me. Sure vehicles in the mid size segment offer more cushion, and even others in the compact segment, but despite my size I personally have no complaints about the seats. Size isn’t the only factor, so your mileage may vary.

      about 3 months ago
    • Noel Lopez
      Noel Lopez In reply to HugFest

      HugFest you are 100% right...that is the only thing that's sucks...it a bit difficult to put a car seat in the rear...I'm surprised that Nile didn't complain about that hes pretty big and looks kinda squished when hes sitting in the drivers seat..

      about 3 months ago
    • HugFest
      HugFest In reply to HugFest

      I really recommend for both of you to sit in a Subaru, Lexus or any other car and right after in the CX5. Even Nissan Rouge has a bath tub like space compared to the CX5. This car is far from comfortable as far as seating go. And I am saying this otherwise loving the car.

      about 4 months ago
    • John Sorensen
      John Sorensen In reply to HugFest

      I'm 5'11" and 190lbs and these seats are the most comfortable I've experienced in a car. Bottom line, go drive it and see for yourself and you won't be disappointed.

      about 4 months ago
    • Faizan Yousuf
      Faizan Yousuf

      Hey Nile. Discovered your channel last month. Great videos on the Canadian perspective. I'm stuck between choosing the Mid trim SV Nissan Rogue or the Mid trim CX 5 GS AWD. Nissan has more space but the Mazda is something else.

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Faizan Yousuf

      Our blue has held up very well so far, looks great when clean!

      about 4 months ago
    • Faizan Yousuf
      Faizan Yousuf In reply to Faizan Yousuf

      Thanks Nile. Will opt for the CX 5. My last car was a Corolla so compared to that in terms of space , CX 5 is definitely ahead. Will trust you and go for it in Deep blue color. I love the red but I'm skeptical on its reliability long term hence going for the blue

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Faizan Yousuf

      The CX-5 does sit on the smaller size on paper, but for us as a family of 3 we've never had space issues. In fact we had family in from out of town over the weekend and had no space problems with our 2017. Personally I'd go for the quality features and design from the CX-5 over the Rogue. We drove the 2018 SV Platinum and found it to be stale on the inside, Nissan hasn't bothered changing their interiors for almost a decade now.

      about 4 months ago
    • jim baker
      jim baker

      I have a 2016 Cx 5 and I love it, I was anxious to drive the new turbo cx 5 but was very disappointed with the ride and the power. I found the car felt "heavy" and not nearly as nimble as my 2016 and the power from the turbo was not exciting as a matter of fact I had to pop the hood to make sure i was driving the turbo. I think Mazda tried to compete with a "mainstream" suv's and has lost their way on this turbo!

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to jim baker

      That’s unfortunate to hear, but everyone experiences things a little differently. We’ve requested the 2019 from the press fleet and we’ll be doing some more comprehensive testing with it compared to our 2017 later this winter.

      about 4 months ago
    • EOS1
      EOS1

      The need someone to teach them about rims.

      about 4 months ago
    • zoomzoomgt
      zoomzoomgt

      On your 17 cx5. How much Km you get on a full tank?

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to zoomzoomgt

      We're able to get between 650-700km on a full tank, to be fair though we haven't driven it very much this year, and only just drained the tank since our last fill up almost 6 months ago.

      about 4 months ago
    • xixworld
      xixworld

      allo ,
      est-ce qu'on reçoit les directions d'android auto/waze dans la lunette de direction ?
      ( je fais référence à la vitre qui se lève du CX-3 GT 2017)
      merci

      about 4 months ago
    • xixworld
      xixworld In reply to xixworld

      +PRN_TestDrive kk merci bcp pour l<information :)

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to xixworld

      Comme le HUD? Je ne pense pas avec Android Auto ou Apple CarPlay. On a tester avec le CX-9 2019 est seulement les directions qui vient de la systeme de navigation de Mazda marche avec le HUD.

      about 4 months ago
    • 天兵好
      天兵好

      nice video~ thank you

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to 天兵好

      We're glad you liked it, thanks for checking it out and leaving a comment!

      about 4 months ago
    • Robert Devoy
      Robert Devoy

      I like this suv very much, but many lesser vehicles offer the automated self parking feature. Even the inexpensive 2016 Ford Focus offers this feature. For a city dweller like myself this is a very desirable option. How is it that Mazda doesn't offer this option on their top Signature trim? It's standard equipment on the 2019 Ford Escape Titanium.

      about 4 months ago
    • creek hed
      creek hed In reply to Robert Devoy

      Self-Parking vehicles create even worse drivers than are already on the road! I know this sounds so archaic, but If you cannot park it, you shouldn't be driving it!

      about 4 months ago
    • Robert Devoy
      Robert Devoy In reply to Robert Devoy

      +PRN_TestDrive Good point. I don't really need active park assist, but having rear sensors would be an acceptable compromise for me. Between the rear camera and rear sensors I could easily park in tight spots without hitting the curb or another car. Being on a limited budget it seems Mazda has a wait and see policy regarding new tech or features such as Android and Apple nav and the oversized sunroof.

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Robert Devoy

      We’ve tested some of the self-parking systems and personally don’t like them at all. We’ve tried to test them recently on video with vehicles like the Volvo XC40 or RAM 1500 and weren’t able to get them to perform as advertised. Mazda seems to hold off on tech like this until they know they’ve perfected it (360° camera resumption excluded) so perhaps it’s a system they’re still developing.

      about 4 months ago
    • Bowen Li
      Bowen Li

      Does the signature comes with the 360 view? Or even the GT has the 360 view. Thanks!

      about 4 months ago
    • Bowen Li
      Bowen Li In reply to Bowen Li

      PRN_TestDrive Good to know! Thanks!

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Bowen Li

      In the US the 360° camera comes on the Signature trim only.

      about 4 months ago
    • wildoneback
      wildoneback

      Mazda hasn’t done anything to improve the rear back up camera, still no dynamic guidelines??
      And what about the cold start issues which plague the previous 2017/2018 cx5 models

      about 4 months ago
    • wildoneback
      wildoneback In reply to wildoneback

      N Schumacher not so here in Canada my friend

      about 4 months ago
    • N Schumacher
      N Schumacher In reply to wildoneback

      Dynamic guidelines where already standard since the first generation CX5 at least in europe

      about 4 months ago
    • wildoneback
      wildoneback In reply to wildoneback

      +PRN_TestDrive Thank you for checking it out in really cold temps whenever it's frigid outside, I really wonder Mazda gives us a HUD in the cx5 but struggles to give a decent back up camera and the 360 camera is missing in the Canadian cx5 ? Strange marketing strategies

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to wildoneback

      Both things we talked about in this episode. The backup/360 camera is one of the worst on the market, and we'll bring that up again on Monday's episode on the 2019 CX-9 Signature. As for the cold start problem, we've requested the 2019 from the press fleet and we'll be leaving our own 2017 GT out next time we get frigid conditions here to test it ourselves.

      about 4 months ago