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2020 Mazda CX-5 Vs 2019 Mazda CX-5

When it comes to compact crossover SUVs, you can’t go wrong with the Mazda CX-5. It’s just big enough to fit its full seating capacity comfortably, and small enough to remain fuel efficient and handles well because of it. The second generation of the CX-5 model began back in 2017, but most CX-5 models you will find on car lots are probably still going to be the 2020 and 2019 model years.

Both the 2020 and 2019 are from the same generation, but they are not identical despite that. The biggest differences lie in the availability of safety features, while some other changes from one year to the next are subtle. Some may not notice all the changes at first, but the chart that is shown below helps to illustrate how the two models compare. The chart includes features from the Signature trim level for both, as that is the highest trim level in each case, and best illustrates what changed between the two. 

2020 Mazda CX-5 


2019 Mazda CX-5 

Improved Engine Noise Suppression  Unchanged
Standard Blind Spot and Lane Departure Warning Systems  Available
Standard Dusk Sensing Headlamps  Available
Standard Adaptive Cruise Control  Available


Comparison Analysis 

The above differences are hardly the only changes, but all the changes are on similar levels of significance. Those who buy the Signature trim level of the 2019 Mazda CX-5 will find all the features available on many trim levels of the 2020 model year. For the most part, if you are deciding between which one to buy, it depends on what features are most important to you. Unless engine and road noise are primary concerns for you, higher trim levels of both model years for the CX-5 will be almost identical. 

There are no changes to vehicle size, engine, storage space, or anything major. Both are great examples of what the Mazda CX-5 is great for, versatility.  

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