Report: Mazda Giving the CX-5 Hybrid Power for Its Next Generation

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

The Mazda CX-5 is aging compared to the rest of its fleet, but it remains a top seller for the brand. It’s still a surprisingly engaging and well-equipped compact SUV, however, and Motor1 recently found clues that it would be getting an overhaul with a hybrid upgrade.

The publication found the hints in a recent financial filing from Mazda. Third-generation CX-5s will get a Mazda-designed hybrid system separate from the hybrids Toyota helped it develop. The automaker already sells a CX-50 with Toyota hybrid components in China, but the filing noted that the electrified SUV would expand to other markets later this year.

The CX-5 updates could also bring a nicer interior and a range of new variants, as Mazda typically offers a mind-blowing array of configurations for its SUV models. It sold more than 150,000 units last year, making it the automaker’s most popular model by a large margin, so any changes would need to be thoughtful, and the MSRP would have to stay close to the reasonable price points seen for today’s models.

Mazda no longer sells an EV in the States, following the discontinuation of the tepidly received MX-30. However, it offers several SUVs, including two with plug-in hybrid power, so it will be interesting to see how a hybrid CX-5 fits alongside a hybrid CX-50. The brand plans to release an in-house-developed EV by 2027 and a more aggressive rollout after that, but the rollercoaster of EV demand in the U.S. could easily complicate even the most well thought-out efforts.

[Image: Mazda]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy 7 days ago


  • Jalop1991 Jalop1991 7 days ago

    CX-5 seats SUCKED. They'd better fix those first.

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    • ABC-2000 ABC-2000 6 days ago

      I had a 21' CX-5, I really liked it but those front seats, too small and too hard and I am 5'9 and about 150LB, so I am definitely not big.

  • 3-On-The-Tree 3-On-The-Tree 7 days ago

    My experience with turbos is that they don’t give good mpg.

  • Mike Mike 7 days ago

    My wife has a ‘20 Mazda3 w/the Premium Package; before that she had a ‘15 Mazda3 i GT; before THAT she had an ‘06 Mazda Tribute S V6, ie: Ford Escape with a Mazda-tuned suspension. (I’ve also had two Miata NAs, a ‘94 & a ‘97M, but that’s another story.) We’ve gotten excellent service out of them all. Her 2020, like the others before it, is our road trip car - gets 38mpg highway, it’s been from NC to Florida, Texas, Newfoundland, & many places in between. Comfortable, sporty, well-appointed, spacious, & reliable. Sure, we’d look at a Mazda hybrid, but not anytime soon.😎