November 21, 2019 Life's too short to drive boring cars

First test drive of the 2017 Mazda CX-5 Diesel: we want to like it

Mazda has been bothering us with diesel engines for far too long. It is now available in the Mazda CX-5, but is it too little, too late? In fact, too expensive and too late may be the best way to formulate it. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel unveiled at the latest New York International Auto Show is available exclusively in the Signature Edition at a high price of $ 45,950. It is rare that we start a first test drive talking about price, but in this case, we must.

First test drive of the 2017 Mazda CX-5 Diesel: we want to like it

You see, while I was driving to Toronto to drive the Mazda CX-5 Diesel for the first time, the only thing that really made me curious was how Mazda intended to position his diesel. I expected very good performance from the diesel version of the Mazda CX-5. I expected it to be more enjoyable than a GMC Terrain Diesel or a Chevrolet Equinox diesel (more on those two later) and a quick comparison test in the first test drive confirmed it. I had no worries about the vehicle itself, just the market it was about to enter car cover.

Mazda says there are still diesel enthusiasts and they have nowhere to go. They are right about it. If you really wanted a compact diesel SUV, your only options were the aforementioned GM products, which probably did not resonate with diesel fans. Mazda is known for its driving dynamics and the sportiness inherent in its products is more likely to appeal to diesel enthusiasts who also tend to be driving enthusiasts.

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 Diesel makes sense, but it would have made more sense if the price was more reasonable. As a Signature model, the CX-5 Diesel is fully equipped and includes several additions, including 19-inch wheels, abaci wood, cocoa Napa leather seats, heated and cooled seats, dual-mode air conditioning, the Bose Premium audio system, i-Activsense active safety technology, power-operated seats and, basically, everything you could need in your CX-5.

But that’s $ 45,000, which is over $ 4,000 more than the CX-5 GT. That’s a lot of money for a compact SUV and will probably dissuade many buyers who were waiting to learn more about diesel before making a final decision. Those who will stay are fans of diesel with a budget above average and are willing to spend to enjoy their favorite engine. Just how many of these people there are, I’ll let you guess. Even Mazda does not know. You can say that Mazda will play a waiting game with the CX-5 diesel. They bring it to the market and adjust the supply according to the demand. Now let’s talk about the vehicle itself.

On the road in the Mazda CX-5 Diesel 2019

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel is powered by a 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D engine producing 168 horsepower and a 290-pound-foot torque. Mazda’s philosophy has always been to try to get the most out of each engine by tweaking each component. The SkyActiv diesel power train is …

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