The Mazda CX-5 is a pretty capable SUV and has a decent towing capacity, considering it is a smaller vehicle. The overall capacity does depend on the type of engine you have equipped in your CX-5, which we will get into in this article…
Overview of the Data For the Mazda CX-5:
Engine Choices: The engine choices didn't really change over the years for the CX5's and in fact there were only three engine types for the life of the vehicle: the 2.0l, 2.2l and the 2.5l engines.
The 2.2l engine was offered in 2018, 2020 and 2021 (so far) and was really the only engine that affected tow numbers at all. The other two engines produced the same maximum ratings at around 2,000 pounds but the 2.2l engines could pump that up to nearly double that amount (3,500 pounds).
2WD vs AWD: The tow charts below for all model year CX5's did state 2WD and AWD configurations, but these did not affect the overall numbers in any way. So it made it easier to decipher the charts and one less variable to take into account as well.
Towing Capacity: The average towing capacity for all years (2013-present) for all of the CX-5’s stayed around 2,000 lbs. in general but in 2018 another engine was offered and the two capacities ranged between 2,000 lbs.-3,500 lbs.
At a glance, the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and the SKYACTIV-G 2.5 had the lower tow capacity at the 2,000 lb. mark and CX-5’s that were equipped with the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 engine had the 3,500 lb. tow capacity. So I guess there were really only two capacities and not a range.
Here is a quick look at all of the CX 5 model years and what their maximum tow ratings were to give you an "aerial viewpoint" of what to expect.
- The maximum towing capacity for the 2021 CX-5 is 2,000 to 3,500 lbs.
- The maximum towing capacity for the 2020 CX-5 is 2,000 to 3,500 lbs.
- The maximum towing capacity for the 2019 CX-5 is 2,000 lbs.
- The maximum towing capacity for the 2018 CX-5 is 2,000 lbs. to 3,500 lbs.
- The maximum towing capacity for the 2017 CX-5 is 2,000 lbs.
- The maximum towing capacity for the 2016 CX-5 is 2,000 lbs.
- The maximum towing capacity for the 2015 CX-5 is 2,000 lbs.
- The maximum towing capacity for the 2014 CX-5 is 2,000 lbs.
- The maximum towing capacity for the 2013 CX-5 is 2,000 lbs.
Where Can I Find This Information?
You can find the tow specs, along with all of the other important specs that you need to consider when towing with the Mazda CX5’s from the owner’s manuals on Mazda’s website.
Just enter the year and select the “CX-5” for the model and you will be taken to an area where you can find the owner’s manual. In the owner’s manual you should see a towing section (trailer towing load table) with the information you need that looks similar to the image below.
The limitations on the tow specs are not clearly stated, and you will have to take into account the weight of passengers, cargo, hitches and deduct that weight from the overall weight ratings in the charts to get a more accurate reading. Below is the statement that Mazda uses…
Towing Capacities & Tables For CX-5 By Year:
Below is a list of the tow capacities for the CX-5 by year, so you can quickly get a good idea of what numbers you can expect from your model year.
I wanted to also include links to the user manual’s for each year that the Mazda CX-5 was made to give you a resource for the different towing tables, so you can find other important info related to the specs that you might need to take into account (below charts).
Where I Found My Information:
I used Mazda's owner's manuals for the CX5's and the information I found included tow charts, break in information, other helpful weight topics and a lot more. I recommend you take a look at the manual for yourself to get familiar with all of the capabilities and limits of your CX5.