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2019 Mazda CX-5 diesel is rated for 30 mpg highway

Pricing for the new diesel-fired Mazda starts at $41,000, plus $1,045 for destination.

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Mazda's long-delayed CX-5 Diesel debuted at the 2019 New York Auto Show.

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Mazda says the Skyactiv-D 2.2 will deliver 168 horsepower and a stout 290 pound-feet of torque. EPA fuel economy numbers are estimated at 27 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.

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The CX-5's available uplevel 2.5-liter turbocharged gas engine actually puts out substantially more horsepower, 227 hp (250 on 93 octane) and even more torque -- 310 pound-feet -- at the same low 2,000-RPM engine speed as the diesel. The turbocharged gas engine isn't nearly as miserly, however, with ratings falling to 22 mpg city, 27 highway and 24 mpg combined.

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Tow ratings for the CX-5 diesel have not yet been released, but if they're a good bit higher than the 2,000-pound limit of the gas-engined models, that could be a significant differentiator for potential customers, all while offering potentially longer range between fill-ups, too.

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According to an official release, "Mazda worked closely with all proper federal and state agencies, such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB), to ensure that the Skyactiv-D 2.2 engine meets the required emission standards and passes all appropriate regulations."

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Mazda is taking reservations for the CX-5 Diesel starting now.

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Aside from its engine, the CX-5 has all the same design and equipment that make us love other versions of the crossover.

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With diesel costing a bit more than gas right now, and the CX-5 Diesel's somewhat underwhelming mileage figures, it remains to be seen if the new model will attract buyers.

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The diesel engine will only be available in the CX-5's top Signature trim with standard all-wheel drive, starting at $41,000 plus $1,045 for destination ($1,090 in Alaska).

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