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2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel: Smooth, torquey and pricey

Mazda finally brings a diesel engine to the US in its small CX-5 SUV, and it's expensive.

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After announcing plans to bring a diesel engine to the US seven years ago, Mazda has finally followed through with the launch of the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel.

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After numerous delays, Mazda's new 2.2-liter twin-turbocharged I4 diesel is available in the CX-5, making 168 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque.

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The diesel engine helps the increase the CX-5's towing capacity to 3,500 pounds. That's up from the 2,000 pounds that gas-powered CX-5s are rated for.

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Like the gas engine, the diesel works with Mazda's six-speed automatic transmission, which routes power to all four wheels.

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According to the EPA, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel returns an estimated 27 miles per gallon in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

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Diesel fuel economy is slightly better than the 2.5-liter turbocharged I4 gas engine's 22 mpg city and 27 mpg highway ratings.

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The diesel is only available in the range-topping CX-5 Signature trim. 

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While the gas engine starts at $36,890, the diesel engine is quite a bit more expensive beginning at $41,000. Those prices do not include $1,045 for destination costs.

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Outside of the diesel engine, the CX-5 Signature still features a host of standard equipment such as heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation and a HUD (head-up display).

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For 2019, the Mazda Connect infotainment system finally receives Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities.

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