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2021 Mazda CX-5 keeps it simple

The best cars are sometimes the ones that don't look like they're trying so darn hard.

Andrew Krok
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
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Making a change can sometimes mean losing sight of what you used to hold dear.

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Thankfully, that's not the case for the 2021 Mazda CX-5. 

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While the Japanese automaker has injected its latest vehicles with affordable doses of luxury-level trimmings, the company hasn't lost sight of the fun-to-drive nature that brought people into its showrooms in years past. 

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If anything, it only makes this compact crossover more compelling.

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The 2021 Mazda CX-5 is pretty affordable, with the Sport FWD model starting at $26,370, including $1,100 for destination. 

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AWD is a $1,400 option for any trim except Grand Touring Reserve and Signature, where it's standard. 

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Pricing tops out with my tester's Signature trim, which will set you back $38,505 -- a fair chunk of change, yes, but still within the realm of affordability.

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That puts the CX-5 in line with the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue, all of which are viable competitors. 

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However, the CX-5's biggest rivals are pretty milquetoast, offering little in the way of an interesting drive.

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Keep scrolling or clicking to check out even more pictures of the 2021 Mazda CX-5.

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