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2021 Mazda CX-5: Front-Wheel Drive or All-Wheel Drive?

A Guide to If You Should Buy a 2021 Mazda CX-5 with Front-Wheel Drive of i-ACTIV® All-Wheel Drive

When you’re searching for your next vehicle, you may be caught between purchasing one with all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive. Depending on your option, you may experience benefits from each one on the road. At Kelly Mazda, we offer the 2021 Mazda CX-5 with both powertrains. But which should you choose? We go over the perks of each below:

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Benefits of Front-Wheel Drive in a 2021 Mazda CX-5

Front-Wheel Drive2021 Mazda CX-5 Powertraini-ACTIV® AWD
25 City / 31 HighwayBest Estimated Fuel Economy24 City / 30 highway
Four Trim levels (Sport, Touring, Carbon Edition, Grand Touring)Available Trim Level AccessAll Six Trim Levels
Only Available in Carbon Edition TrimAccess to SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T EngineStandard

As seen in the table above, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 models offer several benefits compared to options with the i-ACTIV® AWD feature. While every trim level has access to all-wheel drive, you can receive the best fuel economy out of one without. While the difference is ultimately minimal, the model’s estimated 28 Combined MPG is impressive in the crossover class. Meanwhile, such models are more affordable and typically cost less than renditions with i-ACTIV® AWD. If you’re driving in warm climates or within city limits, a front-wheel drive model will be perfect for the added efficiency.

Access to the 2021 Mazda CX-5 Turbocharged Engine, Other benefits with All-Wheel Drive

While every trim level has access to the i-ACTIV® AWD option at an additional cost ($1,400), only All-Wheel Drive models can be paired with the SKYACTIV®-G 2.5-Liter Turbocharged engine. Offering more than the standard powertrain, models with the combination receive impressive performance boosts as well as traction benefits. This is due in large part to the added Off-Road Traction Assist feature that comes with all-wheel drive capabilities. If you’re looking to drive in varying weather conditions or rougher terrain – like we see in the Scranton, PA area, the AWD option is the way to go.

Find a 2021 Mazda CX-5 at Kelly Mazda

Whether you want a 2021 Mazda CX-5 with or without i-ACTIV® AWD, Kelly Mazda can help you into the model. Located in the Scranton, PA area, our climate and area work well with both types. Stop into our location today and find the right model for you. Otherwise, visit our online inventory to gather more information!


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