2021 Mazda CX-5 gets infotainment screen upgrade, $80 base price jump

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 arrives at dealerships later this year.

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Mazda has revealed the details of the 2021 Mazda CX-5. The two-row SUV will have a new 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen front and center on the dashboard and a new Carbon Edition grade offering. It will start at $2,5270, $80 higher than it did in 2020.

The CX-5, which is one of the best-selling SUVs in the U.S. and Mazda's top-performing U.S. model, comes with a long list of standard features, including that screen. The roster includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Mazda Connected Services (with a free three-year trial), a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, Bluetooth, two front USB ports, push-button start, keyless entry, rearview camera, cloth seats, automatic on/off LED headlights, 17-inch gray metallic aluminum alloy wheels, roof spoiler, and rain-sensing wipers.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Mazda's top-tier CX-5 Signature trim offers premium level appointments.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

Mazda equips its base model CX-5 ($25,270) with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard and all-wheel drive (AWD) is available (starting at $26,670). Mazda gives each model manual and Sport drive modes.

The CX-5 is equipped with a standard suite of driver assist and safety technology including Advanced Smart City Brake Support with pedestrian detection, Smart Brake Support, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Automatic high beams are also standard.

Upgrading to the CX-5 Touring ($27,010 for FWD, $28,410 for AWD) adds heated driver and front passenger seats, leatherette seats with Lux Suede inserts and dual-zone automatic climate control. There's also added air conditioning vents for rear passengers, a center armrest, and two additional USB ports. Mazda Advancned Keyless Entry, rear privacy glass, a six-speaker sound system, and auto-leveling LED headlights are standard in this trim level.

Buyers can add the new Touring Preferred SV Package ($1,445) to their CX-5 Touring to elevate the features list. This package upgrades to the Bose 10-speaker audio system, leather seats, power liftgate, power moonroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, six-way power passenger seat, and eight-way power driver's seat with lumbar support and memory positioning.

Like other 2021 Mazda models, the company is offering the CX-5 in a Carbon Edition trim level ($28,855 for FWD, $30,255 for AWD). It builds off the CX-5 Touring with Touring Preferred SV Package and adds Polymetal Gray exterior paint, gloss black door mirrors, and 19-inch black metallic aluminum alloy wheels. The CX-5 Carbon Edition's interior has red leather seats and black honeycomb interior trimming on the dash and door panels. The leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob add red stitching.

Buyers can get the Carbon Edition model with the standard powertrain or a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. Models with the higher output engine will be designated by a CX-5 Carbon Edition Turbo badge and start at $30,660 for FWD and $32,060 for AWD.

One step further up is the CX-5 Grand Touring ($30,460 for FWD, $31,860 for AWD), which adds the Bose 10-speaker audio system, leather seats, power moonroof, paddle shifters on the steering wheel, seven-inch TFT reconfigurable digital gauge display, auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink and satellite radio with three-month trial subscription to its standard features list. Also, the exterior gets a power liftgate, LED taillights, fog and daytime running lights, adaptive front lighting system, dual heated door mirrors, and 19-inch brilliant silver aluminum alloy wheels. The CX-5 Grand Touring is only equipped with the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine.

The CX-5 Grand Touring Reserve ($35,285) gets Mazda's turbo-four and standard all-wheel drive. It has a head-up display and is aviaalbe with traffic sign recognition technology and navigation. Ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, automatic folding door mirrors, and windshield wiper de-icer come standard along with the features of the CX-5 Grand Touring.

The top-tier CX-5 Signature ($37,405) builds on the Grand Touring grade and adds Smart City Brake Support Reverse and Driver Attention Alert. The 360° View Monitor with front and rear parking sensors has been updated to have high-definition digital clarity. The CX-5 comes standard with navigation and Traffic Sign Recognition. A SiriusXM three-year traffic and travel link subscription is provided. The car comes with Caturra Brown Nappa leather seats, genuine layered wood trimming, frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, ambient LED interior lighting, 19-inch dark silver aluminum alloy wheels, black headliner, and Signature trim badge.

Some Mazda paint colors carry an additional fee. Soul Red Crystal Metallic adds $595 to the cost of the vehicle while Machine Gray Metallic and Snowflake White Pearl Mica add $495 and $395, respectively.

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 arrives at dealerships later this year.

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Acura is revealing its next-gen MDX slowly, first with this, the MDX Prototype.

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The MDX is the best-selling Acura in the lineup. It's also America's best-selling luxury three-row SUV. But that's not good enough.

Acura is redesigning the MDX and as it prepares to enter a fourth generation, a prototype of the new SUV will be shown on October 14. This looks to follow the same pattern as the TLX launch, which saw a prototype revealed about six months before the true model debut, just after the PMC Edition was put on sale.

Acura says that the next-gen MDX will usher in " new levels of Acura design, performance, technology and craftsmanship, assuming the mantle as the brand's new flagship model". And that's a good thing. The brand revolution that started with the RDX and continued with the TLX looks to go even further in a bid to re-establish Acura on its premium model throne.

The ofirst MDX was the industry's first three-row SUV based on a unibody platform, a design that has since gone mainstream as crossovers and lifestyle SUVs overrun a vehicle type that started as rugged off-roaders and family trucksters. Since it's debut, the MDX has garnered praise from buyers and critics alike including winning the 2001 North American Truck of the Year and 2001 Motor Trend SUV of the Year awards.

Over the past two decades, cumulative sales have surpassed 1 million units, securing MDX's place as the best-selling Acura model, accounting for roughly one-third of the brand's U.S. sales since its launch.

"We're accelerating Acura's commitment to Precision Crafted Performance and this fourth-generation MDX is the most ambitious and consequential redesign of an Acura core model in our history," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and Acura brand officer. "This all-new MDX will take us into new territory in terms of performance, prestige and emotional appeal."

The teaser image (above) and video (below) that were released today highlight the sharply sculpted beltline running the perimeter of the wider, lower and longer MDX, connecting the Jewel Eye LED headlights at the front to the Chicane LED taillights in the rear.

The MDX Prototype pulls heavily from the RDX and TLX with design nods to each. Still, it's unmistakably a three-row SUV. Though we don't know for sure what's under the hood, expect the MDX to have more a dynamic driving style when it debuts, following in the vein of the RDX and TLX redesigns.

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The material Jaguar Land Rover is adding to its vehicle interiors is called Econyl.

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As automaker work toward more sustainable business practices, Jaguar Land Rover is working with Econyl nylon to develop high-quality interiors made from ocean and landfill waste. The automaker promises that next-generation Jaguar and Land Rover models will feature floor mats and trims made with Econyl fiber from recycled industrial plastic, fabric offcuts from clothing manufacturers, fishing nets from the farming industry, and those abandoned in the ocean– known as 'ghost nets'.

Econyl nylon was created by Aquafil. It's already been sued in the high-end fashion, sportswear, and luxury watch industries to create handbags, backpacks, swimwear, and watch straps. In one year, the company recycles as much as 40,000 tons of waste, making it in to the nylon. For every 10,000 tonnes of Econyl raw material produced, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved and 65,100 tons of carbon emissions equivalent are avoided.

Jaguar Land Rover Econyl interior Jaguar Land Rover has committed to including more sustainable materials in its interiors.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Turning to sustainable materials isn't a new idea. For years Ford has been incorporating all manner of materials into its vehicles including tomatoes, soy, and coffee chaff from McDonald's. General Motors recently showcased a breakdown of how recycled materials are used inside their automobiles.

Bentley's facility in Crewe, England is collecting rainwater for use in its office building allowing the company to not have to draw from the local water system.

Each year automakers release their sustainability report, which champions all the ways that the company is moving forward in its resources conservation plans. This year's GM report sets forth numerous goals. Among them, by 2030, 50 percent of the parts used in General Motors vehicles will be made with sustainable materials. Additionally, GM's Spring Hill plant in Tennessee will run solely on solar power by 2022.

FCA made big strides in 2019. Their 2020 sustainability report touted their 40 percent reduction in water use and 27 percent carbon footprint reduction per vehicle.

Jaguar Land Rover Econyl interior Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

This week Polestar announced that its Precept concept vehicle is headed into production. When the Precept debuted a few months ago, the company bragged about its sustainable interior.

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