Author: Curtis Farrell |

Compact crossovers like Mazda CX-5 are among the most popular vehicles nowadays. And when it comes to the purchase, only a few can make a decision about the trim level without consideration.

2016 Mazda CX-5

This year’s Mazda CX-5 is rather affordable. The MSRP starts at $21,795 for the lowest-priced Sport trim. If you consider between Touring and Grand Touring trims, the price will be appreciably higher. The MSRP for the Touring trim starts at $25,215, and for the highest-priced Grand Touring trim – at $28,570.

Although all trims feature the SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission (Sport trim features it as an option), only Touring and Grand Touring have the upscale 184-hp SKYACTIV-G 2.5L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with VVT. Sport trim includes more fuel-efficient, but less powerful 155-hp SKYACTIV-G 2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine instead. All trims provide an opportunity to choose between front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

cx 5 touring vs grand touring

2016 Mazda CX-5 © Mazda Motor Corporation

Touring vs Grand Touring

The Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring has every feature of the Touring trim with some additions and improvements (stylistic mainly) which include: 19-inch alloy wheels instead of 17-inch alloy wheels, power sliding glass moonroof, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, dual-zone Automatic Climate Control, leather-trimmed seats, 8-way power driver’s seat with power adjustable lumbar support, Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound System with AudioPilot and 9 speakers instead of AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible stereo with automatic level control and 6 speakers, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 4-month trial subscription and auto on/off headlights.

The Touring trim also features Mazda advanced keyless entry system, Halogen fog lights, 6-way power driver’s seat with manual lumbar support, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) System, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Mazda Navigation System, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats, 40/20/40 split folding rear seatback with fold-down center armrest and a rear privacy glass.