The Mazda CX-5’s Powerful Engines Are Accompanied By Some Serious Towing Capabilities

January 26th, 2016 by

Mazda CX-5

Can the Mazda CX-5 Tow a Trailer?

A question many crossover/compact SUV shoppers often have is whether or not such vehicles, like the Mazda CX-5, have towing abilities. Some drivers may think that towing requires a heavy duty pickup or full-size SUV, but that isn’t necessarily the case. So what about Mazda’s compact SUV option? Can the Mazda CX-5 tow a trailer?

The simple answer is, yes. But before you start hooking up your precious cargo, it’s important to know exactly how much weight the vehicle can tow.

Mazda CX-5Though a more compact crossover like the CX-3 is not designed to handle any tow load, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 has a towing capacity up to 2,000 lbs., while the 2015 Mazda CX-9 has a towing capacity up to 3,500 lbs. with the Towing Package. For more specifics on what towing conditions your CX-5 can handle, you can consult your owner’s manual or contact us at Mazda of Manchester.


2016 Mazda CX-5 Towing Capacity Compared to Other Models

The 2016 Mazda CX-5’s towing capacity is impressive compared to some of its competition. Though some compact SUVs have a higher towing capacity, many fall into the pricey luxury category, or require more expensive trim levels or towing packages. Here is how the 2016 CX-5’s towing capacity compares to similar models within the same price bracket:

Model Standard Towing Capacity
2016 Mazda CX-5 2,000 lbs.
2016 Subaru Forester 1,500 lbs.
2016 Honda CR-V 1,500 lbs.
2016 Toyota RAV4 1,500 lbs.
2016 Hyundai Tucson 1,000 lbs.
2016 Nissan Rogue 1,000 lbs.

Driving Tips When Towing a Trailer

But just because the Mazda CX-5 can tow doesn’t mean there aren’t some serious safety concerns to consider when driving with a trailer. We have a few tips for you to keep in mind when towing with your vehicle:

  1. Remember that your vehicle will handle differently while towing, so practice different driving maneuvers in a safe area.
  2. Keep an even further distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  3. Accelerate and brake smoothly.
  4. Make wider turns than you normally would.
  5. If possible, have someone guide you when backing up with a trailer, and make only small adjustments at a time.

So, yes, with its impressive towing capacity, the Mazda CX-5 can tow a trailer. Plus, thanks to our tips, you should be well prepared to start handling those heavy duty tasks. As always, feel free to direct your questions to our automotive team here at Mazda of Manchester by calling 860-432-7263.

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