How Many Seats Does a Mazda CX-5 Have?

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 is a stylish and affordable five-seat crossover.
Written by Jasmine Kanter
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
2023 Mazda CX-5
seats five, offering an upscale interior and generous extras on lower trims.
At the time of writing, the 2023 Mazda CX-5 is already shaping up to be one of the year's hottest small SUVs. According to Car and Driver, this model boasts a sumptuous cabin and superb handling, but its dimensions are lacking. Is it possible to live with a tight second row in exchange for a near-perfect vehicle?
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How many seats does the 2023 Mazda CX-5 have?

There are five seats in every trim of the 2023 Mazda CX-5, but not every seat is created equal. Here's an overview of every trim on the ladder and what it adds:
  • 2.5 S ($27,975): cloth upholstery (in black), front sport bucket seats, six-way manual driver’s seat, four-way manual front passenger seat, 40/20/40 manually folding second-row bench
  • Select ($29,775): leatherette upholstery with suede inserts (in black or silk beige), front-row heating, six-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, six-way manual front passenger seat
  • Preferred ($31,465): leather upholstery (in black or parchment), eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, a six-way power front passenger seat, driver’s seat memory functions
  • Carbon Edition ($32,375): exclusive access to the red leather color
  • Premium ($34,275)
  • Premium Plus ($36,775): front-row ventilation, second-row heating
  • Turbo ($38,125)
  • Turbo Signature ($40,925): Nappa leather upholstery, exclusive access to Caturra Brown Nappa leather color
The good news is, you don't have to climb to the top for your buns to enjoy the best of what Mazda has to offer. The bad news is that there are few standalone options, packages, or accessories available, and none of them relate to seating.

Do all CX-5s have two rows of seats?

Yes. Since its introduction in 2012, the CX-5 has had two rows of seats. It's one of Mazda's worldwide bestsellers (and the company’s smallest crossover), so a third row is unlikely to be added.

2023 Mazda CX-5 interior

With supportive front sport bucket seats and zen horizontal lines on the dashboard, the CX-5 is still riding the high of its 2022 facelift. Higher trims put leather on the seats, genuine wood on the dash, cloth overhead, and leather and metal onto the heated steering wheel in the cabin. If the CX-5’s upscale interior has one fault, it’s its size.
To help you decide if this crossover is a good fit for you, we've listed its dimensions and cargo capacity below.


The CX-5's seating is a little snug all around. As a result of the extremely narrow middle seat, it's difficult to fold a passenger into the second-row bench. For comfort, the rear seatbacks recline
You can see what we mean from the cabin measurements:
Total seats
Passenger volume
103.6 cubic feet
Front-row headroom
39.7 inches
Front-row leg room
41.0 inches
Front-row shoulder room
57.1 inches
Second-row headroom
39.0 inches
Second-row legroom
39.6 inches
Second-row shoulder room
54.8 inches
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Cargo space

A lightweight chassis and compact size don't lend themselves to a lot of storage. The CX-5 can fit 29.1 cubic feet of cargo behind the second row and 59.3 cu-ft behind the first. In contrast, the
2022 Honda CR-V
fits 75.8 cu-ft, and the
2022 Hyundai Tucson
has 80.3 cu-ft of luggage around the same number of seats.
Mazda has done its best to make up for it with seatback pockets, front/rear cupholders, inner door pockets, and a front console with a tray and bin. As long as you aren’t carrying anything larger than a book or phone, you can squirrel away plenty of stuff.
The CX-5 can tow up to 2,000 pounds and no, there’s no tow package. However, there are a lot of easy-to-reach car seat anchors and tethers in the back. Check out your owner's manual and you'll be good to go.
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How many seats do other Mazda vehicles have?

Mazda reshuffled its 2023 lineup, making the CX-5 its smallest SUV without the
. Next up is the 2023 CX-50 ($28,825), whose zero at the end adds a slightly bigger cabin and more rugged appearance. However, you're still stuck with five seats until you upgrade to the CX-9.
With three rows and seating for seven (or six with second-row captain's chairs), the
2023 CX-9
jumps in price and power to $40,025 and a 227-hp 2.5L inline-four engine, respectively. It’s only a slight improvement over the CX-5's 187-hp four-cylinder, but then again, the CX-5 doesn't carry as much weight. There are only 14.4 cu-ft in the cargo space behind the third row, and its towing capacity is capped at 3,500 pounds.
With a starting price of $23,615, the compact
Mazda 3
will be available as a sedan or hatchback, each seating five passengers. Again, chic takes precedence over cargo, leaving the hatchback with 20.1 cu-ft in the rear and the sedan with 13.2 cu-ft in the trunk.
should keep an eye out for the MX-30 EV, which will launch with five seats and 21 cu-ft of cargo space next year.

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