When Mazda introduced the new CX-5 Signature Diesel crossover in 2019, the automaker found it hard to convince buyers that the substandard fuel economy is worth the $42,000 price tag. Now, several dealers are offering huge discounts in an effort to tempt customers into buying it.
According to a report by CarsDirect, the price slash made by some dealers goes up to as high as $10,000 such as the one made by a dealer from Dublin, California.
The said dealer is selling two 2019 CX-5 Signature models in its lot for less than $10,000, putting the crossover at just $32,045 from the original price of $42,045. This makes it more than $5,000 cheaper than a 2019 CX-5 Signature with an all-wheel-drive sold by the same dealer.
In other parts of the country such as Maryland, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin, the CX-5 Diesel is also being offered at $9,000 and $10,000 off.
According to a national dealer incentive bulletin, dealers are only supposed to give a price reduction on of $5,000 on the diesel CX-5. But a lot of dealers are opting to add another $5,000 discount.
Given the state of things, it remains unclear whether the Mazda CX-Diesel will remain in production. The company did release a 2020 edition of the non-diesel CX-5 last November, but it still hasn’t announced if or when the diesel version will arrive at dealerships.
The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel Signature is powered by a SkyActiv-D 2.2-liter engine and a twin turbocharger that makes 168 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. It’s only available with an all-wheel-drive and has an EPA rating of 27/30/28 mpg city/highway/combined.