How Much Can The MAZDA CX-5 & CX-9 Tow?


The 2021 Mazda CX-5 towing capacity is 2,000 lbs. when properly equipped. The 2021 Mazda CX-9 towing capacity is 3,500 lbs. when properly equipped. Now that that's out of the way, we can party, right? Not quite. We're the Mazda dealer Melbourne residents trust for all things Mazda vehicle related, so it would be remiss of us if we didn't tell you the whole story.

There is more that you should probably know about towing besides just the max towing capacity of your vehicle, though that is the best possible place to start. Below, we're going to look into each of these models a bit more and dive into towing capacities for different model years. We'll also give a few examples of all the different things you can tow with each model's respective towing capacities.


Both the Mazda CX-5 and Mazda CX-9 for sale in Melbourne are crossover SUVs. However, as you've likely noticed, the Mazda CX-5 towing capacity is slightly less than the Mazda CX-9 towing capacity. This is because the Mazda CX-5 falls into the "compact" crossover SUV class, whereas the Mazda CX-9 falls into the "midsize" crossover SUV segment.

If you're simply looking for the maximum towing capacity you can get from a crossover, the Mazda CX-9 is the ticket. However, there is a lot more to consider regarding these two models. For example, the Mazda CX-5 might be perfect for someone who doesn't need the extra space and doesn't plan on towing anything excessively large or heavy.

But, for now, we're here for towing, so let's get into the nitty-gritty of it and look at some of the Mazda CX-5 towing capacity numbers and Mazda CX-9 towing capacity numbers throughout the recent years.

MAZDA CX-5 Towing Capacity Charts

Below, we're doing a deep dive into the towing capacities of each Mazda CX-5 model from 2016 to 2018. Take your time perusing the SUV towing capacity charts for each model below, and we'll do a few summaries along the way.

If you got one of our Mazda CX-5 lease deals, we have great news. You're going to be able to tow a minimum of 2,000 lbs. when properly equipped, no matter how old your lease is at the moment. Check out the numbers below.

2016-2018 CX-5 Towing Capacity

Model Year Max. Towing Capacity (lbs.)
2016 Mazda CX-5 2,000
2017 Mazda CX-5 2,000
2018 Mazda CX-5 2,000

So, the Mazda CX-5 towing capacity didn't change throughout those years. It looks like Mazda knows a good thing when they've got it! The 2,000-lb. towing capacity is perfect for a car of this size, and there's no need to mess with a perfect recipe. However, it's always fun to experiment and try out new flavor combinations. You'll see just a bit of that going on in the following chart.

2019-2020 CX-5 Towing Capacity

Model Year Max. Towing Capacity (lbs.)
2019 Mazda CX-5 2,000
2019 Mazda CX-5 w/turbo diesel 3,500
2020 Mazda CX-5 2,000

So, what happened with that short-lived increase in Mazda CX-5 towing capacity? Well, Mazda added on a turbo diesel engine to their Signature trim in the 2019 model year, giving the car more torque and, therefore, an increased towing capacity. If you're looking to get a new Mazda CX-5 for sale in Melbourne, you won't see a 3,500-lb. towing capacity, even if properly equipped. However, if you happened to find the CX-5 Signature turbo diesel in our used inventory, you can safely tow 3,500 lbs. with it!

MAZDA CX-9 Towing Capacity Charts

You'll find that the pattern of the Mazda CX-9 towing capacity throughout the years isn't too dissimilar to that of the Mazda CX-5 towing capacity.

2017-2018 CX-9 Towing Capacity

Model Year Max. Towing Capacity (lbs.)
2017 Mazda CX-9 3,500
2018 Mazda CX-9 3,500

No variation here! The Mazda CX-9 towing capacity stayed the same in 2017 and 2018 as it is now in 2021. Let's look at the next two model years to see if there was any variation there.

2019-2020 CX-9 Towing Capacity

Model Year Max. Towing Capacity (lbs.)
2019 Mazda CX-9 3,500
2020 Mazda CX-9 3,500

Again, it's much of the same with the Mazda CX-9 towing capacity. 3,500 lbs. is going to be what you get for many model years back. So, the only thing you'll have to worry about is getting the correct weight measurements for whatever you're towing!

What Can I Tow?

Now that you know how much your Mazda CX-5 or CX-9 can tow, what exactly can you tow with it?

Examples of what you can tow with a Mazda CX-5 or Mazda CX-9:

  • ATVs (~520 lbs.)
  • Horses (~1,000 lbs.)
  • Jet Skis (~730 lbs.)
  • Grand Piano (~1,200 lbs.)

The Mazda CX-9 and Mazda CX-5 towing capacity are also perfect for moving day. If you have a few extra items of furniture that wouldn't fit into the moving truck, you can load them onto a trailer and carry them behind you - just so long as they aren't more than 2,000 lbs. for the Mazda CX-5 and 3,500 lbs. for the CX-9! The Mazda CX-9 is also the perfect vehicle to tow a lightweight camper. These are usually around 3,000 to 3,200 lbs., but double-check their weights before you attempt to tow anything!


Can a MAZDA CX-9 tow a trailer?

Is the trailer plus the added weight of everything inside it 3,500 lbs. or under? If so, your 2021 Mazda CX-9 can tow it! Make sure you hook up your towing equipment correctly, and always use safety chains for added protection against trailer detachment.

Can a MAZDA CX-5 pull a trailer?

That depends on your model year, configuration, and how much that trailer weighs. Do you have a model that can tow 2,000 lbs.? If so, you can pull a trailer in your Mazda CX-5 as long as the total weight of it plus everything on the trailer comes out to be less than 2,000 lbs. Never forget to weigh everything inside your trailer!

What weight can a MAZDA CX-5 tow?

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 can tow a total of up to 2,000 lbs. when properly equipped. That's not a bad number for a compact crossover SUV!

How much can the MAZDA CX-9 tow?

The most current iteration of the Mazda CX-9 can tow a maximum of 3,500 lbs. That's a lot of leeway to carry almost anything you want behind you. The possibilities aren't endless, but there surely are a lot of them!

It's Tow Time!

Now that you know all the towing capacity numbers for different model years and a few of the things you can safely tow with your Mazda SUV, you're almost ready to tow safely. Remember, if you're not properly equipped*, you will not be able to tow anything. So make sure you read your owner's manual carefully for in-depth towing instructions for your model. If you have issues, give our team in Vero Beach a call, and we can walk you through it. Once you're properly secured and have charted your path to adventure, it's tow time!

Disclosure: Up to 3,500 pounds of towing capacity on the Mazda CX-9. Up to 2,000 pounds of towing capacity on the Mazda CX-5. Towing capacities shown are maximums and must be reduced by the weight of any passenger, cargo hitch or optional equipment in the towing vehicle. Please refer to vehicle Owner's Manual for details regarding towing capacities and other valuable information. Towing a trailer will have an effect on the vehicle's handling, braking, durability, performance and driving economy. For specific information on recommended or required equipment, see your Mazda Dealer. Hitches are available through manufacturers other than Mazda.
*All figures for towing are valid when the vehicle is properly equipped.

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