The Select is a well-appointed base trim with plenty of desirable standard features, led by a power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, LED exterior lighting (with automatic on/off headlamps), rain-sensing wipers, and Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry. It also has heated power-adjustable side mirrors with turn indicators, rear privacy glass, roof rails, 19-inch wheels, push-button start, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with paddle shifters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a cargo area with storage boxes and an underfloor compartment. The Select’s seating situation consists of simulated leather upholstery, an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and second- and third-row seats that split 60/40. The second row also has a seamless tilt-and-slide function that provides easy access to the third row.
For tech, the Select gets a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, two USB-A ports in the front console, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment arrary with voice recognition, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and an eight-speaker sound system. Mazda’s i-Activsense driver-assistive technology suite also comes standard in the Select, bundling blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control (Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go), driver attention alert, safe exit warning, and rear seat alert.
As nicely equipped as the base trim is, the Preferred is a notable step up, providing a moonroof, four USB-C ports, heated front seats, a power-adjustable passenger’s seat, and manual second-row sunshades. It also has leather upholstery in the first- and second-row outboard seating positions. The Preferred Plus starts with the same specs but gains a wireless phone charger, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a head-up display with traffic sign recognition.
The Premium trim’s second row is configured with a pair of second-row captain’s chairs, reducing the seating capacity to seven. Its other upgrades are a panoramic glass roof, a hands-free liftgate, a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, expanded interior lighting (for the front and rear center consoles and door pockets), two-way position memory for the driver’s seat, and 21-inch wheels. The infotainment system at this level adds built-in navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, a 12-speaker Bose audio unit, while the driver-assist suite expands with blind-spot assist, emergency lane keeping (includes blind-spot assist, road keep assist, and head-on traffic avoidance assist), and front and rear parking sensors.
The Premium Plus doesn’t have the cargo organization system, but it introduces a windshield wiper de-icer, power-folding side mirrors with driver’s-side auto-dimming, a 150-watt accessory power outlet, front footwell lighting, Nappa leather upholstery (also in the first- and second-row outboard seating positions), ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel. This trim even gets exclusive door panel inserts with contrast stitching and piping, as well as dual 12.3-inch displays (one for instrumentation and the other for infotainment) and a surround-view camera.
The S gets a two-passenger 50/50-split third-row seat rather than the three-person bench found in the other trims. This reduces the total seating capacity to six or seven, depending on whether the second-row captain’s chairs or bench seat are included. This trim also has an adaptive front lighting system, a more robust engine, and a cruising and traffic support system. (Note that the S is not as well equipped as Premium Plus, as it does not get the windshield wiper de-icer, 150-watt outlet, frameless rearview mirror (although it’s still auto-dimming), special door-panel inserts, ventilated front seats, Nappa leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, heated second row captain’s chairs, surround-view camera, and front footwell and door pocket lighting. It also does without the auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, but it compensates with reverse gear tilt-down.)
The S Premium comes with many of the features found in the Premium Plus but absent from the S (the auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, frameless rearview mirror, surround-view camera, unique door panel inserts, Nappa leather seats, heated steering wheel, second-row captain’s chairs, and door pocket lights). Not only that, but it’s enhanced with a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a rear window defogger, and a Driver Personalization System, which recognizes the driver and automatically adjusts the cabin settings to their preferences. The S Premium also brings back the cargo organization system that was left out of the last two trims.
The S Premium Plus omits the rear window defogger and cargo organizing system; however, it groups the remaining features left out of the S Premium (the windshield wiper de-icer, 150-watt outlet, front footwell lighting, ventilated front seats, and heated second-row seats). Furthering its upscale appeal, the S Premium Plus receives a two-tone leather-wrapped steering wheel, quilted Nappa leather seats (first- and second-row outboard seating positions), ventilated second-row seats, rear footwell lights, and faux-suede door trim with contrast stitching and piping.