• Fun to drive
  • Great fuel economy
  • Attractive styling
  • Not very fast
  • Reluctant transmission
SUM UP A new approach to building crossovers.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for CX-5 in 2013

The Mazda CX-5 is an all-new model for 2013 that launched in spring 2012...more

Overview

It may be an efficiency-minded crossover, but the Mazda CX-5 still demonstrates the dedication to driving enjoyment that pervades the entire Mazda lineup. The new model replaces the Ford Escape–based Tribute and the fuel-guzzling CX-7 as the company’s only five-seat crossover. Interior room is plentiful, and the elevated driving position provides excellent visibility. The swoopy exterior styling is backed up by great chassis dynamics that make the CX-5 genuinely fun to drive. The steering is accurate, the controls are all in the right places, and a relatively firm suspension helps the driver feel in control. The Skyactiv four-cylinder engine provides class-leading fuel economy, but the focus on efficiency and the modest power output of 155 hp from the only engine, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, mean the CX-5’s acceleration is merely adequate. A six-speed manual is offered on the base model, so most CX-5s will be equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission that prioritizes saving fuel over going quickly. There’s a long list of options for the Mazda crossover, including safety gear like blind-spot monitoring and a backup camera, push-button start, touch-screen navigation, and Bluetooth connectivity. The Mazda CX-5 is not only better than the Tribute and the CX-7 it replaces but has also become one of our favorite entries in the crossover segment.

Safety

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS with brake assist; traction and stability control; hill-start assist; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard. A blind-spot monitoring system is optional.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Mazda CX-5

  • Ford Escape
  • Honda CR-V
  • Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • Kia Sportage

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2013 CX-5 Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Trip Computer

Exterior

  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear Spoiler

Interior

  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear View Camera
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Leather Seats

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • Satellite Radio

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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