2013 Mazda CX-5

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Summary

The all-new Mazda CX-5 replaces two of Mazda’s ageing products- the CX-7 and what is essentially a rebadged Ford Escape, the Tribute. This year brings a whole slew of good choices like the Escape, Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage and Toyota Rav4 but none offer a compelling mix quite like the CX-5. Its combination of courageous styling, engaging driving experience and fuel-efficient engine makes it a good choice for those who seek an exciting yet thrifty crossover SUV.

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Pros: new stylish design; good Fuel economy; sporty handling

Cons: no available engine upgrades; underwhelming sound and navigation systems

Overview
The all-new Mazda CX-5 replaces two of Mazda’s ageing products- the CX-7 and what is essentially a rebadged Ford Escape, the Tribute. This year brings a whole slew of good choices like the Escape, Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage and Toyota Rav4 but none offer a compelling mix quite like the CX-5. Its combination of courageous styling, engaging driving experience and fuel-efficient engine makes it a good choice for those who seek an exciting yet thrifty crossover SUV.

The CX-5 is an important vehicle for Mazda and is step in the right direction for the company, especially after reporting huge losses in 2011. As a result, the company is eagerly shaping an entirely new blood line, starting with the CX-5. The CX-5 not only struts Mazda’s bold new design direction, but is the first Mazda designed wholly using the companies SkyActiv® efficiency philosophy. Its sophisticated 2.0-liter 4-cylinder SkyActivc®-G engine delivers best in class EPA fuel economy at 26/35 mpg for the manual transmission, FWD and 26/32 mpg for the automatic transmission, FWD. All-wheel-drive is also available but expected fuel economy drops a notch to 25/31 mpg. Nonetheless, even if you had to have the AWD CX-5, its fuel economy ratings still trump its biggest rivals at the end of day.

The 5-passenger CX-5 offers a handsome and comfortable cabin. When I slid behind the wheel, I was surprised to find soft touch surfaces and metallic accents in all the right places sparing it from feeling chintzy and cheap- not something I was expecting when I first saw its sticker price. I also like the fact that it doesn’t suffer from the same button frenzy that seems to be taking over the entire automotive industry one by one. It is simple, functional and while all those trendy gizmos may be nice to have, they only distract the driver as they find themselves stumbling through a sea of tiny buttons and confusing prompts. Its total cargo space falls short of others in this segment however it is a great alternative for true-to-Mazda families and enthusiasts alike that are outgrowing their Mazda3.

Body Styles, Trims & Options
The 2013 Mazda CX-5 can be had in three trim levels- the Sport, Touring and Grand Touring that tops out just below 30 grand. No, the CX-5 doesn’t come with a mile long list of features and available creature comforts but in terms of usability and technology, it has the right amount in all the right places. That is, for my tastes anyway.

The well-equipped base Sport is the best deal of the bunch. It comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, keyless entry with push button start, cruise control and a 4-speaker sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack and USB port. A Bluetooth® Audio package that includes Bluetooth® phone and audio connectivity, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, an upgraded sound system with HD radio and a 5.8-inch full color monitor is available.

Opting for the mid-level Touring CX-5 will add fog lamps, a six-way power adjustable driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear privacy glass and upgraded cloth upholstery and interior trims. Options include a moonroof and an upgraded nine-speaker Bose® surround sound system. It can also be ordered with the Touring Technology Package that includes an in-dash TomTom navigation system, rain-sensing wipers, an auto dimming rearview mirror with Homelink®, auto leveling Bi-Xenon HID headlights and an adaptive front lighting system.

The top-of-the-line Grand Touring gains standard equipment such as 19-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, an eight-way power adjustable driver seat and the upgraded Bose® sound system as mentioned above. A Grand Touring Technology Package is available which will add the TomTom navigation system, adaptive Xenon headlights and an auto dimming rearview mirror.

Safety
Standard safety features include stability and traction control, antilock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, a collapsible steering column, a foldaway brake pedal assembly, advanced front airbags, front side-impact airbags and side-impact air curtains.

A blind spot monitoring system and rearview backup camera are standard on the Touring and Grand Touring while an antitheft perimeter alarm system is included with the available Technology Packages.

Warranty Information
Every new Mazda CX-5 comes with a limited warranty that provides coverage in the event a repair is needed within the first few years of ownership. The new vehicle warranty includes a 3-year/36,000 mile “Bumper to Bumper” Limited Warranty, a 5-year/60,000 mile Limited Powertrain Warranty, and a 3-year/36,000 mile 24/7 Roadside Assistance Program that provides towing to the nearest Mazda dealer if the vehicle is not drivable due to a warranted part failure. Any accessories installed by the dealer prior to delivery, carry the same new-vehicle limited warranty as the vehicle.

MSRP

Trim MSRP
Mazda CX-5 Sport $20,695
Mazda CX-5 Touring $23,895
Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring $27,045

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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