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2013 Mazda CX-5

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2013 Mazda CX-5 Review

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Vehicle Overview

There's no getting around it, the 2013 Mazda CX-5 should be on your shortlist when looking for a crossover. The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is available in a Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring model level. We hosted the 2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD a little while back (http://www.automotive.com/mazda/cx-5/2013/road-test/) and suffice to say, we really, really enjoyed the time spent. We only had a few gripes but, overall, the fuel economy, handling, and exterior styling all sealed the deal. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine trades aggressive acceleration for the ability to sip fuel. Handling, as to be expected from a Mazda, is razor sharp, making for a fun ride without having to burn the rubber off the tires.

As an all-new model, everything on the 2013 Mazda CX-5 is making its debut including a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, rated at 155 horsepower, and a six-speed automatic transmission. As usual with recent Mazda products, the 2013 CX-5 has excellent handling and sips fuel. The EPA estimates the 2013 Mazda CX-5 achieves a class-best 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. If you opt for all-wheel drive, those numbers drop to 25 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. If you just can't live with the 2.0-liter engine, you may want to go with the 2014 Mazda CX-5 as it offers a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, rated at 184 horsepower. As expected though, fuel economy does take a bit of a hit. For 2013, the 2.0-liter engine promises respectable fuel economy figures but falters on aggressive acceleration.

New for 2013

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is all-new for the latest model year.

You'll Like:

  • Handling
  • Exterior styling
  • Fuel economy

You Won't Like:

  • Back seat
  • Navigation system

Key Competitors:

  • Subaru Forester
  • Honda CR-V
  • Ford Escape
  • Toyota RAV4

See the New 2015 CX-5.

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