2011 Los Angeles Auto Show: 2013 Mazda CX-5 Debut

By Matthew Askari | November 14, 2011
What's New The 2013 Mazda CX-5 compact SUV is Mazda's first model to fully feature the breadth of the company's new Skyactiv technologies. With styling based on the Minagi concept first seen at the Geneva Auto Show last March, the Mazda CX-5 features a redesigned 2.0-liter gasoline and 2.2-liter diesel engine that is not yet confirmed for North America, both six-speed automatic and manual transmissions, and a specially designed chassis meant to improve performance, handling, safety and fuel economy. In addition to the fuel-saving Skyactiv technology, the 2013 Mazda CX-5 is the first example of the automaker's new Kodo design language, which means "soul of motion," characterized by sweeping body lines and an aggressive stance. Who It's For The 2013 Mazda CX-5 slots below the automaker's larger CX-7 and CX-9, and is a compact crossover to compete with the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Honda CRV, Chevy Equinox and Kia Sportage. As the Japanese automaker's North American boss like to point out, Mazda has a knack for making cars that are fun to drive, and the new Skyactiv strategy of improving efficiency in all areas should help the small SUV be competitive in its segment. Mazda also indicated the CX-5 is also meant to be an aspirational vehicle from those graduating from the Mazda3. Buyers looking for the practicality of a small SUV, good fuel economy, and a car that keeps the yawns at bay will do well to consider the 2013 CX-5. Key Features The 2013 CX-5 represents the future of the Mazda; Boasting both "Kodo," the new design language and Skyactiv, the company's multi-faceted approach to efficiency.
  • New Engines. Redesigned 2.0-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv gasoline engine, and 2.2-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv-D engine.
  • Two transmission options. The CX-5 can be paired to a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.
  • Fuel economy. The CX-5 is expected to average mid-thirties highway mpg, and mid-twenties on city drives.
  • Mazda Zoom. Fellow Japanese counterparts Toyota and Honda have produced good, but lackluster models for the segment, Mazda's adds needed punch and fun.
What We Think From the looks of it, the efficient and attractive CX-5 should prove to be a big hit for Mazda's North American shoppers. Shoppers in the segment want the practicality of a crossover, but are willing to give up the extra room of larger models for more fuel economy. While Mazda won't officially say the CX-5 will get the Skyactiv-D diesel engine, it did say the new diesel engine will be in Mazda's lineup by 2013. If the CX-5 can deliver a drive worthy of the brand, then Mazda may have a winner.