Consumer Reviews Summary
53 of 59 (89%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Mazda CX-5 Overview
The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is Mazda’s entry into the competitive compact crossover/SUV market and the brand new for 2013 CX-5 hopes to make a big impression with a combination of fuel efficiency and driving dynamics not found amongst the competition.
Not only is the CX-5 a new model, it’s also the first car from Mazda to debut its latest design language, known as “Kodo.” The friendly smile found on Mazda’s over the past few years is now gone, replaced by a five-sided scowling front that looks more aggressive and we think more attractive. There are handsome lines to be found all over the CX-5, and although things are a little bit tamer by the time you get to the rear, to us it’s the best looking crossover in this segment.
One of the CX-5’s greatest advantages is in its fuel economy, which is in part thanks to its efficient drivetrain. The CX-5 is the second car to get Mazda’s new SKYACTIV four-cylinder engine – a 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder which also outputs 150 pounds-feet of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic (all-wheel-drive models are automatic only).
Fuel economy estimates range depending on transmission/drive-train choices. The most efficient combination is the front-wheel-drive and the manual transmission which nets 26/35 mpg city/highway. Opting for all-wheel drive dips those numbers to 25/31 mpg city/highway, but the 2013 CX-5 is still your best option when it comes to fuel economy in this segment beating out competition like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
Inside, the CX-5 comes with 34.1 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear seats which expands to 65 cubic feet when the second row is folded. This is one area in which the 2013 CX-5 falls a bit short of the other competitors which have slightly more passenger and cargo room. Standard interior features include air conditioning, power windows and locks, push button start, USB and auxiliary audio ports, and steering-wheel mounted redundant audio controls. Further options are available, such as Bluetooth® connectivity, navigation system, heated front seats, and a Bose audio system.
The 2013 CX-5 has already undergone some crash testing and performed well enough to be named an IIHS Top Safety Pick in its class. Safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system.
If you’re looking for a small crossover that’s got enough room for the family, but remains fun to drive and gets great fuel economy than the 2013 Mazda CX-5 is the total package.