3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Mazda CX-5

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MPG 26 City / 32 Highway
  • Sharp styling
  • Excellent handling
  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Competitive cargo space
  • Underpowered engine
  • No V6 option
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The Mazda CX-5 is a crossover SUV that's also rewarding to drive.


The Mazda CX-5 is a relatively new entrant in the ever-expanding crossover segment. Launched in 2013, it features a shapely SUV body atop a car-like platform. This combination provides more cargo capacity than the average compact wagon, but much more agility than your typical body-on-frame SUV.

The CX-5 comes in a trio of trim levels – Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring – all of which use a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine with 155 horsepower and 150 foot-pounds of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a six-speed automatic is optional. Front-wheel-drive is the standard setup for the CX-5, but you can opt for an all-wheel-drive system. With the manual transmission and front-wheel-drive, the CX-5 is rated 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. With the six-speed transmission, highway ratings drop to 32 mpg; all-wheel-drive models have fuel economy ratings of 25 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.

The Sport can opt for the Bluetooth Audio Package, which has Bluetooth for hands-free phone and streaming audio, a 5.8-inch color monitor, and HD Radio capabilities.

The Touring has two option groups: the Moonroof and Bose Audio Package, and the Touring Technology Package. The former has a power glass moonroof and a Bose Centerpoint system with nine speakers. The latter includes a TomTom navigation system, rain-sensing automatic wipers, a security system, bi-xenon HID headlights, an Adaptive Front Lighting System, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a HomeLink garage door opener.

The Grand Touring can be equipped with a Grand Touring Technology Package, which adds keyless entry to the Touring Technology Package.

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2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport

Recommended for: Buyers who want a well-equipped crossover at a fair price

The base Sport comes standard with daytime running lights, auto-off headlights, power side-view mirrors, and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels for added style. Inside, the Sport has air conditioning, power windows and door locks, push-button start, and an AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo system with four speakers, auxiliary input, USB port and steering-wheel-mounted controls.

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2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring

Recommended for: Buyers who need a little more interior comfort and higher-end audio

The Touring builds on the base Sport with Bluetooth connectivity and streaming audio, a six-way power driver’s seat, premium cloth-trimmed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, a 5.8-inch color monitor for the standard rearview camera, and a six-speaker audio system with HD radio capability for increased audio enjoyment.

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2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

Recommended for: Buyers who want luxury features like leather and Bose audio, and are willing to pay a premium for it

The Grand tops the CX-5 lineup with automatic headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated side-view mirrors, and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. It also includes automatic dual-zone climate control, an eight-way power driver’s seat, leather upholstery with three-stage heated front seats; and a Bose Centerpoint surround-sound system with nine speakers and SiriusXM capabilities.

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