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2013 Mazda CX-5

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2013 Mazda CX-5 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.4

The all-new 2013 Mazda CX-5 is destined to serve as a bellwether vehicle for the automaker. Introducing both the next generation of its corporate styling language and a comprehensive array of weight-saving, efficiency-enhancing Skyactiv technologies, this 5-passenger compact SUV promises an even greater level of Zoom-Zoom appeal. Available in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trims, the CX-5 offers a choice of front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) as well as an attractive array of standards and options. Aimed squarely at the heart of one of the most hotly contested SUV market segments, the new Mazda CX-5 goes up against a host of formidable rivals, including the equally new Ford Escape and Honda CR-V as well as more seasoned veterans like the Chevrolet Equinox, Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're in the market for a roomy compact SUV that matches impressive comfort, exceptional flexibility and outstanding fuel economy with class-leading handling and controllability, the 2013 Mazda CX-5 is well worth a test drive.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The CX-5's new 2.0-liter engine does sacrifice a measure of pure power in return for its increased fuel economy, a tradeoff that some may find a bit too 1-sided in light of the comparative output/mpg numbers put up by prime rivals like the new Ford Escape and Honda CR-V, as well as the Chevrolet Equinox.

What's Significant About This Car?

This de facto replacement for the Mazda Tribute – a vehicle that was largely based on the current-generation Ford Escape - the 2013 CX-5 is an all-new, all-Mazda effort that significantly raises the benchmark with respect to its appearance, driving dynamics and overall efficiency.

Driving the CX-5

Driving Impressions Feeling more like a 5-passenger sports car than compact sport utility vehicle, the new CX-5 makes a stellar dynamic impression on any road. A brilliant extension of Mazda's "Zoom-Zoom" spirit,...

it matches a strong, rigid body with lighter, tighter underpinnings that add outstanding control without compromising overall ride comfort. The new electrically assisted power steering is well weighted and offers great feedback, while the CX-5's synergistically optimized suspension package limits body roll in corners and works to channel road harshness away from its well-isolated passenger compartment. Coupled with a robust wheel/tire package, this new Mazda feels agile, confident and surprisingly sure-footed. Although the added weight of the available all-wheel drive system puts a bit more stress on an engine that has more enthusiasm than absolute power – especially during more demanding uphill runs and passing maneuvers - the extra mass has little meaningful impact on the CX-5's dynamic characteristics.

Skyactiv technology

Mazda's comprehensive approach to weight reduction and design optimization in the CX-5's powertrain, structure and suspension elements endow this compact crossover with a genuinely winning personality that bodes well for its future success.


3-way remote rear seatback release

A trio of well-positioned handles located in the CX-5's cargo bay make quick work of lowering individual elements of its 40/20/40 rear seatback to more efficiently accommodate payloads of varying shapes and sizes.

2013 Mazda CX-5 Details
2013 Mazda CX-5 photo Interior

Mazda's new-generation design themes carry over into the CX-5's well-tailored cabin, creating a more inviting look and feel to this roomy and easily reconfigurable domain. Crafted to please both the driver and passengers, it complements a generous helping of soft-touch surfaces with user-friendly control layouts and a host of impressive standard features. The well-formed front bucket seats have been redesigned to provide greater comfort and support, while the adult-scaled 40/20/40 rear bench in the upline Touring/Grand Touring models features an industry-first, remote quick-release system for each individual back element. Pop its large, single-piece liftback rear hatch and pull a lever, and the CX-5's 34.1-cubic-foot rear bay nearly doubles in size, creating a long, near-flat cargo floor in the process.

Exterior
2013 Mazda CX-5 photo

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is the first production vehicle to embody the automaker's new "Kodo - Soul of Motion" styling language. Closely resembling the Mazda Minagi Concept SUV on which it's based, the CX-5's bold, sleek lines and elegant proportions are set off by a functional rear spoiler. It also boasts a new front-end treatment that replaces the awkward "happy face" look with a far more sophisticated variation on Mazda's classic pentagonal grille. Aluminum 17-inch wheels mounting 225/65 all-season tires are standard on Sport/Touring CX-5s, while the Grand Touring wears 19-inch alloys wrapped in 225/55 rubber.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The new Mazda CX-5 is available in distinct model configurations. Key features in the CX-5 Sport include a full range of power assists, tilt/telescoping steering column with multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, keyless remote and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The Touring model adds things like upgraded upholstery cloth, 6-way power driver's seat, Blind Spot Monitor, 5.8-inch color display with backup camera, Bluetooth connectivity and a 40/20/40 rear bench. Highlights of the leather-lined CX-5 Grand Touring include a power moonroof, Bose audio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, dual-zone climate control and 19-inch wheels. All CX-5's come with stability/traction control, Hill Launch Assist, antilock brakes and front/front-side/side-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

Beyond the standard feature variations that differentiate its three model lines and the choice of front-drive and all-wheel drive, the 2013 Mazda CX-5 offers several trim-specific option groups. A Bluetooth Audio Package for the Sport bundles Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity, a 5.8-inch touch-screen monitor and HD radio. The CX-5 Touring can be upgraded with a Moonroof/Bose Package (power moonroof/225-watt Bose premium audio system) and a Technology Package (TomTom-based Navigation, automatic auto-leveling bi-xenon headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System and more) while the Technology Package for the Grand Touring also includes Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry. Sirius Satellite Radio (Touring only) and a trailer hitch are stand-alone extras.

Under the Hood

All versions of the 2013 Mazda CX-5 share the same naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline engine, a free-revving 4-cylinder designed for maximum efficiency and minimum weight. Developing 155 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque, it can be backed by a 6-speed manual (Sport FWD only) or 6-speed automatic that's standard-issue in Touring/Grand Touring models. Both compact, smooth-shifting transmissions are infused with their own dedicated Skyactiv elements and capable of taking the CX-5 from 0-60 mph in roughly 9.0-10.0 seconds, depending on drivetrain configuration. Stellar EPA highway numbers in the 31-35 mpg range place this new Mazda at the top of its class when it comes to mileage-maxing capabilities. And waiting in the wings for its 2013 debut is an even more efficient alternative: a Skyactiv-D turbodiesel set to make 170 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque.

2.0-liter inline-4
155 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
150 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA City/highway fuel economy (est):
26/35 mpg (manual transmission, FWD)
26/32 mpg (automatic, FWD)
25/31 mpg (automatic, AWD)

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2013 Mazda CX-5 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 163 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Good value for the price Impressed with the fuel

By on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 134,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Very good starter SUV"

Cons: "cup holders to close, back seat non reclining"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Bought the CX 5 for reliability and fuel mileage. Both have come thru. Would like to see a dash shifter so the console could be more functual. Should be standard with XM radio"

This Mazda CX-5 is a good vehicle overall.

By on Sunday, July 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great value"

Cons: "Lifeless drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"CX-5 is a good vehicle. Owned it for 20 months now and have driven 53,000 miles on mostly highway/ interstate. Pulled me through the winter just fine with the AWD. The biggest drawback and complaint for me is that there is no ZOOM ZOOM! The 2.0 Skyactive is sluggish. Go for the optional engine. The excessive miles have revealed no mechanical problems or defects at all. Just a lifeless gas pedal. I use the manual shift mode to merge on a daily basis.. This motor start delivering above 3,000 RPM but must be pushed in manual mode to achieve this RPM or just floor it till your up to speed. Gas mileage is as advertised if your easy on the gas pedal."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best Value for $32,000

By on Saturday, July 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,150

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Sport mode, GT Tech package, excellent price"

Cons: "no power rear lift-gate, not available in blue"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

shiny black-on-black 2016 Mazda CX-5 GT

"I have loved the Mazda CX-5 design since the first pictures were released pre-production. I wanted one in 2012 but waited until June 2015 to purchase a newly redesigned '16 GT in Black Mica with black leather and black wheels. In the just over 1100 miles I have put on it in less than a month there is nothing to complain about. The sticker was $31,910 but the dealer took $1500 off MSRP plus the additional $750 for Mazda loyalty gave me this vehicle for under $30k. This CX-5 is my 3rd Mazda since 2008. I previously owned 2008 and 2010 Mazda 3 Touring hatches. The only tech feature I had was Bluetooth in the '10. This blows those out of the water with the GT Tech package, heated leather seats, rear-view camera with cross traffic monitoring, Navigation, 7" touchscreen, voice activated text recognition, blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning, Smart-City braking, XM and Pandora radio, and I'm sure more features that I have no discovered yet. Also, if you are looking to have some fun on the back country roads, Sport mode is a lot of fun especially when used with the Manual mode. It does not drive or feel like an SUV. The only negatives I have is no power rear lift-gate like some of the competing models have. Also, I really love the Aurora Blue Mica (38J) paint from 2008 and have heard of a similar color being offered in Canada on the new CX-3 and MX-5 as Electric Blue Mica. I hope in the future they bring this color to the United States and offer it on the CX-5. Overall, this vehicle is an excellent value for the price with a great design and reputation. I am a loyal Mazda owner and supporter."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

shiny black-on-black 2016 Mazda CX-5 GT

The 2016 CX-5 All Wheel GT is an Awesome SUV.

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything"

Cons: "No Memory Settings on the Drivers Seat."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The 2016 CX-5 GT is an Awesome SUV. We just traded our 2014 Mazda 3 GT Hatchback with the 2.5l engine for the 2016 CX-5 All Wheel Drive Grand Touring with the same engine. It has all the cool tech features as our Amazing 2014 Mazda 3 GT Hatchback that we traded in, plus more cool tech (& safety options). Quiet smooth ride, handles like the all new Mazda 3 (the CX-5 may have a better balance than the Mazda 3 Hatch). It is way easier for me and the wife to get in and out of and much easier at the bank or other drive thru windows. We Love, Love, Love this vehicle!!! Mazda keeps getting Better & Better. Since 2006 we have owned a 2005 Mazda 6 Wagon GT, an All New 2014 Mazda 3 GT 5 Door Hatch (since the new Mazda 6 wagon is not available in the US) and now the 2016 CX-5 GT with the Tech & I-Sense Packages. All incredible and realiabe rides that keep getting better and leading the pack. This car is so FUN FUN FUN to drive that is literally puts a smile on your face while driving. I am no longer disappointed that the new Mazda 6 wagon is not available in the US. Test drive one and you will be hooked!!! My wife and I will only be arguing over who's turn it is to drivr. :)"

Great car - no regrets!

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "value, good milage, comfortable back seats, fun!"

Cons: "Electronic glitches, center console small"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love how this car drives. It is very comfortable to ride in. We need an AWD vehicle and this is great, and looks great too! We have had two minor electronic issues, tire sensor light goes off, when the tires aren't actually low and the navigation stops working because it needs updates. We also have a Mazda3 and have never had those two issues. They are only annoying, but they don't effect the driving experience and we are still really happy with our purchase (we bought in June 2013). We are looking at buying another one to replace our other car."

Numbers don't lie, fantastic car

By on Thursday, July 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Infotainment system, handling, fun to drive"

Cons: "No seat warmers in Touring model"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Had this car for less than 24 hrs and its amazing. Read all the reviews, compared CX5 to 8 other crossovers. The CX5 is far and away the best crossover SUV on the market. I was hesitant about the 4 cylinder 2.5L engine, but not anymore. This car wants to go, when you put your foot down it will push you back in your chair. Infotainment system is great, haven't opened the owners manual yet, but I have all my radio stations set, Bluetooth connected. Infotainment system really sets this car apart. The selector knob in the middle of the console is great when driving. Can't say enough good things about it. I look forward to diving it for a long time. Well done Mazda."

22 people out of 34 found this review helpful

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