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2013 Mazda CX-5 Review

This review was written when the 2013 Mazda CX-5 was new.

Reviewers say the 2013 Mazda CX-5 has phenomenal handling, excellent fuel economy figures and near-perfect manual transmission.

The CX-5 has a 155-horsepower four-cylinder engine that test drivers say could use a bit more power. At 26/35 mpg city/highway, the 2013 Mazda CX-5 gets excellent fuel economy for the class. Automotive critics say the CX-5’s handling is as good as it gets in this class. They like the CX-5’s six-speed manual transmission just as much, saying it shifts smoothly and makes the CX-5 really engaging to drive. 

Test drivers say the interior of the five-seat 2013 Mazda CX-5 is a pleasant place to spend time. The front and rear seats are comfortable, but like many small SUVs, the rear seats may be tight for three adults, especially on long trips. With a standard USB port and optional Bluetooth and navigation, reviewers consider the Mazda CX-5’s list of tech features dull compared with models that have standard Bluetooth and optional rearview cameras and infotainment systems, like the 2013 Ford Escape’s MyFord Touch.

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Other Cars to Consider

Like the CX-5, the Volkswagen Tiguan is one of the sportiest, most nimble compact SUVs, and it’s also more powerful than the CX-5, thanks to its 200-horsepower four-cylinder engine. 

For more cargo and passenger space, consider the Chevrolet Equinox. The Equinox is much larger than the CX-5 and has lots of passenger space thanks to its rear seat that slides forward and back. 

Details: Mazda CX-5

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is a new compact SUV from Mazda that replaces the Mazda CX-7 and Mazda Tribute. It’s available in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trims. See the full list of 2013 Mazda CX-5 specifications.

  • "There are several really good compact SUVs on the market. After our first chance to get behind the wheel, we think the 2013 Mazda CX-5 can be added to that list. CX-5 feels a bit sportier than its main rivals, with little penalty in ride quality or overall practicality. We also like the tastefully finished interior and promising EPA fuel economy estimates. The base Sport model with the 6-speed manual transmission is surprisingly fun to drive, nicely equipped, and we think it's a particularly good value for the money." -- Consumer Guide
  • "While the Mazda CX-5 isn't as cushy around town as the new CR-V--nor is it quite as thoughtfully appointed inside--the economy numbers, engaging dynamics and low base price make a compelling case for young families who need something more utilitarian than a sedan or a hatchback." -- AutoWeek
  • "All considered, CX-5 seems a really well-done machine that cries for another 20 or even 40 hp." -- USA Today
Review Last Updated: 5/21/14

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