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Original MSRP: $20,995 - $28,595
MPG: 26 City / 35 Hwy
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Used Car: 2013 Mazda CX-5 Review

Review Last Updated: 4/17/15

The new-for-2013 Mazda CX-5 wowed reviewers with its sporty performance and very good fuel economy.

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All-new for 2013, the Mazda CX-5 brings a little fun to compact SUVs, according to most reviewers. The CX-5 is powered by a four-cylinder engine, and some reviewers said the CX-5 has sufficient power in most situations, but others said it could use more power. A manual transmission, which is rare in this class, is standard. An automatic is available. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. The 2013 CX-5 gets an EPA-estimated 26/32 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class. Most test drivers were impressed by the CX-5’s athletic handling and sharp steering. They noted that the ride is on the firm side, but not uncomfortable.

The interior of the 2013 Mazda CX-5 earned positive reviews from critics, as most said it has a clean design and soft-touch materials. Reviewers were impressed with how easy it is to find an optimal driving position, though a few noted that the back seat isn't as spacious as that of some rivals. Standard features include push-button start, a USB port and auxiliary input jack. Available features include Bluetooth, navigation, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, HD Radio and a rearview camera. Reviewers agreed that the CX-5's available navigation system is very user-friendly. The CX-5's overall cargo space is on par for the class.

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Other SUVs to Consider

Like the Mazda CX-5, the 2013 Subaru Forester has sporty handling, and reviewers also praised its comfortable ride. The Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive, and test drivers praised its ample seating space in both the front and back rows.

The 2013 Honda CR-V is a comfortable daily driver, according to critics, and it has more overall cargo space than the CX-5. The CR-V also has a much better reliability rating than the CX-5.

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