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2013 Mazda CX-5 Interior

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The 2013 Mazda CX-5 has good cargo space for its size, comfortable seats and a well-made interior, but some reviewers say the CX-5’s average list of standard and optional tech features keep it from standing out from competitors that are stepping it up with high-tech infotainment systems.

  • "And while we'd love to tell you about all of the technological and space-saving innovations that the CX-5 offers, truth is, there aren't any. Sure, there's an easy-to-use touchscreen navigation system with simple audio controls and Bluetooth connectivity, and yes, there's an optional 40/20/40 split-fold rear seat that offers up 65.4 cubic feet of cargo space, but that's about it." -- Autoblog 

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For a small SUV, reviewers are impressed that two adults can sit comfortably in the rear seats of the Mazda CX-5. Up front, there’s plenty of space for the driver and front passenger, and the standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel and cushy seats keep the driver comfortable.

The CX-5 has standard cloth seats, though cloth sport seats and leather-trimmed ones are standard on Touring and Grand Touring trims, respectively. Reviewers are impressed with their quality.

  • "Even larger drivers should be comfortable up front. The seats are comfortable, nicely bolstered units, and offer an SUV-like upright driving position. Headroom is good, even under Grand Touring's standard sunroof. The standard tilt-and-telescopic steering column assists in fine tuning driving position. Entry and exit are easy." -- Consumer Guide
  • “The cloth-upholstered seats of the base model feel durable, while the leather surfaces with their double-stitched seams show careful attention to detail." -- Edmunds
  • "The backseat sits high enough off the ground for adults, which isn't the case in a lot of SUVs. Legroom and headroom are good, albeit short of the Equinox's mammoth backseat." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Car reviewers appreciate the CX-5’s intuitive controls and high-quality materials, but its predictable list of standard features disappoints some. Standard on the 2013 Mazda CX-5 are push-button start, steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls and USB and auxiliary ports. Bluetooth is standard on all but the base model, where it is included as part of an option package. Push-button start is an uncommon standard feature in this class, but the rest of these standard features are expected. In particular, Autoblog is unimpressed, saying that without an infotainment system like MyFord Touch, the CX-5 isn’t class-competitive.

Although the CX-5 doesn’t offer an infotainment system, it can be equipped with an optional Bose stereo, HD and satellite radio and navigation. Reviewers like the navigation system, saying it’s easy to use and can be updated using your home computer.

  • "We were pleased to find soft-touch materials from armrest-level up." -- Edmunds
  • "It teamed with Tom Tom to offer a new and especially user-friendly navigation system that you can update using your home computer." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "It doesn't wow us in the way that the Kia Sportage does, and as soon as the Escape launches with its revised MyFord Touch, the infotainment in the CX-5 - or lack thereof - will be downright embarrassing." -- Autoblog


With the rear seats in use, the Mazda CX-5 has 34.1 cubic feet of cargo space, and when the rear seats are folded, cargo volume increases to about 65 cubic feet. These figures don’t rank the CX-5 at the top of its class for cargo capacity, but as one of the smallest entries in the segment, cargo space is on point with the CX-5’s closest competitors, and it even trumps larger models, like the GMC Terrain.

  • "Good cargo space behind the rear seat, but underfloor storage is limited to only a few small gaps around the spare tire. ... Tourings and Grand Tourings get a nice 40/20/40 split with easy-to-use release handles in the cargo bay." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "In terms of storage and cargo capability, the CX-5 is on par with its competitors." -- Edmunds  

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