I was warned that the starting up the new Mazda CX-5 would be loud. They weren’t kidding.
The 2013 Mazda CX-5 represents Mazda’s new SKYACTIV approach of Mazda’s lighter weighted vehicles and efficient powertrains. The new engine was designed from the ground up and starts with the 2.0L SKYACTIV G 4-cylinder 155hp 150ft-lb of torque. With the SKYACTIV-G engine, that basically translates into more power using less fuel and greater fuel efficiency. And in the compact sports crossover segment, fuel efficiency seems to be what buyers are looking for these days. The Mazda CX-5 delivers greater fuel economy than competitors for non-hybrid compact crossover.
In order to lighten the vehicle, Madza used high tensile and higher quality steel throughout the chassis and body. The lighter and more rigid CX-5 add to Mazda’s “Zoom-Zoom” appeal as driving the crossover was nimble and quiet. The ride is fun and thus continues to bring Zoom-Zoom to your driving experience. The one minor drawback in my Zoom-Zoom driving experience was accelerating on the green lights. Off the line, the Mazda CX-5 is slightly underpowered and that’s one of the tradeoffs for a more fuel-efficient engine.
Published fuel efficiency for the GT AWD is 8.0L/100kms (city) and 6.4L/100kms (hwy). In the week we tested the CX-5, our average was about 8.9L/100kms in combined city and highway driving.
Inside the CX-5, you have soft touch leather in all the right spots, and nicely designed centre console with large big control knobs. The large temperature control knobs come in real hand during the winter when we’re all wearing gloves. In the rear passenger area, there is ample leg room and head room. The rear folding 40-20-40 split passenger seats can drop down to provide more cargo space along with several compartments for storage of smaller items.
The Mazda CX-5 comes in there available trim levels starting with the base GX model starting out at $22,995; followed by the GS at $28,045 and topping out with the GT AWD model at $32,645. Front-wheel drive (standard on GX,GS) and All-Wheel Drive (optional on GX, GS; standard on GT).
The Mazda CX-5 GT AWD model we tested ($32,495) was full equipped with all the available bells and whistles. Leather heated seats including the 8-way driver seat, wheel mounted audio and phone controls. Throw in an additional $1395 for the Technology Package which includes Bi-Xenon headlights, AFLS (Adaptive Front Lighting System), Auto head lamp levelling, Navigation system, and SIRIUS satellite radio.