First Drive of 2013 Mazda CX-5

2013 Mazda CX-5 front

With the development of the CX-5, Mazda is declaring to become listed on such exclusive company – for any little over $20,000. Sure, it does not make 500 horsepower, use ultra high end tires or perhaps a sophisticated AWD system. But, it’s a crossover designed for motorists. On the right track at Laguna SECA, Mazda’s own raceway, the car’s performance qualifications shine. Mazda also has launched its lease offer on the 2013 CX-5, check out our Mazda lease deals page for more detail information.


It’s no race vehicle and once you start the climb to show six the engine may scream, however the revs barely rise, because the incline which proven fact that the engine does displace just 2.-liters element in. While slight, the standpoint to best execute the famous corkscrew is much better, however the sense of weightlessness while you crest the hill is increased.

That corner could get all of the fame, but it’s the next turn 9 that provides terrifying thrills. The elevated ride height will help you feel like you’re sliding sideways over the road as an reluctant passenger within an avalanche. Remain on it, however, and also the vehicle will respond with full confidence.

Mazda claims that for a lot of the track it’ll run fender-to-fender having a Mazda3, caused by extensive attention not just in the handling, but towards the steering, giving motorists the confidence to push the limits of the compact crossover much further.

The key, states Mazda vehicle development engineer Dork Coleman, is sufficient of caster, more even compared to RX-8, giving that amazing steering feel. “Everyone states their sports vehicle informed the steering and handling around the relaxation of the cars. We let you know how,” he states.

2013 Mazda CX-5 back

The car’s platform accounts for its qualities, with new mounting points for that distinctively designed suspension with an all-new structure. The CX-5 is, in the end, the initial Mazda product to use the entire suite of Skyactiv technologies.

The brand new engineering concepts coupled with its relatively compact weight and size allow it to be chuckable too. Having a curb weight of three,200 pounds, it’s almost 300 pounds under a CX-7 at its least heavy, and fully loaded nearly 600 pounds lighter.


Additionally towards the new Skyactiv components, the Mazda CX-5 makes uses of the identical 2.-liter 4-cylinder introduced within the 2012 Mazda3. While an end-gap measure for that 3, here’s where that engine is built to be, having a wild-searching new header that enables the engine to function in a 13:1 compression ratio – the greatest associated with a production engine available.

Total energy is ranked exactly the same at 155 horsepower and torque increases just two lb-foot to 150, but it’s the relaxation from the torque curve that’s important. Particularly, there’s considerably more torque from 2500 to 4000 RPM.

Impressive because this all is, regrettably for Mazda, we expect believe it or not. That’s the curse to be the zoom-zoom brand.


What’s possibly more amazing would be that the CX-5 is spacious and versatile with lots of cargo room, rear chair room, exceptional gas mileage as well as an attractive cost.

The car’s ergonomics are great and every one of the inside controls are easy and simple to make use of – a direct result Mazda’s willful (or reluctant) behind-the-occasions method of in vehicle telematics. You will not find confusing screens here with techy sounding MyLink-Touch-Pad names, just simple controls. Actually, while a little rudimentary when it comes to its design, Mazda has partnered with TomTom for any new navigation system that’s completely simple to use. Around the lower side, Bluetooth isn’t standard, though it may be added on inside a fundamental $400 package.

2013 Mazda CX-5 interior

2013 Mazda CX-5 interior

For the relaxation from the cabin, it’s a smaller amount of the step forward compared to car’s underlying engineering, or perhaps the new style (the MX-5 being the very first model to use Mazda’s new Kodo design language). Fortunately, Mazda continues to be in front of its rivals for any decade if this involves interior trim components and design, so even today it’s quality stuff.

Searching quite small in pictures, it’s bigger in tangible existence and regardless of the sporty brand image, the CX-5 doesn’t compromise on space. The trunk chair area is sufficient spacious for grown ups and also the cargo box is 34 cu-foot, though appears like more with lots of depth. Drop the trunk seats and you have 65 cu-foot of space. Of note may be the flexibility from the optional 40/20/40 folding rear seats (60/40 standard), which enables you to definitely slide longer objects though while still keeping two spots for people. And when you’d rather haul products behind, the Mazda CX-5 will get a couple,000 lb tow rating.


While track driving will deliver lots of thrills, it’s in the pub where just about all (otherwise every) CX-5 will bide it is time. A good hurry of energy whenever you hammer around the throttle, driven more leisurely it’s your dog from the line. Fortunately, the mid-range torque takes over rapidly.

It’s a peaceful smooth drive on the road, although harder streets will disclose the car’s more stiffly sprung suspension. Quiet when cruising, engine noise when speeding up is greater than a couple of sound levels even louder than it ought to be.

Two wheel choices are available, with 17-inchers around the base models as well as an optional 19-inch package. Tire width doesn’t change between your two at 225, even though 19s use a lesser profile. When driven hard the 19s show their advantages and that we didn’t notice much drawback when it comes to quality of ride. Steering feel using the 19s was better too.

Regrettably, just like you cannot obtain the 6-speed manual with AWD, the 19s can’t be had with not AWD.

Visibility the front is great, because of an enormous windshield. The vista the back can also be solid, regardless of the sloped rear from the crossover. Mazda does offer blind place monitoring along with a back-up camera as options.

When it comes to every single day driving, an essential test for that CX-5’s automatic transmission occurs the steep hillsides around Monterey. Basically exactly the same unit based in the Mazda3, we were not impressed with its disinclination to decrease gears with modest throttle application whenever we examined it a couple of several weeks back. The CX-5 exhibits similar traits, though it isn’t as reluctant.


This, obviously, is in order to deliver maximum gas mileage, a category in which the Mazda CX-5 performs exceptionally well. Rated having a class-leading 35 mpg highway using the six-speed manual, it will get 32 mpg around the automatic and both get 26 mpg city. For all-wheel drive models, they’re ranked at 25/31 mpg.

Beginning in a low $20,695 for any front-drive model, adding a computerized transmission brings the cost to $22,095. Three trim levels (Sport, Touring and Grand Touring) can be found with increased content choices and optional treats like navigation, bi-xenon car headlights and keyless access having a push button ignition. All-wheel drive models start at $23,345 and top out at $28,295.


Using the strong concentrate on driving enjoyment, Mazda is focusing on the CX-5 at more youthful purchasers and couples within their pre family existence stage. Nevertheless, knowing Mazda’s history cheap the organization title happily sits on among the world’s most well-known race tracks, it’s possibly less surprising that it may nail an apex than the truth that it’s a good well-rounded compact crossover.

Why put this increased concentrate on driving dynamics right into a crossover? Aside from being the Mazda method of doing things, you will find two other reasons, describes Coleman. First, he thinks that, “the best safety system a vehicle might have is a chance to not enter into an accident,” and 2nd, “not everybody that has kids and takes these to soccer hates driving.”

Inside a segment based on compromises, Mazda bills the CX-5 like a no compromise vehicle. That’s never the case with any vehicle, however with this compact crossover it’s certainly a lesser stretch.

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