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2013 Mazda CX-5: Dependable and Affordable

By Durhl Caussey Created: December 24, 2012 Last Updated: December 28, 2012
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2013 Mazda CX-5 (Courtesy of NetCarShow.com)

2013 Mazda CX-5 (Courtesy of NetCarShow.com)

If you need a dependable, inexpensive, and safe car that has a bucketful of worthwhile features while getting great gas mileage, then the CX-5 may be the vehicle for you.

The CX-5 Grand Touring AWD is powered by a Skyactive 2.0-liter I-4 engine which produces 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. This DOHC 16-valve in-line four mated with an automatic transmission has power, but not quite like its cousin, the Mazda3. 

The price for this compact CUV ranges from $20,995 to $27,345. The base model is a bare-bones 6-speed manual CX-5 Sport, the interior of which is sorely lacking with only a few accents. 

Next one up is the CX-5 Touring with an MSRP of $24,195. At the top of the model hierarchy is the CX-5 Grand Touring. All 3 models have an AWD option for around $1,300. Note that adding the AWD option to the base model also adds the optional 6-speed automatic transmission and the associated price.

It was surprising to find such features as Hill Launch Assist, satellite radio, and Blind Spot Monitor as standard features on a car priced under $28,000.

The Ford Escape CUV is in the same class as the CX-5. They have the same platform, but when it comes to features and powertrain options, the Escape noses ahead. 

The CX-5 sits on 19-inch alloy wheels with variable rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated power mirrors with turn signals, rear privacy glass, and moonroof.

Outside, the CX-5 has a muscular, sporty shape, beginning with the new Kodo-design grille and the Mazda bird-in-flight emblem prominently displayed near the top of the grille. 

Warranty

36 month/36,000 mile bumper to bumper
60 month/60,000 mile powertrain
24-hour roadside service assistance

The shoulder line starts at the front wheel-well and sweeps all the way back to the top edge of the tail lights. Contrasting this line is another sharply curved metal crease near the bottom of the front and rear doors, connecting the two wheel-wells.

The CX-5 seats five, but admittedly the back is not very comfortable with three full-sized passengers. The driver and passenger seats have 8-way power capabilities and power lumbar support. These heated leather seats are most comfortable. 

The CX-5 takes curves well with balance, but needs to catch its breath on the straight-aways.

The tilt and telescopic steering wheel is leather-wrapped and houses audio, cruise, and Bluetooth controls. Power windows, power door locks, and fold-down seats are convenient, while dual zone auto climate controls allow some personal discretion.

Interior of the CX-5 (Courtesy of NetCarShow.com)

Interior of the CX-5 (Courtesy of NetCarShow.com)

The Touring and Grand Touring models are equipped with 40/20/40 split rear seats instead of the conventional 60/40 split, which makes it easier to carry long items, such as snowboards and skis.

For my test drive, the 5.8” color display with rear camera was the best feature. The Navigation was easy to connect to and adjust for the driving route desired. The colors were bright and rich as thoroughfares, highways, and streets were clearly legible. 

It was surprising to find such features as Hill Launch Assist, satellite radio, and Blind Spot Monitor as standard features on a car priced under $28,000.

The CX-5 takes curves well with balance, but needs to catch its breath on the straight-aways. This AWD Mazda is rated for 25 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. My weekly average was an admirable 33 MPG.

Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at this paper or dcaussey@sbcglobal.net

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  • ImNotTheWalrus

    The CX-5 and the Escape are not on the same platform,if in fact you mean chassis.The CX-5 is all new and not bases on any car chassis.The Escape is on a Focus Chassis.


   

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