Mazda has recently launched a smaller and cheaper SUV to round up its own SUV series. Named as 2013 Mazda CX-5, this new anchor SUV from the brand not only ensures rapid sales but also gives a preview of upcoming models in small-SUV segment. 2013 Mazda CX-5 is available in three trim levels – Grand Touring, Touring and Sport. Let us have a closer look at 2013 Mazda CX-5 in this review.
Features Of 2013 Mazda CX-5
2013 Mazda CX-5 flaunts an all-new design and is built from scratch. 2013 Mazda CX-5 does away with the previous Nagare exterior design and embraces Kodo – soul of motion – theme. This particular design theme is more appealing despite being less flamboyant.
It sports 106.3-inch wheelbase similar to that of Kia Sportage and is shorter than that of Mazda CX-7 by 2 inches. 2013 Mazda CX-5 is 178.7 inches long and 72.4 inches wide. With a length of 184.3 inches, the CX-7 is longer to CX-5 and is slightly wider at 73.7 inches. However, the most striking dissimilarity between CX-5 and CX-7 is that while the former looks boxier, the latter looks sweepy, smily and sleek. In compliance with the SkyActiv technology that the CX-5 is based on, the chassis is made of high-strength and stiff steel.
Aluminum materials were done away with to reduce costs. Thanks to SkyActiv technology, the new Mazda CX-5 is lighter by 10%, 15% more energetic and energy efficient and accounts for 30% less friction. US buyers will have to deal with 17-inch wheels sporting four season rubbers.
There is not much of a contrast between the interiors of CX-5 ad CX-7. Both are similar in terms of passenger room. The third seatbelt welcomes a fifth passenger occasionally and ensures his/her safety. Headrests ensure protection from severe rear collision. The premium Grand Touring trim level of Mazda CX-5 offers some of the high-end features such as metallic detailing on dashboard and steering wheel.
2013 Mazda CX-5 boasts an ensemble of essential interior features including high-end safety features and added comfort levels. Plastic components in the inside do not look cheap at all but exude elegance with grained or textured surfaces. Steering wheel is wrapped in premium leather. Hand-operated parking brake, perforated leather seats and shifter are standard. 2013 Mazda CX-5 offers plethora of safety and infotainment features.
The 5.8-inch touchscreen display sports a multifunction controller located on center console. Bluetooth, auxiliary connections and USB ports are standard. In addition, the interior of CX-5 features rear view camera, headlamp beam control (automatic), dual-zone climate control (automatic), lane-departure warning, and SmartCity brake support. This particular brake support system is regulated by an infrared sensor that tracks down objects approaching the car. The Mazda CX-5 also features TomTom navigation system that helps you track down anything and everything in the most efficient manner.
Backrests have 40/20/40-split arrangement for accommodating bulky cargo. Besides the 17 foot cargo space, Mazda CX-5 offers underfloor stash space.
2013 Mazda CX-5 is powered by 2L inline-four engine that renders 160 horsepower. The engine renders 155lb-ft of torque at 4000rpm.
It offers choice between all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive. Drivers can also choose between 6-speed manual and automatic transmission.
The drivers are sure to get enchanted by the spirited and more involving driving that 2013 Mazda CX-5 offers. To be more precise, 2013 Mazda CX-5 delves deeper into sports car character. The CX-5 offers crisp and quick steering. The SUV remains firm underfoot and allows you to talk to wind. However, the driver cannot ignore the boomy sound at 4000rpm and above because of SkyACtiv technology. 2013 Mazda CX-5 touches 60mph mark in just 8 seconds.
2013 Mazda CX-5 flaunts direct injection capability, 13:1 compression ratio, exhaust-valve timing, variable intake, and 4x2x1 exhaust manifold to deliver maximum efficiency.
Another highlight of CX-5 is the Atkinson cycle that accounts for extra-long suspension to deliver maximum mileage without asking for optimum quality gasoline. Fuel economy figures are 25mpg and 35mpg in the city and on highway respectively.
2013 Mazda CX-5 will face tough competition from the likes of Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
2013 Mazda CX-5 Price
Although the price of 2013 Mazda CX-5 is not officially available till now, one can not expect it to be priced lower than $20,000.
If you are looking for a small-SUV with decent looks, extensive features, powerful engine and great driving prowess, Mazda CX-5 is the answer. It also has the latest SkyActiv technology at the back of it that not only provides this beast with unique qualities but also pave the path for the upcoming Mazdas such as Mazda 6 and Mazda 3. At the same time, Mazda CX-5 will change the common viewpoint of people that function, space and driving prowess can co-exist.