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2013 Mazda CX-5 SUV - Rating Details

B
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested

2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring SUV (2.0L 4-cyl. AWD 6-speed Automatic)

Driven On 3/6/2012

Ratings Summary

The sporty and thrifty 2013 Mazda CX-5 is a very comfortable SUV that provides excellent driving dynamics in a daringly styled wrapper. It doesn't offer thrilling acceleration, but it does provide class-leading fuel economy.
B
Performance The Mazda CX-5's brakes, suspension and steering are uncommonly capable. The want for more power is a small concession for class-leading fuel economy.
Acceleration
C
With just 155 hp, the CX-5's acceleration is merely adequate for the class. The extra weight and driveline inertia of our AWD model makes it slower than its FWD counterpart.
Braking
B
Reasonable panic braking results (121 ft from 60 mph) with exceptionally good pedal feel and fade resistance.
Steering
A
Perhaps one of the CX-5's best attributes is its crystal-clear and direct-feeling steering system. It offers nimble response and good isolation.
Handling
A
The CX-5's handling is supremely confident and exceptional for its class, especially with the Grand Touring's larger tires.
Driveability
B
With the exception of feeling underpowered in some situations, the CX-5 offers superior driving dynamics with a class-leading chassis, brakes and steering.
Towing
D
It's rated to tow up to 2,000 pounds, but 155 horsepower isn't terribly encouraging here.
Off-Road
C
All-wheel drive is available for soft-roading, but the system is meant more for foul weather and gravel roads rather than true off-road trails.
B
Comfort Regardless of trim level and resulting wheel size, the CX-5 remains comfortable on a variety of surfaces and conditions.
Seating Comfort
B
Front seats are well contoured and offer plenty of support and room -- even for drivers over 6 ft. Standard tilt/tele steering wheel. Rear seats are flat but roomy.
Ride Comfort
B
The well-sorted CX-5 has a rare ride quality of feeling sure-footed and confident without feeling stiff-legged and harsh. To us, that's the sweet spot
Quietness
B
Wind noise is well isolated and dispersed, though engine and road noise are evident (especially with the larger wheel options).
B
Interior It's a mature (some might say demure) design, but at least it isn't swathed in poorly rendered fake wood or highly reflective chrome trim. Choose a lighter color for best results.
Ergonomics
B
A clear separation of systems (audio/climate) plus clearly labeled controls make the CX-5's center console a snap to operate. Optional navigation is less intuitive.
Ingress/Egress
B
A low step-in height, reasonable seat height, and a tilt-telescope steering wheel ensure easy ingress/egress. Rear doors open exceptionally wide.
Space/Room
B
In its class, the CX-5's cabin is one of the roomiest for four passengers; five only in a pinch. Base model has 60/40-split folding seatbacks; others 40/20/40.
Visibility
B
Typical compact SUV sight lines, but a rearview camera is available on all trim levels.
Cargo/Storage
B
Highly competitive luggage room (34 cu-ft) expands to slightly less competitive cargo maximum of 65 cu-ft. Base model has 60/40-split folding seatbacks; others 40/20/40.
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B
Value With engaging styling and driving dynamics, class-leading fuel efficiency and modern amenities, the CX-5 offers a compelling combination that can't be found elsewhere at this price.
Build Quality (vs. $)
B
For its class and at its price, the CX-5 is very well built, squeak-free and well finished.
Features(vs. $)
B
Even on the base trim, an impressive list of standard equipment will keep budget-minded consumers happy. Un-bundled options from higher trims are available on lower ones.
Cost
B
With a wide price range, from about $20K-$30K, the Mazda CX-5 resides in the affordable sweet spot in the segment.
MPG
A
The CX-5 earns better fuel economy than the norm in its class -- even approaching hybrid SUV efficiency.
Warranty
B
Nothing particularly remarkable here. There's a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Ownership
B
Roadside assistance to the tune of 3 years/36,000 miles is included
A
Fun To Drive The CX-5 is a dynamic departure from the segment's otherwise typically low standards; brakes, suspension and steering are uncommonly capable. It is downright fun and confidence-inspiring to drive -- especially with the 6-speed manual.
Driving Experience
B
There are times you might wish for more power, but you'll never want better handling or brakes.
Personality
B
The CX-5 is stylish, capable, efficient and priced competitively for the segment. Being the new kid on the block has its advantages.
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