2014 Mazda CX-5: 2nd Most Fuel-Efficient SUV
September 26, 2013
The 2014 Mazda CX-5 does a good job of giving drivers the best of all worlds. It's fun to pilot, with sharp handling, but it also acquits itself pretty nicely at the pump. Fuel efficiency is a key strength, and this Mazda's performance is frugal enough to land the CX-5 in the runner-up spot (tied with the Nissan Juke) on our list of 2013's most fuel-efficient crossovers and SUVs.
It was topped only by a hybrid, the Lexus RX 450h. The CX-5's ranking on this list is based on mileage for the 2WD model, which gets up to 29 mpg combined. With an AWD powertrain, that number drops to 28 mpg combined with the 2.0-liter engine and 26 mpg combined with a 2.5-liter engine like the one in our AWD CX-5. Our Top 10 list looks at the 2013 model, but the 2014 model has identical fuel economy.
Our real-world numbers fall slightly short of the 26 mpg EPA rating. We've been averaging about 24.8 mpg combined.
Other models that made the cut include the BMW X1, the Buick Encore, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and the Ford Escape. Click here for the full list of 2013's most fuel-efficient crossovers and SUVs.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 17,530 miles