2013 Mazda CX-5 Consumer Review: I Really Wanted to Like the CX

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I Really Wanted to Like the CX-5
By redskins5926 on


2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A)


The CX-5 is certainly the best-handling crossover on the market, with dynamics similar to the BMW X1/X3.
The ride was stiff, which was good on smooth roads but uncomfortable on rough roads.
Space was plenty for passenger comfort as well as cargo.

But the big disappointment with the 2013 CX-5 was the engine and transmission.
The engine is definitely underpowered for the car, I literally had to floor the gas pedal every time I merged onto the highway.
The transmission was even more terrible as it lagged significantly whenever I floored the pedal to get more power.
Fuel economy was good, though not significantly worth it with the underpowered engine.

Best Features

Layout of controls, smartkey system, HID headlights

Worst Features

Engine (though this seems to have been remediated for 2014 with the more powerful 2.5 engine option). Transmission lag. The LCD display for the audio and nav is too small.
Recommend (6) (2)

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By bluzone2
on 10/21/16 12:40 PM (PDT)

Agree underpowered. Flat terrain on interstate driving and I'm only getting 25 tops.

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