The 2013 Mazda CX-5 release date has arrived. The model will go on sale in Mazda dealerships across the country by the end of February 2012. Some dealers may already have them in stock or may allow you to pre-order your CX-5. The model is one of the first 2013 models to go on sale.
The CX-5 is an interesting entry into the compact crossover class. While it has appealing styling and interior room for its class, its main selling point may be its fuel economy.
Class-Leading Fuel Economy
The model has class-leading fuel efficiency of 26-mpg and 35-mpg highway, 32-mpg combined with front-wheel drive. This is about 10% better than any other model in its class. The CX-5’s combined fuel economy is comparable to the 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid.
With all-wheel drive (AWD), the CX-5 has EPA estimated fuel economy of 25-mpg city and 31-mpg highway. The 2012 Honda CR-V with AWD is second in class with EPA rated mileage of 22-mpg city and 30-mpg highway.
Fuel efficiency is achieved with Mazda’s new SkyActiv engine technology that uses lightweight materials and modern engine technologies to maximize efficiency. The trade off is power. The model’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces just 155 horsepower, which is 16-30 horsepower less than its key competitors.
The automotive press has praised the CX-5’s driving dynamics. Autobytel named the model its 2012 Crossover of the Year.
Beyond its role as Mazda’s anchor SUV, this new model is the stalking horse for the brand’s future.
– Car and Driver
Overseas buyers have the option of purchasing the CX-5 with a SkyActiv-D 2.2-liter diesel engine. This engine is much more powerful in that it produces over 300-pound-feet of torque. Mazda officials have not said whether they will make the SkyActiv-D engine available in North America.
CX-5 Pricing & Trim Lines
The 2013 CX-5 Sport has a starting MSRP of $20,695 not including $795 for destination. The model has an excellent six-speed manual transmission. An optional six-speed automatic is a $1,400 upgrade and if you want AWD, that costs an additional $1,250. All CX-5’s come standard with a 5.8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and USB and auxiliary connections.
CX-5 Touring models come standard with the six-speed automatic transmissions and start at $23,895 with front-wheel drive and $25,145 with AWD. The CX-5 Grand Touring starts at $27,045 with a fully loading AWD GT topping out at $29,620. Demand should make getting a good deal on a CX-5 more difficult in the first few months.
The CX-5 comes in seven different colors:
– Crystal White Pearl Mica
– Metropolitan Gray Mica
– Sky Blue Mica
– Zeal Red Mica
– Liquid Silver
– Stormy Blue Mica
– Black Mica
You can pick out your favorite color on Madza’s CX-5 page.
What do you think of the new CX-5? Let us know in our poll at the bottom of our 2013 Mazda CX-5 article.
Article by: +Jason Nelson