road test post graphic cbs branded VIDEO: The 2013 Mazda CX5, Like Driving A Miata With Cargo Space!

Mazda CX-5 2013

First, Sky Activ Technology is Mazda’s new mission to build automobiles that are more efficient, lighter and still fun to drive. You can go to to learn what it takes to accomplish the mission. Silly name, cool tech.

Fuel economy for this 155 horsepower 4-cylinder engine is 26 city and 35 highway or 29 mpg combined. Couple that with an SUV that is really fun to drive with the 6 speed manual or automatic and a total price of about 25 thousand dollars and you have a pretty solid offering from the zoom zoom engineers from Mazda. If you order the CX-5 with the manual, you give up Bluetooth, navigation and larger alloy wheels. They should offer the manual with those extras. It’s a blast to drive.

The CX-5 replaces the Tribute, which was based on the last generation Ford Escape. You will not find any Ford parts in this new Mazda.139045131 VIDEO: The 2013 Mazda CX5, Like Driving A Miata With Cargo Space!

The interior has a lot of nice squishy plastic and nice cubbyholes for storage. It’s not flashy but it all works well.  I did miss Bluetooth on this stripped down version. You do get a USB connector for your MP3 player or mobile phone. The controls are basic and easy to use, a trait lacking in many computers, or cars these days.

The only ergonomic snafu is the start stop button that is hidden behind the wiper controls. It’s a tight fit. But the rest of the interior is solid and spacious with 65 feet of cubic space for you, your dog, family and all of your stuff. For sheer driving fun, this is the best small SUV in its class.

Mazda calls the exterior soul in motion. I like the nice swoopy lines of the CX-5. It’s like a Miata with cargo space.

Mike West

2013 CX-5


Engine type




Displacement (cc)

Bore x stroke (mm)

Compression ratio

Fuel system

Recommended fuel


Ignition system

Engine block

Cylinder head

Emission control type (Fed/Cal)

Fuel Economy

Manual transmission (city/hwy)††

Automatic transmission (city/hwy)††

Automatic transmission (city/hwy)††



Active Torque Split AWD

Manual transmission

Automatic transmission



– Front

– Rear


Steering type

Power assist

Overall steering ratio

Steering wheel turns lock-to-lock



Standard     Package Option                 Stand-Alone Option        Accessory                             Not Available


CX-5 features the all-new SKYACTIV-G 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder engine with VVT. 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque are channelled through either the SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual (Standard on Sport) or SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed Sport automatic (Available on Sport, Standard on Touring and Grand Touring).


Flexible seating for 5 people or up to 65.4 cubic feet of cargo carrying capacity. Or choose any combination in between by adjusting the available 40/20/40 dual split folding rear seatbacks to accommodate your needs.


The technology laden interior also features niceties like available Bluetooth®† hands-free phone and audio streaming, HD radio, or an integrated TomTom navigation system. USB connectivity is also standard on all CX-5


Standard safety features include advanced front air bags, front side-impact air bags and side-impact air curtains for front and rear outboard passengers‡, dynamic stability control** and a traction control system.


SKYACTIV-G 2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT

155 hp @ 6000 rpm

150 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

6500 rpm


83.5 x 91.2

13.0 : 1

Advanced Direct Injection

Regular unleaded

Grand Touring

Chain-driven dual overhead cams, 4 valves per cylinder with variable valve timing (VVT)

Direct coil-on-plug electronic ignition with platinum-tipped spark plugs

Aluminum alloy

Aluminum alloy

Tier2 Bin5-A / LEV II ULEV

26/32 (FWD)

25/31 (AWD)

Front-wheel drive (FWD)

Available (AT models only)

26 / 35 (FWD)

SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed overdrive

SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed Sport with manual-shift mode

4-wheel disc, diagonal hydraulic

11.7-inch vented disc

11.9-inch solid disc

4-wheel, 4-channel with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist


Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS)




4-wheel independent- Front

MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar

– Rear

Multilink with stabilizer bar

Wheel size (in)

Weights & Capacities

Curb weight (lbs)

– Manual transmission


– Automatic transmission

3272 (FWD) / 3426 (AWD)

Fuel capacity (gallons)

14.8 (FWD) / 15.3 (AWD)


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