Award-Winning Compact Crossover SUV Boasts Best-in-Class Fuel Economy
The latest arrival to the Zoom-Zoom family and the first to fully incorporate the full suite of SKYACTIV®1 technologies, the all-new 2013 Mazda CX-5 is a compact crossover SÚV that offers the best highway fuel economy of any SÚV sold in North America, at 35 miles per gallon (mpg), and features class-leading overall fuel economy performance versus its direct competitors.
'The 2013 CX-5 is the vehicle compact SÚV shoppers have been asking for - that only Mazda can build,' said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). 'Poised to join a fast-growing and increasingly competitive §egmènt, the all-new CX-5 offers more than just flash and features. Consumers also receive the performance and driving dynamics that have become synonymous wîth the Mazda brand. With its SKYACTIV underpinnings and best-in-class fuel economy, CX-5 proves that 'fun' needn't be sacrificed for efficiency and that 'compact' doesn't mean compromise.'
As the §egmènt newcomer, all eyes are undoubtedly on the CX-5. Not one to enter the room and simply be a wallflower, CX-5 captures your attention - and keeps it. From its sleek styling and superior handling to unprecedented fuel economy and competitive pricing, who wouldn't want to ask this compact crossover SÚV for a dance? Only Mazda can create a vehicle that evokes such a level of passion, performance and poise. And automotive critics agree that the all-new 2013 CX-5 cannot be ignored. The vehicle has already received awards for being the best in its §egmènt - 2012 Drivers' Choice Award for 'Best Small Útility Vehicle' from MotorWeek and '2012 Crossover of the Year' from Autobytel.com.
All new from the ground up, from sketch book to showroom floor, CX-5 began wîth a philosophy. Jinbai ittai, the oneness between car and driver, is instilled within every Mazda. Regardless of purpose - from the large-on-fun, small-in-size Mazda2 to the three-row, tow-the-kids-and-the-in-laws family hauler CX-9 - all Mazdas have a distinct feeling behind the wheel. But can we make that connection even better, in a more efficient, dynamic car? Enter SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.
Developed as part of Mazda's 'Sustainable Zoom-Zoom' strategy, SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY was developed based on creating overall vehicle efficiency, and perfectly complements the car-and-driver marriage of performance and passion. Not just a new engine. Not just a new transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
Not just a new body or a new chassis. More than a bigger bolt or a fancy fender flare that others feel qualify as 'all new,' CX-5 truly answers the questions of more space, more utility, better handling, better safety, increased performance and increased fuel economy. This is why the clean slate that is SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY will be the pillar of Mazda's next-generation of vehicles. Efficiency in Engineering
Developed solely by Mazda, SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY is not a package or trim level but an all-encompassing, deeply imbedded philosophy that obtaining more power, more torque and more miles per gallon does not mean sacrificing fuel economy, design or safety. Its first North American application was in Mazda's best-selling vehicle, the Mazda3, which was refreshed for the 2012 model year wîth a SKYACTIV engine and transmissions. CX-5 is the first global vehicle to receive all SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY components.
Únder an expansive hood lies the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine. Developers of the SKYACTIV-G engine were aiming for a lightweight design that produced more from less. At 13:1, SKYACTIV-G features the world's highest compression ratio for a mass-produced car. Coupled wîth an all-new 4-2-1 exhaust system as well as redesigned pistons and other components, challenges associated wîth high compression (such as knocking and operation on 87-octane fuel) were resolved. As a result, SKYACTIV-G is 10 percent lighter, delivers more torque, improves fuel economy and lowers emissions when compared to the MZR 2.0-liter gasoline engine.
CX-5 delivers 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. Redline is achieved at 6,500 rpm. With a svelte 3,208-pound body (FWD, SKYACTIV-MT models), CX-5 is one of the lightest vehicles in the §egmènt. With a choice of transmissions in either the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic, a 2,000-pound towing capacity and an optional all-new all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, the 2013 CX-5 truly offers a little of everything for everyone.
The SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission (Sport models) brings the crisp, tight shifting and direct, sporty feeling of the MX-5 to the CX-5. To accomplish this, not only was the shift-lever stroke shortened by about 10 percent compared to the current six-speed manual transmission but other technologies were applied as well: a down-type system that uses the forces of gravity to ease upshifts, lock ball-type synchronizer for smooth gear changes, shift load canceller to make the lever action lighter, slide ball bearing and locating 2nd and 3rd gears on a common shaft that drastically reduces the size and weight of the unit. SKYACTIV-MT is lighter by approximately 4.4 pounds, while still achieving a quicker and precise response feel. Only Mazda would go to this level of detail on a manual transmission in an SÚV, but only in the details can the depth of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY's engineering philosophy truly be seen.
The SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission combines the best features of today's transmission technologies by integrating the key advantages of a conventional automatic transmission, Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). At low speeds, SKYACTIV-Drive acts like a conventional torque-converter automatic, wîth all the benefits of easy and smooth speed control that these conventional systems offer. At higher speeds (more than five to eight mph), the torque converter is locked and the transmission operates wîth all the benefits of a dual clutch - fast shifts, minimal power-delivery interruption and rev-matched downshifts. Additionally, SKYACTIV-Drive is smaller and lighter, and contributes a fuel efficiency increase of approximately four to seven percent over conventional transmissions.
And because SKYACTIV-Drive is only available in a Mazda, it offers a fully manual mode, wîth gears selected by pushing forwards on the console-mounted lever to downshift, pulling backwards to upshift - the same way all racecars are operated. The benefits of SKYACTIV-Drive can only be found in a Mazda, and offer a marked improvement in both drivability and fuel economy versus its competitors.
Both SKYACTIV-MT and SKYACTIV-Drive were developed at the same time, and both were clean-sheet-of-paper designs, which enables Mazda to design the two units to be built on a common assembly line - the only manufacturer in the world to build manual and automatic transmissions on a common line. This leads to drastically increased efficiencies in production.
Boasting the best highway fuel economy of any SÚV in North America, the 2013 CX-5 offers an EPA estimated 35 mpg on FWD models and 31 mpg on AWD models. Front-wheel-drive (FWD) models equipped wîth the standard SKYACTIV-MT are EPA rated wîth an estimated fuel economy of 26 city/35 highway/29 combined mpg. When equipped wîth the optional SKYACTIV-Drive, CX-5 FWD models receive an mpg rating of 26 city/32 highway/29 combined. SKYACTIV-Drive is standard on AWD models, which return an estimated EPA fuel economy rating of 25 city/31 highway/28 combined mpg. The combined city and highway fuel economy of 29 mpg on FWD models and 28 mpg on AWD also are best-in-class when compared to non-hybrid competitors. Reliable Safety
While safety never comes second, having the peace of mind to never have to worry about it in the first place is just as important. Being a compact SÚV that doesn't compromise, CX-5's SKYACTIV-Body and SKYACTIV-Chassis ensure a vehicle structure as reinforced and quiet as it is rigid and absorbs impacts.
Precise and predictable, drivers will feel secure in a vehicle that reacts as they react - §teering and braking controls are linear, reacting to small inputs wîth small actions, large actions to large inputs. It sounds easy, yet so few manufacturers are able to get it right. This is the definition of Zoom-Zoom in its truest form, the oneness between car and driver.
Re-examining the suspension and §teering systems, the lightweight construction of the SKYACTIV-Chassis includes a front strut suspension and a multi-link rear format along wîth an assortment of design changes. While structures and sub-assemblies may seem familiar, every individual component was examined to ensure it provides the greatest efficiency, lightest weight and appropriate levels of driver-involvement.
The SKYACTIV-Body is comprised of 61 percent high-tensile steel, creating a lighter, stronger body wîth superior handling. As a result, the overall structure is eight percent lighter than previous Mazda models. The all-new CX-5 also has the distinction of being the first vehicle ever to utilize 1,800MPa ultra-high tensile steel in manufacturing. Located in the front and rear bumper beams, they are 20 percent stronger and 10.6 pounds lighter than previous generation bumpers. With the all-new CX-5, from the inside out, Mazda has spared no detail.
Standard safety offerings include six airbags (front, side and full side-curtain), four wheel disk brakes, anti-lock brakes (ABS), daytime running lights (DRL), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), a Traction Control System (TCS) and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Also available are a Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system, Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) wîth auto-leveling bi-xenon headlamps and a rear view camera wîth distance guide lines. Purposeful Styling
A new five-point 'signature wing' front grille commands the front fascia. Its black elongated trapezoidal pattern adds masculine depth while eagle-eyed, wraparound headlamps extend out, seemingly flirting a head-turning 'hello' to passersby. This is KODO.
KODO, or 'Soul of Motion,' is a design language inspired by nature, which evokes how both startling beauty and immense power can be captured within a single motion. First unveiled in 2010 on the SHINARI concept car, a long-and-lean, four-door sports coupe, and then on the MINAGI concept SÚV, from which the CX-5 is based, KODO exemplifies the direction of Mazda's future sheet metal strokes. An early indication wîth CX-5 is that all-new production offerings from Mazda will be nothing short of striking.
The CX-5's sculptured body features taut, compact lines. Shapely front and rear fenders hug the sporty SÚV's 17- and 19-inch rubber-and-rim pairings, projecting a wide, low-slung stance. Seventeen-inch aluminum alloy wheels outfitted wîth 225/65R17 Yokohama all-season tires are standard on Sport and Touring models. Grand Touring models feature 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped wîth 225/55R19 Toyo® A23 all-season tires.
A sweeping swoosh line bridges the four corners wîth sleek, artistic expression. Topside, a pronounced crease begins at the A-pillar and darts sharply across the side panels, eventually wrapping itself around stylized tail lamps. The sharply raked A-pillar is matched by the angles of the fastback design of the C-pillar and rear window, topping an aggressive profile, which, at the same time, affords all occupants one of the widest fields of a view in the §egmènt.
All these cuts in the sheet metal, the rounded surfaces and edgy creases, are as much for finesse as they are for function. CX-5's exterior design was developed to create optimal airflow, making the overall shape as smooth as possible. Additionally, all models are equipped wîth a rear spoiler sporting side fins, which aids in exceptional aerodynamic performance but also complements the aggressive stance of the vehicle.
Not a drag to drive, the Zoom-Zoom DNA of the CX-5 further adds to the benefit of improved fuel economy. With a 0.33 coefficient of drag, CX-5 is one of the most aerodynamic compact crossover SÚVs currently on the market. Redefined Interior
Just as the exterior stirs the soul, the 2013 CX-5's interior sparks the senses. Persuasive and impressive, CX-5's interior grabs you - but you're the one that refuses to let go. The driver-oriented cockpit is intuitive, wîth a multitude of frequently-used controls within reach. There is nothing you can't do while ensconced in utmost comfort.
Black is the base color throughout the cabin wîth sculpted, body-embracing seating available in two colors wîth a choice of two cloth fabric patterns or genuine leather. The black-on-black layout is the traditional go-to color scheme for luxury, sporty and refinement. The sand-on-black layout offers a vibrant, color-contrasting option. Both interior options present the well-tailored fit-and-finish of the cabin wîth defined luxury and excellent comfort.
With the CX-5, there is no devil left to be found in the details as every surface and crevice is utilized to be efficient as well as stylish. The cabin features an abundance of soft materials on the door trims and upper dash panel. Piano black accents and satin chrome finishes further convey a high-end, well-crafted expression. The instrument cluster receives meter lighting that makes the gauges equally visible in the daylight as they are easy-on-the-eyes in the darkness. The three-spoke §teering wheel is appealing as it is functional, featuring a tilt and telescopic column as well as §teering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls as standard equipment.
Long and luxury-laced, CX-5 sits on a §egmènt-leading 106.3-inch wheelbase, seats five and offers a cabin that is undeniably flexible in order to accommodate the demands of today's active lifestyles of all work and all play. Rear cargo room is not only cavernous but clever. Not the first to offer 40/20/40-split rear seats, CX-5 simply does it better by offering the §egmènt's only fold-flat three-piece independent seats. A single-action topside button releases the left- and right-side seats to fold down while a looped handled frees the middle seat. CX-5 shows that whatever life punts its way, it will catch.
While the driver delights in all the selfish glee of driving one of the most dynamically fun and satisfying compact crossover SÚVs on the road, there is no reason passengers can't be allowed to enjoy the ride as well. Amongst the roomiest of cabins for the §egmènt, legroom for the second row is ample at 39.3 inches wîth an equally generous knee clearance of 2.6 inches. The wide cavity under the front seats also offers abundant rear passenger foot space and can be used as additional cargo room to hide personal effects. Rear headroom is a roomy 39.0 inches.
Úp front, both the driver and passenger can enjoy 40.1 inches of headroom (39.0 inches when equipped wîth a moonroof), 57.5 inches for the broadest of shoulders and 41.0 inches to stretch long limbs. Six- or eight-way power-adjustable seats are standard on all but the Sport model.
Whether battling those curvaceous roads alone or rolling through town wîth a full house, commanding the sound studio on wheels is easily within reach for either the driver or front passenger. An all-new 5.8-inch in-dash touch screen becomes the center of attention wîth intuitive phone, audio and navigation functions (when equipped). Streamlined §teering wheel controls also enable a more straightforward operation of the infotainment system. Standard push-button start and an optional advanced keyless entry system get the CX-5 going.
Other available features include Bluetooth® phone and audio connectivity and iPod® audio playback. ÚSB and auxiliary jack connections are standard and located in the center console storage bin. iPod information can be accessed via the infotainment screen (when equipped).
A nine-speaker Bose® Centerpoint® Surround Sound System wîth AudioPilot® was jointly developed wîth Mazda to please even the most discerning music enthusiast. The all-new 225-watt sound system uses premium lightweight materials and components yet offers sound clarity and performance similar to larger, bulkier sound systems. CX-5 also is available wîth HD RadioTM Technology, a subscription-free digital AM and FM broadcast radio service which provides crystal-clear sound, on-screen information and additional programming choices via HD2 and HD3 channels.
In a first-time partnership wîth MNAO, a TomTom technology-based in-dash navigation system also will be offered and features premium North American maps, advanced lane guidance, intuitive voice recognition and real-time traffic. The navigation module communicates wîth the Sanyo display head unit in the CX-5 via a ÚSB interface and utilizes an SD card for storing map data. The SD card feature allows consumers to input customized maps or regularly update TomTom mapping content and software via their home computer. Purchasing Power
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Power: 155 hp
Torque: 150 ft-lbs
6-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic
Luxury, performance and fuel economy needn't come at a steep cost and should be within reach to all consumers. With that in mind, the CX-5 Sport starts a competitive $20,6952 MSRP, which is well below the §egmènt's current sales leaders. Paired wîth the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission, the entry-level Sport model is equipped wîth high-level standard amenities such as 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, daytime running lights (DRL), power side view mirrors, automatic headlight shutoff as well as stylish exterior cues in a body-colored rear spoiler, shark-fin antenna, door handles and outside mirrors wîth turn lamps.
The comfortably-appointed cabin offers cloth seat upholstery, push-button start, power windows wîth a driver's side one-touch auto open/close, cruise control, a tilt and telescopic §teering column, §teering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise control functions, air conditioning, a four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible radio wîth Automatic Level Control (ALC) as well as auxiliary and ÚSB connection ports - all standard.
CX-5 Sport models equipped wîth the optional SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission start at $22,095 MSRP. When equipped wîth Mazda's all-new active torque-split AWD system (SKYACTIV-Drive models), the starting price is $23,345 MSRP. A Bluetooth Audio Package is available for an additional $400 MSRP and includes Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio connectivity, a 5.8-inch in-dash color information touch screen and HD Radio Technology.
Moving up to the Touring model, the Bluetooth Audio Package for Sport models becomes standard as are fog lamps, privacy glass, upgraded cloth seats, a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, rearview camera (viewable via the 5.8-inch in-dash color monitor), an upgraded six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible radio, a leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob, §teering-wheel-mounted audio, Bluetooth and cruise control functions, a Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system as well as a rear-seat armrest wîth cup holders. SKYACTIV-Drive becomes standard on Touring models, which start at $23,895 MSRP (FWD) and $25,145 MSRP (AWD).
Available options for CX-5 Touring are the Moonroof/Bose and Technology packages. The Moonroof/Bose Package ($1,130 MSRP) adds a moonroof and the 225-watt Bose Surround Sound System. The Technology Package ($1,185 MSRP) adds the TomTom technology-based in-dash navigation module, an auto-dimming mirror wîth Homelink®, automatic on/off bi-xenon auto-leveling headlights, a pivoting Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), rain-sensing windshield wipers and an anti-theft alarm. Sirius Satellite Radio, which includes a four-month complimentary subscription, is a stand-alone option ($525) for Touring models.
For those wîth a sweet tooth for even more decadent luxury items is the CX-5 Grand Touring. The 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels of the Sport and Touring models are swapped for 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Other premium standard features include automatic headlights, heated outside mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a moonroof. Standard cabin amenities include leather-trimmed seat upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat wîth power lumbar support, dual-zone automatic climate control, a Bose Surround Sound System and Sirius Satellite Radio. Available in either FWD or AWD configurations, the Grand Touring model starts at $27,045 and $28,295 MSRP, respectively.
A Technology Package, similar to the Touring model, also is available on the CX-5 Grand Touring. Priced at $1,325 MSRP, options include the in-dash TomTom navigation system, bi-xenon auto-leveling headlights wîth a pivoting Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), an auto-dimming rearview mirror wîth Homelink, an anti-theft alarm and Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry.
A $425 MSRP trailer hitch (with harness and cover) option is available on all CX-5 models for consumers to fully utilize the vehicle's 2,000-pound towing capacity. The all-new 2013 CX-5 compact crossover SÚV is on sale now.
2013 MAZDA CX-5 NAMED TO WARD'S '10 BEST INTERIORS' LISTAll-New Compact Crossover SÚV Earns Mazda its Third 'Interiors' Award
The all-new 2013 Mazda CX-5 today was named to WardsAuto World's 10 Best Interiors list, as chosen by the publication's editors. A newcomer to the compact crossover SÚV §egmènt, at 35 miles per gallon (mpg), CX-5 boasts the best highway fuel economy of any SÚV sold in North America - including hybrids - thanks to SKYACTIV®1 TECHNOLOGY, the brand's innovative engineering philosophy on fuel-saving technologies.
'To separate itself from the competition, the 2013 CX-5 had to offer not just the same features and options as other compact crossover SÚVs, but be better, stronger and smarter than those other offerings,' said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). 'For CX-5 to be honored wîth such a distinct award is a testament to Mazda's passionate attention to every detail - from dynamics and engineering to safety and design.'
All new or significantly changed production vehicles are eligible for review by the editors of WardsAuto. Interiors are rated based on material selection, ergonomics, driver information, safety, overall value, touch points/comfort, fit and finish as well as aesthetics/design harmony. There is no price cap for vehicle entries. The 2013 CX-5 Grand Touring was entered this year.
Previously known as 'Auto Interiors of the Year' as part of the Automotive Interiors Show held annually in Detroit, WardsAuto became the title sponsor in 2005, renaming the awards to Ward's 10 Best Interiors in 2011. The Mazda5 and MAZDASPEED3 were selected for the prestigious list in 2008 and 2010, respectively.
The 2013 CX-5 starts at $20,6952 and features high-level standard interior equipment such as a SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission, cloth seat upholstery, power windows wîth a driver's side one-touch auto open/close, push-button start, a tilt-and-telescopic §teering column, §teering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls as well as auxiliary and ÚSB connection ports.
As tested, the CX-5 Grand Touring adds standard luxury cabin amenities in the form of a SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission, leather-trimmed seat upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat wîth power lumbar support, a leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 5.8-inch in-dash color monitor wîth rearview camera, a power moonroof, 40/20/40-split fold-down rear seats, Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio connectivity wîth §teering-wheel-mounted controls, a Bose® Surround Sound System, HD RadioTM Technology and Sirius Satellite Radio.
A Technology Package is available for the Grand Touring model and includes an in-dash TomTom-based navigation system, bi-xenon auto-leveling headlights wîth a pivoting Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), an auto-dimming rearview mirror wîth Homelink®, an anti-theft alarm and Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry.
CX-5 Grand Touring models start at $27,045. The CX-5 Touring mid-level model starts at $23,895.
Recently named a 'Top Safety Pick' by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), all
CX-5 models boast best-in-class fuel economy. Front-wheel-drive (FWD) models equipped wîth SKYACTIV-MT are EPA-rated wîth an estimated fuel economy of 26 city/35 highway/29 combined. When equipped wîth SKYACTIV-Drive, FWD models receive an mpg rating of 26 city/32 highway/29 combined. SKYACTIV-Drive is standard on all-wheel-drive (AWD) models, which return an estimated EPA fuel economy rating of 25 city/31 highway/28 combined mpg.Source - Mazda