Article: 2013 Mazda CX-5 Is Nicely Tailored
The 2013 Mazda CX-5 crossover will be unveiled at September’s Frankfurt auto show. The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is the first from Mazda to be designed from the ground up using an engineering philosophy that’s on a quest for efficiency. The 2013 Mazda CX-5 price starts at $21,490, and it presents itself as the sporty, fun alternative to a segment dominated by the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Chevy Equinox and Ford Escape.
The company’s Zoom-Zoom advertising mantra is actually more than just marketing drivel, and the 2013 Mazda CX-5 lives up to that claim. 2013 Mazda CX-5 will be the first Mazda to wear the company’s new Kodo styling language, which replaces the current, smile-intensive Nagare theme. The 2013 Mazda CX-5 retains virtually all of the Minagi’s styling cues and body lines, and the look is nicely tailored and well executed.
But stripping away the show-car glitz—specifically the aluminum-look accents to the grille, fog-light surrounds, and window line, and the shiny, black-painted molding—makes the final product look, bland and a bit less upscale in comparison. With a wheelbase of 106.3 inches and overall length at 179.3 inches, the 2013 Mazda CX-5 dimensions are 2 and 5 inches smaller than the CX-7′s, respectively.
Inside the 2013 Mazda CX-5, the simple and smartly laid-out interior has soft-touch surfaces where it counts and just enough metallic-looking accents to keep things interesting. The 2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring has stuffed with a long list of creature comforts, including black leather seats with contrasting red stitching, an element that probably should have been carried over onto the leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The 2013 Mazda CX-5 features list includes an eight-way power driver seat, automatic dual zone climate control, Bose sound system, moonroof, and blind spot monitoring system. A $1325 2013 Mazda CX-5 tech package adds navigation, auto-leveling xenon lights, and an advanced keyless entry for a grand total of $29,165 including the $795 destination fee (AWD is $1250 more).
In Europe, the 2013 Mazda CX-5 will be offered with Mazda’s new Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine and Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter diesel in multiple iterations with various outputs. While there’s no official word yet from Mazda confirming that the 2013 Mazda CX-5 diesel will come to the U.S.market and not the 3 or 6, we fully expect to see both engines available in the USA version, albeit each in a single tune, when it arrives next year.
It’s not surprisingly that one of Mazda’s top goals for the 2013 Mazda CX-5 was infusing it with an athletic character by employing a full suite of its new Skyactiv technologies, which Mazda bills as optimized internal combustion and lightweight engineering.
Thanks to generous use of high-strength steel and lighter components like Mazda’s new Skyactiv transmissions, the 2013 Mazda CX-5 — depending on drivetrain configuration — is up to 575 pounds lighter than the outgoing CX-7, which is reportedly being discontinued in the U.S. but will live on in other markets. Mazda’s engineers also spent a lot of time on the 2013 Mazda CX-5 suspension and steering bits, an effort that largely paid off.
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