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The CX-5 is competitive in the small SUV class. Handling is taut and agile, with quick, well weighted steering that makes the CX-5 fun in corners. But we found the ride to be choppy. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv engine returned an impressive 25 mpg overall in our tests, the best in the category, but it feels underpowered when merging or climbing hills. It's slow at launch and requires prodding to keep up with traffic. The six-speed automatic is smooth; a six-speed manual is available on front-drive versions. The cabin is roomy and versatile, and the controls are simple to use. First year reliability has been well above average.

See Reliability page for the latest 2013 Mazda CX-5 recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard. Forward collision warning and full-speed automatic emergency braking available from 2016. Low-speed automatic emergency braking standard from 2017.

Road Test

Very good fuel economy, agile handling, a roomy interior and a generous array of features put the Mazda CX-5 in the top tier of small SUVs. Still, a noisy cabin and choppy ride can be nuisances for some. But for enthusiast drivers looking for the ver...

Highs

  • Fuel economy, handling, rear seat, blind-spot detection on most versions.

Lows

  • Ride, noise, acceleration, low dash vents.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (155 hp)