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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 versatility of a small SUV in a sporty-handling package, the CX-5 may be just what they're seeking.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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 versatility of a small SUV in a sporty-handling package, the CX-5 may be just what they're seeking.

A new engine was added for the 2014 model year -- a 184-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder -- and it transformed the driving experience. The muscular powerplant provides noticeably quicker acceleration than the sluggish base 2.0-liter engine, but gets the same impressive fuel economy: 25 mpg overall with all-wheel drive.

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)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Mazda CX-5 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“Cannot pair phone to system in car. Called Mazda and still could not get phone to car working”

T N., SC (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“doesn't understand your voice command to dial correct number by name. Basically doesn't work”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“several times my bluetooth has stopped pairing with my phone during a call. it will then reconnect and then unpair again”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Phone pairing often requires radio power cycling to recognize on board devices (failures occur 1 out of 5 pairings)”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“backup camera failed to work - replaced under recall warranty, no charge”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

“Can't get the CD option to work on the display screen. CD player is unUSble”

W C., NH (2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Disc stuck in CD player and needed to replace”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Mazda CX-5 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

“Same problem.navigation unit freezes up”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Nav system goes nuts, freezes up. Took to dealer and installed updates three times. Working now but for how long?”

T N., SC (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Froze and needed to be re initialized”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“GPS had to have a program fix (reboot) in order to get it too work”

Robert S., NE (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“We took our CX-5 in to the dealer for a NAV problem 6 months ago. They reset the unit & all worked fine until several days ago when the same problem cropped up. We haven't made an appointment to have it investigated yet”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“navigation screen freezes every now and then and usually takes at least 10 minutes before it will unfreeze to my current location”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“There is no way to turn it off. It just stays on until you turn the car completely off. It is a cartoonish looking display and not worth the $500. I paid for it”

Kerry I., TX (2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

“Front speakers on my Bose system have stopped working”

Robert S., NE (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“The brake sensor switch failed, car would not shift out of park - all teh lights on the dash came on including ABS TSC DSC and TPMS. Fixed by the dealer, as I managed to get teh car into D and take it to the dealer”

Manjul B., CA (2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“factory defects covered under recall”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“was told I had to replace rear caliper because it was hanging up and causing excessive wear on rotor”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“brake pads have had to be replaced twice in 3 years”

Anonymous, AP (2013 Mazda CX-5 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“brakes had to be replaced in 2016”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Mazda CX-5 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“We have needed to replace the brakes once every year or 18 months since the car was new. They just don't last very long. It costs about $1000 to replace them each time”

William W., VT (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Was surprised at annual dealership check up that the brakes and rotors needed replacing. Had not encountered any problems/noises when braking, and car had about 30,000 miles. Seemed like low mileage for rotors needing to be replaced, and typically only need new pads with other cars I've owned”

Jeffrey C., MA (2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to do expensive repair of rear brakes. Rotors and calipers”

W C., NH (2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear brakes were shot after only 34,000 km so the dealership replaced them on warranty”

Andrew A., ON (2013 Mazda CX-5 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“This is the second set of rotors. They warp quickly and produce a vibration with braking”

Douglas M., PA (2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I have had to replace the rear brake rotors approximately every 25,000 miles”

Elizabeth W., IA (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

“I think they were faulty because the dealer replaced them for free”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed new break pads”

Theresa K., GA (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

“I heard a squealing noise coming from the rear. I took it in to the dealer, and they said that the brakes needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Constant squeaks and rattles”

Michael S., TX (2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Bolts were coming loose under hood at windshield due to being installed improperly”

Cheryl D., LA (2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“vents on top of dash just below windshield are loose and rattle”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Windshield installed without bottom supports,thus causing a constant rattle”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Very noisy even with windows closed. Installed window vent covers which helped reduce some noise but it's still bothersome”

Anonymous, ID (2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“very noisy just driving around town”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

“Had a short in the electrical module located in the driver's side door that controls all of the electrical systems (got water in it). After charging the car, it wouldn't shut off; it was very bizarre. Had to have it towed to the dealer; ended up costing $500, $100 of which I got comped by Mazda (parts only)”

Anonymous, KY (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

“I had just left the dealership for a tune-up, and a tire check had been part of the service. The monitor went off before I'd gone 1/2 a mile from the dealership. Now, I ignore it”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Low pressure warning light went on, but all of the tires actually were properly inflated”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Mazda CX-5 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

“Tire pressure light is activated every couple of months. Tires are fine when we go to the dealer. They readjust something and all is fine”

Peter D., NY (2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
12V power plug

“blow fuse (replaced by the dealer)”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Noises - metal filings in fluid. Mazda replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“In for Transmission issues twice. Both for very rough shifting. First time the were able to reduce it but did not go away. Second time car was no under the Mazda warranty (just a little over) but was covered by a 100,000 one. Mazda agreed to replace it under the warranty from the other insurere”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Whining noise”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealership told me the transmission needed to be replaced (it was making noise while driving). It was covered by the manufacturer's warantee”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“would not engage when shifted into gear for up to 30 seconds. Once it did it was a very rough and loud apparent "Clunk" when it finally engaged”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission does not shift into next gear while accelerating Even after reprogramming by Mazda, I've had a repeat of the problem”

David J., MD (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“at times car will "clunk" into upper lower gear, especially at low speeds. Car is driven on highway 90% of the time”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

“Not consistently, but when accelerating the car will not shift into higher gear. One-time would not engage at all while trying avoidance maneuver to avoid a large truck crossing dividing line, at highway speed. Scary. Dealer could not find problem. I”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

“Windshield chips and marks easily”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

“It is the same issue --locks with the liftgate”

Erin C., CA (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Tailgate would not open when unlocking with key fob or from drivers door. Took back to Mazda several times for service, was serviced for free, but still experiencing intermittent problems”

Erin C., CA (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“air conditioning system requires annual repairs”

Anonymous, AP (2013 Mazda CX-5 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

“Heater core”

Steve K., WA (2013 Mazda CX-5 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The heater core went bad (minimal heat to cabin, intermittent check engine light). After several attempts to diagnose, we finally got the car to the Mazda dealer with the check engine light on. Why the computer didn't store the code was never explained. The dealer service dept. wanted $1300 for an out of warranty fix. We balked, did some research and found this was a pervasive issue with this model. We contacted Mazda HQ and they worked with us to get this fixed by the dealer for just $65”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Mazda CX-5 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

“Drivers seat is coming apart where it attaches to base. Second seat to do so since I bought the car new”

Kerry I., TX (2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint peeling off rear bumper”

Michael L., WI (2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The paint is sold with little to no clear coat and will fade at the slightest tree sap and bird poop. It's unacceptable”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

“At certain speeds a very noticeable vibration was present”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“If you fill the gas tank to high, lights on the dashboard light up and affect the car. Traction light comes on and car is hardly driveable. Occasionally the light traction light and engine light come on for no reason. Once on way home from oil cha”

Kerry I., TX (2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Engine harness

“Water intrusion into harness caused corrosion which caused the battery to drain, security system to lock out engine preventing jump starting and a host of other electrical issues. There was a TSB issued by Mazda but they wouldn't cover this under warranty”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

“One of the injectors failed while driving. Car went into "limp mode" and would only go 25mph. Mazda replaced under warranty”

Jeff S., MD (2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“Problem has recently appeared, where roughly 2-3 oz of oil will leak per day. Has not been determined if there is a failed gasket or crack in the oil line”

Jeff H., MN (2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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