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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"The six speed transmission is very sluggish and responds slowly to down shift to pick up speed."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Due to a design flaw, the radiator is not well protected. This flaw resulted in the necessary replacement of the radiator at 33K miles when road debris hit the rad through the front grille."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Satisfactory for age of car. Handling very good."

Rochelle G., MN (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Sometimes it does not accelerate. This has happened when merging onto highway when I have to accelerate."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The acceleration is terrible. I do a lot of driving on two-lane highways and passing slower vehicles is difficult."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Noise level is too high."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Very sensitive steering but once you are used to it, it handles well in heavy traffic"

Lynn H., NY (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Acceleration is adequate at best (2.0L engine). The vast majority of the time it is fine but there are times where you really need to work the engine hard to get the acceleration necessary. Handling is very good for a SUV, better than some "sporty" cars that I have driven."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The 4 cylinder motor takes a little time to really increase speed when merging in traffic. Other than that, I really like the SUV."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The handling is responsive and appropriate--no over- or under- steering and timely response. The acceleration is adequate. The power gets me up hills without slowing down."

Anonymous, IN (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Ease of handling. All buttons within reach and easy to use"

Pramila M., AZ (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The AWD mad sticks to the road all year long!!!"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Extremely fun to drive. That was the deciding factor among the other smaller crossovers (RAV4, CR-V, etc.)"

J C., MD (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The Mazda cx5 could stand additional horsepower."

Alfred H., PA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The power is very flat and accelerates very slow. The great gas mileage almost makes up for it. It drives and handles very well."

Anonymous, ME (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Smooth transmission, smooth ride, quiet, anonymous styling (unlike my previous red PT Cruiser, the only one such in town)."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"I have a 6 speed manual,it is a blast to drive.Holds the road like a rocket sleed on a rail. Can’t buy cheap tires,l buy what the manufacturer put on,they last about 40,000 miles."

Carnice H., AL (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Slightly underpowered, but only noticeable during extremely demanding acceleration (i.e., flooring it)."

Dan D., TX (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The acceleration is sluggish and sometimes there is a significant response time issue when you try to accelerate rapidly. If you floor the gas pedal nothing happens immediately. This car does not have good acceleration. The handling is good, no issues."

Candace K., TX (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Poor acceleration with 2.0liter. Very mousey inside"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"This is not a super powerful car, but it is lightweight and nimble for an SUV. I ordered the 6 speed manual, and it is super fun to drive. It's responsive and really corners well. It's not a Miata but it's a pretty fun compromise. It's great in the snow too, even though I just have the front wheel drive model. Heats and cools super fast too - great comfort for the driver."

Rachel T., BC (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"While handling is very good, acceleration is sluggish.. While The voice controls and navigation system were easily accessible.. They did not work all the time. I use them less and less"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"It’s not a race car. It’s utilitarian. Does fine"

Bonnie F., MO (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The CX-5 handles great. For being a small SUV it feels almost like driving a car and is fun on mountain roads. The AWD does well in snow and keeps control. The acceleration could be better--definitely a bit slow off the line unless you gun it and sometimes it's difficult to quickly get up to speed to pass or merge onto the interstate."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Great responsive handling but slow acceleration."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"corners well"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"zoom-zoom"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Handling is very sensitive, touchy steering, and poor acceleration but does get great mileage."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Steering is much much more responsive than other compact SUV's that I have owned/driven. Acceleration is adequate which is about what you would expect with a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine. I have the manual 6 speed transmission which does gives you more control over when to up/down shift but can be tedious in stop-and-go traffic."

Celizabeth B., MD (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"handles very well but acceleration is not as lively as expected"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"handling is very good. seats could be softer."

Charles V., NY (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Drives very well."

Anonymous, OR (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"sluggish when climbing hills. frequently downshifts"

Len C., ME (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Very sensitive, drives well but easy to oversteer."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Handling is really tight and feels like a much smaller vehicle. 2.0 engine is a little under-powered but makes up for it in fuel economy."

Anonymous, QC (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"the 2 liter engine is very small and anemia. Not even close to zoom-zoom. The vehicle does not showed improved fuel efficiency to compensate for it."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The handling is superb, but the acceleration is slow. It would benefit from the larger engine option, or even more so if the turbocharged engine in the new CX-9 was available."

WILLIAM L., MA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Underpowered"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The 2013 engine is under powered. With this in mind, we purchased a manual transmission, and it is fine. The newer engines are larger, and it makes a big difference!"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The electronic acceleration sucks. It takes seconds to kick in and when passing a vehicle that is very dangerous. Also when trying to quickly get out of the way etc."

JUDITH B., CA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The 2.0 engine does not accelerate fast enough for Big City traffic on freeways. The vehicle handles well and has a tight turning radius."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Acceleration is good but 2014 CX5 is quicker. Handling is great, smooth and crisp"

T N., NC (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Good perforance"

MERLE C., NS (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"CX-5 Engine is sluggish and has poor acceleration"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Underpowered -- lots of down-shifting."

Anonymous, NV (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"When putting the car in drive or reverse from park, there is a long hesitation before engaging and when it does it makes a very hard CLUNK that cannot be good. Dealer checked it out and indicated the have adjusted the transmission as much as they can but it still is a problem"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"It's a Mazda so it handles great, but the acceleration is a little lacking."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"excellent acceleration and handling - fantastic service"

MARK P., CA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The vehicle handles well.. It does not have the acceleration as it is a four cylinder."

MICHAEL P., CA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"under powered"

JEFF F., NY (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"My touring model came with the smaller 2.0 engine...I believe I would be happier with the 2.5 engine that is now standard on touring models...the slight decrease in fuel economy would be worth extra oomph!"

HERBERT L., OH (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Equipped with a 6 speed manual,will out maneuver most cars on back roads.Real fun."

CARNICE H., TN (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Acceleration is poor and very noisy, especially when merging into a busy highway at a high speed"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Mazda CX-5)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The seating is very comfortable and fits well to the body. Plenty of adjustment capability forward-back, up-down, tilt. The orientation of the seating fits well with the interior of the car and provides good visibility."

Anonymous, IN (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Great car"

John C., NC (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Same comments as for the previous CX-5 model."

Gary S., TN (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"A little noisy. Ride is OK but firm."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"It is very comfortable although the seats could be a little bit longer."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"need more leg room"

Paul G., NJ (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The drivers seat is uncomfortable."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"I love the heated seats! It would be great to have a heated steering wheel, though. The road noise is a bit loud, but not horrible. Nice ride."

Anonymous, CO (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The leather on the seats is drying up and getting holes. Not good quality leather. You haven't asked about the car design. The beauty of my model is that is 175 inches, enabling me to street park easily in small spaces. New models are adding 4-5 inches, making the car too long for city driving/parking."

Ellen W., DC (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Very comfortable seating front and back, noisy ride at highway speeds."

J C., MD (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Front seats are very comfortable. Rear seat are extremely uncomfortable."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Would like less cabin noise.Would like more rear seat room."

Anonymous, ID (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Our CX-5 is very comfortable. The interior, featuring the tan leather seats looks great, and the front seat warmers are great during the winter."

J K., CT (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The ride is comfortable no matter the season. Adjusting controls is easy to use and safe."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"very acceptable in this area"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"This is a very comfortable car. The seats are great and the leg room is good. I do not like the amount of road noise. It is not bad but it is not good either."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"There is a fair amount of road noise as compared to my F-150. I use this car to commute to work and I am the only occupant so it is not an issue. The seats fit me well but for long distance trips I prefer my F-150 as those seats are extremely comfortable. The suspension is ok but not great. I feel bumps in the road."

Candace K., TX (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Seats and comfort good. Noise level bad."

Anonymous, OR (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Back seats are as comfortable as the font seats."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Seat comfort is fine. Road noise could use some work to make quieter"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Excellent car but seats need more comfort on long trips to Florida."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"very noisy"

William L., IL (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Good quality material. Seats recline to rest."

Dennis E., WI (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Seat are not padded enough for some passengers. I personally don't mind a harder seat. I've had passengers complain about the uncomfortable seats."

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Very comfortable, very quiet ride, very stylish design"

Jerry S., OK (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"I wanted a manual transmission so I had to purchase the base model. It would be great to be able to order a more comfortable interior package with a manual transmission."

Anonymous, BC (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Comfortable but noisy on the road"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Noise"

Anonymous, QC (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"As a large man (6'5") I have no problem finding a comfortable seating position."

Kyle G., CA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Long drives are comfortable"

Anonymous, BC (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"sitting up higher off the road"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"We’re all good til recently. Now noisier and bumpier than I like"

Bonnie F., MO (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Our only complaint with this vehicle is the ride noise. There doesn't seem to be as much noise deadening insulation in this vehicle as most others."

Anonymous, IA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"I would like less road noise."

JAMES M., KS (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The outside noise level is quite high. Seats, climate control and ride are acceptable."

GEORGE T., NV (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"everything is great with the exception of excessive wind noise at highway speeds."

GREG R., TX (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"great seats and visibility - only negatives: clock - included in radio/DVD player too low on dash for quick check and AC vent freezes hands and arm and can't direct to face."

JIM H., CO (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Rough ride on factory 19 inch wheels. Feels every bump. Just terrible."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The handling is super. The vehicle is stylish"

JAY S., FL (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Wish there were vents for the second row."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The air conditioner blower is not strong enough, and it takes a long time for the car to cool down. The vents could be in a better place. The seats are very comfortable and once I replaced the tires, the road noise decreased quite a bit. The ride is better now."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"the ride is a bit stiff and you hear rotation from the tires in the cabin."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"This car is very roomy inside. It is a comfortable ride! I have a tall family and they have plenty of room! This is a great car!"

COLLEEN D., CA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"I sat in the back seat for the first time ever last month. Sitting on cardboard sliding down a hill would be more comfortable."

PAUL C., PA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Ride is a bit soft and power to weight ratio not the best"

Anonymous, LA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"They should consider an electric multi way seat for the front passenger seat"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Seat on driver side is unraveling for the second time. Seats are not very well made."

KERRY I., TX (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Very noisy ride. Everything squeaks."

BECKY V., WI (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Climate system fan does not have high enough fan speed when set to max. The non-digital temperature control does not keep constant temperature as well as new cars should."

THOMAS M., VA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"The Bose sound system is phenomenal! It gets great gas mileage along with having an almost flawless GPS system."

Paul Q., PA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Love the car. Easy to drive and very good cooling system. For a mini van the mileage is great"

Pramila M., AZ (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Reliable. Excellent value."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"It was an end of year special deal and we got an excellent price for a good and very reliable vehicle."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"I also have a 2008 Mazda 3, which is probably the best value vehicle I have ever purchased. It is nine years old and all I have ever had to do is normal maintenance. With that in mind, I purchased the CX-5. The quality is nowhere near the quality of the 2008 Mazda 3. The paint on my nine year old Mazda 3 looks better than the paint on the CX-5. The engine does not have enough power when needed, although I understand it has been increased since I purchased mine. Had the CX-5 been a quality vehicl..."

Anonymous, ON (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Stylish small SUV with excellent reliability and MPG."

David C., CA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Regretting that we bought the first model year -- it's underpowered and we've had problems with the mirrors, computer, etc. They've fixed those problems on the newer models"

Ruth C., ON (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Great reliability."

Anonymous, BC (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The Mazda was the best SUV I could get that had both Blind Spot Monitor AND Backup Camera. The CX-5 is bulletproof. In well over 100000miles the only repair needed was new wiper blades !"

Norman S., TX (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"reliability, mileage, and comfort"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"no problems and a blast to drive"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Excellent value. This car is exactly what I wanted to buy in 2013."

Jerry S., OK (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Good value for the number of features. I do think the cost of the navigation should give upgrades for free at that expensive price of that option AND with competition of more accuracy from the smart phones."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"I was looking for a compact SUV which gets decent gas mileage. I've found the CX-5 excellent gas mileage for a compact SUV while not feeling underpowered. I do most of my driving on the highway but frequently have to deal with stop-and-go traffic but still manage to get about 35 mpg."

Celizabeth B., MD (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"I rarely buy brand new because of depreciation, but I love my 2013 CX-5. Nothing but oil changes in six years of ownership. It's safe and super fun to drive and so reliable. For a single female this is so important, as I don't want to get stranded. I love this car and it provides a great value."

Rachel T., BC (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Good price compared to other small SUVs, and a much better driving experience than other models available."

Dan D., TX (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Just plain Awesome!!!!"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The body has held up well for 5 years; only needed routine maintenance; decent gas mileage"

Lyn K., NY (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"High value for money paid. Reliable car that is fun to drive relative to gas mileage."

Joshua W., NC (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Its value has been outstanding. In the last 6yrs except for regular maintenance all i have changed are the brakes front and back. Nothing else on the vehicle has needed upgrading."

Pierre B., ON (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"This is an very good vehicle overall. We have owned it for over five years and the 30 mpg we get in combined driving is great compared to competitors. It has required no repairs of consequence. The acceleration and road noise leaves a bit to be desired, however."

Anonymous, IN (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Very comfortable seating and controls. The only complaint I have is the GPS system: very erratic."

JAY S., FL (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"This crossover handles more like a sports sedan than any other in the category, and costs less than many."

WILLIAM L., MA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Best buy so far."

WM G., NY (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"a great car for the price"

MARK V., CA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Excellent gas mileage. Comfortable ride. Only maintenace cost. No major issues. Good styling."

Anonymous, SC (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Acceleration not good"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Bought the car with low mileage, 3 years old with only 21225 miles."

MICHAEL P., CA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Fun to drive and an amazing amount of storage space in this micro-van."

LEE B., CA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Manual transmission is more affordable came with 7 year extended warranty plan very efficient small SUV"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Mazda CX-5)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"It looks great!"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Great exterior color, attractive body/trim and looks sporty"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"very stylish"

JEFF F., NY (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"I love the styling--it stands out among the other CUVs"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"appreciate the size of the vehicle nice attractive vehicle lines"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Styling good"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"It looked good but I added aftermarket chrome inside and out from china that that enhanced the car's appearance greatly."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"The interior of this vehicle started to fade and look very worn within a few months of purchase, especially the driver and front passenger armrests and tge dash. The steering wheel gets excessively hot when needing to be parked outside for any length of time. Additionally, it takes in excess of 15 minutes to cool interior when it has been sitting outside. The floor mats are also not holding up very well, and the cheap plastic covers on the back seat areas are poorly made and break frequently"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Mazda CX-5)

"Good perforance"

MERLE C., NS (2013 Mazda CX-5)

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