Best Bet
(4.6) 73 reviews
MSRP: $10,815$20,467
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 28-29
Engine: 155-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Seats: 5
2013 Mazda CX-5

Our Take on the 2013 Mazda CX-5

Our Take

A replacement for the Tribute, the CX-5 slots at the bottom of Mazda's SUV lineup. With five seats and front- or all-wheel drive, it's one of the few small SUVs to offer a manual transmission. Mazda's SkyActiv four-cylinder delivers better gas mileage than competitors such as the ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Acceleration
  • Busy highway ride
  • Cupholder placement
  • Rear visibility
  • Driver's seat adjustability

Notable Features

  • All-new small SUV
  • Replaces Tribute
  • Seats five
  • FWD or AWD
  • Available manual transmission

6 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.