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2013 Mazda CX-5 Consumer Reviews

4.6
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Bring on $5.00 gas!

by from El Paso, TX on April 7, 2012

I traded in my V8 chevy truck for this Mazda. So far, I am so glad I did. I am 6'2" and I have leg room to drive and sit in the back seat. My drivers seat does not hit the back seat like most of the c...
I traded in my V8 chevy truck for this Mazda. So far, I am so glad I did. I am 6'2" and I have leg room to drive and sit in the back seat. My drivers seat does not hit the back seat like most of the cars I've owned. There is a lot of room. I like the style and thank Mazda for taking the smile away for an aggresive look. I am saving so much gas now, I can pass the gas station by while remebering when it was a weekly stop to get gas. As for the get up and go...if you want that and dont' care about the gas mpg...go get a sports car. If you don't care about that and wanna save gas, then this car is for you. They sold 8 of them the Saturday I got mine. The price is right for all the options. I still can't stop smiling when I pass the gas stations.!!!
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Amazing value and fun to drive!

by from Pittsburgh, PA on August 6, 2012

As a previous owner of a SUV, I had vowed to never drive this class of vehicle again. Mazda not only changed my mind, but developed the first compact SUV that is a pleasure to drive. The new Kodo desi...
As a previous owner of a SUV, I had vowed to never drive this class of vehicle again. Mazda not only changed my mind, but developed the first compact SUV that is a pleasure to drive. The new Kodo design language that is exhibited with the CX-5 (and upcoming redesign of the Mazda6) is absolutely beautiful on the outside. The vehicle is well proportioned with a garage-friendly ride height. The actual dynamics of Skyactive technology as well as Mazda's design decisions as they relate to handling, producing a fun-to-drive product, and delivering value that increases marketshare are covered in gold here. Many previous professional reviews have knocked the horsepower and torque figures as being too low for a vehicle in this class. It has more than adequate get-up and go, even when ascending up steep hills. While you may need to apply additional pressure to the gas pedal to bring about the necessary acceleration, the engine is a 2.0L 4 cylinder/6-speed automatic combination that is focused on efficiency yet still delivers the necessary response when needed. This review is coming from a previous owner of a 2010 Mazdaspeed 3. One would think going from 263hp to 155hp would elicit some disappointment, but the reality can't be any further from the truth. The layout of the cabin is superb, road noise isn't excessive (even on the Grand Touring edition with the 19" wheels), and visibility, braking, and acceleration exceeded my expectations. The Technology Package provides a great deal of value in the Grand Touring Edition. The TomTom navigation looks, feels, and functions exactly as it would with a stand-alone unit. The Bluetooth integration syncs well with the phone and can pull in contact lists, recent calls, etc. I have not gone in-depth with the voice command functionality yet, but expect it to function as well as other reviews have stated. I've spent the better part of the past 5 months shopping the CX-5 against some of its domestic competition. The fuel economy of these competitive options don't match the CX-5. Running the numbers through some available fuel cost calculators, the CX-5 has the potential to save me over $1,000/year versus my outgoing vehicle, and fuel savings were estimated to start at $600 less a year versus the competition. You may have never considered Mazda before. You may think you need 200+ horsepower. You may be very loyal to a brand/manufacturer that has produced vehicles that have given you years of headache-free and enjoyable experiences. Honestly, you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't at least check out the CX-5. It's an absolutely solid value for everything included in the full package!
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Beautiful inside and out

by from Vancouver on March 11, 2012

The styling and interior design of this care is what I love. I got the touring model so it has most of the bells and whistles which is nice. Blind spot monitoring, GPS, and the blue tooth make this ca...
The styling and interior design of this care is what I love. I got the touring model so it has most of the bells and whistles which is nice. Blind spot monitoring, GPS, and the blue tooth make this car feel super high tech. Lots of room inside up front and in back. I really love this car just wish they would have had the turbo diesel available on this model when i bought mine. Gas mileage is good though. I still would definitely recommend this vehicle unless 0-60 is that important to you.
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Great SUV

by from Miami, FL on May 14, 2012

I bought the Touring 2 months ago, and I dont have any complain about it. Drives smooth. The interior is well designed.
I bought the Touring 2 months ago, and I dont have any complain about it. Drives smooth. The interior is well designed.
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Nice Car

by from Madison, WI on May 29, 2012

I chose the CX-5 for its gas mileage and sporty look over the CX-7 and 9. I have a Touring AWD model. At 2500 miles, I am at 26.5 mpg average, and it is gradually increasing. It is surprisingly spacio...
I chose the CX-5 for its gas mileage and sporty look over the CX-7 and 9. I have a Touring AWD model. At 2500 miles, I am at 26.5 mpg average, and it is gradually increasing. It is surprisingly spacious, and I really utilize the 40/20/40 split backseat functionality alot for cargo. I have cloth interior, and it seems to be standing up to 3 kids and a large dog. Overall, great buy.
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Excellent car

by from Zagreb, Croatia on April 23, 2012

All the so called "premium" SUVs like Audi Q3, BMW X1 does not have the soul and feel of this car. They are still seling just thier brand names not the quality Japanese car has to offer. Driving SUV l...
All the so called "premium" SUVs like Audi Q3, BMW X1 does not have the soul and feel of this car. They are still seling just thier brand names not the quality Japanese car has to offer. Driving SUV like compact car and feeling the joy of drive this is something this car gives to us. Congratulations Mazda, keep producing such cars for us.
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Nice!

by from Kansas City, MO on May 9, 2012

I bought a Grand Touring for my wife. She loves it!This Crossover Gets 26-28 in the city and up to 33 Hwy with all wheel drive, auto. Drives Smooth and corners like it's on rails in bad weather. It's ...
I bought a Grand Touring for my wife. She loves it!This Crossover Gets 26-28 in the city and up to 33 Hwy with all wheel drive, auto. Drives Smooth and corners like it's on rails in bad weather. It's Nice! I do wish they would offer more Manual Transmission options.
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Totally in love!

by from Tucson Az on October 9, 2012

I have never had a "new" vehicle before. My husband and I had been talking about getting an SUV and ditching my old truck. The gas mileage was 11 mpg at best with over 180,000 miles on it. Honestly, t...
I have never had a "new" vehicle before. My husband and I had been talking about getting an SUV and ditching my old truck. The gas mileage was 11 mpg at best with over 180,000 miles on it. Honestly, the transmission was a ticking time bomb. (great reliable truck though, never any major problems with it as it was properly maintained. If you are looking for a truck, I highly recommend). Anyways, we had looked into SUV's, and I am not a materialistic person, but when we did online research, I loved how this SUV looked! I wanted the light blue, but the dealer only had white and the dark blue. No biggie. The dark was nice. I test drove it and fell even more in love! it handled nicely, even though I was so nervous about test driving. It had the bose system and sun roof, which I really never planned on getting but hey, it was there and I was so excited about the sun roof! So some how we wound up buying it ;) and have been totally happy with our decision. it has fantastic gas mileage, and we love being able to make phone calls via bluetooth! it also has a lot of space for cargo and passengers, more than what you would think by looking at the outside. So if you are looking for a stylish SUV with great gas mileage, look no further! :)
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Not perfect, but very good

by from Minneapolis, MN on December 16, 2013

Confronted with sizable out-of-pocket expenses for scheduled maintenance on my '06 PT Cruiser, I started shopping online. I regularly haul a pair of grandchildren, both small enough to need car seats,...
Confronted with sizable out-of-pocket expenses for scheduled maintenance on my '06 PT Cruiser, I started shopping online. I regularly haul a pair of grandchildren, both small enough to need car seats, so I needed a bit of interior room and flexibility. The PT Cruiser's mediocre gas mileage had me also looking for improvement in that area. Somewhat to my surprise, and after dozens of comparisons, online and in person, the CX-5 was my choice. It's the first really new "new" car I've had in 19 years. Positives: I've driven small cars, and preferred them, all my life. The CX-5 is the largest vehicle I've ever owned, but it drives as if it were smaller. Handling is nimble, and the 6-speed gearbox might be the best manual transmission I've ever used, and I've used a lot of them over 69+ years. Throws are short, gear ratios are very well spaced, engagement is crisp, and frankly, it's a pleasure to row through the gears in traffic. 6th is truly an overdrive for highway use, and I don't generally use it under 50 mph. The interior isn't revolutionary in design, but it's attractive and restrained, which is fine with me. Seating is comfortable, though a bit flat for my tastes. More expensive trim levels have more seat adjustments than the base model I purchased, and that might help. There's plenty of headroom (I'm 6' 1"), and in a pinch, I can carry grandkids in their car seats, one parent in front, and the other squeezed between the car seats in back. That's not a comfortable arrangement for the adult in the back, however. I very much like the USB port inside the console, which allows me to use my iPod for music, but keeps it out of sight in the console. The CX-5 base model with the 6-speed won't win many drag races, but I'm getting a little old for that, and I'd rate the power as "adequate." Not at all exciting, but sufficient, and so far, I'm getting 27 to 28 MPG in purely city driving, so I've no complaints in that regard. I'm looking forward to a road trip in the summer to test the car's highway manners and mileage over a longer period. It warms up quickly (important here in Minnesota), and since I did not opt for all-wheel drive, winter traction with front wheel drive is "adequate," but no more. The base model comes with virtually every feature I'd probably order in years gone by, including A/C, 4-wheel disc brakes, alloy wheels, etc. One of my few complaints is that base models are available only in Silver, Dark Gray and Black, and the lack of color was almost a deal-killer for me. Another complaint is that the more powerful engine, with only a 1 mpg mileage penalty, is not available for the base model. Mazda complicates it even further by only offering the 6-speed manual in the base model. So, moving up a trim level to get a color or a larger engine means having to give up the 6-speed. I wasn't willing to do that. So far, I'm very well satisfied with the car. It's substantially larger than the cars I've owned and driven previously, and standing outside it, the increase in size is evident, but behind the wheel, it's nimble and quick to react, and feels and drives much smaller (and genuinely "sportier") than it really is. Most SUVs, regardless of size, look pretty much like boxes on wheels. That's not nearly so much the case with the CX-5, and I very much like its looks. Despite being larger, it has a lower coefficient of drag than the PT Cruiser it replaces. For now, at least, I'm a fan.
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LOVE LOVE LOVE

by from Chicago, IL on August 22, 2012

I was searching for a crossover.. coming from a Mazda 3I. I needed more space.. but didn't have the budget to afford a big SUV nor did I want the low gas mileage that the bigger SUVs offered. I looked...
I was searching for a crossover.. coming from a Mazda 3I. I needed more space.. but didn't have the budget to afford a big SUV nor did I want the low gas mileage that the bigger SUVs offered. I looked at the Honda CRV, Toyota Rav4, Hyundai SanteFe, Ford Explorer and the Kia Sorento. I wasn't crazy about any one them and found them to be mediocre. I didn't like that I had to buy 2-3 levels up either to get some of the options I wanted. I loved my Mazda 3 and never had any problems with it.. So I went to the Mazda dealership and test drove the 2013 CX-5. I fell in love with it immediately. It had all the features I wanted and were looking for and the gas mileage was simply unbeatable by any other manufacturer. I love the sporty look and the interior. I ended up purchasing the Touring with the Bose/sunroof package. I have never been happier with my decision and look forward to driving every day now. I would highly recommend test driving this car... I also plan on going back to purchase the Navi. Not sure why I turned it down originally but the price is decent, and I shall be going back shortly to get it installed.
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