2013 Mazda CX-5

MSRP $20,695 - $28,295

Ranked #8 in Suv

7.8

Overall Rating

2013 Mazda CX-5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 9, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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With the buyers asking for more and more compact SUVs, the 2015 Mazda CX 5 fills in for the rise in demand. However, it is not just another compact SUV as the CX 5 ranks among the top-tier SUVs in its class. The main reason behind it is its complete redesign that Mazda has implemented for the 2013 model year. However, now the newer model comes with a slight increase in price with the price range starting from $20,995 for the base trim. Available in a total of three trims, Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring, the CX 5’s above-average fuel-economy ratings make it to the list of its pros.

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Pros

Fuel efficient

Great driving dynamics

Attractive exterior styling

Comfortable interior

Cons

Smaller base engine

Only in the base trim offers a ​​Manual transmission 

What's New?

All-new model

New 2.5-liter engine in Touring and Grand Touring trims

Smart City Brake Support


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$20695

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

121 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

155 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

150 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

178.7 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

65.7 in.

curb weight

3208 lbs.

ground clearance

8.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

103.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

64.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1040 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/30/35 mpg

highway range

518 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Sport$20,695 onwards

Touring$23,895 onwards

Grand Touring$27,045 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 Mazda CX-5 in Jet Black Mica color
Jet Black Mica

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

6.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


The new Mazda CX 5 is powered by the Skyactiv four-cylinder engine that generates 155 horsepower and is paired to a six-speed manual transmission as standard. While front-wheel drive is also standard, a six-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system are available. The model now comes with a 100,000 miles powertrain warranty and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited vehicle warranty. It goes up after rivals such as the Ford Escape and Kia Sportage which are also quite popular in the affordable compact SUV segment.


6.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2013 Mazda CX-5 Features

6.0/10

The Mazda CX 5 is available in three different trim levels; Sport, EX, Touring, and Grand Touring. All trims offer an option to choose between a front-wheel-drive system and an all-wheel-drive system. Useful features such as a rearview camera, hands-free text messaging, a four-speaker stereo system, a USB, and auxiliary and Bluetooth are offered as standard now. All trims come powered by a Skyactiv four-cylinder engine that develops 155 horsepower and offers good fuel efficiency. The higher trims add features such as a moonroof, Bluetooth, a Bose stereo, HD Radio, a navigation system, and satellite radio.

Trims

Sport

Touring

Grand Touring

MSRP

$20,995

$25,400

$28,400 

Key Features

17-inch wheels

Adds to the Sport trim:

Adds to the Touring trim:

 

Keyless entry

2.5-liter inline 4 engine

19-inch wheels 

 

Cruise control

Rearview camera

Automatic headlights

 

Height-adjustable driver seat

Blind-spot warning system

Eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats and 

 

Four-speaker sound system 

Six-way power driver seat

Heated mirrors 

 

Touchscreen interface

Upgraded cloth upholstery

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Automatic crash notification

Six-speaker sound system

Leather upholstery

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The Touring trim which is priced at $25,400 for the front-wheel-drive version, offers the most bang for your buck. It adds many useful as well as convenience features that make the overall experience feel more modern. Most features that are not present in the Touring trim can be opted for from the optional features list. 

2013 Mazda CX-5 Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2015 Mazda CX 5 offers only one powertrain option which is a 2-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder engine. It is capable of developing 155 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft of torque which is adequate for everyday usage. The engine is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission as standard and the front-wheel-drive also remains standard. Another transmission option is a 6-speed automatic transmission which performs admirably. An all-wheel-drive system is also available at an extra cost and any trim can be fitted with it.

The throttle response feels quick and the power is delivered in a linear fashion. The automatic transmission does a good job of handling all that power efficiently but is not the best when it comes to getting on a quick move. Even at high RPMs, the engine remains silent and retains its refined nature. Thanks to the lackluster gearbox, the CX 5 can reach 60 mph from a standstill in a lousy 8.8 seconds. These times are the slowest in this comparison but only by a slight margin. Overall, the CX 5’s powertrain is quite versatile and can handle most things you throw at it.

Model

Mazda CX-5 

Hyundai Tucson 

Kia Sportage 

MSRP

$20,995

$22,945

$25,700

Engine

2-liter Inline 4

2.4-liter inline 4

2.4-liter inline 4

Drivetrain

front-wheel-drive

front-wheel-drive

front-wheel-drive

Transmission

6-speed Manual

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Power

155 hp @ 6000 rpm

176 hp @ 6000 rpm

176 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

150 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

168 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

168 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

8.8

8.5

8.5

Quarter-mile (sec)

15.7

17

16.2

Top Speed (mph)

121

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-

In terms of performance, the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage offer similar performance as both the models use the same engine option. Their efficient but also more powerful engine in the segment, helps them charge ahead of Mazda CX5 in a straight-line sprint. The thing to note here is that the Kia Sportage, even though more expensive, offers a similar performance as the Tuscon. Only the CX 5 comes with an option of a six-speed manual transmission which does make the overall experience a bit more engaging. 

2013 Mazda CX-5 Fuel Economy

9.0/10

Mazda as a carmaker is known to produce extremely efficient and cost-effective engines. Thus, even the CX 5 gets quite an efficient powertrain that is the best in the business when it comes to fuel economy. The light curb weight and small engine help this Mazda achieve such class-leading fuel economy numbers. This makes it the most pocket-friendly compact SUV that you can get in its class. The CX 5 provides 25 MPG in the city, 35 MPG on the highway, and 26 MPG, combined. 

Model

Mazda CX-5 

Hyundai Tucson 

Kia Sportage 

MPG (City)

25

21

21

MPG (Highway)

35

28

28

MPG (Combined)

26

23

24

Fuel Capacity (gal)

14.8 gal.

15.3 gal.

15.3 gal.

Range (City/Hwy/Comb)

370/518/385

321/428/352

321/428/367

With a fuel tank capacity of 14.8 gallons and excellent fuel economy numbers, the Mazda CX 5 offers the best range on a full tank. It is followed by the Kia Sportage that offers a combined MPG of 24 which is slightly less than the Mazda CX 5’s fuel economy numbers. However, the clear loser in this segment is the Hyundai Tuscon which still remains behind its rivals in terms of fuel efficiency.

2013 Mazda CX-5 Interior

7.0/10

With the whole new redesign, the CX 5’s interior is much more appealing now. Stepping inside the cabin is an easy affair as the wide-opening doors make it easy entry and exit. The high seating position helps in providing a good view of the road up ahead even though the rearward visibility is a bit limited. Once on the inside, you will realize that the interior of the CX 5 offers more space on the inside than expected from a compact SUV. The dashboard looks simple but modern with a smartly laid-out array of buttons and knobs. However, the infotainment screen is a bit too small and the all-black theme makes the cabin a bit too boring. Features such as a four-speaker stereo system, a USB, a navigation system, and satellite radio make the cabin experience a bit more convenient. 

The materials used on the inside are a mix of hard plastics, soft-touch leatherette, and faux wood trims. The front seats hold you well into your place and the side bolstering keeps you in one place while taking on sharp corners. The most useful aspect of the cabin is still the seats that provide excellent overall comfort and support. The rear seats offer more than adequate legroom to stretch out with enough storage space to store your knick-knacks. While the cushioning is neither too soft nor too hard, the upholstery feels a bit on the cheap side of things. Overall, the cabin of the Mazda CX 5 is functional in terms of design and offers good comfort.

Model

Mazda CX-5 

Hyundai Tucson 

Kia Sportage 

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

40.1/57.5/41

39.4/57.1/41.2

39.1/56.7/41.4

Rear Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

39/55.5/39.3

39.1/55.1/38.7

38.5/55.1/37.9

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

34.1 cu.ft.

25.7 cu.ft.

26.1 cu.ft.

Maximum Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

64.8 cu.ft.

55.8 cu.ft.

54.6 cu.ft.

In terms of the boot capacity, the Mazda CX 5 trumps all its rivals. Thus, it is a near-perfect ride for a weekend getaway with your family as it can pack in the most luggage without any fuss. It is followed by the Hyundai Tucson which offers slightly less space on the inside, in comparison to the CX 5. The Kia Sportage on the other hand lacks behind all its rivals in terms of space and cargo capacity. Major interior features include-

  • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • Valet Function
  • Remote Keyless Entry 
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Front reading lamps
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Cruise control

How intuitive is the 2015 Mazda CX 5’s infotainment unit?

The 2015 Mazda CX 5 gets the new infotainment touchscreen that feels a bit unresponsive to use. However, it can be updated with a home computer which might be able to iron out occasional lags that we faced during our usage. It still does not support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and instead gets an in-built TomTom navigation system in the range-topping trim. The display is bright enough to remain visible even under direct sunlight. Some other features include:

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Smart Device Integration
  • USB connection
  • HD Radio
  • Rearview camera

2013 Mazda CX-5 Exterior

9.0/10

The Mazda CX 5 might look like a hatchback n stilts to some. While its looks might be boring for some, others might like its simple yet meaningful design. However, there are still many sporty elements added to the mix which make the CX 5 stylish if not stand out in its class. It is not meant to be a head-turner and it sure does dissolve itself well in the ocean of compact SUVs. The 2015 model year offers refreshed exterior styling that brings back interest back to its design language. 

At the front, the big and angular grille gives an imposing look to the design while the chrome surroundings around it, help break the monotony. From the side, there is no getting away from the fact that the CX 5 is more of a hatchback than an SUV. At the rear, the vertically placed sleek tail lamps help break the monotony and keep things on the more subtle side. Overall, the CX 5 is all about offering a compact and modern SUV design rather than a bold SUV look.

Model

Mazda CX-5 

Hyundai Tucson 

Kia Sportage 

Curb Weight (lbs)

3194 lbs.

3294 lbs.

3280 lbs.

Length (in)

179 in.

173 in.

175 in.

Width (in)

72 in.

72 in.

73 in.

Height (in)

67 in.

65.2 in.

64 in.

Ground Clearance (in)

9

7

7

Wheelbase (in)

106 in.

103.9 in.

103.9 in.

While looks are subjective, the Mazda CX 5 follows the philosophy of offering simple and sober design rather than cutting-edge in-your-face looks. In comparison, it is the longest but also the lightest SUV in its class. The Hyundai and the Kia on the other hand offer a shorter wheelbase while the Tucson is the smallest SUV you can get for the price. Few major exterior features include-

  • Rear spoiler
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Rocker Panel Extensions
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Wiper Park
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Black Grille
  • Front License Plate Bracket
  • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
  • Front Fog Lamps

2013 Mazda CX-5 Safety

9.0/10

The Mazda CX 5 comes with a lot of action as well as passive safety features. However, its platform could have certainly been better when it comes to crash test ratings. It received four stars out of five from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which shows that there was some room for improvement in terms of safety. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 CX 5 Good rating in all five crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick+. Other salient safety features include:

  • Adaptive cruise control 
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • A rearview camera
  • Forward collision warning 
  • Emergency automatic braking
  • LaneWatch (a passenger-side blind-spot camera)
  • Lane keep assist

2013 Mazda CX-5 Final Verdict

The 2013 Mazda CX 5 is an affordable and practical compact SUV that is meant for small families. With its spacious cabin and excellent fuel economy, the CX 5 fulfills most family needs. While being an excellent city crawler it is also quite capable of doing long haul trips with its large luggage carrying capacity. Its excellent reliability scores also add to the fuss-free ownership experience and make it a sensible choice to go for in the used car market. Thus, the CX 5 comes with only small drawbacks like a boring design or underwhelming performance.

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