Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) unveiled its all-new 2013
CX-5 compact SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The North American debut is the
first Mazda to fully encompass SKYACTIV®1 TECHNOLOGY, the brand’s
engineering-focused philosophy toward improving all-around vehicle efficiency;
the segment newcomer also offers best-in- class fuel economy. A sneak peek into
Mazda’s new generation of vehicles, CX-5 embodies the perfect balance between
the best of all worlds: captivating design, dynamic handling, unexpected
efficiency, flexible functionality and first-class safety, with a dash of
“The 2013 CX-5 is the vehicle compact SUV shoppers have been
asking for – that only Mazda can build,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and
CEO, MNAO. “Entering an extremely competitive segment, the all-new CX-5 has to
offer more than just flash and features, but also has to perform and provide
consumers with the dynamic response they’ve come to expect from Mazda – and it
does. With its SKYACTIV underpinnings and best-in-class fuel economy, CX-5
proves that fun needn’t be sacrificed for fuel efficiency and that compact
doesn’t equate compromise.”
As the new kid on the block, the 2013 CX-5 had to do more than
simply dress to impress on its first day in class. The vehicle needed to walk
and talk that it belonged with its peers, but at the same time still evoke a
level of emotional connection and driving passion worthy of the Mazda badge.
This begins with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.
Developed solely by Mazda, SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY is not a package or
trim level, but an all- encompassing, deeply embedded philosophy that obtaining
more power, torque and miles per gallon does not need to come at the expense of
fuel economy, design and safety.
Under an expansive hood lies the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline
engine. At 13:1, SKYACTIV-G features the world’s highest compression ratio for
a mass-produced car. With its all-new 4-2-1 exhaust system, the 2013 CX-5
delivers 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, torque is measured at 150 lb- ft at 4,000
rpm and redline is reached at 6500 rpm. With a choice of transmissions in
either the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic,
a 2,000-pound towing capacity and an optional all-wheel drive, the 2013 CX-5
truly offers a little of everything for everyone.
And the competition is not nearly as competitive to the CX-5’s
best-in-class fuel economy. Compared to the compact SUV segment’s other
gasoline-power makes and models, the CX-5 is not afraid to make a statement by
matching the best highway figures and trumping the competitive set’s city
mileage. Estimated EPA fuel economy for the CX-5 is 26 city/33 highway for a
front-wheel drive equipped with SKYACTIV-MT. When equipped with SKYACTIV-Drive,
the front-wheel drive model garners 26 city/32 highway. The all-wheel drive
version, only available with SKYACTIV-Drive, also is a fuel sipper with an EPA
rating of 25 city/30 highway.
A new “signature wing” front grille dominates the front fascia.
Its black elongated trapezoidal pattern adds masculine depth, while
wing-shaped, wraparound headlamps extend out, seemingly flirting a head-turning
“hello” to passersby. This is KODO.
KODO, or “Soul of Motion,” is a design language inspired by nature
which evokes how both startling beauty and immense power can be captured within
a single motion. First unveiled in 2010 on the SHINARI concept car, a long and
lean four-door sports coupe, and then on the MINAGI concept SUV earlier this
year, from which CX-5 is based, KODO exemplifies the future direction of
Mazda’s striking sheet metal strokes.
The CX-5’s sculptured body features taut, compact lines. Shapely
front and rear fenders hug the sporty SUV’s available 17- and 19-inch
rubber-and-rim packages, projecting a wide, low-slung stance. A sweeping swoosh
line bridges the four corners with sleek, artistic expression. Topside, a
pronounced crease begins at the A-pillar and darts sharply across the side
panels, eventually wrapping itself around stylized tail lamps. The sharply
raked A-pillar is matched by the angles of the C-pillar and rear window,
topping an aggressive profile which, at the same time, affords all occupants one
of the widest fields of view in the segment.
Just as the exterior stirs the soul, the CX-5’s interior sparks
the senses. Intuitive, with a multitude of frequently-used controls within
reach, there is nothing you can’t do while ensconced in utmost comfort. Long
and luxury-laced, the CX-5 sits on a segment-leading 106.3-inch wheelbase,
seats five and offers a cabin that is undeniably flexible in order to
accommodate the demands of today’s active lifestyles of all work and all play.
Rear cargo room is not only cavernous but clever. With a
three-piece independent 40/20/40-split fold- flat second row, the CX-5 shows
that whatever is thrown its way, it will catch – with room left to spare. A
single-action topside button releases the left- and right-side seats to fold
down while a looped handle frees the middle seat, which also folds flat – a
Whether battling those curvaceous roads alone or rolling through
town with a full house, commanding the sound studio on wheels is easily within
reach for either the driver or front passenger. An all-new 5.8-inch touch
screen becomes the center of attention with intuitive phone, audio and
navigation functions. Streamlined steering wheel controls also enable a more
straightforward operation of the infotainment system. Mazda’s advanced keyless
entry system and push-button start get the CX-5 going.
Other available features on the all-new 2013 CX-5 include
Bluetooth® phone and audio connectivity and iPod® audio playback. A
nine-speaker Bose® Centerpoint® Surround Sound system with AudioPilot® was
jointly developed with Mazda to please even the most discerning music
enthusiasts. The CX-5 also is available with HD RadioTM Technology, a subscription-free
digital AM and FM broadcast radio service which provides crystal-clear sound,
on-screen information and additional programming choices via HD2 and HD3
In a first-time partnership with Mazda in North America, a TomTom®
technology-based navigation system also will be offered and features premium
North American maps, advanced lane guidance, intuitive voice recognition and
real-time traffic. USB and auxiliary jack connections can be found in the
center console storage bin and be accessed via the infotainment touch screen.
While safety never comes second, having the peace of mind to never
have to worry about it in the first place is just as important. Being a compact
SUV that doesn’t compromise, CX-5’s SKYACTIV-Body and SKYACTIV-Chassis ensure a
vehicle structure as reinforced and quiet as it is rigid and absorbs impacts.