Mazda CX-5 Review & Ratings
- 28 August 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Mazda CX-5 is classified as a compact crossover SUV which is manufactured by Mazda, introduced as the 2013 model in 2012. This is Mazda’s first vehicle to feature the new KODO-Soul of Motion Design language and initially premiered as the Shinari concept vehicle in May of 2010. This vehicle uses the same platform as the Mazda 3 as well as the Mazda 6 and is the first vehicle of this carmaker’s to feature the full Skyactiv Technology suite. Both the Skyactiv Engine as well as the Transmission Technologies were released at the same time in 2012 with the Mazda3 compact sedan and the hatchback model.
The Mazda MINIAGI concept car was the first vehicle from this carmaker to feature their new KODO Soul of Motion design language as well as SKYACTIV technology and was introduced to the public for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011. The production version of this vehicle was based on the Mazda MINAGI. The Mazda CX-5 replaced the Mazda Tribute as well as the Mazda CX-7. The Japanese model of this car was introduced to the public at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show as well as a customized version with red exterior body color and alloy wheels in 2012 at the same motor show.
The CX-5 can be purchased with both front and all-wheel drive and uses a 2.0 petrol 4-cylinder engine which sports 162 bhp with 155 pound-feet of torque and an average gas mileage of 28 mpg. This vehicle is also going to available as a 2.2 liter two-stage turbocharged diesel with either 147 bhp or 173 bhp. This car has also been rated best in its class for fuel economy with a gas mileage of 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, which is so far the best mileage for any non-hybrid car that Mazda offers.
In Japan, the Mazda CX-5 comes with a SKYACTV-D 2.2 diesel engine which was produced at the Ujina Plant which is located near Mazda’s headquarters in Hiroshima. The 2012 production version of the CX-5 was manufactured at the Ujina Plant with an increased production of 240,000 units per year. The monthly sales for the CX-5 in Japan were 8x higher than the initial forecast when it originally launched in February of 2012. This vehicle won the “Japan Car of the Year” award from 2012-2013 because of its innovative design and fuel economy.
The earlier European models of this voice include both the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 as well as the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 engines. In an effort to promote the CX-5 in North America, Mazda partnered up with Universal Pictures to advertise the vehicle in the Dr. Suess’ The Lorax movie advertisement which features the vehicle. The U.S version of this car first appeared to the public at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and at the time only the 2.0 liter 4-cylinder Skyactiv-G galone engine with 155 bhp was available. This engine, however, is rated at 26 mph in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which was definitely a factor in its initial popularity and success.
The 2012 model of the CX-5 was available with a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder Skyactiv gas engine and was introduced as a response to all of the criticism that its predecessor received. This engine is rated at 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque with an EPA MPG rating of 24/32 (FWD) and 24/30 (AWD). The 2013 Mazda CX-5 was one of five vehicles to become finalists for the 2012 Green Car of the Year award from Green Car Journal at the Los Angeles Auto Show.