As you might recall, we recently spent some time behind the wheel of a camouflaged 2012 Mazda CX-5 prototype in Iceland. And while we walked away impressed after our short stint behind the wheel, the fact that the car was covered in cheetah paper meant we couldn't quite see the final design – until now.

It's a good-looking crossover, this CX-5, keeping true to Mazda's original Minagi concept that first bowed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. What's more, the CX-5 will be a much-welcomed replacement for the Ford-supplied Tribute crossover – a vehicle that never really set the sales charts on fire.

When we drove the CX-5, we were very impressed with the SkyActiv 2.0-liter gasoline engine, though we're still crossing our fingers that Mazda will offer the 2.2-liter diesel powerplant here in the United States. Nevertheless, we give the CX-5 two thumbs up, and you can see the final road-ready version in our attached high-res image gallery.


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      th0mb0ne
      • 3 Years Ago
      The design language bodes well for the rest of the Mazda lineup.
      PeterScott
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks fantastic. Best in Segment, matched with reports of good handling and likely class leading fuel economy, it sounds like an all round winner.
      transam
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of all the Japanese brands out there, Mazda is the only one with a clue. Apart from the smiling face thing, they have produced some of the classiest and best looking cars and SUVs from Japan during the last decade. Its too bad they dont sell more than they do. The Mazda 6 is a way more interesting car than the Camry, Accord, Altima, same with the CX-7 and its competitors, and so on...
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sweet. CX-5 with 2.0 = 40 MPG CX-5 with 2.2 diesel = 45 MPG Now, I am just curious about what the CX-7 & CX-9 will get in mileage! Either way this is a great looking little cuv. :)
      spicaly
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks great in that color.... the side profile also looks very infiniti'ish to me as well
      Chilipepper
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very nice. I'll take a base 2.2 diesel with 2WD and 6M please. When can I pick it up?
      Felspawn
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really hope this design language looks this good, translates this well to the mazda 6. A well done mazdaspeed 6 with a upmarket interior would be very very attractive.
      Devin Christiansen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Holy ****, that is the best looking car of the show!
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Easily my favorite crossover/compact suv on the market.
      Gorgenapper
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bravo Mazda... keep up the good work. Kodo styling is sexy as hell without going overboard with the swoops and creases, the CUV is just the right size, and it gets both great fuel economy and relatively good power (from a 2.0L). The interior is kind of dark... though some people here have likened it to BMW interiors, which I would say is a good thing. Cargo space looks cavernous and the stance of the car just looks awesome, ready to go even when standing still. Blows the RAV4 and CRV out of the water in terms of style, and will likely kick the crap out of them in driving dynamics while being equal or better to them in fuel economy. I honestly CANNOT wait to see all of this good stuff applied to the Mazda 3 and the Mazdaspeed 3.
        guyverfanboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        http://www.autoblog.com/2011/09/02/2013-mazda-cx-5-quick-spin-road-test/ This will seriously kick the crap out of my '08 Rav4 in terms of fuel economy!
      AlphaGnome
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love it, it looks fantastic! I never would of thought I'd actually consider owning an CUV/SUV, but I can't wait to get some seat time with this. I have high standards and it will take a lot to lure me out of my Mazda 3s GT.. That said, if this thing drives as good as the initial reviews have me believing it does, this could very well be my next daily driver!
        xder345
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AlphaGnome
        Agreed. If kodo translates nicely to the CX9 platform it might just get my wife out of her Freestyle. I'll probably wait a bit to trade in the Mazda3 GT hatch...love that car (1st gen, not the goofy grin). Gotta have a large travel vehicle, though. Great for road trips and hauling stuff around (which I do relatively often).
      chrono00
      • 3 Years Ago
      Color me surprised but no more smiley face!? Wow, looks great Mazda!
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