We already drove a pre-production 2013 Mazda CX-5 through scenic Iceland, and the Japanese automaker showed us the finished (European) product at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in September. Here at the Los Angeles Auto Show, however, Mazda has officially announced exactly what's in store for the U.S.-spec CX-5, set to go on sale early next year.

The Skyactiv powertrain should return best-in-class fuel economy figures of 26/33 mpg with the manual.

Powering the CX-5 is Mazda's new 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline four-cylinder with direct-injection technology. This powerplant is already available in the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback, and in the CX-5, it's good for 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque, mated to either a new Skyactiv six-speed manual or automatic transmission (the manual is only available in the bottom-rung Sport trim, sadly). The CX-5 is not as powerful as other offerings in the class – the Kia Sportage and much larger Toyota RAV4, among others, offer more grunt – but Mazda says that the Skyactiv powertrain should return best-in-class fuel economy figures: 26/32 miles per gallon (city/highway) with the automatic transmission or an even better 33 mpg highway with the manual. Based on our Nordic test drive, the lighter CX-5 is also likely to be more fun to drive than its contemporaries. No word yet on the possibility of seeing the Skyactiv-D diesel model in North American showrooms, however. In any case, we'll see if the gas engine's official EPA numbers match up when the vehicle is properly tested.

We'll be driving the CX-5 later this week while in Los Angeles, so stay tuned for our full driving impressions in the near future, and hopefully we'll have pricing soon. In the meantime, click through our new gallery of live images direct from SoCal and gaze at the official PR after the jump.

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All-New 2013 Mazda CX-5 Makes Its North American Debut in Los Angeles

- Compact SUV Features Full Suite of SKYACTIV Technologies, Offers Best-in-Class Fuel Economy -


LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today 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 Zoom-Zoom.

"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."

Reach for the Sky

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. Its first application was in Mazda's best-selling Mazda3, refreshed for 2012 with a SKYACTIV engine and transmissions. CX-5 is the first vehicle to receive all SKYACTIV components.

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. Targeted 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.

Striking Style

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.

All these cuts in the sheet metal, the rounded surfaces and edgy creases, are as much for finesse as they are for function. With a targeted coefficient of drag of 0.33, the CX-5 aims to be the most aerodynamic compact SUV in the field. Not just for Zoom-Zoom but for the added benefit of improving fuel economy.

Sensible Purpose

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 segment first.

While the driver delights in all the glee of driving one of the most dynamically fun and satisfying compact SUVs on the road, there is no reason passengers can't be allowed to enjoy the ride as well. Amongst the roomiest cabins in the segment, legroom for the second row is ample at 39.3 inches with an equally generous knee clearance of 2.6 inches. The wide cavity under the front seats also offers abundant rear passenger foot space and can be used as additional cargo room to hide personal belongings. Rear headroom is 39.0 inches for vehicles not equipped with a moonroof.

Up front, both the driver and passenger can enjoy 40.1 inches of headroom (when not equipped with a moonroof), 57.5 inches for the broadest of shoulders and 41.0 inches to stretch their legs. Six- and eight-way power-adjustable seats will be standard on all but the entry-level models.

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 Radio™ 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 channels.

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.

Secure in Safety

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.

Re-examining the suspension and steering systems, the lightweight construction of the SKYACTIV-Chassis includes a front strut suspension and a multi-link rear format along with an assortment of design changes. Precise and predictable, drivers will feel secure in a vehicle that reacts as they react and balances agility, stability, comfort and safety.

The SKYACTIV-Body is comprised of 61 percent high-tensile steel, creating a lighter, stronger body with superior handling. As a result, the overall structure is eight percent lighter than previous Mazda models. The all-new CX-5 also has the distinction of being the first vehicle ever to utilize 1,800MPa ultra-high tensile steel in manufacturing. Located in the front and rear bumper beams, they are 20 percent stronger and 10.6 pounds lighter than previous generation bumpers. With the all-new CX-5, from the inside out, Mazda has spared no detail.

Standard safety offerings include six airbags (front, side and full side-curtain), four wheel disk brakes, anti-lock brakes (ABS), daytime running lights, active headrests, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), a Traction Control System (TCS) and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Also available are a Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system, Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFLS) with auto-levelling bi-xenon headlamps and a rear view camera with distance guide lines.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through nearly 900 dealers. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario; and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.


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      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meh, still gets horrible mileage in the city where most people drive. A jetta sport wagon gets 30/42. An escape hybrid gets 34/31.
        Wraith
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Does better than the non-diesel Jetta wagon. Better than pretty much all North American non-diesel wagons, unless you start counting compact 5-doors.
      PeterScott
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is actually excellent for a small SUV. They also didn't ruin the manual with a short top gear. The CX-5 MT gets 26/33. Honda Fit MT gets 27/33.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PeterScott
        lol isn't that sad. That's the difference between a late 90's tech engine and a new engine with practically every trick in the book implemented. honda needs to update their motors badly.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Good God - this CUV gets the same mileage as a Fit? Way to go Mazda, and Honda....wtf? Wow. I hate to say it, but Honda is turning into Toyota (good, but nothing exciting or ground breaking). Hyundai is now the new Honda.
        PeterScott
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PeterScott
        Fanboy self reporting is not the EPA.
          huisj203
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          So now anyone who drives a car is a "fanboy" of that car? I guess actual results mean nothing, and it's all about the government's test numbers on a treadmill. Good to see that all the 4-cyl Equinox drivers are getting great mileage relative to their EPA numbers too. http://www.fuelly.com/car/chevrolet/equinox/2011/gas%20l4
          PeterScott
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          It seems a lot more likely that Honda Fans buy Hondas. But the important issue is that there is no checks on this kind of reporting, it isn't consistent, it can be entirely fake for that matter. It is not a basis for comparison. It isn't isn't rigorous data, it is entertainment.
          huisj203
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          People tracking their fuel economy is entertainment? Sounds thrilling. And stop the presses. Big news just in: people who like certain cars tend to buy them for various reasons that lead to them liking them. OMG. I guess we can never trust what kind of MPGs someone gets with their actual car doing actual driving, because they might like their car, and thus their results will be incorrect. The EPA knows best.
        huisj203
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PeterScott
        http://www.fuelly.com/car/honda/fit How are those EPA ratings looking for the Fit? In mixed driving, it's really easy to achieve mid 30s with no sweat.
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      Note to Mazda: The Best Rotary Engine is an Electric Motor.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      OK, now that's actually quite impressive for a CUV/SUV. How come Honda & Toyota can't come out with a motor of this caliber again?
        SNP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Cause they cut back on R&D when the weak YEN was in their favor to boost profits for shareholders and cash reserves. Now that the YEN is at a multi-decade high against the rest of the world, they cant invest in R&D without dipping deep in their current reserves. Besides, much of their R&D was focused on hybrids and streamlining manufacturing plants. Didnt you notice they dont put anything out with gas turbos, direct injection, dual fuels, 8spd transmissions, alternative materials, etc. Those are all things that boost ICE efficiency. Wait till you see the Ecoboosted 1.6 and 1.0 engines. You'll see phenomenal MPG numbers. Or when the nanotech industry starts to release carbon reinforced/composite materials. Mazda, being partially owned by ford benefits from this shared research a decade ago when they were working on direct injection and released DISI in 2005. Obvious improvements over the years gets them Skyactiv, similar to GM's direct inject. But my money is on Turbo boosted Direct Inject.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SNP
          I always wondered why Ford didn't take more of the stuff from Mazda. There was even joint engine development, but Mazda put more into them so their engines always rated higher.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SNP
          Thanks for the insight, SNP.
      skierpage
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice engine, staggeringly bland stying. Cover up the grille with your thumb and it could be a BMW X3, or Acura RDX/MDX, or Hyundai Santa Fe, or Ford Kuga, or Mitsubishi Outlander, or Volvo XC40 or just about "compact" SUV. The most unimaginative class of automobiles for over a decade.
        PeterScott
        • 3 Years Ago
        @skierpage
        Best styling out of Mazda in years. Finally an end to the Village idiot front ends.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          I sort of agree...although to me, it is impossible to look on at a Mazda 3 and not smile back. I was getting gas (with my 30mpg fusion) and there was a woman in a Mazda 3 getting gas in front of me. Her car, grinning at me the entire time. I had to smile back, which then caught her attention. After the initial Wtf from her, I explained, and it was a great ice breaker.
      Noz
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Gets up to 33 MPG..." The rest of the time it'll be getting around 20-21MPG.
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