Mazda has released the official EPA fuel economy figures for its 2013 CX-5, and as anticipated, the new compact crossover has achieved an all-important best-in-class designation. The front-wheel-drive, six-speed manual-equipped CX-5 is rated at 26 miles per gallon city and 35 mpg highway, thanks to Mazda's efficient Skyactiv direct-injection 2.0-liter inline-four. In fact, Mazda claims the CX-5 actually gets the best fuel economy rating of any SUV (read: crossover) sold in America, full stop.

CX-5 models equipped with front-wheel drive and Mazda's new Skyactiv six-speed automatic transmission are good for 26/32 miles per gallon city/highway. And while those highway numbers match up with the four-cylinder Chevrolet Equinox, the Mazda's 26 mpg city rating bests the Chevy by a whopping four mpg. All-wheel-drive CX-5s are rated at 25/31 mpg city/highway. Follow the jump for Mazda's official release.

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ALL-NEW 2013 MAZDA CX-5 OFFERS BEST HIGHWAY FUEL MILEAGE OF ANY SUV SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES

- Official EPA-Rated Fuel Economy of 35 MPG Surpasses All Other SUVs -

DETROIT (January 9, 2012) - Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced official fuel economy figures for the all-new 2013 CX-5 [4] compact SUV, as rated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with highway mileage of some models as high as 35 miles per gallon (mpg). As expected, Mazda's first vehicle fully engrained with SKYACTIV®[1] TECHNOLOGY [5], the brand's breakthrough engineering and manufacturing approach to its next generation of vehicles, offers unprecedented non-hybrid best-in-class fuel economy for all transmission and drivetrain configurations.

Front-wheel-drive models equipped with the standard SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission are EPA rated with an estimated fuel economy of 26 city/35 highway/29 combined mpg. When equipped with the optional SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel-drive models receive an mpg rating of 26 city/32 highway/29 combined. SKYACTIV-Drive is standard on all-wheel-drive models, which return an estimated fuel economy rating of 25 city/31 highway/28 combined mpg.

These figures apply for both Federal Tier2 Bin5 and California LEV II ULEV emissions standards. With a 14.8-gallon fuel tank in front-wheel-drive models (15.3 gallons in all-wheel-drive versions), the 2013 CX-5 has a driving range upwards of 500 miles.

All 2013 CX-5 compact SUVs are equipped with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine, which features the world's highest compression ratio for a mass-produced vehicle at 13:1. This means SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY is able to squeeze more energy out of every gallon of gasoline than conventional internal combustion engines. CX-5 also is the lightest compact SUV in its class, weighing in at a total curb weight of 3,208 pounds for entry models and up to 3,426 pounds for premium trim levels.

With its all-new 4-2-1 exhaust system, CX-5 delivers 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm; redline is reached at 6,500 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-new all-wheel drive system, the 2013 CX-5 truly offers a little of everything for everyone.

Pricing will be available closer to the vehicle's launch in Spring 2012.

For more information on fuel economy and how estimates are determined, visit www.fueleconomy.gov [6], a joint website venture between the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles [7] 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.

For more information on Mazda vehicles, visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com [8]. Product B-roll may be ordered online by visiting The News Market at www.thenewsmarket.com/mazda [9].

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SKYACTIV is a registered trademark of Mazda Motor Corporation (MC).


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      donnieorama
      • 2 Years Ago
      And you just know this thing is hella lighter than an Equinox.
      Mike Cornell
      • 2 Years Ago
      Somewhat impressive but still not great. Ya gotta bring the diesel, Mazda....then your fuel economy #'s would truly blow everyone else out of the water.
      tnsubie
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would love to see this drivetrain in the Mazda5. That would make for one outstanding vehicle.
      Matt
      • 2 Years Ago
      What do both the manual and the automatic get at steady state cruise of 70 mph? With the automatic being in full lockup after the first 5 mph, how is the highway rating that different??
        Humjaba
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt
        Gearing? Parasitic loss due to friction?
        Danrar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt
        Yeah I was wondering the same. That seems like a wide gap for a six-speed automatic compared to some of the other comparisons that could be made in other vehicles.
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Danrar
          Maybe they are sandbagging...
      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      unfortunate that the high lockup automatic doesnt get as good mileage as the manual. Mazda's marketing was that the new automatics are just as efficient as manuals and dual clutch boxes.
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      26/35, but it only has 155 HP If it had 175-180 HP like the class leaders, THEN you have something Anybody can trade power for MPG BD
        the.ting
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BlackDynamiteOn
        You can't look only at the horsepower figures. You have to consider torque and weight. A lighter car with less hp can easily perform as well as a heavier, more powerful car. And torque is far more useful in the real world than horsepower. We're not talking about race cars here. We're talking about cars people drive to work, the grocery store, and to the local post office in.
        Myself
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BlackDynamiteOn
        If you think 155hp for a car this size is not enough (it's 500 pounds lighter than Tiguan), you're a poor driver unable to use the engine properly. There you go.
        guyverfanboy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BlackDynamiteOn
        My 2008 Rav4 has only 166 HP. I'd trade it in, in a heart beat for a Mazda CX-5 which has much better mileage. 35 mpg is a hell of a lot better than the 25 mpg EPA my small CUV has!
        aviboy97
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BlackDynamiteOn
        But no one has been able to do it.... If 155hp is not sufficient enough, then why is it faster then everything in this class, sans Tiguan??
      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      mazda REALLY needs to work on boosting the skyactiv engine. 155hp isnt going to cut in here in the US
        nardvark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ELG
        155hp with a decent torque curve is fine for a light-weight CUV.
      Dane Grant
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still like the Ford Escape better... Never in my thoughts have I wanted an SUV... Ford has taken me there... But I would still take the Focus Wagon ST that Europe and the rest of the civilized world gets....
        ELG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dane Grant
        ditto 100%
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ELG
          I love Ford, but the Escape looks exactly like a lifted Focus, and has an incredibly overwrought interior. No thanks.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dane Grant
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          WillieD
          • 2 Years Ago
          I'm not sure what you're trying to say. It sounds like you're trying to put him down with sarcasm, but the point you're trying to get across is that Ford's reliability is not good, and that's certainly nowhere near true. The Escape is reliable (the hybrid even more so), the Fusion is the most reliable in its class, do I need to keep going?
      torqued
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mini Countryman gets 27/35 (FWD, manual), which is slightly better. Not sure how Mazda can claim best in class?
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      35MPG highway??? Wow, that's incredibly impressive. That's a huge bragging point right there for Mazda when it comes time to market this thing. Even the figures for the automatic are impressive. At this point, the CX-5 is my favorite CUV hands down.
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        I believe the CX-5 might be slightly underrated for fuel economy. I was talking with the guy who runs MPGomatic and he's saying that the SkyActiv version of the Mazda 3 (review forthcoming) can achieve some incredible numbers if driven properly. Likewise, hands down favourite CUV that is awesome looking and affordable.
      rayhondafan
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Subaru Impreza did the same thing: reduce engine power (along with CVT) to increase fuel efficiency. It can do 37/26mpg (highway/city). Subaru didn't make a big fuzz about Sky this Sky that and quietly achieving the same goal. The Impreza looks like a clone of the Dodge Caliber and the CX5 looks a lot better, that's about it. Nothing new here, BIG YAWN !!! It is definitely under power for the Americans, and not fuel efficient enough for the Europeans. Let's see what Mazda can do with the SKY Diesel..........
        Greg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rayhondafan
        Impreza = compact car; CX-5 = compact SUV. Those are very different things. Compare the Mazda3 to the Impreza. How is delivering the highest mpg not enough to be impressive? Mazda has definitely accomplished something here.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        artandcolour2010
        • 2 Years Ago
        because most people take their family crossovers to a racetrack and floor it every time they're on an entrance ramp. 99.99% of crossover buyers need the extra gas mileage, not the 2 seconds they might save getting to 60mph from a standing start. I've driven for 35 years and I've never had the occasion to go 0-60 in normal driving. It's a meaningless and pointless stat.
          clquake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @artandcolour2010
          John is mostly right, but most people don't jump onto the highway from 0 mph. 30-65 is probably a better measure. Art if you've never had to floor it getting onto the highway, then you're the one who makes people slam on their brakes because you refuse to bring the car up to speed as quickly as possible, creating a possible chain crash/pile up effect.
          John
          • 2 Years Ago
          @artandcolour2010
          It depends on where you live...Here in Jersey, the home of drive-angry, you need every last horsepower to merge into traffic. 0-60 is a pretty big deal when you only have a 2 second window to squeeze in front of a SUV doing 75. You can wait...but the next window of opportunity is gonna be a semi... LOL
          • 2 Years Ago
          @artandcolour2010
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        Myself
        • 2 Years Ago
        You're a poor driver and would die on a German unrestricted autobahn where 100 hp is pretty adequate.
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