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Mazda's attractive and fun-to-drive 2013 CX-5 goes on sale this month, and the automaker's North American arm has just announced that it will be priced from $20,695 (*not including $795 for destination). That's a higher base price than competitors like the Hyundai Tuscon, Kia Sportage and Subaru Forester, but the CX-5 boasts some of the best driving dynamics in the segment, not to mention the best fuel economy numbers in the class.

That $20,695 price point refers, of course, to the CX-5 Sport with the (remarkably good) six-speed manual transmission. Opting for the six-speed automatic will set you back an additional $1,400, and if you want to add all-wheel drive, be prepared to dish out another $1,250. Moving up, Touring models with either front- or all-wheel drive start at $23,895 and $25,145, respectively, and are only available with the six-speed automatic gearbox. Lastly, the range-topping Grand Touring comes in at $27,045 (FWD) and $28,295 (AWD), and with the $1,325 technology package added to the GT trim, you'll be looking at $29,620 for a fully loaded CX-5.

The 2013 CX-5 uses Mazda's brand new 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline engine, along with a host of other weight-saving technologies. We've driven the CX-5 on two different occasions, and while we're quite impressed with the steering, manual gearbox and suspension, we wish interior refinement were a bit better. Still, Mazda is positioning the CX-5 as the enthusiast's small crossover, and we're inclined to agree. Follow the jump for Mazda's official pricing release.
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MAZDA ANNOUNCES PRICING OF ALL-NEW 2013 CX-5 COMPACT CROSSOVER SUV

All-New Mazda is First to Feature Full Suite of SKYACTIV®1 Technologies and Offers Best-in-Class Fuel Economy


IRVINE, Calif. (February 6, 2012) – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced pricing of its all-new 2013 CX-5 five-passenger compact crossover SUV, the first vehicle in the Mazda lineup to fully encompass SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, the brand's all-new fuel-efficient and performance-oriented engineering philosophy. Through these efforts, CX-5 achieves the best highway fuel economy of any SUV sold in North America at 35 miles per gallon (mpg) and offers the best overall fuel economy of any non-hybrid compact crossover SUV at 29 mpg combined.

"The 2013 CX-5 is a look to the future of the Mazda brand," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. "Our achievements in Research & Development have led to breakthrough engineering with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. It shows not only in the CX-5's impressive fuel economy but also with its dynamic handling and performance, which only Mazda can bring to the compact crossover SUV segment."

The 2013 CX-5 Sport starts at a competitive $20,695 MSRP, which is well below the segment's sale leaders. Paired with the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission, the entry-level Sport trim is equipped with high-level standard amenities such as 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels outfitted with 225/65R17 Yokohama all-season tires, daytime running lights (DRL), power side view mirrors, automatic headlight shutoff as well as stylish exterior cues in body-colored outside mirrors with turn lamps, door handles, a roof spoiler and a color-keyed shark fin antenna.

The comfortably-appointed cabin offers plush Black or Sand Beige cloth seat upholstery (both with seatback pockets), push-button start, power windows with driver's side one-touch auto open/close, cruise control, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise control functions, air conditioning, a four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible radio with Automatic Level Control (ALC) as well as auxiliary and USB connection ports – all standard.

CX-5 Sport models equipped with the optional SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission start at $22,095 MSRP. When equipped with Mazda's all-new active torque-split all-wheel-drive (AWD) system (6AT models only), the starting price is $23,345 MSRP. A Bluetooth® Audio Package is available for an additional $400 MSRP and includes Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio connectivity, a 5.8-inch in-dash color information touch-screen monitor and HD RadioTM Technology.

Moving up to the Touring model, the Bluetooth® Audio Package for Sport models becomes standard as are fog lamps, upgraded cloth seats, a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, rearview camera (viewable via the 5.8-inch in-dash color monitor), an upgraded six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, steering- wheel-mounted audio, Bluetooth® and cruise controls, a Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system as well as a rear-seat armrest with cup holders. SKYACTIV-Drive becomes standard on Touring models, which start at $23,895 MSRP with front-wheel-drive (FWD) and $25,145 MSRP when equipped with AWD.

Available package options for CX-5 Touring are the Moonroof/Bose® and Technology packages. The Moonroof/Bose® Package ($1,130 MSRP) adds a moonroof and a 225-watt Bose® Centerpoint® nine-speaker Surround Sound System with AudioPilot®, which features advanced lightweight materials and components yet offers sound clarity and performance similar to larger sound systems. The Technology Package ($1,185 MSRP) adds an in-dash TomTom technology-based navigation system, an auto-dimming mirror with Homelink®, automatic on/off bi-xenon auto-leveling headlights, a pivoting Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), rain-sensing windshield wipers and an anti-theft alarm. Sirius Satellite Radio with a four-month complimentary subscription is a stand-alone option ($525 MSRP) for Touring models.

For those with a sweet tooth for more decadent luxury items is the CX-5 Grand Touring. The 17- inch aluminum alloy wheels of the Sport and Touring models are swapped for 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels and 225/55R19 Toyo all-season tires. Other premium standard features include automatic headlights, heated outside mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a moonroof. Standard cabin amenities include leather-trimmed seat upholstery, heated front seats, an eight- way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support, dual-zone automatic climate control, a Bose® Centerpoint® Surround Sound System and Sirius Satellite radio. Available in either FWD or AWD configurations, the Grand Touring model starts at $27,045 and $28,295 MSRP, respectively.

A Technology Package, similar to the Touring model, also is available on the CX-5 Grand Touring. Priced at $1,325, options include an in-dash TomTom navigation system, bi-xenon auto-leveling headlights with a pivoting Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink®, an anti-theft alarm and Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry.

All 2013 CX-5 models are equipped with 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. By comparison, a Ferrari 458 Italia supercar has a compression ratio of 12.5:1. The SKYACTIV-G engine produces 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. A $425 MSRP trailer hitch (with harness and cover) option also is available on all CX-5 models for consumers to fully utilize the vehicle's 2,000-pound towing capacity.

Never an option, safety is at the forefront of the CX-5's SKYACTIV-Body and SKYACTIV- Chassis to ensure a vehicle structure as reinforced and quiet as it is rigid and impact-absorbing. The chassis includes a front strut suspension and a multi-link rear format to return a precise, predictable feel to give drivers and passengers the peace of mind of control and stability. The body is comprised of 61 percent high-tensile steel for a lighter, stronger structure, and also utilizes 1,800MPa ultra-high tensile steel – a first for any production vehicle – in the front bumper.

Standard safety features include six airbags (front, side and full side-curtain) with rollover protection, power-assisted ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, daytime running lights, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), a Traction Control System (TCS), Hill Launch Assist, a collapsible steering column and fold-away brake pedal assembly, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), three-point safety belts for all seating positions, front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters as well as Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH). A Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system is standard on Touring and Grand Touring models only.

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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      damianvargas
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was really hoping for an interior that didn't already look like it was from the early 2000's. Although on the opposite end, Fords interiors seem to want to punch you in the face with all the stuff they cram into theirs. Can't there be a happy medium of sleek and updated looking but somewhat minimalist? Is that too much to ask?
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      It will be interesting to see the take rate on the manual. My guess is less than 5%, and an automatic will be come standard next year.
        robertlyt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @throwback
        That'd be because they set it up for manuals to fail, since you have to get the stripped-down model to get the manual, and only a masochist would do that. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy. It's not accident that the take rate on the Veloster, or MINI or Fiat 500 is vastly higher. You don't have to make compromises to get a manual. Can you say ... "duh"? :-)
        • 3 Years Ago
        @throwback
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      CarSnaab
      • 3 Years Ago
      Step 1. Add manual tranny option for all trim lines Step 2. Update Infotainment system Step 3. Add turbo diesel Step 4. Add turbo gas engine
      Tom
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, it's available with a leather shift knob, but only if you get the automatic transmission (Touring models and up)? This makes sense ... how?
      gregmlr
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's hard to believe that the interior and exterior are from the same car. Aside from the VW-esquie seats, the inside is completely bland.
      bluerockhill1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why is it that I've already seen these on the roads? My town has a Goodyear plant and a base but I can't think of any other possible reasons they would be driving around. And I see other cars too through the year that havnt hit dealerships yet..
      ELG
      • 3 Years Ago
      ugh, I love mazdas and am thinking about buying one of these but I HATE HATE HATE that mazda forces the sunroof, leather on you if you want some of the other options.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ELG
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        Adam
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ELG
        AGREED! The grouped options really annoys me. I understand if that's how dealers want to order cars. It limits the number of combinations. But I know I'm not alone in saying I want things like a manual transmission with a sunroof and HID's, but not necessarily with leather, NAV, etc.
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      A turbo diesel version would be good for more torque and better mpg and this thing definitely needs more torque.
      techie69
      • 3 Years Ago
      I give kudos to Mazda taking the most sensible route, efficient engine tech without extra hybrid tech, efficient transmissions, and most of all adopting the low-weight / superstructure unibody, in another words, the Lotus mantra by one Colin Chapman: "Subtracting weight make you faster everywhere."
      godwhomismike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why is it being marketed as an enthusiast's vehicle?
        Xedicon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @godwhomismike
        All Mazda's despite anything else about them tend to be great drivers for their class. From the Mazda 2 on up it's a trademark of their vehicles. I'm not surprised in the least that the CX-5 also claims some handling chops.
          Justin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Xedicon
          Yeah we know that. But the problem is that when you raise something off the ground and give it bigger tires, that directly takes away from handling and performance. Maybe it sells, but don't call it an enthusiast's vehicle. A hatchback or wagon would be more of that type.
      ELG
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was really excited for the CX-5, but its just too underpowered and its in car connectivity/technology is just too outdated for it to be competitive. Will most likely be buying a new Escape instead.
        jmx1022
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ELG
        I wouldn't call it under powered until I've had a chance to test drive and compare with the competition. Horsepower isn't the whole story, CX-5 is at over 200 lbs lighter than the Escape, RAV4 or CRV.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jmx1022
          Shhh, don't try to explain things that are common sense to people lacking any. People rarely factor weight into performance on this site.....
          ROB
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jmx1022
          they see big numbers in hp, then complain about fuel economy.. 155hp in the SUV is more then enough, just drive one people before you start crying
          Doug
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jmx1022
          Not to mention the torque that will be available from the high compression ratio. The age old adage about hp sells cars is apparently true. I could care less how much hp the car has, as long as it's off idle torque is good. Full disclosure - we're probably waiting for the diesel.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ELG
        Underpowered? It runs similar 0-60 times as equivalent competing models, and an updated entertainment system is coming. Personally, I can't stand the childish interior on the new Escape or its lifted Focus look.
          axiomatik
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          Our CX-7 has 'only' 160 hp, but I never feel that it is underpowered. It feels just about right to me for a commuter/errand/road trip vehicle. Of course, I have another car to get my speed fix from.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ELG
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          • 3 Years Ago
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          robertlyt
          • 3 Years Ago
          Hardly unique. All Hyundais do too.
          axiomatik
          • 3 Years Ago
          Mazda apparently has Bluetooth compatibility issues with iphones. I can control songs on my iphone through the stereo/bluetooth, but I don't get any song information. With my wife's android phone, the song info displays.
          David
          • 3 Years Ago
          Really? My Veloster absolutely allows full control of bluetooth-streamed music from my iPhone. I can start/stop/pause/FWD/RWD all without touching the phone. The only thing it doesn't do without plugging into the USB jack is sync with Gracenote.
        guyverfanboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ELG
        Underpowered? Not by much. My 2008 Toyota Rav4 has 2.4 liter engine with 166 HP and Mazda's CX-5 2.0 liter engine is good for 150 HP. That's only a 16 HP difference. I would hardly call that underpowered.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @guyverfanboy
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      NK
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will definitely be on my short list if the diesel comes here
        godwhomismike
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NK
        Agreed. I am quite happy with the 2011 Sportage SX I have now because it's a torque monster (269 lb ft at 1850 rpm), and the fuel economy is in the low to mid 20s. But, the CX-5 is also a nice looking CUV. I think the interior is missing some of the high tech do-dads I got in the SX, but if it had a high torque diesel in it, I would be immediately sold.
          6thGear
          • 3 Years Ago
          @godwhomismike
          What high tech do-dads do you have in the Sportage that is missing from the CX-5?
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