Mazda is pitching its CX-5 compact crossover as its first model to use all of its Skyactiv fuel-saving technologies, including fuel-saving improvements to its engine, transmission, body and chassis (details on all that here).

Mazda, which started selling the model in the U.S. last month, said the CX-5 gets as much as 51 miles per gallon combined – on the more lenient Japanese fuel-economy standards – in its front-wheel-drive, six-speed-manual-transmission version, and as much as 39 miles per gallon in its most fuel-efficient gas-powered version. Mazda is looking to sell 160,000 vehicles annually with Skyactiv components, including the CX-5, Mazda2, Mazda3 and Mazda6.

Mazda's looking to use its Skyactiv technology, which includes the use of high-tensile steel for cutting weight and better aerodynamics to reduce drag, to reverse global declining sales. The Japanese automaker last year produced 1.17 million vehicles, down 11 percent from 2010. Last year, Mazda said that it was looking to increase fleetwide fuel economy by about 30 percent over the next three years.

Mazda says the CX-5 has the best fuel economy of any SUV in North America and has launched a "Six Million Dollar Man" – themed ad campaign to get the word out in the U.S. Last month, Mazda started selling the compact crossover and launched an online configurator tool. The CX-5 starts at $21,490 (including a $795 destination charge) for the front-wheel-drive manual-transmission model, with the all-wheel-drive option adding about $2,600 more. The top-of-the-line CX-5 is priced at $29,090.
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All-new CX-5

Leverkusen, 16 April 2012

The all-new Mazda CX-5 marks the dawning of a new era. Kicking off the next generation of vehicles, it's the first model to adopt the complete range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, Mazda's innovative new engine, transmission, body and chassis line-up. SKYACTIV was developed entirely in-house for cars that are more enjoyable to drive than ever yet remarkably economical and exceptionally safe, too. The CX-5 is also the first Mazda to embody the company's new "KODO – Soul of Motion" design theme. With the CX-5, Mazda delivers the best of all worlds: A perfect balance between fun, safety and sustainability, all in a very compelling and clever package.


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      Sasparilla Fizz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very true...
      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Enjoy your brief reign at the top of the SUV efficiency charts mazda, the 2013 tesla powered rav4 EV should squash your efficiency numbers like a bug - although the price may be a bit steep. Hopefully this will push Toyota to make some real improvements to its highlander hybrid. I still like hybrids better because they can shut off the engine at stop lights and gridlock traffic - common situations that the EPA test does not account for.
        Sasparilla Fizz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        A better comparison, IMHO, would be the Toyota Rav 4. There you are looking at 22mpg city / 28mpg hwy for the 4 cylinder Rav 4 2 wheel drive. The 6 cylinder is worse of course. The 26 mpg and 32mpg of the CX-5 is really quite good for the class of vehicle its in.
        paulwesterberg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Btw this vehicle is listed on fueleconomy.gov: manual 6-spd: 26city 29combined 35hwy auto 6-spd: 26city 29combined 32hwy for reference: toyota highlander hybrid: 28/28/28
          Edge
          • 3 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          Mazda CX-5 above for ~$22,000 Toyota Highlander (hybrid) $38,000.
          paulwesterberg
          • 3 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          @Edge I agree 22k ftw, but that reiterated my point that toyota had better improve the highlander or reduce its price drastically if they still want to make some sales sales - especially if the rav4 EV can be had for mid 40s.
          guyverfanboy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          Highlander = midsize SUV CX-5 = compact SUV Plus that is comparing a hybrid to a gas only model. Apples to oranges comparison.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        There's room for lots of competition here. EVs are a great technology, and I really hope to own one in the intermediate future -- but they don't work for everyone. So, what are the people for whom EVs aren't a good match supposed to do?
          • 3 Years Ago
          Having a variety of options for different folks allows people with different needs and situations to all choose something more efficient than they're driving now.
        guyverfanboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        That is a terrible comparison. AN EV is completely different from ICE. The Rav4 EV is better being compared to the Nissan Leaf.
      Christina
      • 3 Years Ago
      This vehicle is going to take off in the U.S. if it gets that kind of MPG! All-wheel drive crossover SUV, plus reasonably priced and Prius-level fuel efficiency? So exciting to see this trend in a race for the most efficient vehicles in every class. Can't wait to see how this model does on the market!
        Peter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Christina
        Standard Prius is rated at 76.6 MPG on the Japanese cycle thus this is not Prius level fuel efficiency in a SUV
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      26/35mpg is not bad at all for a gasser SUV-let. Most people will get the automatic since they're lazy though and only get 32mpg. The AWD and manual FWD options are the most impressive by far. May be a little sluggish at 3,200lb but it's not so bad. I think it'll do well.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 3 Years Ago
      Also worthy competition: The Nissan Juke: 27 city, 32 hwy; 29 combined.
      winc06
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kind of a shame they did not have the vision to give it a new look that would announce the changes. I have had a couple of Mazdas, but I no longer follow them because it is no longer an interesting company. It does not help that the styling of some models morphed from anime to gargoyle. Looks same o same o to me. If you have redone the entire power train you should not have to look for a little badge to announce it.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @winc06
        The CX-5 is a brand-new vehicle, replacing the Tribute. There's no need to differentiate it with a "new look" because it *is* the "new look".
          Kahz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          The rear is an absolute Tucson (ix35) ripoff, and the front is very similar too.
      wartzilla
      • 3 Years Ago
      ..except the Skyactiv-D. :C
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