Mazda CX-5 Review
Larger than the Mazda 3 and smaller than the CX-7, the all-new Mazda CX-5 navigates the narrow space between hatchback and SUV with ease, providing the petite size and pep of the former with the comfort, convenience and extra cargo room of the latter with 40/20/40 flat-folding split rear seats. Cabin space distribution is well balanced throughout with decent headroom. You get push-button start as a standard feature along with a 5.8-inch touch screen. Built using ultra-high-tensile steel, this light crossover with chiseled lines delivers a drag coefficient of .33 for a combined EPA rating of 29 mpg and a four-star safety rating from the NHTSA. During our time driving it around Los Angeles, our front-wheel drive Metropolitan Gray test vehicle achieved a combined MPG of 24.9.
Music comes to your ears courtesy of a 225-watt Bose Centerpoint surround sound system armed with nine speakers. The compact crossover is also the first in the Mazda lineup to utilize all of the brand's Skyactiv fuel-saving technology, including an efficient 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder that offers decent performance due to a high compression ratio of 12.5:1. The diesel version will boost the CX-5's torque to 310 lb-ft and fuel-efficiency by as much as 20%. Whether you plan to commute in the Mazda CX-5 with Skyactiv Technology, take the kids to school, run errands or take a road trip, you can't do much better than buying one of these budget-minded, all-purpose crossover vehicles. Easy to drive, maneuver and park, you still get the high-seat feel of an SUV, and you can even tow up to 2,000 pounds with it.
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