While not being quite as well known or iconic as some other manufacturers, Mazda has still been consistently making some nice vehicles. The automotive industry is full of some tough competition these days and the fact that Mazda continues to produce a line of vehicles every year speaks well to its talents and abilities. The new 2013 Mazda CX-5 is a bit different from some other cars on the road right now and is promising to be a unique and enjoyable ride. Mazda designers are adamant about pointing out the differences between the CX-5 and other comparable cars in its class.
The 2013 CX-5 comes from a relatively new breed of vehicles, somewhere between a regular car and an SUV, the CX-5 is what is known as a crossover. The overall concept behind the crossover breed is to offer a bit of a middle ground between SUVs, some of which can be quite large, and regular sedans, some of which don’t offer the same spaciousness found in SUVs and minivans. The ideal target for this type of car seems to be someone who enjoys the size and reliability of an SUV but doesn’t seem to want the increased size and fuel consumption. As a crossover, the CX-5 seems to be a perfect compromise.
The exterior design of the CX-5 2013 models looks very nice. It seems somewhat similar to other cars of this class in both size and shape but carries with it a unique design aesthetic. The front end appears to resemble a larger sedan except that it is a bit squarer and boxier than most modern sedans. The backend, however, slopes up and is significantly higher than you would find on any normal sedan. The overall silhouette of the 2013 CX-5 is very elegant and modern while still portraying the feeling of strength and ability. The design might not be anything particularly groundbreaking but it does a very nice job of wrapping the whole thing together.
From the outside, the Mazda CX-5 2013 model looks like it has plenty of clearance between the ground and the bottom of the car. This can, possibly, hint at its ability to carry both a full load of passengers and a fully loaded cargo area. This is one of the most popular aspects of cars in this class and the clearance should help keep it from scraping the ground. The two tone aspect of the paint and trim is also very nice and adds a little extra to the design. The lights are nicely molded and the rounded windows give it a sense of openness.
The interior of the 2013 Mazda CX-5 matches the exterior quite well. The seats are made from a nice material and have plenty of stitching. From the looks of the interior, both driver and passenger should have plenty of room in the front row. The dash is nicely sculpted and the displays fit nicely behind the wheel. The insides of the doors are molded and look like they offer comfortable arm restswhile the windows let in plenty of light. The overall design has a very nice fluid flow and makes for a comfortable cabin even if it isn’t particularly luxurious. Some models will have a rear facing backup camera with a screen in the center console. We are also expecting quite a few other technological additions including some sort of integration with mobile devices.
The 2013 CX-5 is a very modern car, both in intent and function, and technology plays a big part in the specs. The CX-5 2013 models are some of the first cars from this company to have a fully integrated Skyactiv system. The designers have done everything they can to reduce weight and achieve optimal fuel consumption and combustion. Under the hood we should expect to find a Skyactiv G 2.0 liter, four cylinder, direct injected engine. Mazda has said that the engine will be capable of outputting 170 horsepower, which is really quite impressive for a vehicle of this type. The transmissions will come in six speed manual and automatic versions to satisfy different desires.
The crossover is a bit of a new breed when it comes to cars and the 2013 Mazda CX-5 should have little trouble rising to the top of this class. The overall design of the body fits well with the spacious interior. The CX-5 offers plenty of leg room and storage space that can be expanded with a rear row that folds down. The technology included should put it on par with similar cars while the engine, body and chassis have been redesigned to be much lighter than other cars available. The crossover seems to fit a rather specific customer base and it looks like Mazda has designed a perfect addition to help cover this branch of the auto market.