Stylish exterior aside, the new 2013 Mazda CX-5 promises to deliver 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque from its 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G engine, while returning up to 33 mpg in highway fuel economy.
Mazdagets this impressive number by “adding lightness,” to quote Colin Chapman. Opt for a front drive CX-5 with a six-speed manual, and it tips the scales at just over 3,200 pounds. Go for all-wheel-drive and the six-speed automatic, and the curb weight is still a nimble 3,426 pounds.
The high-pressure direct-fuel-injection 2.0-liter SkyActiv engine plays a big role in fuel economy, too,and Mazda has spent a significant amount of time and money developing a powerplant that is both fuel-efficient and rewarding to drive.
Front-drive models equipped with a six-speed manual are expected to return a gas mileage of 26/33 mpg city/highway, and even all-wheel drive models will deliver a projected 25/30 mpg city/highway.
While base front-drive models are available with either the six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive variants will only come with the six-speed automatic.
Expect inventory to hit Mazda dealers in early 2012, with trim levels to include Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Pricing hasn’t been set, but the CX-5 will slot into Mazda’s lineup below the CX-7 crossover, which runs from about $22,000 to $32,000, depending upon trim level and options.
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