2013 Mazda CX-5 rated at 26 city/35 highway mpg by EPA

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 14, 2012

The official fuel economy figures of Mazda’s all-new 2013 CX-5 compact SUV that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had rated indicated a highway mileage rating of as high as 35 miles per gallon (mpg) for some models. Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) announced that Mazda's first vehicle integrated with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY provides unmatched non-hybrid best-in-class fuel economy for all transmission and drivetrain configurations.

The EPA rated the front-wheel-drive models with the standard SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission to have an estimated fuel economy of 26 city/35 highway/29 combined mpg.

When the front-wheel-drive models are fitted with the optional SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission, they offer an mpg rating of 26 city/32 highway/29 combined.

When the all-wheel-drive models are given the standard SKYACTIV-Drive, they have an estimated fuel economy rating of 25 city/31 highway/28 combined mpg. These ratings are applicable to both Federal Tier2 Bin5 and California LEV II ULEV emissions standards. The 2013 CX-5 has a driving range that’s higher than 500 miles as it comes with a 14.8-gallon fuel tank in front-wheel-drive models and 15.3 gallons in all-wheel-drive versions.

All the 2013 CX-5 compact SUVs come with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine, which boasts the highest compression ratio in the world to achieve a mass-built vehicle at 13:1. What this means is that more energy is generated by SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY from each gallon of gasoline compared to traditional internal combustion engines.

In addition, the CX-5 is the lightest compact SUV in its class, with a total curb weight of 3,208 pounds for entry models. Meanwhile, premium trim levels could weigh as much as 3,426 pounds. The CX-5 has an all-new 4-2-1 exhaust system and could produce 155hp at 6,000 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. Its redline is attained at 6,500 rpm. The 2013 CX-5 is available with either the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic. It has a 2,000-pound towing capacity while an all-new all-wheel drive system is optional.

Exterior Design

When Mazda revealed it was joining the compact crossover SUV class, a rather competitive segment, the brand wanted to come out with a model that would look well and have performance that is just as excellent. The brand also wanted to bring out the driving passion and the emotional level that customers expected from the automaker.

Given these requirements, Mazda has released the CX-5 which, makes use of the idea of motion and is inspired by the power and beauty present in nature. With this model, Mazda was able to attain an excellent balance when it comes to performance and style. What is unique about the CX-5 is that it will be the first production model from Mazda to display the company’s new design motif which is KODO – Soul of Motion.

This design theme was first shown by Mazda back in 2010 through the sports coupe 4-door concept which was the Shinari. Later this was exhibited with the Minagi, a crossover compact SUV that would serve as the platform for the CX-5. With the KODO, Mazda hopes that it will symbolize what the future of the company’s models will be, that is, vehicles with means of motion that are more soulful, more forceful, and faster.

Since the spirit of the KODO is largely based on how animals move, the design thus shows agility, emotion, and vitality. Under this notion, designers of the CX-5 looked at the fastest animal on land, the cheetah. The designers carefully studied how the cheetah would use its whole body, similar to a spring, and thus allow a large amount of energy to be set in motion but remain to have grace and dexterity.

The result is that the designers made sure that with the KODO, a SUV’s appearance would be pushed to a higher level. This is why when looking at the exterior of the CX-5, it clearly shows functionality and sturdiness. It even displays a sense of motion that is elegant and therefore heightens one’s eagerness for an exciting drive.

Still, the goal of the developers was to have an impressive and athletic design in order to have the best combination of functionality and form with performance. The CX-5 thus has the qualities one looks forward to in a crossover SUV. Thus the CX-5 has a powerful and active look with the emotional and dynamic style that is clearly Mazda.

Press Release

Official EPA-Rated Fuel Economy of 35 MPG Surpasses All Other SUVs

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced official fuel economy figures for the all-new 2013 CX-5 [4] compact SUV, as rated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with highway mileage of some models as high as 35 miles per gallon (mpg). As expected, Mazda's first vehicle fully engrained with SKYACTIV®[1] TECHNOLOGY [5], the brand's breakthrough engineering and manufacturing approach to its next generation of vehicles, offers unprecedented non-hybrid best-in-class fuel economy for all transmission and drivetrain configurations.

Front-wheel-drive models equipped with the standard SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission are EPA rated with an estimated fuel economy of 26 city/35 highway/29 combined mpg. When equipped with the optional SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel-drive models receive an mpg rating of 26 city/32 highway/29 combined. SKYACTIV-Drive is standard on all-wheel-drive models, which return an estimated fuel economy rating of 25 city/31 highway/28 combined mpg.

These figures apply for both Federal Tier2 Bin5 and California LEV II ULEV emissions standards. With a 14.8-gallon fuel tank in front-wheel-drive models (15.3 gallons in all-wheel-drive versions), the 2013 CX-5 has a driving range upwards of 500 miles.

All 2013 CX-5 compact SUVs are equipped with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine, which features the world's highest compression ratio for a mass-produced vehicle at 13:1. This means SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY is able to squeeze more energy out of every gallon of gasoline than conventional internal combustion engines. CX-5 also is the lightest compact SUV in its class, weighing in at a total curb weight of 3,208 pounds for entry models and up to 3,426 pounds for premium trim levels.

With its all-new 4-2-1 exhaust system, CX-5 delivers 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm; redline is reached at 6,500 rpm. With a choice of transmissions in either the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic, a 2,000-pound towing capacity and an optional all-new all-wheel drive system, the 2013 CX-5 truly offers a little of everything for everyone.

Pricing will be available closer to the vehicle's launch in Spring 2012.

For more information on fuel economy and how estimates are determined, visit www.fueleconomy.gov [6], a joint website venture between the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles [7] 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.

For more information on Mazda vehicles, visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com [8]. Product B-roll may be ordered online by visiting The News Market at www.thenewsmarket.com/mazda [9].

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