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Mazda CX-5: King of Compact Crossover Hill

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The folks at Automobile Magazine had conducted an in-depth compare and contrast testing of the CX-5, and its top competitors, the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V. This test was conducted all the way back in May. After they had pushed each model to its limits, they had concluded that the CX-5 was top of the class for two major reasons. It’s a very engaging vehicle to drive, and incredible in comparison to others when trying to save at the pumps. But there is a lot more to this Crossover than just that, and we will explore this together in this article.

The CX-5 is a completely new vehicle model by the Japanese manufacturer Mazda. It has the same SkyActiv technology that has made the new Mazda3 such a great hit in North America. This structural engineering feat by the folks at Mazda has been one of the most notable in recent years by an automotive manufacturer. This technology allows for one very important element—fuel efficiency. The frame and overall structural integrity of the vehicle provides a curb weight which is much lighter than the Honda CR-V. Less weight is less drag, and more efficiency. If you notice that the word efficiency is being used quite a bit, is because it is merely a synonym for this incredible crossover.

Although the competition might offer engines with more horsepower, the confident and yet modest 2.0-liter engine of the CX-5 purrs at 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. Sounds like low numbers for a crossover right? Well that’s because it is. Then again since it is part of the Crossover segment, where handling and fuel-efficiency (there is that word again) matter most, who really should be concerned about their 0-60 mph times?
This gracious ride cruises along nicely on the freeways, and accelerates in and out of traffic without any hesitation. The six-speed automatic transmission offers clean shifting up and down through gears. Add in the light curb weight of the vehicle coupled with the vehicles agile handling, and you find yourself driving one joyful ride. Then top it all off with its 35 mpg highway, and you will begin to realize why this model has grown to be an instant classic in the automotive world. To learn more about the 2013 CX-5 and its many features just view the Sport Durst Mazda Website.

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