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2013 Mazda CX-5

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

  2013 Mazda CX-5 road test, Catskill Mountains, NY, April 2012 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek, upstate New York, Dec 2012
Invoice $20,396 $20,876
25/35 23/33
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Bottom Line The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is an attractive and modern crossover with great handling and surprising space, but sluggish acceleration. Read Full Review The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek aims to provide the kind of trail ability and space for gear that weekend adventurer types need; but it also looks like a great value for Snow Belt commuters and small families -- and an alternative to bulkier crossover utilities. Read Full Review
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  • Smart, sporty styling
  • Excellent, neutral handling
  • Seating height halfway between car and truck
  • Good rear-seat space and access
  • Base Sport model decently equipped


  • Engine lacks power when you need it
  • Hard acceleration gets noisy
  • Rear quarter vision minimal
  • Six airbags seems sub-par these days


  • All-wheel-drive surefootedness and trail ability
  • Excellent ride
  • Maneuverability and compactness
  • Versatility for gear and other cargo
  • Better MPG than other crossovers


  • Unremarkable interior trims
  • Leisurely acceleration
  • Nosedive on quick braking
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