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2013 Mazda CX-5

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  2013 Mazda CX-5 road test, Catskill Mountains, NY, April 2012 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV FWD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View
Invoice $20,396 $21,786
25/35 22/31
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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 Toyota RAV4 excels at mass-market talents like gas mileage and interior room--but for turbocharged fun in a crossover, you'll have to look elsewhere. 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


  • Crisp new shape
  • Automatic has six speeds
  • Standard rearview camera and Bluetooth
  • Better gas mileage
  • AWD isn't just for off-roading


  • V-6 doesn't return
  • Neither does third-row seat
  • Straight-line performance is just okay
  • Back seat feels flat
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