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2013 Subaru Forester

2013 Mazda CX-5

  2012 Subaru Forester 4-door Auto 2.5X Angular Front Exterior View 2013 Mazda CX-5 road test, Catskill Mountains, NY, April 2012
MSRP
$21,295
$20,995
Invoice $20,166 $20,396
MPG
City/Highway
19/27 25/35
Rating
7.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
Bottom Line The rugged 2013 Subaru Forester handles well and copes confidently with any weather and road surface--and the XT turbo models are sporty--but its economy-car interior and sluggish automatic remain drawbacks. Read Full Review The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is an attractive and modern crossover with great handling and surprising space, but sluggish acceleration. Read Full Review
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Likes:

  • Simple, utilitarian design
  • Superb handling for a crossover
  • Confidence even in bad conditions
  • Turbo XT models are quick

Dislikes:

  • Automatic is signficantly slower
  • Unsophisticated cabin materials
  • Fuel economy below average
  • Base model is really stripped down

Likes:

  • Smart, sporty styling
  • Excellent, neutral handling
  • Seating height halfway between car and truck
  • Good rear-seat space and access
  • Base Sport model decently equipped

Dislikes:

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