Mazda just received some welcome news, in the form of an EPA-rated 35 mpg highway fuel economy numbers for its redesigned 2013 CX-5 compact crossover SUV.
As our sister publication GreenCarReports points out (via Autoblog), this is higher than Mazda itself predicted back in November. And it’s all due to the new SkyActiv engines from the Japanese automaker.
2013 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover on test drive, Southern California, Nov 2011Enlarge Photo
Now that EPA testing is complete, the 2013 Mazda CX-5 with front-wheel drive (FWD), SkyActiv direct-injection 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission is rated at 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway/29 mpg combined.
The good news continues with the FWD CX-5’s equipped with SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine and SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission: 26 mpg city/32 mpg highway/29 mpg combined. With all-wheel drive (AWD) the EPA-rated numbers are 25/31/28, down just one mpg each.
Also of note to consumers looking for a fuel-efficient, five-passenger family crossover, the 2013 Mazda CX-5, which goes on sale in the spring, is the lightest compact SUV in its class. That’s according to Mazda and applies to the entry-level models, which weigh in at 3,208 pounds. Premium trim models can weigh up to 3,426 pounds.
Pricing on the 2013 Mazda CX-5 will be announced closer to the crossover’s spring launch.