The 2013 CX-5 received the IIHS' best marks of "good" in front, side, and rear-impact tests, rollover tests, and includes standard electronic stability control. It joins the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Patriot (when equipped with optional side airbags), Kia Sportage, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Subaru Forester, and Volkswagen Tiguan as the other Top Safety Picks in the "Small SUV" category.
Standard safety equipment in all CX-5 models includes: six airbags, anti-lock disk brakes, daytime running lights, dynamic stability control and traction control, seat belt pre-tensioners, and a fold-away brake pedal assembly.
Mazda's CX-5 is also the first of its range to incorporate all of the brand's SkyActiv technologies in one vehicle, scoring it EPA ratings of 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. For those that appreciate Mazda's attention to driving enjoyment, there's even a six-speed manual transmission available.
Powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 155 horsepower, the 2013 CX-5 can come off a bit underpowered, however, as John Voelcker noted in his first drive review. Despite the less-than-stellar acceleration, however, Voelcker found the CX-5's driving characteristics rewarding--though rearward visibility may be an issue for some.