Performance: 2013 Mazda CX-5
By all accounts, engine performance is where the 2013 Mazda CX-5 really shines. The base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that outputs 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft. of torque. This engine offers fairly good acceleration and exceptional handling. Like most Mazda vehicles, the CX-5 can be described as, "fun to drive."
Despite this athletic performance, Mazda also claims the CX-5 will beat out all other SUVs in its class when it comes to fuel efficiency. Though not yet tested by the EPA, Mazda promises fuel figures to the tune of 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Add on the optional all-wheel drive, and these numbers are predicted to drop to 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
Available transmissions for the 2013 CX-5 include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic (all-wheel drive models are only available with an automatic transmission).