Replacing the Mazda Tribute as the automaker’s compact crossover suv, the new 2013 Mazda CX-5 blends family-friendly interior space, fun-to-drive dynamics, and class-leading fuel economy in a single package. So impressed were we with the CX-5 when it first debuted that we named it the 2012 Crossover of the Year.
While the 2013 CX-5 is an excellent all-around package, the SUV is particularly notable for two reasons. The CX-5 is the first Mazda to go on sale wearing the automaker’s new “Kodo” design theme, which will be applied to all future Mazdas, and which replaces the ill-conceived “Nagare” design theme, seen in its entire wavy and smiley splendor on the 2012 Mazda 5 minivan. The CX-5 is also the first Mazda to go on sale equipped with a full suite of SkyActiv powertrain and engineering technologies designed to maximize fuel economy. You guessed it. All future Mazdas will also go SkyActiv.
You could think of the CX-5 as the future of Mazda. Based on our week getting reacquainted with this spunky small SUV, that future looks bright.