The Mazda CX-5 is a compact crossover that offers an extra dose of handling and braking performance when compared against many of its rivals.  The Mazda CX-5's enthusiast-oriented platform doesn't detract from its practicality, as the vehicle can seat five passengers and is also capable of transporting up to 64.8 cubic feet of gear with the rear rows out of the picture.  From a safety perspective, the CX-5 comes with side curtain airbags, side impact airbags and front airbags, as well as dynamic stability control and traction control.

The Mazda CX-5 features SkyActiv engine technology in the form of an efficient, 155 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit.  Also capable of generating 150 lb-ft of torque, the SkyActiv motor returns fuel mileage of 26-mpg in city driving and 32-mpg during highway cruising.  Six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions are offered with the crossover, and all-wheel drive can also be specified with the CX-5.

The Mazda CX-5 is initially offered in Sport trim (MSRP $20695), a model which that comes with 17-inch wheels, power windows and door locks, a CD player and air conditioning.  The CX-5 Touring (MSRP $23,895) adds Bluetooth connectivity, a louder stereo system, a blind spot monitoring system, fog lights, tinted windows, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and a 5.8-inch LCD screen that is connected to a backup camera, while the top-of-the-line CX-5 Grand Touring (MSRP $27,045) piles on 19-inch wheels, a moonroof, dual automatic climate control, heated leather seats with power adjustment, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a Bose surround sound system and satellite radio.

Options packages that can be added to the Mazda CX-5 include the Technology package (TomTom navigation system, HID headlights, rain-sensing wipers, upgraded vehicle security system), the Moonroof/Bose package (surround sound and a moonroof), and the Grand Touring Tech Package.  The latter includes the contents of the Technology package plus advanced keyless entry.

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 was the 2012 Autobytel Crossover of the Year.

Models similar to the Mazda CX-5 include the Honda CR-V, the Toyota RAV4 and the Chevrolet Equinox.