Mazda had already provided us fuel economy numbers for the 2013 CX-5, but we now have another important set of numbers: U.S. pricing for the all-new crossover. According to the automaker, the MSRP for the CX-5 should start at $21,490, including $795 in destination chargers.
That price is cheaper than many of its competitors including the Toyota RAV4 ($23,460) and the Honda CR-V ($23,105), although the 2012 Hyundai Tucson ($19,970) does manage to undercut it. The aforementioned price puts buyers in a base front-wheel-drive Sport model, which boasts a six-speed manual transmission. The Skyactiv-Drive six-speed automatic costs an additional $1400. Standard features include 17-inch rims, power windows, automatic headlight shutoff, a roof spoiler, tilt and telescopic steering, and auxiliary and USB audio inputs. Jumping up to the all-wheel drive model (available with six-speed automatic only) will bump the base price to $24,140. A $400 Bluetooth Audio Package adds hands-free phone and audio streaming, HD Radio, and a 5.8-inch color info screen.
Next up is the CX-5 Touring, priced at $24,690 and $25,940 for the front and all-wheel drive models, respectively. The six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered on Touring models, which also include the Sport’s Bluetooth Audio Package, a power driver’s seat, back-up camera, blind spot monitoring, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel as standard equipment. Options include a Moonroof/Bose Package ($1130) and a Technology Package ($1185), which adds navigation, Homelink, bi-xenon HID headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and a security alarm. Satellite radio is available for $525.
The range-topping Grand Touring model starts at $27,840 in front-wheel-drive form, although that figure grows to $29,090 if all-wheel-drive is added. The Grand Touring gains 19-inch rims, along well as a long list of niceties including leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, and a Bose audio system. A $1325 Technology Package, similar to that offered on the Touring model, but also adds a keyless entry/ ignition system.
Last month, Mazda announced that the 2013 CX-5 will return a class-leading 35 mpg on the highway when equipped with the front-wheel drive and manual transmission. Ford, however, is confident that the upcoming 2013 Escape equipped with the 1.6-liter, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine should return hybrid-like fuel economy numbers.