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1303 2013 Mazda Cx 5 Grand Touring January Update
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2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring - Back from the Body Shop

Miles to Date: 18,310

2013 Mazda CX-5 reviews to date

We apologize to you, dear reader, that the ninth update on our Four Seasons Mazda CX-5 is a bit late. You see, we were waiting for the car to return from its post-deer repairs so that we could inform you of, well, the damage. What can you expect the damage to be to your (and your insurance company's) wallet after hitting a deer? Depending on the severity of the collision, your costs may vary, but you'll no doubt be interested to know that our total was just shy of $10,000. Ouch.

The final receipt for repairs totaled $9891.59 -- $6120.15 in parts, an additional $3407.60 in labor, and $363.84 in sales tax. Unsurprisingly, the most expensive pieces to replace were the driver's airbag ($784.82) and the swiveling xenon headlights ($726.28 each).

Before our run-in with the deer, we took the CX-5 to the Chelsea Proving Grounds in Chelsea, Michigan, for some on-track testing. We weren't surprised by the results. The 0-to-60-mph run was done in a leisurely 9.6 seconds, 0 to 100 mph took 31.8 seconds, and the quarter-mile was covered in 17.3 seconds at a trap speed of just 80 mph. Editors have complained about the CX-5's hesitation to pass on the highway, and now we have the hard numbers to back up that observation: the 30-to-70-mph passing exercise took a lengthy 10.5 seconds. Top speed is 109 mph.

To put those numbers into perspective, our Four Seasons 2011 Kia Sportage - which produces 21 more horsepower from its larger 2.4-liter I-4 - managed the run to 60 mph 0.1 second slower than the CX-5, and the Kia took a tenth of a second longer to cover the quarter mile with a trap speed of 81 mph. Despite the extra power, the near-identical times could be a result of the Mazda's 108-pound weight advantage. It may never feel fast, but the CX-5 has never felt porky.

Still, the numbers officially confirm what nobody ever doubted: the CX-5 is slow. Otherwise, the Mazda conducted itself quite well around the Chelsea Proving Grounds. It is interesting to note that the CX-5's lateral grip is quite average despite our frequent praise for its handling abilities (0.84g and 0.81g in left/right cornering). The modest grip is likely due to the unexceptional Toyo A23 tires, whereas the impression of a planted, nimble crossover comes from the Mazda's excellent body control.

Speaking of tires, once the CX-5 returned to our care, we mounted a set of Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 snow tires mounted on Sport Edition SE-14 wheels. The total cost for our new winter wheels, including shipping from Tire Rack, the official wheel and tire sponsor of Automobile Magazine, was $1077.08. Here's hoping that we'll have a few more snowfalls before the Mazda departs so that we can see whether the Blizzaks degrade the crossover's handling prowess.

2013 Mazda CX-5 Specs
  • Overview
  • powertrain
  • chassis
  • measurements
  • equipment
  • options
Body style: 4-door crossover
Accommodation: 5-passenger
Construction: Unibody construction
Base price: (with dest.) $27,840
As tested: $29,165
Engine: 16-valve DOHC I-4
Displacement: 2.0 liters (121.9 cu in)
Power: 155 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 150 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Transmission type: 6-speed automatic
Drive: Front-wheel
EPA Fuel Economy: 26/32/29 (city/hwy/combined)
Headroom f/r: 39.0/39.0 in
Legroom f/r: 41.0/39.3 in
Shoulder room f/r: 57.5/55.5 in
Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Track f/r: 62.4/62.5 in
L x W x H: 178.7 x 72.4 x 65.7 in
Passenger capacity:102.3 cu ft
Cargo capacity: 34.1/65.4 cu ft
Weight: 3272 lb
Weight dist. f/r: 58/42%
Fuel capacity: 14.8 gal
Est. fuel range: 429 miles
Fuel grade: 87 octane (regular unleaded)
Steering: Electrically assisted
Lock-to-lock: 2.7 turns
Turning circle: 36.7 ft.
Suspension, front: Control arm, coil spring
Suspension, rear: Control arm, coil spring
Brakes f/r: Vented/solid disc
Wheels: 19-inch aluminum alloy
Tires: Toyo A23
Tire size: 225/55VR-19 (99V)
Standard Equipment
  • 2.0-liter DOHC I-4 engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission
  • 19-inch aluminum wheels
  • Rear window defogger
  • Rain-sensing variable intermittent wipers
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Automatic halogen headlights
  • Rear spoiler
  • Fog lights
  • Power sunroof
  • Tilt-and-telescopic steering column
  • Cruise control
  • Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Carpet floor mats
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Keyless entry
  • 40/20/40-split folding rear seats
  • 5.8-inch color display w/rearview camera
  • 9-speaker Bose audio system
  • Auxiliary audio jack
  • USB port
  • 8-way power adjustable driver's seat w/power lumbar support
  • Front and rear center armrests
  • Heated front seats
  • Stability and traction control
  • Hill-start assist
Packages & Options
  • Grand Touring Technology package
  • $1,325
  • Navigation Auto-leveling HID headlights Adaptive front lighting Security system Keyless entry and ignition Auto-dimming mirror w/Homelink
We now have 3,000 miles on our 2014 CX-5 with the new 2.5 liter engine. This engine takes care of any power issue with the car. The balance of power, fuel economy, and handling is superb. Too bad Automobile Mag can't update their Four Seasons car! Consumer Reports is buying a 2014 to test because of this engine update.

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