12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring - Back from the Body Shop

January 25, 2013
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Long-Term 2013 Mazda CX-5 Update - WINTER 2013 (1 OF 2)
Miles to Date: 18,310
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.
2013 Mazda CX 5 Grand Touring Left Side View
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.
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
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

Long-Term 2013 Mazda CX-5 Reviews to Date:

2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring - Back from the Body Shop
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  • The CX-5 looks more "zoom zoom" quick than it actually is.
  • A handsome cabin, although some find it a little dated.
  • Clear, attractive, easy-to-read gauges.
  • One last look at the stock wheels before winter.
  • Having the Bridgestone Blizzaks mounted.
  • Our CX-5 gets ready for winter, post-deer collision.
  • The CX-5 had no problem carrying our four mounted snow tires.
  • The new wheels look pretty smart on our Sky Blue CX-5.

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