12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring - Nearing the End

April 10, 2013
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Long-Term 2013 Mazda CX-5 Update - SPRING 2013 (1 OF 2)
Miles to date: 23,308
"Apart from a few navigation system headaches, I have no qualms with the CX-5."
As we neared the end of our year with the CX-5, associate web editor Evan McCausland took the sky-blue crossover on one last big road trip -- a weekend drive to Nashville via the Kentucky bourbon trail. It was a timely trip because, compared with our other Four Seasons vehicles, the CX-5 was a little short on miles.
"Road test editor Chris Nelson told me that the CX-5 needed some more miles before its test was over. I’m familiar with the reason why, since I was the one at the helm when the Mazda hit a large doe, incurring more than $9000 worth of damage and putting it out of commission for several weeks."
Ready to rapidly turn the numbers on the odometer, Evan and his wife, Victoria, headed south, hoping to escape an impending snow storm. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. "The snow showed its powdery face shortly after our departure late Thursday, and flurries punctuated our drive south. It really started to fly just outside of Dayton, Ohio, and turned into near-whiteout conditions as we entered the city center. Further south, once we escaped from the traffic snarls, we found ourselves facing a curvy highway in relative darkness. The bright lights don’t help when it’s snowing (they simply illuminate more snowfall) nor do fog lamps; the CX-5's did a grand job of illuminating the guardrail to the left of the car, but little else."
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After an abbreviated trip, Evan and Victoria headed back north. "We booked a stay in the Westin in downtown Cincinnati to break up the drive but had a hard time finding the hotel in the CX-5's navigation system. A smartphone with Google Maps saved the day. Apart from those navigation system problems, I have no qualms with the CX-5. It's nice to actually spend some quality time with this little crossover. I think I’ll stop while I'm ahead, however. When I left for work the other morning, five deer crossed the road directly in front of me. I must be cursed."
Not that long after the CX-5 was back in Ann Arbor, several drivers reported a loud clunking sound during hard braking. The CX-5 was due for its 20,000 service, so we brought it in to our local Mazda dealer and asked them to inspect the brakes as well. The service was simple and inexpensive: an oil and filter change plus a multi-point inspection for just $40.04. As for the brakes, all four pads were replaced and all four rotors were turned, which was covered under warranty. Although there are no technical service bulletins on our CX-5 at this time, the dealer informed us that they had seen the same brake problem on two other CX-5s.
Stay tuned for our final comments as we head into our last few weeks with the little blue Mazda.
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 - Nearing the End
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  • The CX-5 tackled snowy roads.
  • Always a joy in the twisties.
  • Our snow tires served us well.
  • The sky blue paint stands out against the white snow.
  • Attractive, no matter the weather.
  • Snow didn't stop the CX-5.
  • Great traction from the Bridgestone Blizzaks.
  • The CX-5 gets rustic.
  • This crossover has great lines.
  • A clunking from the front brakes was covered under warranty.

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