Mazda CX-5

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Mazda CX-5
2013 Mazda CX-5 (KE MY14) Maxx AWD wagon (2015-06-25) 01.jpg
2013 Mazda CX-5 Maxx (pre-facelift, Australia)
Manufacturer Mazda
Production October 26, 2012—present
Model years 2013–

Ujina Plant No.2, Hiroshima Plant, Hiroshima, Japan[1][2][3]
Kedah, Malaysia[4]
Vladivostok, Russia[5]

Nanjing, China[6]
Designer Masashi Nakayama (2009)[7]
Body and chassis
Class Compact crossover SUV
Body style 5-door SUV
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform MAZDA SKYACTIV platform[citation needed]
Engine 2.0 L SKYACTIV-G (PE-VPS) I4
Transmission 6-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,700 mm (106.3 in)[8]
Length 4,540 mm (178.7 in)[8]
Width 1,840 mm (72.4 in)[8]
Height 1,670 mm (65.7 in)[8]
Curb weight 1,455–1,555 kg (3,208–3,428 lb)[8]
Predecessor Mazda Tribute
Mazda CX-7

The Mazda CX-5 [9] is a compact crossover SUV produced by Mazda starting in 2012 for the 2013 model year lineup. It is Mazda's first car featuring the new KODO – Soul of Motion Design language[10] first shown in the Shinari concept vehicle in May 2011.[11] It shares a platform with Mazda3 and Mazda6.[12] It is also the first vehicle featuring the company's full Skyactiv Technology suite, featuring a rigid, lightweight platform, combined with a new series of efficient engines and transmissions resulting in reduced emissions and fuel consumption. The Skyactiv Engine and Transmission Technologies were released in the 2012 Mazda3 compact sedan and hatchback.[13]


MINAGI Concept (2011)[edit]

Mazda Minagi Concept at 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

Mazda MINAGI (マツダ 勢(MINAGI)) concept car is the first Mazda vehicle featuring Mazda's new 'KODO – Soul of Motion' design language and SKYACTIV technologies.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.[14][15][16]

The model was first shown at the September 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.[17]

Production version[edit]

Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport (pre-facelift, Australia)

The design was based on the Mazda MINAGI. The Mazda CX-5 replaces both the Mazda Tribute and the Mazda CX-7.[18]

Japanese model was unveiled in 2011 Tokyo Motor Show,[19][20] and a customized variant featuring red exterior body color with alloy wheels painted in matte-black and slightly lower body height later 2012 Tokyo Motor Salon[21][22] Production models went on sale in 2012, with choice of SKYACTIV-D 2.2 or SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engines, SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-speed automatic transmission.[23]

At its introduction in 2012, it won the Car of the Year Japan Award.[24]

Engine and Drivetrain

The CX-5 is available with both front and all-wheel drive, powered by a 2.0 liter petrol four-cylinder engine (PE-VPS) sporting 162 bhp (121 kW; 164 PS)/155 lb·ft (210 N·m) averaging an estimated 28 mpg-imp (10 L/100 km; 23 mpg-US) emitting around 139 g/km.[25]

It will also be available with a 2.2 liter two-stage turbocharged diesel (SH-VPTS) with either 147 bhp (110 kW; 149 PS)/280 lb·ft (380 N·m) or 173 bhp (129 kW; 175 PS)/310 lb·ft (420 N·m), emitting an estimated 119 and 139 g/km, respectively. The EPA rated the CX-5's gas mileage as the best in its class, averaging 26mpg city and 35mpg highway, which Mazda claims is the best mileage of any non-hybrid SUV.[26] Fuel consumption for the entry-level diesel engine with front wheel drive is 63 mpg-imp (4.5 L/100 km; 52 mpg-US).[27][28]



Japan production of Mazda CX-5 with SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engine began at Ujina Plant near Mazda's headquarters in Hiroshima.[29]

In 2012, Mazda CX-5 production at Ujina Plant was set to increase to 240,000 units per year by expanding production from Ujina Plant No.2 to also include Ujina Plant No.1.[30]

The Japan domestic market CX-5 achieved monthly sales 8 times higher than forecast right after its launch in February 2012, with the "clean diesel" (as it is referred to in Japan) model accounting for 73% of these.[31]

The Mazda CX-5 is the winner of the Japan Car of the Year Award 2012–2013.[24]


The Australian Production includes the CX-5 Akera SKYACTIV and the CX-5 Maxx with Bluetooth system included. Across the Mazda CX-5 range you will get a rear camera which is across the standard range. The Mazda CX-5 Maxx is the price leading and is well equipped with keyless ignition, trip computer and cruise control but the more expensive Akera takes the features to the next level. [32]


Early European models include choice of SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and SKYACTIV-D 2.2 engines.[33][34]

North America

To promote the CX-5, Mazda teamed up with Universal Pictures for their strategic partnership in support for the launch of the movie, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, and Mazda launched a co-branded national Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax-themed commercial spot based around Mazda’s SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.

The U.S. version of the CX-5 debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Initially, the only engine available is a direct-injected, 2.0-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv-G gasoline engine with 155 bhp (116 kW; 157 PS),[35] which is less than the 163 bhp (122 kW; 165 PS) first reported. However, it is rated at 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway with automatic transmission and 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway with manual transmission.[36]

For the 2014 model year, an available 2.5-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv gas engine was introduced to address the main criticism of the CX-5. It is rated at 184HP/ 185-lb.ft with an EPA MPG rating of 25/32 (FWD), 24/30 (AWD). Only the 6-speed automatic transmission is available for this engine. This engine is standard on the Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. The 2.0 engine carries over in the base Sport model. Front-wheel drive and All-wheel drive are offered for all model grades.

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 was one of the five finalists for the 2013 Green Car of the Year awarded by the Green Car Journal at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.[37]

Calendar Year Total USA sales
2012 43,319
2013 79,544[38]
2014 99,122[39]


Facelift Mazda CX-5 Maxx (Australia)

The facelift model Mazda CX-5 was unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show as a 2016 model.[40] Notable changes include updates to exterior styling, reductions in road noise, an improved infotainment system and a sport mode for the 6-speed automatic transmission. The Technology package on Touring & Grand Touring Models also get LED headlights, LED fog lights & combination LED tail lights. The available engine options remain the same.


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