2013 Mazda CX-5: Versatile, compact SUV
The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is an exceptional SUV, according to Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. But for some potential buyers its tradeoffs could be deal-breakers. Video and full review
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Five inches shorter from bumper to bumper than the Mazda CX-7, the CX-5 has a footprint similar to popular SUVs like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Escape. Mazda's smiling grille -- present on most cars and at its most extreme on the Mazdaspeed3 -- gives way to a five-sided scowl here. It's part of Mazda's new "Kodo" design theme from last year's Shinari concept, and it makes for a distinctive, if nose-heavy, look. I'd prefer less front overhang -- in the vein of Mitsubishi's well-proportioned Outlander Sport -- but the Mazda holds itself well.