The all-new 2013 Mazda CX-5 may be our favorite crossover, wrapping remarkable fuel economy and some of the most fun driving we've experienced in any utility vehicle into a single, fairly affordable package. It should prove a strong competitor in the second tier of crossovers, following the perennial best-sellers: Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4.
While the compact crossover CX-5 technically replaces the discontinued Mazda Tribute--an old-style Ford Escape with some unique trim and sheetmetal--that car never sold in volume. The CX-5 also likely replaces the older, heavier, and less fuel efficient CX-7, though for now both vehicles coexist in the Mazda lineup.
On a road test that covered 260 miles, split about two-thirds highway and one-third local, a 2013 Mazda CX-5 we tested earlier this year returned a remarkable 33.1 miles per gallon. The version we drove, with automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, carries an EPA combined rating of 28 mpg, but Mazda...
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