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2013 Mazda CX-5: Light on thrills, but frugal with fuel
As gasoline prices rise and consumers put more emphasis on fuel economy, many manufacturers are turning to electricity, offering hybrids or even battery-powered cars. Sales of such models are still relatively small. Mazda believes that the internal combustion...Read the full review
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Thanks for the review. I am seriously considering the base CX-5 only because it's the only one available with a manual. Sadly this review contains no real fuel numbers, but having read many reviews it's safe to say you can't buy a more efficient small SUV. Because Mazda has kept the weight low, the 155 hp with a manual should be sufficient for most buyers. It is ironic that no manual is available on something called a GT. I too hope that a diesel variant is soon to be offered. But with a manual transmission please!
The article makes no mention of the Sky-D due in early 2013. while Mazda has been very public that they will offer a diesel they haven't really confirmed that it will be the CX-5. But they have hinted plenty. So why not mention how that engine would solve the power issue with the added bonus of improved fuel economy and lower emissions? People need to be getting excited about Mazda's diesel. It is world class technology and will put them in a position to really differentiate themselves in a rapidly growing and highly competitive category. i have held off buying another car for a full year since Mazda announced the diesel would be here soon. i will be the first in line to get a new CX-5 Sky-D!
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