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- Compact SUV is the Only SUV to Make the Annual “Best Cars” List -

IRVINE, Calif. (May 21, 2013) – The 2014 Mazda CX-5 was today named one of the Best Cars in America for 2013 by the editors of Automobile Magazine.  This marks the 21st All-Star award earned by Mazda.  As the first vehicle to fully incorporate SKYACTIV®[1] TECHNOLOGY – a proprietary suite of fuel-efficient, performance-driven components and manufacturing philosophies – the compact SUV’s combination of best-in-class fuel economy and hard-to-beat driving dynamics has made it an award-winning global sales success.


“By focusing on improving existing vehicle technologies instead of chasing after the ‘next big thing’ Mazda made a bold statement to the industry and consumers that better vehicles can be made with the engineering resources we already have,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).  “The CX-5 is storied proof that fuel efficiency and fun-to-drive handling can happily co-exist and remain affordable to value-conscious shoppers.”


“The CX-5 is the first new car developed [without outside collaboration], and, through its new platform, engines, and transmissions, the small SUV lays the foundation for the independent company’s viability,” says David Zenlea, associate editor, Automobile.  “That’s a lot to ask of any car, but the CX-5 doesn’t suffer from the burden.”


Starting at $21,195[2] MSRP, the 2014 CX-5 offers beauty, brawn and sophistication wrapped in a fuel efficient package.  The vehicle boasts the best highway fuel economy of any SUV sold in North America – including hybrids – at 35 miles per gallon (mpg) and features a best-in-class combined EPA-rated fuel economy of 29 mpg when equipped with a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine.  Standard equipment on entry-level Sport models, this engine offers 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.  When paired with a SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission, Sport models have a fuel economy mpg rating of 26 city/35 highway/29 combined.  Those paired with a SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic offer

26 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg. 

New for the 2014 model year is a larger SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine, which is available on Touring and Grand Touring trims.  Offering 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 lb-ft of torque at 3,250 rpm, this more powerful engine loses a mere one mpg in city driving when equipped with an automatic transmission for an EPA-rated fuel economy of 25 city/32 highway/27 combined.


The 2014 Mazda CX-5 also was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).


Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers.  Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.  For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and

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[1]  SKYACTIV is a registered trademark of Mazda Motor Corporation (MC).

[2]  Starting price is manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for lowest trim level. MSRP does not include $795 destination charge (Alaska $840), title, taxes, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary.

For further information: Beverly Braga, Mazda North American Operations, (949) 727-6751 Eric Booth, Mazda North American Operations, (949) 727-6144


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