Those of you interested in Mazda's upcoming zoom-zoomin' compact SUV should like this bit of news. The automaker has announced that the 2013 CX-5 crossover will start at $21,490, which includes the destination fee of $795.
That price is cheaper than many of its competitors including the Toyota RAV4 ($23,460) and the Honda CR-V ($23,105), though the 2012 Hyundai Tucson is cheaper at $19,970. The CX-5's price of entry lands you in the base Sport model with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual. The Skyactiv-Drive six-speed automatic -- optimized for fuel economy -- costs $1400 more. Standard features include 17-inch rims, power windows, automatic headlight shutoff, a roof spoiler, tilt and telescopic steering, and auxiliary and USB jacks. Jumping up to the all-wheel drive model with active torque split (available with six-speed automatic only) will cost you $24,140. A $400 Bluetooth Audio Package adds hands-free phone and audio streaming, HD Radio, and a 5.8-inch color info screen.
Next up is the CX-5 Touring, priced at $24,690 and $25,940 for the front and all-wheel drive models respectively. The six-speed2013 Mazda CX 5 to Start at $21,490, Undercuts its Japanese Competitors image auto is the only transmission choice. The Touring model includes the Sport's Bluetooth Audio Package as standard as well as a power driver' seat, rear backup camera, blind spot monitoring, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Options include a Moonroof/Bose Package ($1130) and a Technology Package ($1185), which adds navigation, Homelink, bi-xenon headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and alarm. Satellite radio is available for $525.
Finally, the range-topping Grand Touring model is priced at $27,840 and $29,090 for the front and all-wheel drive variants respectively. The Grand Touring gets 19-inch rims as well as a long list of niceties including leather, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, satellite radio, and a Bose sound system. A Technology Package similar to the Touring model is available for $1325, but also adds an advanced keyless entry system.
Last month, Mazda announced that the CX-5 will return a class-leading 35 mpg on the highway when equipped with the front-wheel drive and manual transmission. Ford, however, is confident that the upcoming 2013 Escape equipped with the 1.6-liter, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine should return hybrid-like fuel economy numbers.