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2013 Mazda Fast Facts Guide

3/26/2013
Mazda is in the midst of a product makeover, one that bestows upon each of the automaker's models new styling cues and what the company calls a SkyActiv engineering philosophy that seeks to blend fuel efficiency with the brand's traditional fun-to-drive character. In the sections below, we summarize the highlights of each 2013 Mazda model, including changes for this year, EPA fuel-economy ratings, and how well they perform in crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

2013 Mazda 2
Mazda makes no changes to the 2013 Mazda 2, a sub-compact 5-door hatchback that serves as the most affordable model in the lineup. Fuel-economy ratings for the vehicle's 100-horsepower 4-cylinder engine range from 28 mpg in the city with the manual transmission to 35 mpg on the highway with the optional automatic transmission. Crash tests performed by the IIHS reflect "Good" ratings for moderate overlap frontal-impact and side-impact performance, and "Acceptable" ratings for roof crush strength and rear-impact injury prevention.

2013 Mazda 2 Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Mazda 2 Quality Ratings


2013 Mazda 3
The 2013 Mazda 3 is the automaker's most popular model, a compact car offering significant diversity in terms of body styles, trim levels, and powertrain choices. Though this model is due for a redesign soon, Mazda makes numerous changes for the 2013 model year, adding standard equipment, expanding the availability of the SkyActiv engine choice, and offering a new infotainment and navigation system with a 5.8-inch color touch screen, SMS text messaging capability, e911 Assist service, and Pandora Internet radio.

Depending on the engine, transmission, and whether the buyer chooses the 5-door hatchback or 4-door sedan body style, the 2013 Mazda 3 is rated to return between 20 mpg in the city with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and a manual transmission and 40 mpg on the highway with the SkyActiv 4-cylinder and an automatic transmission.

The 2013 Mazda 3 models receive a 4-star (out of 5 stars) overall crash-test rating from the NHTSA. Note, however, that in side-impact testing, the rating in the side-impact pole test is 3 stars, and the rating for the rear-seat occupant in the side-impact test is 2 stars. By contrast, the IIHS calls the 2013 Mazda 3 a "Top Safety Pick."

2013 Mazda 3 Sedan Summary, Photos & Specs
2013 Mazda 3 Hatchback Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Mazda 3 Quality Ratings


2013 Mazda Mazdaspeed3
The 2013 Mazdaspeed3 is a performance-tuned version of the Mazda 3 5-door hatchback equipped with a 263-horsepower, turbocharged engine, 6-speed manual transmission, sport suspension, and more. This year, it is offered with the same new infotainment and navigation system as the Mazda 3 upon which it is based. Mazdaspeed3 fuel-economy ratings are 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Crash-test ratings mirror those for the standard Mazda 3 models.

2013 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Quality Ratings


2013 Mazda 5
A small, 6-passenger minivan, the Mazda 5 was redesigned for the 2012 model year. The 2013 Mazda 5 adds standard LED turn signal indicators for the exterior mirror caps, along with a USB port, while the CD changer from last year has been eliminated. Rear park-assist sensors are now standard for the Touring and Grand Touring trims, and three new colors are available.

For vehicles with an automatic transmission, fuel-economy ratings improve this year. The Mazda 5 returns 21 mpg in the city with a manual transmission and 22 mpg in the city with the automatic transmission. Both transmissions provide 28 mpg on the highway. As this article is written, neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has performed crash tests on the Mazda 5.

2013 Mazda 5 Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Mazda 5 Quality Ratings


2013 Mazda 6
The Mazda 6 is redesigned for the 2014 model year, and is already on sale. However, some dealers might have a few 2013 versions available, equipped with appealing discounts.

In its final year before the redesign, this midsize sedan received few changes, though more versions of the vehicle could be equipped with the larger 18-inch aluminum wheels previously reserved only for the Grand Touring V-6 trim level. The 2013 Mazda 6's fuel-economy ratings range from 18 mpg in the city with the V-6 engine and automatic transmission to 30 mpg on the highway with the 4-cylinder engine and automatic transmission.

In NHTSA crash tests, the Mazda 6 receives a 4-star (out of 5 stars) overall rating, but note that the vehicles's rating for frontal-impact protection measures 3 stars. The IIHS gives the 2013 Mazda 6 a "Good" rating for moderate overlap frontal-impact and side-impact protection, an "Acceptable" rating for small overlap frontal-impact protection and roof crush strength, and a "Marginal" rating for rear-impact injury prevention.

2014 Mazda 6 Preview
2013 Mazda 6 Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Mazda 6 Quality Ratings


2013 Mazda CX-5
Replacing the Tribute in Mazda's lineup, the 2013 CX-5 is a compact crossover SUV. Notable because it is the first Mazda to showcase the automaker's new design direction and because it is the first Mazda to have been designed from the ground up to incorporate the company's new SkyActiv engineering approach, the CX-5 is sold in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trim levels with front-wheel or all-wheel drive and a choice between a manual and an automatic transmission.

CX-5 fuel-economy ratings range from 25 mpg in the city with AWD to 35 mpg on the highway with 2WD and a manual transmission. In NHTSA crash tests, the CX-5 receives a 4-star (out of 5 stars) overall rating. The IIHS calls the CX-5 a "Top Safety Pick."

2014 Mazda CX-5 Preview
2013 Mazda CX-5 Summary, Photos & Specs

2013 Mazda CX-9
Mazda's midsize crossover SUV, which offers seating for up to 7 people, receives a substantial mid-life update for 2013. Revised styling, additional standard equipment for all trim levels, and a new infotainment and navigation system with a 5.8-inch color touch screen, SMS text messaging capability, Bluetooth audio streaming, HD Radio, and a USB port are new for the 2013 CX-9.

Fuel-economy ratings for the CX-9 range from 16 mpg in the city for the all-wheel-drive model to 24 mpg on the highway for the front-wheel-drive model. In NHTSA crash tests, the CX-9 receives an overall rating of 4 stars (out of 5 stars), but the SUV's frontal-impact test resulted in 3-star protection ratings for both the driver and front-seat passenger. The CX-9's crash-protection ratings from the IIHS are "Good" for moderate overlap frontal-impact and side-impact protection, but "Marginal" for roof crush strength and rear-impact injury prevention.

2013 Mazda CX-9 Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Mazda CX-9 Quality Ratings


2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Now into its 8th year since its last complete redesign, the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata receives subtle styling modifications, revised wheel and trim choices, and a new Club trim level designed to appeal to Miata enthusiasts. Fuel-economy ratings range between 21 mpg and 22 mpg in the city, depending on transmission choice, while all MX-5 Miata models are expected to get 28 mpg on the highway. This model has not been crash-tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.

2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Quality Ratings

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