2013 Mazda CX-5 SKYACTIV-D
The 2013 Mazda CX-5 SKYACTIV-D is one efficient and versatile diesel
For the past few years Mazda has somehow came out of the closet as being a fabulous group of engineers that know how to design an efficient powertrain. The company had previously shown about the same excitement with their lineup in the past few years as Mitsubishi has. There were really only one or two models that we cared about and the others kind of were lost in the void. Today however we are seeing an awakening with Mazda as they are targeting efficiency and sleek lines. Using a universal styled grille like everyone else these days, Mazda is showing some promising concepts. Mazda is also working to bring their diesel engines as well as the possible introduction of their i-ELOOP regenerative electrical system to the American market. With their SKYACTIV-D setup they are focusing on every aspect of the vehicle from aerodynamics to lower the drag coefficient to adding more gears and lowering the amount of restricting friction.
The 2013 Mazda CX-5 SKYACTIV-D Specs
We are not positive on whether Mazda is going to introduce one or both sizes of diesel engines to the American public but we are placing bets on the CX-5 to have the 2.2L diesel that is pumping out 172 hp and a staggering 309 ft-lbs of torque which makes the AWD version quite a capable vehicle when it comes to off-road predicaments that don’t require a whole lot of ground clearance. Because of efficiency reasons Mazda has hunkered down the CX-5 to where the minimum ground clearance is 8.5 inches so the ground clearance is not fantastic. So adding a lift-kit and under armor might seem odd at your local 4×4 shop but as soon as your done pulling out their 1 Ton of the mud, you can then get 51 mpg on the way home.
The 2013 Mazda CX-5 SKYACTIV-D MPG & Price
The CX-5 Diesel MPG’s look to be outstanding as fuel consumption combined is around 51.4 mpg for the AWD automatic and UK specs are showing as high as 61 mpg combined for the diesel FWD manual. So it looks like we will have to wait to see how the real world as it will be around 50 MPG’s combined. This does stack up well against the 35 mpg that the current SKYACTIV-G CX-5 is getting. As far as price goes, expect a premium being placed on these vehicles as I am sure there are several individuals licking their chops over this impressive crossover. As for the price expect a price difference of about $1700 – $2000 between the diesel and gasoline versions. So expect around $23,500 for a base FWD diesel. Since this diesel powertrain setup has been around in other countries, don’t expect very many hiccups with the new diesel engine.