2013 Lemon Aid New Car Reviews - SUVs

SUVs: Compact - MidSize - Luxury - All-Terrain

Volume sales of Sport Utility Vehicles in Canada are increasingly clustered around so-called Sport Cute models based on compact car platforms. These so-called Crossover Utility Vehicles (CUVs), possess a high seating position, good cargo capacity, and can carry four or five people comfortably.

The CUV format is moving into bigger and bigger vehicles. The Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Infiniti JX, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander all have three rows of seats and ample cargo space, if not necessarily at the same time. GM’s massive Acadia-Enclave-Traverse trio can seat up to eight and still haul some cargo as well.

Truck-based SUVs, once at the core of the market, have been pushed to the margins of the segment. The Jeep Wrangler, Nissan Xterra and the Toyota 4Runner are the last popularly-priced body-on-frame SUVs still available. Impressive towing capacity is the key advantage that the truck-based vehicles have over the more common CUVs.

There are a number of new models this year. The Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Pathfinder, Subaru Forester (sold as a 2014) and Toyota RAV4 are all fresh for 2013. Expected by summer are a new Acura MDX, the Hyundai Santa Fe XL that replaces the Veracruz and a third-generation Mitsubishi Outlander.

Several models, including the Acadia-Enclave-Traverse triplets from GM, the Kia Sorento and the Mazda CX-9 receive surprisingly comprehensive makeovers late in their lifecycles.

If you like the current Honda Pilot, Mitsubishi Outlander, the Murano and Rogue from Nissan or the Toyota Highlander, get one now as they are in their last year on the market in their current forms.

SUVs are usually taller and heavier than passenger cars, and weight will count in a crash with a lighter vehicle. The separate ladder frame on the few truck-based SUVs still available provides a stiff protection perimeter for an SUV’s occupants in a collision with a lighter vehicle, but will inflict a disproportionate amount of damage to any car it hits. Some CUVs, like the Acura MDX, contain clever engineering that brings the point of contact at the front of the vehicle down to passenger car height.

SUVs are registering better scores in crash tests than they did even a few years ago. The majority of vehicles in this category have attained Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Rollover protection, which keeps side-curtain airbags inflated longer in the event of a rollover accident, is common in this segment. Electronic stability control, which can reduce single vehicle accidents by correcting a skid, often before the driver knows the vehicle is losing control, is standard on all the vehicles covered in this section this year.
The proliferation of vehicles in this segment led us to break our reviews into four distinct categories (compact, mid-size, luxury and all-terrain) for Lemon-Aid last year and we retain the same format for 2013.

Except for the All-Terrain trucks, which are quite capable in rugged conditions, the vehicles reviewed in this section are car-based and intended as daily-drivers for typical families.

A note about mileage: The APA's posted fuel economy figures for 2012 differ from those published by the Canada EnerGuide. For 2012, the APA is using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), numbers for fuel economy, as they better reflect real-world fuel economy. For more information, read APA President George Iny's article regarding the inadequacies of the Canada EnerGuide test cycle. inadequacies of the Canada EnerGuide test cycle.

Chevrolet Equinox  Hyundai Tucson  2014 Mazda CX-5  2014 Subaru Forester 
Ford Escape  Jeep Compass  Mazda CX-7  Suzuki Grand Vitara 
GMC  Terrain  Jeep Patriot  Mitsubishi Outlander  Toyota RAV4 
Honda CRV  2014 Kia Sorento  Nissan Rogue  Volkswagen Tiguan 
Hyundai Santa Fe, Santa Fe XL  Kia Sportage     

Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain

Specifications


 

 

 

What’s new
Both: 301 horsepower 3.6L V6 replaces the previous 3L unit. MyLink (Chev.) and IntelliLink (GMC) phone-audio interfaces are now available. Safety package including collision avoidance, lane departure and rear parking assist is optional on top trims. Terrain: new Denali top trim level.

Comments
The 2.4L four furnishes adequate acceleration but can get raucous when working hard. Low fuel consumption on the highway. The brakes have a wooden pedal feel and lack initial bite. Small glazed area hinders outward visibility. Except for minor details like the logo on the steering wheel, the cabins of the Equinox and Terrain are essentially the same. The plethora of buttons needed to control the climate and audio systems could easily be replaced by a few knobs. The cabins contain a lot of hard plastic surfaces, but look good due to their matte finishes. Comfortable seats and plenty of passenger space upfront, and in the rear. The cargo bed is narrow and shallow below the window line, limiting cargo capacity. The Equinox and Terrain share no exterior panels, look quite different from one another, and attract different buyers. At roughly 34, 000 units combined, sales of these models held steady last year.

Comments
Both nameplates look bigger than average for this class, with the Terrain appearing more substantial than the Equinox, which may be part of its appeal. Most of the examples of this platform are powered by GM's ubiquitous Ecotec 2.4L four, but a 3.6L V6 is optional for those who want more power, or have towing needs. The V6 entices about five percent of buyers. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. Properly equipped, the Equinox 2.4L can tow up to 680 kg (1500 lbs.), with the V6 having a maximum capacity of 1588 kg (3500 lbs.).

Pricing
All-wheel drive is a $1950 option on all versions of both nameplates. V6 power costs from $1725 to $2160, depending on the trim level. Equinox trim upgrades short on content for the prices charged. Terrain SLE2 and SLT1 upgrades are good value. The SLT2 and all Terrain trim level upgrades are overpriced. The Terrain sells from $685 to $1760 more than the equivalent Equinox, which may account for higher Equinox sales. Good value leasing for 2013.

Reliability
Average reliability predicted based on limited data. Predicted weak points include premature brake wear and electronic sensor failures. A GM extended warranty is recommended if you plan to keep this vehicle for a long time. 


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2.4L-4 (182 HP)*, 3.6L‑V6 (301 HP)  

Transmissions: 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  11.8L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: n/a
Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/160,000

Country of Origin:  Canada 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 



 

Ford Escape

Specifications

NEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s new
An all-new Escape for North America is based on the second-generation Ford Kuga built in Europe.

Performance
The 1.6T on our test Escape delivered more than adequate power and good flexibility, but was no faster than a 2L Mazda CX-5 with 23 fewer horsepower. The six-speed automatic transmission, which upshifts smoothly and downshifts with the slightest provocation, feels hyperactive. The more powerful (240 horsepower) 2L turbo four requires fewer downshifts to maintain momentum. Precise steering. Well thought out ride-handling compromise. Comfortable highway ride and confident handling on twisty roads despite needing more minute corrections than either the CR-V or CX-5 tested along with the Escape. Ride and handling are affected when the vehicle is loaded up. Good visibility. The cabin is very vertical with those in front sitting in a very legs-down stance. The front seat cushions are short and the driver and front passenger environments are very narrow. The outboard rear seats can be reclined individually, the seat is comfortable, if a bit thinly padded, and legroom is competitive. The cabin reflects contemporary style and is carefully assembled from attractive components. Luminous gauges and optional MyFordTouch (still not that intuitive) screen. Small climate controls. The slow-moving power tailgate reveals a low load floor. The rear seats fold when cargo-area release toggles are pulled, but create a stepped load floor. The Escape ranked second, behind the CR-V and ahead of the Santa Fe and CX-5, in a recent APA comparison test.

Comments
In pursuit of its "One Ford" policy, the Blue oval brand is adopting the second-generation European-designed Kuga as its new Escape. Built on a 71 mm (2.8 inch), longer wheelbase, the new Focus-based wagon is 87 mm (3.4 inches), shorter, 33 mm (1.3 inches), wider and 41 mm (1.6 inches), lower than before. With a tiny slit grille and a massive lower air intake, the Escape's front end mimics that of  the Focus. Though its flanks are a bit busy, the Escape is one of the most attractive vehicles in its class and makes a clear break with the previous Escape. This may bring new buyers into Ford showrooms, but risks alienating current Escape owners who liked the heavy-duty look of the previous Escape, and made it the best-selling vehicle in its segment. Like other European-designed Fords, the bold lines, unusual shapes, slick detailing, matte finishes and more soft-touch surfaces of the new Escape's cabin are massive improvements over the grim interior of its predecessor. Engine choices include a normally-aspirated 2.5L four, and two turbo fours, a 1.6L and a 2L. The optional V6, available since the Escape debuted, was killed off by U.S. fuel economy statutes. The sole transmission offered is a six-speed automatic. An "On demand" all-wheel drive system is optional. A hybrid version is not currently offered. Properly equipped, towing capacities for the Escape are (1500 lbs.) for the 2.5. (2000 lbs.), for the 1.6T and (3500 lbs.), for the 2.0T.

Pricing
The and SEL trim upgrades are acceptable value. The range-topping Titanium model is significantly overpriced. All-wheel drive is a $2200 option on the SE and SEL variants. Good value leasing.      

Reliability
New car, not rated. Except for the base 2.5L engine, all the mechanical units on the Escape are new and unproven. The numerous recalls on the 2013 Escape call for prudence. An extended warranty is recommended.


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.6L-4 T  (173 HP)*, 2L‑4  T (237 HP),  2.5L-4 (168 HP) 

Transmissions: 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  n/a
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings:

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 



 

Honda CR-V

Specifications


 

 

 

What’s new
No changes of note for 2013. 

Performance
Careful development trumps high-tech with the CR-V as its simple 2.4L four and five-speed automatic transmission triumphed over the powertrains of rivals (Escape, Santa Fe and CX-5) that employ direct injection, turbochargers, or both, in a recent four vehicle group road test. The CR-V's supple four develops good grunt low down and revs enthusiastically to deliver good high-end power. The intuitive five-speed automatic transmission is always in the right gear. While not especially quick or communicative, the CR-V's steering is adequately precise. Absorbent ride and predicable handling. Noise from the road and the wind intrude at highway speeds. Powerful heating and defrosting combine with quick-acting seat heaters to keep occupants comfortable in the winter.

A generous glazed area delivers good visibility except for rear of the vehicle. Though carefully assembled, the CR-V's hard and shiny cabin plastics are disappointing, especially on high-end models. The clear gauges are easily scanned but  pale graphics undermine their appearance. Most controls are straightforward but the climate controls demand excessive button pushing. The front seats are large and supportive, but do little to retain occupants in brisk corners. Excellent driving position for all types of drivers. Supportive rear seats, good legroom and a flat floor combine to make three passengers as welcome as possible. Big cargo area with a low floor. 60/40 rear seat less flexible than previous 40/20/40 seating.

Comments
All CR-V's are powered by a 2.4L four hooked up to a five-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive, standard on the EX-L and Touring,  is optional on the LX and EX.  The CR-V was ranked first in a four vehicle test that included the Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0T and a 2L CX-5.

Pricing
Bluetooth, heated seats and a trip computer are standard on all models. All-wheel drive, a  $2100 (LX) to $2150 (EX) option on the LX and EX respectively, is standard on the EX-L and Touring trim levels. Good value EX-L trim upgrade. The EX and Touring packages are priced to reflect the value of their additional contents. Excellent leasing terms.

Reliability
Predicted reliability is above average due to the carry over mechanical units. 


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2.4L-4 (185 HP) 

Transmissions: 5A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  10.7L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: Tier 2 Bin 5

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000

Country of Origin:  Canada, United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 



 

Hyundai Santa Fe, Santa Fe XL

Specifications

NEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s new
All-new third-generation Santa Fe went on sale in the fall of 2012. Long-wheelbase XL variant goes on sale by the spring of 2013.

Performance
Tested with the 264 horsepower 2L turbocharged four-cylinder engine hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission, the Santa Fe's smooth, flexible and punchy engine delivered effortless performance whether being operated in town or on the highway. The 2.0T turbo engine uses very  little more fuel than the normally-aspirated 2.4L. The Santa Fe's ride is a model of absorbency at all speeds and its suspension goes about its business silently. Unfortunately, the whipped-cream ride is at the result of soft springs and flaccid shock absorbers that cause excessive oscillations over big bumps and considerable lean in corners. This lack of precision isn't helped by numb steering that masks anything going on under the Santa Fe's tires. Like the upscale-looking exterior, the Santa Fe's cabin could be mistaken for a Lexus if you were placed inside of one shorn of logos. The cabin is fronted by a dash featuring clear gauges which are somewhat obscured by the large tubes they reside in. Centre stack controls are simple, logical and easy to use. That said, the centre stack is enormous, especially considering the controls that are contained, or to some observers, lost on its expansive surface. The large screen on navigation-equipped models forces the minor controls into a smaller space which has the right visual balance. Front occupants are treated to large, enveloping seats that are perhaps too soft to maintain proper support on a long trip. Outboard rear seat riders, with a supportive, reclining seat and generous legroom, are pampered. Luxury touches for second-row passengers on the 2.0T Limited tested included rear air vents, heated seats and window sunshades. Those riding in the middle position of the rear seat will enjoy the luxury ambience but won't enjoy sitting on what is essentially just a perch. Good cargo space unfettered by a spare tire, which is stored, outdoors, under the back of the Santa Fe. 

The Santa Fe was ranked third, behind the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape, but ahead of the Mazda CX-5, in a recent APA comparison test.  

Comments
The third-generation Santa Fe debuted at the New York show last April and went on sale in the fall of 2012. Two versions of the vehicle are available, the Santa Fe, and the long-wheelbase three-row Santa Fe XL which replaces the slow-selling Veracruz.

With clean lines and carefully-judged detailing, the Santa Fe, which is dimensionally similar to its predecessor, is a good looking vehicle. The rising beltline and triangulated third side window look rakish, but limit visibility. The Santa Fe XL is a very chic vehicle, especially for the price.

Two four-cylinder engines from the Sonata, a non-turbo 2.4L and the 2L turbo, power the Santa Fe. Power reaches the front wheels, or optionally, all wheels, via a six-speed automatic transmission. An Active Eco mode, activated by a dash-mounted switch, is standard with both engines. The XL is powered exclusively by a direct-injected 3.3L V6 that produces 290 horsepower.

Pricing
All-wheel drive, standard on the 2.4L Luxury, 2.0T SE and 2.0T Limited, is a $2000 option on the 2.4L Premium. When equipment variations are accounted for, turbo power costs $1700 (2.4L Premium versus 2.0T Premium) or $2700 (2.4L Luxury versus 2.0T Limited). All trim upgrades are excellent value. Slightly better incentives from Hyundai would make the Santa Fe a reasonable lease deal this year. A Santa Fe 2.4L Luxury is priced about $700 more than a Honda CR-V EX-L but boast equipment such as a panoramic sunroof, xenon lights, a power passenger seat and a much more luxurious cabin ambience. Pricing is not yet available for the XL.

Reliability
New car, not rated. The previous Santa Fe was reliable except for automatic transmission failures on models equipped with the previous five-speed automatic.


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2.4L-4 ( 190 HP)*, 2L-4 T (264 HP) 3.3L:-V6 (XL: 290 HP) 

Transmissions: 6M, 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  11.8L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: n/a
Warranty: 5/100,000

Country of Origin: United States (Santa Fe), South Korea (Santa Fe XL)

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 



 

Hyundai Tucson

Specifications


 

 

 

What’s new
No changes of note

Performance
Smooth, quiet and flexible 2.4L engine. The responsive six-speed automatic transmission shifts very well. Predictable handling with little roll. Harsh, unsettled ride. The Tucson's rear suspension slides easily on slippery pavement during low-speed manoeuvres like taking a corner at an intersection. Nicely weighted steering and progressive brakes. Noisy at highway speeds. With clear gauges, logical controls, pleasing shapes and attractive materials, the Tucson’s cabin is quite chic. Interior space is ample for this segment. The front seats are comfortable despite short cushions. Very slow seat heaters. Cargo room is good but could be better with a more vertical tailgate.
Comments
Two four-cylinder engines, a 2L and a 2.4L, are available. Power reaches the front wheels (all-wheel drive is an option) via a six-speed automatic transmission in most cases, with a six-speed manual available on the front-wheel drive Tucson. Properly equipped, the towing capacity for the Tucson is 907 kg (1995 lbs.).   

Pricing
All-wheel drive, standard on the Limited, is a $2000 option on the GL and GLS trim levels. The base Tucson L with manual transmission is aggressively priced. At $2900, the automatic transmission on the L is witheringly expensive. Upgrading to the GL brings about $1000 in content plus the 2.4L engine for just $1700. The Premium upgrade is fantastic value. The GLS has less content than the Premium but costs $2300 more. The Limited package is priced to reflect its extra contents over the GLS. The navigation option on the Limited trim level is a bargain. Compared with a Tucson Limited with navigation, a Honda CR-V Touring is priced only $800 more, will have better resale and can be leased on good terms.
Reliability
Above average reliability predicted. 


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 (165 HP), 2.4L‑4 (176 HP)*

Transmissions: 5M, 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  11.8L/100 km


ESC: Standard


Emissions ratings: n/a
Warranty: 5/100,000

Country of Origin:  South Korea

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 



 

Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot

Specifications


 

 

 

What’s new
Compass: standard front mud flaps on most models and 2L models are now equipped with alloy wheels. Patriot: fog lights standard on North Edition variants. New colours. Early 2014 model to be released by the summer of 2013.

Performance
The 2.4L furnishes adequate urge and is reasonably refined unless it is pushed really hard. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) works well as does its manual transmission mode. Freedom-Drive II (the more capable of the two optional all-wheel drive systems), maintains higher engine revs on the highway, increasing fuel consumption. Avoid the 2L four as it develops less power and is little more frugal than the 2.4L. Competent handling as a result of suspension improvements made for the 2011 model year. Absorbent ride. After several rounds of improvements, the steering is now precise and nicely weighted. Prominent road noise. Spongy brakes. Roomy cabin and cargo area. Comfortable seats. Good cabin fit and finish. The Compass was ranked last in an APA four hatchback vehicle comparison test.

Comments
Car-based sport-cutes dominate the tall wagon market in Canada, and these car-based Jeeps inhabit the heart of the market. Though they look different outside, these vehicles are identical under the skin. The Compass is all soft enveloping forms, whereas the Patriot displays traditional square-rigged Jeep styling cues. Power comes from either a 2L or a 2.4L fours also seen in other Chrysler vehicles. Transmission choices are a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Power goes to the front wheels, or optionally, to a part-time "on-demand" all-wheel drive system. The Freedom Drive II option makes these Jeeps “Trail Rated”. Combined sales of these models held steady last year. Properly equipped, the Compass and Patriot can tow up to 909 kg (2000 lbs.). 

Pricing
The Compass is priced $400 (Limited) or $1000 (Sport and North) more than a similarly-equipped Patriot. All-wheel drive is priced from $2200 (Limited) to $2300 (other models). North upgrade prices reflect the additional content provided. Bargain-priced Limited upgrades. A fully-equipped Compass Limited is priced about $2500 less than a Honda CR-V Touring, but the Honda has much better resale and can be leased as well.  

Reliability
Below average reliability. These vehicles age poorly. Complaints include premature suspension and brake component wear and oil pan leaks. Unproven CVT and all-wheel drive systems.  


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 (158 HP), 2.4L‑4 (172 HP)* 

Transmissions: 5M*, CVT 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive*, all-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy: 10.7L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: n/a
Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 



 

2014 Kia Sorento

Specifications


What’s new
A surprisingly thorough update to a vehicle that is late in its lifecycle. New direct injected 3.3L V6 replaces the previous 3.5L engine. Revised subframes and bushings. The steering has three different effort choices. Restyled front and rear fascias outside with a new dashboard centre stack inside.

Comments
Fronted by a dashboard stocked with big, clear gauges and straightforward controls, the Sorento’s cabin is a paragon of conservative, tasteful design. Good cabin space and supportive seats. The Sorento's third-row seat option gives it an extra measure of utility compared to the Santa Fe it is based on. Two engines, a 2.4L four with 191 horsepower and a 290 horsepower 3.3L V6, are available. All Sorentos feature a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive offered with either engine. Driven briefly by the APA, the V6 in the Sorento furnishes swift, sonorous acceleration via a smooth and responsive automatic transmission. Some torque-steer on hard acceleration. The steering is reasonable precise and better weighted than that of the related Santa Fe. The brakes stop well despite spongy pedal feel. The Sorento's ride is firmer than it is in the related Hyundai Santa Fe, but never harsh. The overall performance of the Sorento places it in the top rank of compact SUVs. Sorento sales held steady at around 15,000 last year. Properly equipped, the Sorento V6 can tow up to 1588 kg (3493 lbs.).
Pricing
Pricing for the 2014 model is not available.

Reliability
Predicted reliability is above average, like that of the previous-generation Santa Fe it is based on.


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3, 2/3/2

Engines:
2.4L‑4 (191 HP),  3.3L-V6 (290 HP)* 

Transmissions: 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  13.1L/100 km
Emissions ratings: n/a
Warranty: 5/100,000

Country of Origin:  United States

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 



 

Kia Sportage

Specifications


 

 

 

What’s new
SX UVO trim level discontinued. Power fold door mirrors are standard on the EX Luxury and SX models. Better-feeling leather steering wheel wrap on the EX and and SX versions.

Comments
The Sportage (Kia’s spin on the Hyundai Tucson) is visually spare and elegant compared to the visually busy, pudgy Tucson. It is another triumph from Kia design chief Peter Schreyer, who styled the first Audi TT and all recent Kias. The cabin is fronted by a dashboard containing big, clear gauges, as well as too many buttons for minor controls. There are large amounts of matte-finished hard plastics in the cabin. Good space and comfort in the front and the rear. Ample cargo space which is better than it is in the Tucson due to the Sportage's more vertical tailgate. Power is from either a normally-aspirated 2.4L four or a 2L direct-injection turbo four with 260 horsepower. The 2.4L four delivers ample power to the road via a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. The Sportage is a pleasant car to drive despite a rough and noisy ride. Precise, nicely-weighted and communicative steering. Limited outward visibility. The turbo has a 1930s style fuel-saving free-wheeling system that disconnects the transmission from the drive system when not propelling the car. The base LX front-wheel drive model is offered with a six-speed manual transmission, all other variants feature a six-speed automatic. Sportage sales increased about 10 percent in 2012, but the Tucson still outsold it by nearly two-to-one. Properly equipped, the Sportage can tow up to 907 kg (2000 lbs.).
Pricing
Expensive ($2700)  automatic transmission option on the LX model. All-wheel drive, standard on the EX Luxury and SX trim levels, is a $2500 option on the LX and EX models. Upgrading from the EX to the EX Luxury trim level represents very good value. The SX turbo is reasonably priced given the extra performance and features that are packaged with it. Good leasing terms for 2013.

Reliability
Predicted reliability is above average, like other recent Hyundais and Kias. 

 


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 T (260 HP), 2.4L‑4 (176 HP)*

Transmissions: 6M, 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive*, all-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  11.8L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: n/a

Warranty: 5/100,000

Country of Origin:  South Korea

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 



 

2014 Mazda CX-5

Specifications

 

 

What’s new
2014 model went on sale early in 2013. The main change for 2014 is a new 2.5L four that is now standard on the GS and GT trim levels. Smart City Brake Support added to the GT Technology package option. 

Performance
On a recent APA multi-vehicle test, the CX-5 2L kept pace with a Ford Escape 1.6T with just the driver on board, but needed to work harder than the CR-V, Escape or Santa Fe to maintain speed when laden or on mountain roads. Frequent downshifts, often two gears down, with some hesitation, can send revs soaring on and hurts refinement. The 2.5L engine powering the GS and GT trim levels of the CX-5 for 2014 should make for punchier performance and a more relaxed demeanour. The Beautifully weighted, quick and communicative steering combines with a carefully developed chassis to deliver class leading driving pleasure and agility. The big-tired GT delivers a firmly resilient ride, and the GS rides with even more compliance. Strong, progressive brakes. The CX-5 can be affected by crosswinds. The cabin is very functional but some thought the style a bit stale and the black cabin is definitely sombre. Big, clear gauges and logical controls. Comfortable seats. Roomy enough but not as spacious as either the Santa Fe or CR-V. Good cargo space. The rear seat folds in two sections on the GX and three sections (40/20/40) on the GS and GT.

Comments
With Ford and Mazda undergoing a slow divorce process, Mazda needed a home-grown replacement for the Ford-based Tribute. The base GX model is powered by the same 2L, 155 horsepower four found in the 3, with the 184 horsepower 2.5L four from the 6 under the hood on the GS and GT trim levels. A six-speed manual is offered on the front-wheel drive GX model, but all other variants employ a six-speed automatic transmissions. According to Mazda, the CX-5's SKYACTIVE system includes, in addition to the engine, a lighter structure and components to save on weight while maintaining performance and enhancing fuel efficiency. All-wheel drive, standard on the GT trim level, is optional on the GX and GS models. Properly equipped, the CX-5 can tow up to 907 kg (2000 lbs.).

Pricing
Standard on the GT, all-wheel drive is a $2000 option on the GX and GS trim levels. The GX Convenience package is priced to reflect the value of its contents. GS and GT trim upgrades and the GT Technology package are all excellent value. Good value leasing for 2014.   

Reliability
New car, insufficient data. Not rated. Average reliability.


Body Style:  4SW
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 (155 HP) , 2.5L-4 (184 HP)*

Transmissions: 6M, 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:   9.8L/100 km
ESC: Standard
Emissions ratings: Tier 2 Bin 5

Warranty: 3/80,000, 5/100,000

Country of Origin:  Japan

 

IIHS Ratings:

Front: Good

Side: Good

Rollover: Good

Rear: Good

NHTSA Rating: 


 

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