When it comes to fuel economy, hybrids are all the rage, but Mazda is showing that there may be more more than one way to solve the problem.
Mazda’s new CX-5 offers the best fuel economy of any small crossover on the market. Not even the hybrids can beat it.
Mazda is betting the farm on what it’s calling Skyactiv technology. While its new 2.0-liter four cylinder was the first seen in the new 3 compact, the CX-5 employs the whole suite of Skyactiv bits including the new engine, transmissions and body and chassis components. All of this is in the name of fuel economy.
But this is Mazda, so it couldn’t be about just fuel economy. It had to be fun to drive.
Did Mazda succeed in making a fun-to-drive compact crossover – as much as oxymoron as that is? Let’s find out.