Three reasons the 2013 Mazda CX-5 blows away expectations
The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is very hot right now. The hottest sales segment in sport utilities right now is the compact cute-‘ute. Led by the Honda CRV and others, this segment matured from a footnote in sales to one of the largest in all of auto sales. Every manufacturer is vying for a slice of this very large pie. Mazda had a very safe and very boring entry in this market based on the previous generation Ford Escape. Sales were unimpressive. In order to reverse that, Mazda embarked on a bold plan. It would completely redesign its offering in the segment and replace not just the outgoing car (which has already been forgotten, but was called the Tribute) but also its somewhat successful Mazda CX-7.