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I have been looking forward to this week’s tester for quite some time. I’ve read a lot of good things about the 2013 Mazda CX-5, and many of my journalist colleagues had similarly positive things to say. I have wanted to see if they are exaggerating on some things, being too critical on others or if they are spot on.

This week I have the all-new 2013 Mazda CX-5 in GT trim. This is the top of the line model, but my tester has no additional options or features over the standard GT feature list. In fact, aside from piecemeal accessories, the only available extra on the GT is the $1,395 technology package, which gives you bi-xenon HIDs, adaptive lighting, navigation and satellite radio.

2013 Mazda CX-5
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As it is, the GT is pretty darned loaded. All-wheel drive is the only drivetrain offered on the GT model, as well as a six-speed automatic transmission. Of course, all CX-5s are equipped with the SkyActiv badge, which is Mazda’s marketing machine for various technologies they are using to improve fuel economy.

Some notable features in the GT include leather seating, dual-zone climate control, blind spot indication system, reverse camera system, smart key with push button start, 19-inch alloy wheels, Bose audio system with nine speakers and an 8-way power driver’s seat.

All Mazda CX-5 crossovers are powered by a 2.0-litre direct injection four-cylinder engine that outputs 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque, sips regular fuel and, according to Natural Resources Canada, sips only 8.0 L/100 km of city driving, and 6.4 L/100km highway for the all-wheel drive model.

2013 Mazda CX-5 GT
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $32,645

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