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Green SUV 2012 – The Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 managed to turn a number of heads as it was declared as the most fuel efficient and eco-friendly SUV of 2012. It was awarded the Green SUV 2012 award by ‘What Car?’, which is a highly reliable and authentic car buying guide. A series of tests were conducted, and the Mazda CX-5 was clearly the winner by an unbeatable margin!

‘What Car?’ performs a series of different tests on a number of cars, and they award the most deserving candidate only after careful analysis and supervision. The Mazda CX-5 was followed by Nissan Qashqai and BMW X3. Although the runner ups of the award were quite deserving of victory, Mazda CX-5 stood invincible. Not only does it provide its passengers with unparalleled fuel efficiency and negligible pollution emission, it also features a strong 2000cc engine! Let us compare the results given by our winner at the tests performed on it!

Four major tests were performed by ‘What Car?’ on the SUVs that were short-listed for being tested. These tests were carbon dioxide emission test, nitrogen oxide emission test, average economy test and the suspended particulate matter (SPM) emission test. The BMW X3 was ruled out of the competition as the nitrogen oxide it produced was more than two times of that which was produced by the CX-5. Nissan Qashqai stood very close to Mazda CX-5 as both gave equal emission values of carbon dioxide and the average economy of the Nissan was more than that of the Mazda, making it more fuel efficient, but the remaining two tests showed that the Mazda was the better one of the two. The nitrogen oxide emission of the Nissan was slightly less than double the value of that of the Mazda!

The values of the results obtained by the tests conducted on Mazda CX-5 are as follows-

  • Carbon dioxide Emission Test – 119 grams per kilometre
  • Nitrogen oxide Emission Test – 68 milligram per kilometre
  • SPM Emission Test – 0.2 milligram per kilometre
  • Average Economy – 61.4 Miles per Gallon


Features of Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 is a perfect family SUV and has all of the features that a family cars needs to have. It combines high fuel efficiency and the eco-friendly aspects with a sturdy built and spectacular looks. It is a crossover SUV and has adequate space for carrying 5 passengers comfortably. It is available in three different models – Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The 2000cc engine provides just the right amount of power that is required to make it a beast which doesn’t harm the environment. Mazda did not incorporate the four wheel drive and rear wheel drive technologies in the CX-5 as it wanted to keep the fuel efficiency of the vehicle high for obvious reasons. Hence, all the models of the CX-5 are available with front wheel drive technologies. All of these features, combined by the prestigious award make the CX-5 a very desirable and sought after SUV among all of its competitors!

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