Automaker Mazda offers customers the latest in innovation, courtesy of the company's CX-5. As of 2010, Mazda plans to release the hybrid vehicle in 2011. The CX-5, a crossover between Mazda's stylish sports car models that retains the ruggedness of a sport utility vehicle (SUV), combines elements of both seemingly dissimilar vehicle types into an aerodynamic frame that houses plenty of power and options.
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A revamped power train, essentially an upgraded version of the same available on Mazda's CX-7 and 9 models, allows for greater fuel efficiency, boasting 43 miles per gallon on the highway. A two-liter, 135-horsepower engine powers the CX along while drivers manually shift gears via a six-speed transmission; it is currently unknown if the CX-5 will be available with an automatic transmission. A lighter frame with less wind drag helps reduce fuel consumption while allowing the driver greater control over the vehicle.
The CX-5 features many industry safety standards such as anti-lock brakes, power braking, windows and steering and front and rear passenger airbags. An antiskid system, which allows the vehicle to come to a gradual stop when it otherwise might skid, is another add-on. Four-wheel drive is also included to help drivers with traction on icy or wet roads.
The four-door CX-5, although more closely resembling its sports car heritage, also features a rear hatch that makes hauling cargo much easier. Taking a page from Ford's Focus economy car, the exterior features backward-sweeping curves that not only add enticing visual appeal but reduce the bulk of the vehicle by up to 90.7 Kilogram compared with similar offerings from other companies. Up to five passengers can sit comfortably, and the rear seats fold down flat into the vehicle so that cargo can be safely stowed and secured in the rear bay.
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