I've been reading up on the CX-5 since it debuted at the LA Auto show last week.
- While the Tribute it's replacing was a Ford Escape twin, I don't think the CX-5 shares anything with the new Kuga-based Escape.
- MPG beats pretty much everything in the segment, if estimates prove true. Don't know what the new Escape will be rated at yet.
- Estimated 0-60 (8.6-8.8 w/ auto) is actually pretty good, considering its lower power (155hp/150 lb-ft). *Edit* Though they give slightly slower estimates here.
- While it certainly looks smaller than some of its competitors, it's within an inch of the 2011 CR-V's length/width/height.
- Wheelbase is 106.3". Most of the segment is ~103".
- Stock 17" tires are Geolanders... 19" Toyos also available.
- I could be interested in the diesel version if they have block heaters. (VW doesn't do this in any of their U.S. TDIs, apparently.)
- While the engine is mostly the same as what debuted in the new Mazda3, it does get better torque.
- All reports are that handling is best in the crossover class.