5. Mazda CX-5
Mazda’s new and sporty small crossover is a gem. While the 2.0-liter version of its SkyActiv four-cylinder engine will feel underpowered to some, the 2.5-liter big brother gives all the go you need.
It’s also surprisingly fun to drive, which is probably why Mazda invited the automotive press to carry out initial testing at its own track: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Not only that, but the EPA slaps a combined 27 mpg rating on the two-wheel drive version.
It might not have the familiarity of segment competitors like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, but you’d be making a sad mistake to skip testing one if you’re in the market for a small crossover.