2014 Mazda CX-5: Sporty styling. Compact crossover.

The Mazda CX-5, selling for $21,195, features sporty looks, excellent handling, and among the best fuel economy for non-hybrid crossovers.

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The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is pictured. Its successor, the all-new 2014 Mazda CX-5, offers drivers smart and sporty styling but a dated navigation interface.

It's very easy to see why compact crossovers such as the Mazda CX-5 have captured a huge part of the American vehicle market. With the parking footprint of a compact sedan, they pack a versatile layout, plenty of features, and enough safety for family use. And in a few cases--the 2014 Mazda CX-5 is one of those--they can drive with the verve of a sport wagon.

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