The 2013 Mazda CX-5 was recently honored as the best vehicle in the Crossover Vehicle category in addition to being named a Top Ten Car of 2013 by the Hispanic Motor Press Awards.

The vehicle is the first that has SkyActiv Technology implemented in addition to the KODO "Soul of Motion" design language that is being used by Mazda now. The crossover vehicle offers best-in-class combined fuel economy, achieving 35 miles per gallon, which is the highest highway miles per gallon of any SUV that is sold in North America.

In addition to offering the best in fuel economy, the CX-5 also has Zoom-Zoom-inspired driving dynamics and superior safety with its Top Safety Pick honor from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

"We are honored by this recognition from the Hispanic Motor Press Awards jury," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations. "The CX-5 is a consistent success in many respects with its outstanding handling, safety and fuel economy but also with its overall value to all consumers by being a vehicle that doesn't compromise, doesn't offer excuses, but instead exceeds expectations."

This is the third year that the Hispanic Motor Press Awards were chosen by a 10-person panel of judges that included highly-respected Hispanic-market journalists who have automotive backgrounds, in addition to Hispanic leaders in the automotive industry.

"Mazda has prevailed as the Japanese 'driver's' brand," said the Hispanic Motor Press Awards panel in a statement.  "Their engineers broke new barriers in engine technology, and the Mazda CX-5 is the best example of a compact utility vehicle in the market today."

The winners in the 10 categories were selected as a result of design, safety, comfort, fuel efficiency, performance, driver satisfaction and price.

Mazda also recently announced that it's aiming for 400,000 sales in the United States by 2016 in an effort to attract more potential car buyers to new car dealers to secure auto financing. Mazda added that it will improve its performances around the country by focusing more on customer service to make shoppers and owners feel appreciated. With Mazda's vehicles also set to undergo redesigns in the coming years, Americans might look at the the brand more favorably and consider purchasing one of the auto manufacturer's vehicles.