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Old Yesterday, 12:25 PM   #1
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Anybody drive a Mazda cx-5 ? Do you like it?

I am looking at these.
The sport with manual trans 6 speed is much cheaper, better mpg but who likes shifting?
The slow 2.5 or even slower 2.0 liter? Ok I want good MPGs.
The Touring package or the grand touring package?
My butt seems too wide for the seats.
AWD or FWD?
If you have one, tell me your version and what you think.
thanks.
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Someone here at work has one and likes it just fine. I don't think you can get AWD with a stick, or a 2.5 with a stick, or much of anything else with a stick. What you get is 35 mpg highway in an SUV-sized package for less than $25k, so for a commuter, it seems like a good deal.
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the stick is the cheapest $$$, its a 6 speed manual , 2.0, fwd.
I will pass on that but still interested because its the best mpg.
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I traded a nearly new CRV on one because I couldn't stand driving it. Handled like a dog on the mountain roads around here. CX-5 isn't exactly our Mazda 3 but fun enough for a SUV. I get 28 commuting mixed mileage, 32 or so highway. AWD works good in snow. I am very happy with it. 2.5 with automatic BTW. Enough go to merge with no drama. No leather but I like the support of the seats.

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Wife bought one. 6-sp, she wanted to shift.
I like it. Fun to drive. Handles good. It's got enough headroom so my head isn't in the headliner and I have good view forward. >30 mpg on the highway. No issues so far; 17 months of ownership.
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My wife and I are looking at a small SUV for her and really liked the Mazda. We had 2 previous Mazdas and they were super reliable but really seemed to like to rust. Over all we really liked it and it was the best/ most fun of all of the small SUVS but they arent cheap (when compared to others) and the rust thing kills it for me. I wouldnt bother with the 4WD - my impression and what I have seen in tests is that if you want 4wd get a Subaru, an Audi or a VW. The Faux "4wd" is a waste of time.

here are my general impression of the small SUV's


Toyota Rav4- bleh but potentially great reliability
Mitsubishi RVR (I think US its Outlander sport) - slow, small basic, real cheap
Forester Manual trans - fun, 4WD is real, not very stylish
CRV - bleh, engine is noisy and harsh at idle
Rogue - reasonably fun, looks good, cheap but has a CVT
Mazda - fun, good handling, potential rust
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Quote:
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here are my general impression of the small SUV's


Toyota Rav4- bleh but potentially great reliability
Mitsubishi RVR (I think US its Outlander sport) - slow, small basic, real cheap
Forester Manual trans - fun, 4WD is real, not very stylish
CRV - bleh, engine is noisy and harsh at idle
Rogue - reasonably fun, looks good, cheap but has a CVT
Mazda - fun, good handling, potential rust
Don't forget the VW Tiguan.
Small carrying capacity but great motor.
6spd manual OR 4Motion - but not both
really good handling
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I wounder if Mazda's new "Sky Active" design also improved their corrosion protection?
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