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Old 08-21-2014, 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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Old 08-21-2014, 01:19 PM   #2
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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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Old 08-21-2014, 01:21 PM   #3
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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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Old 08-21-2014, 07:05 PM   #4
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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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Old 08-21-2014, 07:16 PM   #5
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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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Old 08-22-2014, 06:40 AM   #6
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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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Old 08-22-2014, 07:16 AM   #7
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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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Old 08-22-2014, 09:45 AM   #8
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I wounder if Mazda's new "Sky Active" design also improved their corrosion protection?
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Don't forget the VW Tiguan.
Small carrying capacity but great motor.
6spd manual OR 4Motion - but not both
really good handling
I have owned a VW in the past and would rather stab myself in the eye with a fork than own another one regardless of price. Thanks for the suggestion though.
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:25 AM   #10
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I wounder if Mazda's new "Sky Active" design also improved their corrosion protection?
I'm trying to remember if I've ever seen a rusty Mazda, and I can't think of one newer than the 80s.
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Old 08-22-2014, 03:56 PM   #11
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I'd probably go with the 1.6L turbo Escape for FWD or the 2.5L Forester for AWD if it was me.
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:14 PM   #12
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I would have to respectfully disagree about both the rust and worth of AWD. My wife's 2008 Mazda 3 with close to 110,000 miles has not a spot of rust and we drive on snowy and salt covered roads with it.

And we drove the CX-5 during our normal winter plus a pretty intense blizzard this winter going to PA and I was pleased with the performance in the snow. And I have had 3 Subarus!
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:52 PM   #13
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I have 30k miles on my sport 6 speed manual, I have been very happy with it, handles great for an SUV. My worst MPG for a tank was 27.5 all city driving , best was 35 on 2 lane 60mph type roads. I usually average about 32mpg. Overall I'm highly satisfied.
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:18 AM   #14
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I have 30k miles on my sport 6 speed manual, I have been very happy with it, handles great for an SUV. My worst MPG for a tank was 27.5 all city driving , best was 35 on 2 lane 60mph type roads. I usually average about 32mpg. Overall I'm highly satisfied.
Is there any option you wish you had that's not available with the stick?
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Old 08-23-2014, 05:21 AM   #15
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I would have to respectfully disagree about both the rust and worth of AWD. My wife's 2008 Mazda 3 with close to 110,000 miles has not a spot of rust and we drive on snowy and salt covered roads with it.
My sister-in-law just traded in her 2008 Mazda 3 with 168,000 miles and it had all sorts of rust on it. Mechanically the car was in pretty rough shape despite the fact that she took really good care of it.

However, it was dead-nuts reliable up until stuff started to go a few months ago. She traded it on a new 3 hatchback. I helped her out with the purchase and gotta say that her new one is a really nice car for the money.

Edit- if you could get heated leather with a stick shift my wife would probably be driving one now. Her criteria was that it had to have a stick and heated seats.
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