Mazda CX-5

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Lesharoturbo, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. Lesharoturbo

    Lesharoturbo Nerdly Adventurer

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    Anyone have one? I am a tall guy with a growing family (vertically, not in multitude.) I shop for cars like I shop for shoes; it has to fit!

    I also prefer a vehicle that is somewhat fuel efficient. This seems to fit the bill in these two aspects, now I am looking for input on reliability and driving dynamics.

    It will be a manual, if it comes into the family.
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  2. fierostetz

    fierostetz Been here awhile

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    I've test driven one and have 2 coworkers that own them.

    First thing - REALLY SLOW

    Every other thing - drives great! not like a great SUV, but it drives like a great car, which is saying a lot. It was actually pretty fun, despite being slower than a prius. Everyone I know whom owns one absolutely loves it because it feels more like a car than an SUV. Do some googling, Mazda's new turbodiesel would make a great match for the cx5, and I'll bet Mazda's fully aware of that :)
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  3. Lesharoturbo

    Lesharoturbo Nerdly Adventurer

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    Thanks for your reply.

    I have read some of the reports of it being slow, but I am coming from a Toyota Echo and a 94 Mitsubishi Montero 3.0. Slow may be pretty fast in comparison :D.

    Besides, the new 2.5 is getting some good reviews and it still gets 32 on the highway.
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  4. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    The new 2.5 should be a good bit quicker than last year's 2.0.
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  5. Hipster

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    Anyone have a CX5 with the 2.5L motor? How are Mazda's for reliability?
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  6. Commuter Boy

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    I've got a Mazda 3 with the 2.3l four banger. Just spent the afternoon changing out the spark plugs for the first time and the spring oil change.

    It's been rock solid. No problems at all, but you can tell if you're under the hood things are built to a price. After 4 years things are starting to rust, and we don't live in the rust belt at all. A couple of recalls for things that never went wrong on us.

    Lots of plastic getting brittle, fasteners starting to seize up, but all the running gear is still flawless.

    We're going to take a hard look at the 6 diesel sedan when it hits our shores as a replacement.
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  7. Tripl Nikl

    Tripl Nikl Long timer

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    I drove a work-provided Mazda 6 for a couple of months, for a stocker base model, it was pretty decent to drive. My car is a Stage 2.5 WRX with coilovers and a bunch of other suspension mods. The 6 didn't suck compared against the WRX, which says a lot about it.

    I think Mazda is really trying to put "sporty" in all their cars and SUVs. I'd consider buying one if I were in the market and they had a vehicle that seemed to fit my needs.
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  8. Vt-Stromer

    Vt-Stromer Been here awhile

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    Maybe hold out for the Mazda speed CX-5. :lol3:lol3

    I have been looking at the the 5 for a while. Coming from the 2. Wish the AWD came with a standard.... but, every AWD car in it's class comes with an auto box.
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  9. urbancowboy

    urbancowboy Vicious Cycler

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    isn't the bigger engine only available with the auto transmission?

    all i want is this vehicle with decent suspension, reasonably quick (don't need fast) 6 speed manual, and heated seats.


    until then i'll keep the TDI golf.
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  10. adam_c_eckhardt

    adam_c_eckhardt halfway there

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    Oh just admit that you're never leaving the VW family ya grump. :lol3
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  11. Yardstick

    Yardstick Hydrophobic

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    I read this part and immediately thought of the one we test drove earlier this year. It had a moonroof and at 6'2" my head was brushing the ceiling in the front passenger seat. The non-moonroof models gain ~3-4" of ceiling clearance.
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  12. Lesharoturbo

    Lesharoturbo Nerdly Adventurer

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    I am 6'7" so it may be an issue. There is a dealer a few miles north of us. As soon as the wife and I can get the time, we want to stop by and see one. I buy cars like most people buy shoes....I have to try them on first.

    I tried a Mazda 5 last year and was fine in the driver's seat, but my knees touched the dash in the passenger's seat. For some reason, the passenger's seat did not move back as far as the driver's.
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  13. Tripl Nikl

    Tripl Nikl Long timer

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    I'm 6'3" and have a 32" inseam, know what was surprisingly comfortable? The new Ford Explorer. I didn't scoot the seat all the way to the back of the track! :eek1
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  14. invicta1

    invicta1 Been here awhile

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    Test rode one, bought something else. Cockpit they designed to be a fun/exciting driving experience (zoom zoom!), but found it constricted feeling, with little room for moving about.
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  15. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    My daughter drove one as a rental car. She hated it, said it didn't track right and wallowed around. Here own car is a Golf GTI.
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  16. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    I'd go with the Honda CR-V before the Mazda, but I'm not sure they make it in a stick shift anymore.

    2012/2013's are very comfortable on highway trips, and the driver's seat adjusts up and down in addition to the other directions (so I guess taller people could fit into one).

    If you want speed in that "CUV" market, I think you have to go to the higher-end CUV's, like maybe Acura or Cadillac, where they have V6's (or maybe turbos on their 4's).
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  17. fattires

    fattires Wandering aimlessly...

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    The wife and I just picked up our 2014 CX-5 Sport this evening. So far only about 100 miles logged but we were impressed with the mazda from the start. The base model does a good job of having enough options that you don't feel like you are driving a stripped down cheap car, and the quality of the interior materials is quite good for a base model.
    We opted for the 6 speed manual, the shift throws are short and smooth and the clutch is great.
    My one complaint is that there are almost zero options available with the manual, we would have really liked to been able to have bluetooth integration and a color other than black, gray, or silver.
    Here is a crappy picture I took as it was getting dark.
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  18. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    What he really needs to admit is that those aren't the only things he wants in a vehicle....:lol3
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  19. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    Hmmmmmmm.....

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