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I Really Wanted to Like the CX-5
By redskins5926 on
2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
The CX-5 is certainly the best-handling crossover on the market, with dynamics similar to the BMW X1/X3.
The ride was stiff, which was good on smooth roads but uncomfortable on rough roads.
Space was plenty for passenger comfort as well as cargo.
But the big disappointment with the 2013 CX-5 was the engine and transmission.
The engine is definitely underpowered for the car, I literally had to floor the gas pedal every time I merged onto the highway.
The transmission was even more terrible as it lagged significantly whenever I floored the pedal to get more power.
Fuel economy was good, though not significantly worth it with the underpowered engine.
Layout of controls, smartkey system, HID headlights
Engine (though this seems to have been remediated for 2014 with the more powerful 2.5 engine option).
The LCD display for the audio and nav is too small.