Firstly, heart felt thanks to all the other reviewers for their reviews in helping in my car purchase process. Had to make a decision between the CX5 vs Forester and went with the CX5. So far so good. Car makes engine noise when just started and also on windy conditions, you can hear the wind noise inside the car. Drives real smooth around corners and in city conditions. For me the lack of reclining back seats
nor enough rear leg room for adults was not a deal breaker. Forester has better reliability and AWD as standard. CX5 Bose/Tech package is amazing especially the night adaptive halogen headlights. If you drive around poorly lit areas, this will make a ton of difference.
Tech pacakge:Halogen Adaptive Front Head Lights a must for poorly lit night driving conditions.
Bose Audio is way better than the standard Audio system. If you live in snow conditions, maybe i would say the leather/heated seats/side mirrors in the Grand Touring Trim would be handy + AWD. The Blind Spot Monitoring system works very well as well on the highway, but take care to check your blindspots.
Excellent Driving dynamics for a sporty driver if you are one who cares about "how" you get from A => B. The dash is simple and easy to comprehend and all the controls are well placed on the steering wheel. Test drive and see if it fits "your" needs against the forester.
Visibility not as good as Forester for blindspots/reversing. Back Seat should be recline capable and there should be more leg room for 3 adults in the back. Can throw in a rear air conditioning unit as part of package. Better insulation for windy conditions and reducing road noise. The small light in the cargo area is not good enough. It should be replaced with halogen lamps or alternatively, the end user must be given the option to plugin whatever they feel like. The led lighting on "all" the switches as part of doors is missing. So when you are driving and want to lower the back window, you have to search for it. Will write additional reviews with passage of time of ownership.