Grand touring with premium package. Love love the heads up display and all its functions. It really is awesome. Shockingly quiet on the road. Had owned 3 Mazda?s before. They all had road noise. Not this one. This one is a quiet as my wife?s RX350 Lexus. Bose audio is not as good as I hoped. My old 2008 CX9 Bose system was wicked. This one is just okay. I wish they did a better job with the high end audio. Rides great. Fuel economy great. Interior is very nice. Really, for the money, it is awesome.
I downgraded in size from a 2015 Murano SL AWD to the 2018 Grand Touring AWD with Premium package to save some money and improve fuel economy. I only have the Mazda for a week so I may update this review in the future but so far, I only have one complaint with the vehicle. This model with the Premium package has a ton of safety features but the one it's missing is it doesn't have an all-around camera. This feature was on my Murano and was really helpful when parking as you can see the lines on the sides of you as well as the front and rear of the vehicle. This is also helpful when parking in our garage since I need to back in to my space. On the positive side, the interior seems spacious for the dimensions. My wife drove a 2015 Rogue SL AWD and I got her the same Mazda CX-5 with the exact same equipment since our leases are both up within two weeks of each other in a different color. We both think the CX-5 interior is nicer in every way than the Rogue and all storage other than the glove box and center armrest storage is fine in the CX-5. The paint quality, fit & finish & general build quality are as good or better in every way on the Mazda. All the interior materials seem nicer on the Mazda and the ride quality is definitely better than the Rogue. I think dollar for dollar, the CX-5 will be a great choice if you want a sporty compact SUV with a ton of features for day-to-day driving and very good fuel economy in a fun to drive SUV.
I have been doing research for the last 4 months. I have looked at everything from new to certified used. My price limit was 35,000. I never thought I would ever look at Mazada but once I saw what was included for SAFETY fearures I was shocked. I had to look at what this was. For what was included for the money nothing came close. You can spent over 50K on a compact SUV and still you will not have features that this vechicle has. Compare apples to apples and don't be stuck what other people say or because it's a Honda it must be good. I traded in a Honda CRV and the new CRV was 5k more than what I got. Remember (Apples for Apples) The BMW was way out of sight and the Audi did not even come close. I have had this for over two weeks and my wife and I are thrilled. Everytime I get into the vechicle I'm amazed at what new technology that this has. Mazada has stepped up there game to become competitive in this market. It handles like a sport car and the ride compfort is amazing. The new Mazada CX7 is coming and the CX9 is also outstanding. Before you spend your hard earn money make sure you do your our evulation and see what you get for your money. THE BIGGEST BAG FOR YOUR BUCK. It's worth a look. Safety for you and your family. Good luck and have fun!!!!!!!
My CX-5 is an average car. I can't compare it to other SUV's since I haven't driven them. But I will not buy this car when the lease is up. I leased it to test the safety technology knowing that in three years this tech will have advanced significantly. Pros for safety: great headlights and visibility. The blind spot monitor works well as does the pacing cruise control. Cons for safety: the active braking is useless. It will not stop the car before an accident. Ditto for the lane sensors. They are just an annoyance. They do not work on faded stripes. The infotainment system is very disappointing. The navigation does not have real time traffic so is useless for day to day driving. Stick to Waze or Google maps. The radio is disappointing. Sirius does not display the full title of the song nor the album artwork. The engine is underpowered. Mazda has a sport mode button as a crutch when accelerating. But the shift points are crazy high. At 65 in sport mode you are still in fourth gear.
The CX-5 was on my top 3 list until I discovered that discovered that it does not have a CD player! OK, I get that many people keep all their music on their smart phone, but there are many of us who also have a CD collection and like to pull one out and listen to it, especially on trips. Mazda has decided we don't matter. Now it's down to the RAV4 and Subaru.