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CX5! A Great Replacement for the Jeep Cherokee!
Wally Bentt, 07/04/2022
2022 Mazda CX-5
We are totally impressed with our new CX5 after 5 months and 4,000kms. We owned a 2017 Jeep Cherokee Limited with all the bells and whistles and liked the vehicle. We wanted to upgrade to the new 2022 Grande Cherokee 2 row, but after waiting for months for one to arrive at a dealer, we started to look elsewhere. We considered the Honda CRV, the Hyundai Tucson and the CX5. In reading … reviews, the CRV and CX5 were tied at the top of their category. The disappointment with the Honda is the stupid CVT transmission. The Jeep GC would be bigger but I’m so glad I bought the CX5. The dealer gave us a 2021 to test drive and warned that any speeding tickets we got would be our responsibility. Part of my test drive was on a 4 lane divided highway and after a kilometre or two, I looked at the speedo and found I was doing 130 km in a 100 zone. Whoa baby! This thing goes! Part of not realizing the speed was in how quiet the vehicle is with considerably less road noise than the Cherokee. Then we drove some back country roads and again was impressed with the handling, quietness and how well it absorbed the bumps. The body feels really taut, quiet and the steering is precise. We ordered the Candy Apple Red Signature 2.5 Turbo with all the bells and whistles. The down side was that we waited 3 months for it to come. This was perhaps more to do with the supply situation for almost everything after the CoVid situation. So it arrived and we were really impressed with the upscale model over the test drive unit. And it came in almost 20 thousand less than the Grande. The colour is fabulous and well worth the extra $400. It is interesting to note that the Turbo model works fine on regular fuel, but you do get more power with premium. I’m sorry! This thing has loads of power so I won’t be spending money on premium. The adaptive cruise is the default setting and it works great. It’s much smoother than the Jeep which had grabby brakes when approaching a slower vehicle. The Bose stereo is simply amazing! It is like you are in a concert hall no matter which seat you are in. We like the heads up display on the windshield. It was a bit distracting at first but having that information directly in front of you is a huge safety item. I did drive in 6 inch deep snow a couple of days and the AWD handled this every bit as good as the 4W Drive on the Cherokee. Our first and only longer trip was 608 km and it got 7.4L/100 km or 38.2mpg driving 10 km over the speed limit. This is very impressive for a vehicle of this size. Around town it is still impressive. Pros - Quiet ride, great handling and fun to drive - Premium interior - Seats are firm and comfortable - Great gas mileage - Heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats - Heads up display is super. It even displays nav directions, speed limits and stop signs. - One button switches the entire speedometer display from miles/kilometres - Bose stereo - incredible sound - Paddle shifting is very positive unlike the Cherokee which might as well not have it. - Auto door locks with mirror fold up when walking away - Adjustable height of the lift gate prevents hitting the garage door. - Wrap around below the doors keeps dirt and moisture away from the door sill. - Great headlights that peer around corners - Back up camera with 360 display - A golf bag actually fits across Cons - Oil changes every 8,000 kms versus 16,000 - Operating Manual is 724 pages with many duplicates and confusing sections. Add a 191 page Connect Manual, a 79 page Nav Manual and a 3 page Apple Car Play Manual. - Driver settings for the seats are only that. The Jeep adjusted seats, mirrors, stereo source and even stereo volume. - Apple Car Play is not wireless, a huge disappointment - Location of the Homelink buttons on mirror can accidentally bring garage door down when adjusting the rear view mirror.
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