We looked at several models but were guided to the CX-5 based on expert reviews. We had an older Mazda which helped with loyalty cash and are now a fairly rare two Mazda household. We think reviews generally are pretty accurate about the CX-5. I wanted something in the CUV category that was not the "corporate issue" so the Mazda moved up the list just by being somewhat more unique that many of its top competitors. After driving a couple of competitors, it was obvious that the CX-5 has a level of performance that is well above its peers. I debated whether to go with the turbo but quickly disagreed with the reviews about the base engine being wimpy. We don't plan to trailer but the CX-5 has repeatedly demonstrated more than enough power to easily pass anything else when needed. The handling is much more like a sports car (former Audi A4 owner) than an SUV. The appearance is just plain stunning, esp. on the interior. The Soul Red paint turns the vehicle into a head turner on the road or a parking lot. Mazda did a nice job with the level of features at each trim level and easy increases in pricing as one steps up the product line. We went with the Touring w/ the Premium package which has nearly all of the most important features of the higher models - other than the turbo engine. The suite of safety and tech features is impressive -and does increase as you go up the model line but even the Touring has stuff that will help keep you out of an accident and reduce driving stress - and it all works very unobtrusively. I don't mind not having a touch screen infotainment center since it would require leaning forward to touch it while the controls on the center console can be easily used without looking. The smaller interior size wasn’t as important to us but it can make the difference if you haul a lot of stuff – which we don’t. The only disappointment so far is the Yokohama Geolander tires that are not well rated. I haven't had any performance issues with them but I suspect better tires could bring road noise in the cabin down even further. It is also worth noting that the CX-5 is only made in Japan (Hiroshima) and has no U.S. content – if supporting U.S. industry matters to you.
Mazda did a great job in creating a high-quality product that has some very unique characteristics in a class that is not only highly competitive but where many models stumble on one or more key attributes and still act or look a lot like each other.
We are very happy with our new CX-5.
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