As a previous owner of a SUV, I had vowed to never drive this class of vehicle again. Mazda not only changed my mind, but developed the first compact SUV that is a pleasure to drive. The new Kodo desi...
As a previous owner of a SUV, I had vowed to never drive this class of vehicle again. Mazda not only changed my mind, but developed the first compact SUV that is a pleasure to drive. The new Kodo design language that is exhibited with the CX-5 (and upcoming redesign of the Mazda6) is absolutely beautiful on the outside. The vehicle is well proportioned with a garage-friendly ride height. The actual dynamics of Skyactive technology as well as Mazda's design decisions as they relate to handling, producing a fun-to-drive product, and delivering value that increases marketshare are covered in gold here.
Many previous professional reviews have knocked the horsepower and torque figures as being too low for a vehicle in this class. It has more than adequate get-up and go, even when ascending up steep hills. While you may need to apply additional pressure to the gas pedal to bring about the necessary acceleration, the engine is a 2.0L 4 cylinder/6-speed automatic combination that is focused on efficiency yet still delivers the necessary response when needed.
This review is coming from a previous owner of a 2010 Mazdaspeed 3. One would think going from 263hp to 155hp would elicit some disappointment, but the reality can't be any further from the truth. The layout of the cabin is superb, road noise isn't excessive (even on the Grand Touring edition with the 19" wheels), and visibility, braking, and acceleration exceeded my expectations. The Technology Package provides a great deal of value in the Grand Touring Edition. The TomTom navigation looks, feels, and functions exactly as it would with a stand-alone unit. The Bluetooth integration syncs well with the phone and can pull in contact lists, recent calls, etc. I have not gone in-depth with the voice command functionality yet, but expect it to function as well as other reviews have stated.
I've spent the better part of the past 5 months shopping the CX-5 against some of its domestic competition. The fuel economy of these competitive options don't match the CX-5. Running the numbers through some available fuel cost calculators, the CX-5 has the potential to save me over $1,000/year versus my outgoing vehicle, and fuel savings were estimated to start at $600 less a year versus the competition.
You may have never considered Mazda before. You may think you need 200+ horsepower. You may be very loyal to a brand/manufacturer that has produced vehicles that have given you years of headache-free and enjoyable experiences. Honestly, you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't at least check out the CX-5. It's an absolutely solid value for everything included in the full package!