Beware of faulty shut off switch, Mazda needs to i
There is a problem with the shut off switch. This definitely brought the overall score down. When you push the motor turn off switch , the motor shuts of put the power stays on draining your battery. So you have to keep turning it on and off until every thing shuts down. Got forbid if you have to valet park. Your battery might be dead when you go to pick up your car. Major flaw needs to be addressed by Mazda !
Wanted to love it
This car seemed to meet all my expectations on paper. I test drove it. It handled well. It looked good. The mileage and safety ratings were stellar. Unfortunately, I have to rate the reliability so low that it pulls all the other features down. This particular make, model, and year has a notorious flaw, a defective shifter switch. The engine turns off, but the accessories stay on draining the battery. I bought the car a month ago not knowing about the issue, and already the shifter switch has begun failing. Mazda won't declare a recall even though there are multiple complaints from other owners. It's going to cost me several hundred dollars to get fixed. I regret not researching more thoroughly. It's too bad Mazda won't take responsibility for a manufacturing flaw that could leave a person stranded or unable to get to work on time. These are basics in reliability that Mazda has failed to supply. I feel cheated.
I like it better than my Subaru
This car met everything I wanted in a new-to-me car. It has AWD, a sunroof, heated seats (leather at that), a back-up camera, touch-screen double din with navigation, bluetooth, hands free connectivity, and a remote start is being installed. It is safe, reliable, and 100% functional for my needs. I have an 18 month old and 2 nieces I pick up daily from daycare/Kindergarten and they have a ton more room in the second row of my CX-5 then they did in my Subaru Forester. The hatch is also much bigger which allows me to take my sons full-sized stroller with me, if need be, on our outings. I absolutely love all the features. The only thing I wish it had was more pep. Don't get me wrong. It moves, but I am so used to driving turboed cars. (I also own a worked 2004 Subaru WRX that i LOVE!) so this thing not being the 2.5T is the only downside. However, without the turbo I don't need premium gas, so I know I am saving in the long haul. And, on that note, the gas mileage is fantastic. I was recently getting 20.1 mpg city driving and I can't ask for anything better because that is what I do most of. I love this car and will definitely be sticking with Mazda's for my new daily drivers!