2015 Mazda Cx 5
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2015 CX-5 Touring AWD with Sun/Sound: 4/5 stars

by from Illinois on February 11, 2015

I have had the car for about 6 months now, and have put ~10,000 miles on it. I use it for commuting to work, tailgating and travel. Pros: + Good steering (especially for being Electronic). + Accelera...
I have had the car for about 6 months now, and have put ~10,000 miles on it. I use it for commuting to work, tailgating and travel. Pros: + Good steering (especially for being Electronic). + Acceleration is very good for being an I4 without a turbo. + Full Time AWD is good, definitely worth it if you live in an area that gets snow. + Sporty ride makes you feel like you are driving a sedan (save for the occasional reminder going through sharp turns). + Enough cargo room to fit all of my tailgate equipment and a passenger or 2. + Headroom is very good. Legroom is slightly above average. + Bose speakers sound great with CDs. + Styling is sporty and makes you feel like you are trending more towards a sedan than an SUV. + 4 cup holders (with rear armrest down) and 4 bottle holders. + Backup camera has a nice wide. + Hands-Free phone feature works great with Windows Phone 8. Cons: - Suspension can be a little stiff (especially if the plows do as much damage to your roads as they do mine). - Touchscreen is a little small (6"). - Bose Centerpoint feature only works with CD's, Bluetooth, AUX and HD Radio sound the same and just feel like they are lacking something, especially considering the system has the Bose name on it. - Equalizer is a sad excuse. - Hands-Free feature seems to have some issues with text messages on iPhones. Summary: Great car for a driver who is looking for good performance (just remember it has an I4 engine, responsiveness is good, but have no illusions - this is not a V6). Suspension is good for the driver, maybe not as much for passengers. Plenty of cargo and head room, leg room is good too. Rear arm rest is a plus. 4 cup holders and 4 bottle holders is more than adequate. The only thing holding this car back from a 5/5 is the sound system; Bose Centerpoint should work with the Bluetooth audio and the equalizer should be more comprehensive.
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Fantastic Vehicle. Best in it's class.

by from Syracuse, NY on December 25, 2015

Love it. Fun to drive. Very high- tec. Amazing safety features. Extremely smooth ride. Amazing Bose sound system. Best headlights ever.
Love it. Fun to drive. Very high- tec. Amazing safety features. Extremely smooth ride. Amazing Bose sound system. Best headlights ever.
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Sporty CUV

by from South Dakota on September 20, 2015

My wife and i have owned our 2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD for about a year and in that time have driven it for 45,000 very enjoyable miles. Fuel mileage is good for an all wheel drive CUV averagi...
My wife and i have owned our 2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD for about a year and in that time have driven it for 45,000 very enjoyable miles. Fuel mileage is good for an all wheel drive CUV averaging 27 MPG in mixed driving. We live in South Dakota were interstate speed limits are 80 MPH so if driven slightly slower it would likely average even better. I have found that while the ride may be firmer than most it is also more nimble and sporty feeling than most other CUV's I have driven. All weather traction has been commendable. In terms of reliability it has been absolutely flawless. Having owned many utility vehicles over the years I have found the Mazda CX-5 to be my favorite to date.
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Mazda Got It Right

by from Twin Cities, MN on June 22, 2014

This pertains to the 2015 Grand Touring CX-5 with optional AWD and Technology Package. I really wasn't looking at this particular class of vehicle until I spotted the CX-5. It had the room I needed t...
This pertains to the 2015 Grand Touring CX-5 with optional AWD and Technology Package. I really wasn't looking at this particular class of vehicle until I spotted the CX-5. It had the room I needed to transport my stuff, seats 4 comfortably, has that zoom-zoom Mazda drivability and still delivers around 30mpg. I chose the Mazda over its competitors because I really really wanted the HID headlights. We live in a state where vehicle/deer collisions are common so the added visibility is worth the price of the Tech Package alone. The 2.5 litre engine and 6 speed auto trans are a great match - I haven't enjoyed driving a vehicle this much in many, many years.
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Nearly Perfect!

by from Silver Spring, MD on March 19, 2015

The CX5 is a great package - although there are some areas Mazda could have done a little better. The interior is a little spartan for such a stylish exterior. The transmission is a little sticky at t...
The CX5 is a great package - although there are some areas Mazda could have done a little better. The interior is a little spartan for such a stylish exterior. The transmission is a little sticky at times in switching from lower to higher gears, and it does not roll "freely" when gearing down to first gear. The back seats and hatch area are spacious for a smaller car. I am very pleased with this car and would highly recommend it as comfortable, versatile, well performing and economical transportation.
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Ryan McGuire

by from Laconia on May 17, 2016

Love the car! Had it over a year now and everyone that drives it also comments how fun it is to drive!
Love the car! Had it over a year now and everyone that drives it also comments how fun it is to drive!
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Excellent car for the money

by from Denver, CO on April 6, 2015

I have enjoyed driving Mazda cars since I purchased my first one back in 2005. They are fun to drive and easy to maintain. I had to step up from my old Mazda3 to get this more family friendly car and ...
I have enjoyed driving Mazda cars since I purchased my first one back in 2005. They are fun to drive and easy to maintain. I had to step up from my old Mazda3 to get this more family friendly car and I was dreading it a bit as I have rented several other compact SUVs on vacations and never really liked them. The lines on the CX-5 are sleek and nice and despite having a little 4 cylinder engine this car has some serious get up and go. I have driven it into the mountains here in Colorado several times and it handles well on steep roads and in the snow. I feel very safe when driving it. I do miss my manual transmission but it is nice to not have to hold the clutch in all the time in traffic and the automatic transmission has a mode where it will almost redline the engine before shifting gears so you can really get going up hills when you need to. The CX-5 is a very comfortable ride, the seats are wonderful and four full grown adults fit well in it. I would recommend this car to anyone looking for a great compact SUV that is easy on your wallet but can still get you to the places you want to go.
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I'm in love!

by from Hillsboro, OR on March 18, 2014

I had a 2012 Honda CRV that I wasn't completely satisfied with. Don't get me wrong, it's a Honda and a great quality car. However, the interior finishes are really cheap looking (gray plastic handles ...
I had a 2012 Honda CRV that I wasn't completely satisfied with. Don't get me wrong, it's a Honda and a great quality car. However, the interior finishes are really cheap looking (gray plastic handles and trim for example). I decided to test drive the CX5 and hoped I wouldn't like it to avoid another car buying experience, but there was no going back once I sat in it. Superb quality inside and out. It feels more substantial than the CRV too. Gas mileage is already better than the CRV. You get a lot for your money - all the bells and whistles for the price of a base Toyota/Ford! For some reason, I find it easier to get in and out of as well. Test drive one and you'll be sold!
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I love my new car

by from Arkansas on August 24, 2015

My new Mazda CX-5 is what I hoped for in an SUV. It is a smooth ride, handles great. It accelerates on the freeway fine, and keeps up with the traffic. The leather seats in the Grand Touring model are...
My new Mazda CX-5 is what I hoped for in an SUV. It is a smooth ride, handles great. It accelerates on the freeway fine, and keeps up with the traffic. The leather seats in the Grand Touring model are very comfortable. The whole vehicle is very tight in handling and interior quality. The back cargo area works good for my dog, and I ordered the cargo liner to keep the pet hair off the carpet in the cargo area. An overall great choice and buy.
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Great car could be better

by from Sarsota on April 10, 2015

I've had my 2015 GT for four months and have put about 4700 miles on it 50/50 city/highway. I'm 5'3" tall and find the seat position to be better than most other cars. The headrest could be set back j...
I've had my 2015 GT for four months and have put about 4700 miles on it 50/50 city/highway. I'm 5'3" tall and find the seat position to be better than most other cars. The headrest could be set back just a bit, but the seat position is still better for me than the Hondas, Toyotas, etc. Before buyng the CX5 I tried most of the others on the market, concentrating on high end models. I liked this one more than any other, at any price point. It has all the features I need, good gas mileage (although I can't get over 28.5 mpg highway driving 65 mph no matter what I do. I have no idea how some people can get 32-33 with the same 2.5 engine.) Am very happy I don't need premium gas. I average 26.5 or so in city driving- can push it to 27.6 if I pay attention and coast a lot. As mentioned by other reviewers the handling is very nimble and it drives well. Noise levels are not overly obtrusive, but it's definitely louder than some high end SUVs. A bit more attention to sound insulation would have been nice. The infotainment system needs help and I've heard it was improved in the the 2016 models. Mine is very sluggish, takes a long time to switch from channel to channel and the voice recognition doesn't work well. The Bose speakers improved over time and I get good overall sound from them with decent base. Would have been great if there was a subwoofer in the car, and maybe a couple of small tweaters on the side of the window for higher definition. I think it's a great looking SUV. Love the lines. There were not enough options for exterior/interior color combinations. I wanted a tan interior but ended up with the black because the tan was only offered with white, red, dark blue. The front cools off fine with the air conditioning. The back takes time. The SUV should have rear vents. Rear view mirror visibility is not great (no worse than other SUVs) I usually travel alone, so I took out the rear headrests. I put them back in when I have passengers in the car. I previously owned a Honda with a side camera, but prefer the simpler blind spot warnings on the CX5 which work well. The car feels solid but the trunk lid is a bit heavy. I'd like to see them install a remote open/close feature. Even it they do make all these changes I don't expect to trade in the 2015 for a long time. It's a keeper.
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