2015 Mazda CX-5 Consumer Reviews

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ZOOM, ZOOM for sure

by from SCHAUMBURG, IL on May 19, 2014

I drove the CRV, Forester, Sante Fe and Equinox but none of them gave me everything the CX-5 has. The exterior styling was the first to catch my eye, but the mpg and responsive engine is what sold me....
I drove the CRV, Forester, Sante Fe and Equinox but none of them gave me everything the CX-5 has. The exterior styling was the first to catch my eye, but the mpg and responsive engine is what sold me. I've always been a Honda Man but the CRV interior just seemed too cheaply put together for me. The others just weren't as much fun to drive. I'm currently averaging 27.9 MPG. Zoom Zoom! Some drawbacks; The center armrest is about 2" too low and the front seat bottoms are about 2" too short. The headrests in the backseat block a lot of my vision out the rear window but luckily they are removeable. The blue tooth is not very intuitive and it cuts off every once in awhile (but still pretty cool). I also wish the window and lock switches would glow or light up at night as they are difficult to find. The light in the cargo area is on the driver's side only and is too small and rather useless. Some pluses: Blind spot detector is awesome. Automatic windshild wipers detect severity of the rain and adjust accordingly. The steering wheel controls make it easy to ajust the radio without having to take my eyes off the road. The backup camera is clear and bright. There is no timing belt that needs to be replaced periodically. The CX-5 has a timing chain which should last a lot longer. I would recommend CX-5 to anyone who wants a reliable car that has ample storage, great gas mileage, is fun to drive and pretty sharp looking to boot!
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Terrible Infotainment System

by from Chelsea, MA on October 20, 2014

I'm the owner of a 2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD with Technology Package. This car features a buggy and rudimentary Tom Tom navigation unit, which requires frequent updates to fix one glitch after...
I'm the owner of a 2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD with Technology Package. This car features a buggy and rudimentary Tom Tom navigation unit, which requires frequent updates to fix one glitch after another. The Bose audio projects about 80% of the sound from the dashboard speakers; it doesn't even sound like strereo. The Bluetooth and USB interfaces do not work as advertised with iPhones, iPods, or Android devices. CX-5 and Mazda 6 owners have been reporting these problems to Mazda for about 2 years. Mazda acknowledges the problem and claims a fix is on the way. Meanwhile, they continue to charge a premium for this system to unsuspecting customers. If you're considering this vehicle, skip the Bose and the Tom Tom navigation and have an aftermarket system installed. It probably won't cost any more and you'll be far happier than those of us, who went with the factory option.
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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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Great car but problem

by from SC on October 16, 2015

Our Mazda CS-5 is about 5 months old.... love the car... great hauling kids and plenty of room and features. BUT, having said that, it did leave me stranded. 5 month old car and on the side of the roa...
Our Mazda CS-5 is about 5 months old.... love the car... great hauling kids and plenty of room and features. BUT, having said that, it did leave me stranded. 5 month old car and on the side of the road with a AAA call to come pick it up. Ends up being the transmission. Had it hauled to the shop and they got the codes..... not sure exactly what they did.... reflashed some softward maybe.... but so far, running like a champ again.
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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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CX-5 Touring, first Mazda

by from Alabama on April 28, 2015

I never expected to buy an SUV. The CX-5 is a "crossover" or compact SUV built on a car platform. I was first attracted by its style, which is a little athletic, not too masculine, and doesn't seem ch...
I never expected to buy an SUV. The CX-5 is a "crossover" or compact SUV built on a car platform. I was first attracted by its style, which is a little athletic, not too masculine, and doesn't seem chubby like some other crossovers. The cockpit feels as if it were designed for me... nicely supportive bucket seat with all the controls in reach, and a smallish steering wheel. It handles easily, with lively acceleration for a 4 cylinder engine. What sold me: passenger room. In both front and back seats, there's great leg room and head room for 4 full-sized adults. The CX-5 seems bigger on the inside than on the outside. Advertising indicates it seats 5, but passenger #5 would have to be a child sandwiched between 2 other passengers in the back seat (there are seat belts for 5). The biggest minus so far: strong new-car smell, including new-engine smell. The salesperson explained there is a coating on the engine parts that will burn off in the first 30 to 50 miles. This car has irritating fumes from plastics, adhesives or carpet, so I've been driving it with the windows open until it airs out. The ride is stiff, but not intolerable. Having had it only a couple of weeks, I have no idea as to reliability. Consumer publications seem to expect it to be reliable, and it also gets high safety ratings. I have no regrets for buying the Mazda CX-5. Only time will tell how well it holds up over many miles and years. It's a pleasure to drive, and a pleasure to look at.
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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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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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Mazda CX-5 has a few issues

by from Fresno, CA on January 29, 2016

I wanted to be completely happy with this Mazda CX-5. I did a lot of research and found a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle at a reasonable price. I was greatly reassured by the 150-point inspection and the...
I wanted to be completely happy with this Mazda CX-5. I did a lot of research and found a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle at a reasonable price. I was greatly reassured by the 150-point inspection and the new car warranty still in effect and the additional extended warranties. I was told the cars must be restored to like-new condition to be sold a CPO. I have had the car a week, so my review will not speak to long-term reliability. The good: I love the backup camera and blind spot warnings. I like the keyless entry. It is quite convenient to carry the key fob and not have to remove it from my waistpack. The vehicle is peppy. I do not have premium sound, but the sound is quite adequate for my purposes. Some complaints I read about certain features I found to be untrue, such as the liftgate not locking and an inability to store radio stations. I have the Touring model with no added features. I love being able to carry a substantial music library with me on a USB flashdrive, although there is a Technical Service Bulletin that addresses a couple of quirks that I discovered having to do with the playlists and also SMS messaging, but they are not dealbreakers even if Mazda will not replace the head unit. Here is the downside, and this does relate to my specific car, but maybe others, and is certainly part of what one should know when buying a vehicle. A CPO vehicle must pass a 150-point inspection and everything is supposed to be brought back to near new standards. I have the remainder of the 36 month/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warrranty and also an extension of that as a CPO vehicle owner. Unfortunately, it appears that one item was missed, and there is a TSB on it that the service department did not advise me of. I am now in a battle to get a suspension issue resolved that manifested three miles away from the lot when I first took possession of the vehicle and hit my first speed bump. The "chirp" sound that I believe is identified on the TSB that includes my vehicle VIN range and date of build has been classified as a squeak that is excluded from coverage under the warranty. If I ask them to look at it and they say there is no repair covered under the warranty, I will have to pay for the diagnostics. Mazda headquarters has to pre-approve the diagnostics before anything can be done under warranty. I am very disappointed that my dealership and Mazda corporate are making it so difficult for me to get this fixed. This is not an old car. It shouldn't be having age-related rattles and squeaks and, if it is having them, they should be covered. I have not abused the car nor neglected maintenance. I haven't had it long enough! The sounds did not appear on the test drive. The appeared when I drove it home. I am very disappointed in Mazda for making this so difficult and even a bit scary to think I will have to do battle over these kinds of things. I guess time will tell as to the vehicle's reliability and Mazda's willingness to stand by their vehicles and support their customers.
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