Nice Vehicle, But not the best for short people
May 10, 2019
Love the Exterior - Super sharp! Reliability is very good from what I've read. I only kept it 3 months, though, and traded it in for a Subaru Forester. I'm 5'0" tall, and could never get the seat/pedals/steering combo to fit me correctly. Also, visibility is poor, like so many SUVs are these days, due to wide roof pillars, windows are not tall enough or wide enough, & the 4 headrests are in the way of viewing out the side and back as well. Try to get Blind Spot Monitoring & Rear Cross Traffic Alert to help with the visibility issue. My interior was Black, and I felt like I was driving around in a dark cave. The SUBARU FORESTER, however has tall, wide windows, smaller headrests, a standard moonroof on the 2nd trim level (the Premium), so there is visibility and light galore!! They also are much more proactive about offering light-colored seats, which also helps it to not be so dark inside. I don't have blind spot monitoring in it, but I don't need it because the visibility is so good! The LCD screen & features are much more pleasant and user friendly than the Mazda's. The Mazda's will not let you select a certain Radio Station, you have to scroll through all of your stations to find it. Also, it will not let you touch your LCD screen while you're driving, but they force you to look down at the console area & use controls down there to operate the screen while driving, which is super unsafe!! The Mazda has a lot going for it, but I because of the above, I wouldn't really recommend it. But some of it is due to personal preference, as well as my short height. The Subaru Forester is well worth the extra money I paid for it! I LOVE it every single day I'm driving it. I traded a 2016Mazda CX-5 Touring for a 2016 Subaru Forester Premium 2.5i. Best decision I've made in a long time!!