2013 Mazda CX-5 2.0 liter gas
This car was purchased after our 2010 Ford Fusion was taken by our son who had returned from a deployment and needed a car. We had been used to having manual transmissions mated to 4 cylinder engines, and we wanted to replace the Fusion with a 4 cylinder "stick". We liked the CUV (compact utility vehicle) segment of the market, however very few of the manufacturers offered a manual transmission. The brands we looked at were: Ford, GM, Hyundai, Kia, Toyota, and Nissan. From what we could determine, only Mazda and Subaru had an offering in this segment with a "stick". It seemed that the whole industry was turning its back on that portion of the market. The Subaru was attractive, but included 4 wheel drive, which translated into more money and less economy.
We turned to Mazda, who at the time, had only 1 CX-5 in Western New York. It was 70 miles away. I was not fond of the idea of travelling that far, but we did. The dealer proved to be exceptional in terms of their sales staff / approach. Totally unlike any dealer experience I had ever had before or since. The CX 5 "Grand Touring" was a base model with a 2.0 litre gas engine and a 6 speed manual transmission. It was seriously under powered, but sufficient for our driving needs. We bought it and 21000 miles later are very satisfied.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st August, 2015