2018 Mazda CX-5 GT 2.5 gas from North America
I like it a lot, but it also has some negative features
So, after the VW diesel fiasco and the return of our Passat to VW, we settled upon the Mazda CX-5.
The decision was a close thing. Weighing the Honda CRV Touring, against the Mazda CX-5 GT was very close, even up to the very last when Honda blew it (a power passenger seat with only 4 ways. And none of those ways either up or down). Short people would have a very difficult time seeing over the dashboard in the passenger seat (would you believe; the Honda Grand Master Salesperson suggested getting a cushion?). Anyway, this is not about the Honda.
Our shiny white CX-5 drives quick, handles sharp, and is very quiet. But, those 19 inch tires/wheels are tiring.
The electronic nannies work well. Especially the Blind Spot alarm and the Active Cruise Control.
The estimated fuel mileage is very accurate, but the gas tank is too small. Needing fills at around 360 to 400 km.
The Bose system is very nice.
The hands free phone system can sometimes be noisy (hissy). The voice command system works... mostly.
The backup camera is quick and there when you need it (our VW B/U camera would show up mostly after we had reversed and then gone forward a hundred feet or so down the road).
The interior presentation is fabulous; the car makes us feel like we're driving an Audi.
Mazda has done a lot to bring the packaging up to date and desirable, at a level that rivals cars that are many thousands of dollars more and considered entry level luxury. But these seats are very low rent.
You know, with only a few opportunities to test drive a car, only a half hour or so each time (3 times) it's hard to judge the quality of the seating. You think it's OK, but there are also many other things to evaluate. Seating is the CX-5's Achilles heel. Very hard bolsters and unyielding seat cushions, even on a ten way power seat, make it difficult to find a comfortable position. The seats appear to have the necessary comfort, visually, but I end up sitting on the seats, rather than in the seats. This leaves me scrabbling for support in the corners, with my hips constantly aware of the very hard bolsters. Even though the car handles exceptionally well, the seats make me feel like I'm not part of it. The car is not at my fingertips. I am taking the car to a local automotive re-upholstery shop to soften the seats up. I hope it helps.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th August, 2018
24th Sep 2018, 00:51
Interesting take on the seats.
The fuel tank is small at 56 liters (15 gallons).
19 inch wheels make no sense on most cars today. Because of the mandatory low tire profile on such wheels, the suspension simply cannot be adjusted for enough comfort on most cars, even the more luxurious. These days, increased wheel size is one of those marketing tricks to fool customers. Any wheel of 16 or 17 inches has plenty enough tire wall to offer good comfort and great handling.