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Mazda CX-5



  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,174
    Does anyone have a guess how premium fuel would affect the performance of the 2.0L skyactiv engine? Would it increase performance, do nothing or even decrease performance(can't see how but...)???

    Question on the AWD system. If a tire blows out or gets damaged and the tires are say half worn down, do you have to change all 4 tires because of the AWD system or can you just change one? I've read that some AWD systems are so sensitive that putting a new tire on when the others are substantially worn could damage the AWD system.

    Also, someone mentioned deleting Centerpoint in the Bose system. What is that and how does it work? And if someone tries it to make the sound better can you report back. Tks.
  • glossgloss Posts: 150
    re: Fuel - I think, if the ECU were recalibrated to Euro spec, it should boost horsepower to around 163.

    re: Centerpoint - This is Bose's audio processing that I believe attempts to take a stereo audio mix and break it out into more of a 5.1 layout. It can be disabled in the options.
  • No need. Centerpoint is already disabled for most types of input, including USB and radio (the two I use frequently).
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    re: Fuel - I think, if the ECU were recalibrated to Euro spec, it should boost horsepower to around 163.

    I beleive a Mazda executive mentioned at the LA Auto Show that running Premium Fuel gives a slight increase in power. He did not elaborate as to how much. or whether it had an impact on the fuel economy at all.
  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,174
    aviboy97, any inkling on the tire replacement question I posed regarding the AWD system??
  • crystycrysty Posts: 3
    Is 26k out the door a good price for a touring model with moonroof? Thanks
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 24,861
    can't say about OTD, since that depends on fees, taxes and registration where you are, etc.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • 4326win4326win Posts: 1
    I am looking at a CX5 an d have a few questions. Has anyone really checked their mileage? What other cars did you look at..Equinox? I've heard the equinox doesn't get close to 32,pg and wonder if this one does.

    I appreciate any comments
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 24,861
    from reading reviews, and looking at the specs, I am guessing that the 5 has a much better chance of actually getting the mileage they claim it will.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 24,861
    been doing some more comparing. The 5 is looking more and more like the best overall option, factoring in the equipment level for the price, mileage, how nice it drives, room, etc. Good bang for the buck.

    Even the Escape, to get it with the stuff the 5 GT has (an SEL) is going to sticker at 2-2.5K more (though may have a few extra things like the nav).

    As long as the 2.0 engine really has enough power to handle the highway and some hills, looks like a winner. Now, if they had made it say a 2.3l with 175HP and more torque, without giving up more than 1-2 MPGs, could be even better!

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • amagaramagar Posts: 4
    We payed dealer invoice....after lots of haggling between half-dozen dealers. I think it's still too soon to say what's a good price. Dealers are loathe to go low with what's supposed to be their newest, hottest thing on the market. Also, the vehicle configuration we wanted -- GT AWD..white with black interior -- wasn't in stock anywhere. So that played into our price, too.

    On gas mileage: We rented an Equinox last year and put 4,500 miles on it during a road trip. Husband loved the power it had (and I liked the comfort, though not the styling)....but we were deeply disappointed in the gas was 8 or 9 mpg less than advertised. Not good. Hopefully, the CX-5 will live up to its mpg billing...or I'm going to hear about it...because, during the test drive, the only thing lacking -- like so many others have said -- was power.

    Does anyone know how the insurance top safety pick (came out yesterday) will impact cost of insurance on this vehicle? We got a quote from our insurance agent this week (before it was a top safety pick) and we were surprised by how much they wanted to charge....
  • glossgloss Posts: 150
    I was pretty sure that Centerpoint was only disabled for Bluetooth. USB and CD both make use of it.

    Perhaps I'm mistaken.
  • I've yet to make it to the second tank of gas, but at 200 miles the tank was almost exactly half empty. The capacity of the tank is 15.3 gallons, so based upon the assumption that it consumed ~7.5 gallons in 200 miles the average mileage is approximately 26 mpg. This corroborates very closely with what the trip computer is reading (~25.7 mpg). About 80% of these miles have been below 45 mph on local roads with frequent start and stops and the remaining 20% at highways speeds varying between 55 - 70 mph. The average speed has been less than 25 mph.

    My CX-5 is AWD and the EPA rated mileage is 25/31 mpg. So far its definitely living up to Mazda's claims.

    In terms of power, I'd say its plenty adequate for most driving conditions. To give it some go you do have to punch the peddle and make it work a little, but I've found it does deliver enough power to pass or make it up hills, even steep ones. As I said in my earlier reviews, the rated HP is somewhat deceiving as it would have you believe the car is less capable than it is.
  • Actually, you're correct. I noticed today that Centerpoint can be used with USB, though I don't recommend it. According to the manual Centerpoint is not available for AM/FM radio, Bluetooth, and Auxiliary input.

    Without Centerpoint turned on the Bose system is decent for a vehicle that's under $30k. It could be better in my opinion, but for most people's tastes it probably sufficient.
  • ethan_in_waethan_in_wa Posts: 13
    edited March 2012
    stickguy, please see my response to 4326win regarding power.

    My other car has 306 hp and does 0-60 in ~5.4 seconds, yet I still really enjoy driving the CX-5. Perhaps what I like about how it drives the most is that its amazingly nimble (it definitely does not drive like any other crossover I've driven) and yet is very well mannered and comfortable for every day driving. Plus with the mileage I'm getting its a pretty guiltless pleasure!
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 24,861
    you make a good case. I can't wait to try it myself (we tested one last weekend but my wife drove and I rode along). So far it sounds like it should be fine for us. My wife will mostly drive locally, but we do fairly frequent highway trips, so as long as it can cruise along with a modest load at 70-75, no problems.

    the comfort and nice driving experience you can enjoy every time you get in, even going slow. And better MPG will be nice!

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • michel_in_mtlmichel_in_mtl Posts: 2
    edited March 2012
    Hi from a new cx-5 owner :)

    I have a new pearl white GT with tech package awd ( fully loaded ) , I am a new rep on the road and do need to visit customers on a regular base and do need to carry large sample cases so I need a flexible and easy access to the cargo area.
    I am 48 and own around 15 vehicles so far. including an Audi A4 1.8l quattro 2001 from 2003 to 2011 and a 2007 Saturn Aura 3.5l from 2011 to 2012 and Now the cx-5 2013.
    I live in Montreal,Quebec so so we have to live with facts like very high gas price ( 1.45/l reg = 5.45 us gallon ) bad road condition lots of holes specially at this time of the year and also weather conditions in winter .

    So the vehicle I was shopping had to be :
    1- Good on gas
    2- Fun to drive
    3- AWD
    4- Space inside the cabin and in cargo area

    I bought the cx-5 after long research and 3 road tests. And after 2 weeks I am very impress with the cx-5 it is quiet on the road ( quieter than the A4 and the Aura ) . A joy to drive like tha A4 , I can not tell for the AWD as we do not have snow anymore because of early warm weather this year.

    I decided to test the cx-5 last weekend to we went from Montreal to Vermont and go arround Lake Champlain via small raods to enjoy the scenery we had 1 nignt stay in Tinconderoga and back on the road always and as much as we could use scenic secondary roads dtour via lake placis and st-Huberts and to hwy 87 to Plattburgh and back to Montreal See google maps link :

    I put the computer to 0 and after the complete ride we had 7.4l (32 / mi per us gal and ac was on most of the time as is was so warm this past weekend ) has an average fuel economy witch is on par with :

    The trip we made was full of hills up and down lots of speed limit chages and tons of curves so it is not the ideal condition to get the best fuel economy but we still manage to get 32 for this pleasant trip .

    We did not had any fatique due to the seats they are good and confortable , the ride is also confortable and quiet , the xenon headlights are fantastic wich i had with the Audi A4 but the cx-5 are much better I guess xenon has evolve since 2001 .

    I think it has good linear power enough for me as I wanted an economic vehicule ( at 5.45/gal ) you understand why ...

    The transmission is a real joy it shifts very fast and bearly unnoticable.
    The only thing I would like mazda to improve is the transmission is program to shift too eary to save fuel therefore during normal cruising it is ok but we do need to get it to downshift to face a hill ... that may be a future improvement via an update ?

    I am 100% happy with my choice

    If you have any questions feel free to ask .

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 24,861
    all cars are programmed to shift like that now. Some do a better job though at kicking down, but most try to avoid it at all costs.

    best bet, slide it over to manual mode and do it yourself!

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • bpizzutibpizzuti Posts: 2,743
    And for all of the haters out there who think that gate is for wannabe posers, no, it DOES serve useful purposes! :)
  • benjaminhbenjaminh Posts: 2,689
    I urged my sister to consider this as a replacement for her 1995 Accord Wagon. She's going to test drive a 2WD version with the 6 speed manual on Sunday...
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    That would be the cx-5 that interests me. Let us know how she likes it. I figure the MT will take care of all the "peppiness" issues, as the transmission will shift when you want it to all the time every time.

    Wish they still made the Accord wagon for the USA. That would be my ideal car - with the diesel engine. Hopefully the diesel should hit 40 mpg in the cx-5 when it arrives.
  • pppkpppk Posts: 5
    What do you feel?

    Cx5 touring AWD with moon roof for 26950, is it a good deal??
  • dgh53dgh53 Posts: 2
    I test drove the CX5 touring model. Found the 2.0 engine and automatic to work just fine. All around I like the vehicle, but the seating and steering though I could set all over the place but none were right for me. The steering wheel by the time you get it tilted down was blocking the odmeter way too much. The steering wheel if in anything but in the down mode is tilted way to vertical like an old style truck wheel angle not good. The electric seat was funky the seat would not raise the seat high enough for me, and when it did go to it's highest setting tilted the lower seat cushion forward like it was dumping you out of the seat. Like the car but the six way seat was unacceptable in any settings I could find. I am five eight and like the seat back a little so my knees are not in the dash, and high enough up so I don't feel like I am in a old claw foot tub or somehting like the old Escorts. Going to go see if the SPort or GRand Touring are any better for seating and the steering wheel. Disappointed with the seating. :(
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 24,861
    that was one of the reasons we moved off the T to the GT when we were checking them out last week. The GT has a normal power seat, and you can tilt the front up and the back down (the way I like it). The T was just like the manual ratchet seats that I hate, but with a motor (they all work like those electric recliners for old people, dumping you forward).

    The leather seats are nice too.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • Hi Michel. I'm considering purchasing the CX5 and have taken it for 2 test drives. Have you noticed any delay in the transmission upshifting after you have downshifted to pass another vehicle? Also do you have any outward vision issues with the rear side windows?

  • pppkpppk Posts: 5
    I bought the new CX-5 Touring last day : The car is really zoom zoom, i like it in many ways...

    1. It really gives you an exceptional feel when you take the SUV on the curves. I had driven Honda CRV, CX-5 is exceptional in this factor.

    The one point i have seen is when you have come to a dead stop, and then need to kick the gas pedal to accelerate to max, the car kind of waits for a split second to react, and then its all zoom zoom...

    I do not have any outward vision issues thorough the rear side windows, but i manly use the Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) feature to switch lines, which i found exceptionally good to have.
  • Hi Bob

    The transmission upshifting or downshifting are very crisp and almost instatanious ( like the Audi DSG ) and I have not notice any delay after passing another vehicle. When I choose the CX-5 a good part of the choice was gas savings, and the transmission has been tune to do just that. I as a driver have to adjust to that reality also , since I had the Saturn Aura 2007 for a year b4 the cx-5 , the Aura was very expensive to drive in town with the price of gas here in Montreal over 5.45 /gal us or 1.45 / litre , I was diriving the Aura very gently like if I had an Egg between my foot and the gas pedal, now I drive the cx-5 normaly without the Egg lol... :) and still manage a good 35% + fuel economy

    I do not have any outward vision issues thorough the rear side windows, and the is the BSM that help also.

  • jake195jake195 Posts: 1
    I have an '07 Mazda6 with 100K miles. Have had zero problems with it. Test drove a CX-5 Touring last week. I thought the acceleration was fine, a little underpowered perhaps, as many have noted, but fine for my needs. I am disappointed that a GT manual is not offered. I read somewhere that '14 models will be available with diesels. Mazda has them in Europe. The MazdaUK website shows diesels and manuals in all or most CX -5 trim levels. I have a commute of 70 miles per day. I am going to wait until the diesels are out. I will take an auto if I have to but would prefer a manual GT.
  • 62vette62vette Posts: 17
    I test drove the sport with a manual and a touring with AT over the weekend. Performance seemed fine. This is not a sports car, never will be. I did not notice a huge power difference between the 2 cars. I am debating the sport with MT (insanely cheap) or the Touring. I see some lease specials at some out of state dealers and just trying to get an idea of what is a deal. There is a silver touring with no extras on the way over to my dealer. Likely the one I will get.
  • holytoledoholytoledo Posts: 5
    edited March 2012
    I came out of a 2009 Nissan Murano that has a V6 with alot of HP. The CX5 took a little getting used to in the 'pep' department, but really smooth and fun to drive. You will like how stingy this vehicle is on gas. If gas keeps increasing (5 bucks?)...its going to make sense to drive cars that are more efficient like the CX5. Who wants to dive just FWD sedans though? we like our higher up SUVs without 'trunks'.

    Picked up my touring AWD and on the first tank (nearly 400 miles!, when I filled it when warning light first came on) I got 28.8 MPG by my calculation! The on board monitor says 29.1. That was 70% highway and the rest stop and go highway and city driving. At 4 bucks a gallon.... a crossover AWD that gives you this is terrific. Hi-Def radio, bluetooth, blind spot monitoring, steering wheel controls are great features as well. I think Mazda hit a home run with this one. (looks, build, price point, mpg #s, handling....power not so much...well you get used to it and getting 30mpg makes up for it.
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