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Monthly Update for April 2018 - 2018 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,059
edited May 2018 in Mazda

imageMonthly Update for April 2018 - 2018 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test

We love driving our new long-term 2018 Mazda CX-5, but April was a month of disappointing performance and fuel economy data.

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Comments

  • "I don't particularly care for four-door vehicles..." Um, you're reviewing a CUV here, buddy...

    And the Mazda-lovers always find a way to rationalize the underachiever powertrains they have.
  • DLuDLu NHPosts: 94
    edited May 2018

    "I don't particularly care for four-door vehicles..." Um, you're reviewing a CUV here, buddy...

    And the Mazda-lovers always find a way to rationalize the underachiever powertrains they have.

    Are you saying that you don't care for attributes such as handling and steering (many people don't care for that in a crossover, so I get it)? Are you saying that, because the powertrain is the most important aspect of a car, extolling the CX-5's other attributes is invalid (how does a Mazda underachieve here anyway, just 0-60 numbers?)? Have you driven any of these underachievers?
  • rmhpmirmhpmi Posts: 37
    Have always Loved this vehicle. Strongly considered one last year. Just not enough Zoom Zoom for me. Drop the 2.5T into this and I'm headed to the dealer.
  • metalmaniametalmania Posts: 167
    If I were forced to choose between power and handling, I'd take handling - that's fun at any speed (call it the Miata Principle if you like). I understand we're not talking about a performance car, but 9 seconds is pretty underwhelming and I'm a Mazda owner and fan. That's also with just the driver on board, so add a family of 4 and some stuff in the cargo area and we're probably looking at something like 11 or 12? I rarely do max acceleration runs, but I have some on-ramps locally that require a full stop and then merge into 60 mph traffic with barely any acceleration lane. It can be genuinely scary getting up to speed during the rare gap in traffic when it's busy - and my car is about a 7 - 7.5 second car. Mainstream family cars don't need to be rockets, but I do view a certain level of 0-60 and passing capability as a safety feature, not just for thrills.

    I really do think the engine lineup is Mazda's biggest weak spot, now that they've addressed their traditionally poor NVH (which, ironically is partly why this CX-5 is slower due to the added weight of the sound insulation). If I were in the market for a compact CUV, I'd still probably take the CX-5 as-is over the others, but I'd have to really think about whether or not I'd want to go long term with an "adequate but nothing more" engine. The 2.5 turbo would go a long way towards erasing that concern.





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