I knew a lot about the CX-5 from reading many reviews and articles about about them on CarAdvice.com and other websites. I test drove a few cars before picking this one and do not regret it. We decided on the Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport 4X2, which cost around $34,000.
I like the CX-5’s exterior design. It has a really stylish body compared to its competitors in the category. You never get tired the body design but the interior obviously could have been much better. Specifically the dashboard layout which looks very traditional.
The exterior colour is great but Mazda has always had a limited choice when it comes to customisation.
Interior colour is fine but centre console and parts of door panels feel a bit cheap but is still better than some of the rivals.
Honestly, I was not impressed with the infotainment system on 2014 models. I always look for a way to connect mobile devices to car infotainment system which is lacking in most Mazda vehicles. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto feature is something that should be standard in all cars.
Controls including climate control, switches, cruise control etc, all of which are easy to use.
The car suits what I needed it for and performs very well in day to day drive. Even on road trips it performs well, though the 2.0 litre engine struggles and needs to work hard when tackling hills or overtaking.
It is indeed fun to drive the car and fuel economy is great for a car this size. Though I wish I had the 2.5 litre AWD.
I would definitely recommend CX-5 as I believe is still the best in the category. If one can afford it, it would be best to go for the 2.5 AWD version.
And yes, I am eagerly awaiting the all new 2017 CX-5.