After three years, it was time to upgrade to the second-generation CX-5 from our 2014 CX-5 Maxx Sport model.
Before choosing the CX-5 again, and Mazda for the third time, we didn't have to go through the pain of picking the right option. But I did my study and six months' worth of research and a couple of test drives. The second-gen Mazda CX-5 was the only option for us.
After three months of ownership, the real average fuel usage is about 8.5L/100km. Our daily drive is around the Central Coast on mostly flat roads. We occasionally hit the highways, mostly on weekends. The longest drive I had with this car was about three hours, and it was pleasant and super comfortable.
What I like:
It drives like a premium car but with a price tag of $50K (Akera). It has tons of safety features such as blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, perfect HUD.
Adaptive cruise control, speed limiter (you can set a max speed that the car can go, no matter how much you push the accelerator).
MZD Connect is a nice infotainment system and sat-nav is clear and easy to use. We love the centre console knob and controls. It can also connect to Wi-Fi for the live traffic feed and local search.
The Bose audio system with dedicated subwoofer. Sound is clear and loud enough. High-quality sound in the cabin.
Sports mode is handy in winding roads and down hills. I tried it a couple of times and like the way it changes gearbox behaviour.
The cabin is really quiet. Mazda has nicely addressed the NVH issues with the previous-gen CX-5. Thick glass is used in the windows and windshield, plus a lot of additional sealing across the car's body. The seats are very comfortable and the leather quality is very good for such a class of car. The 10-way adjustable driver seat with memory is so great and useful.
The paintwork on this body design is just amazing. It is grey in daylight, but when sunlight shines on it from different angles, it presents the body lines so well.
No 360-degree camera for a $50K mid-size SUV.
Standard three-year warranty does not match what other manufacturers offer. However, we got a premium extended warranty from the dealer (with six years roadside assistance included).
The MZD Connect system is sometimes slow when switching from audio to sat-nav. Also, there is no shortcut to switch between paired devices. No Android Auto or Apple CarPlay yet. I hope Mazda releases it to all MZD Connect-equipped models (knowing the fact that it is available in the 2018 Mazda 6 in the USA) at no additional cost, at least for top-range models.
Small glovebox, although we don't really use it for anything other than the booklet and a soft cloth for cleaning.
Overall, this is our third Mazda in the past six years, and we love our second-gen Mazda CX-5 Akera. I admire Mazda and what it does considering that it's not a big company, but focuses on design, quality and final product.