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inodes
03-18-2012, 07:13 AM
Hi All,

Still awaiting my CX-5, as many of you would be.
I thought in the meantime, I'd post reviews I've noted and was hoping if there are good ones out there, you could also post to this thread.

Here goes:

The Age (Newspaper, Melbourne, Australia).
Tiguan vs CX-5
http://theage.drive.com.au/motor-news/head-to-head-vw-tiguan-v-mazda-cx5-20120317-1vbu0.html

Winding Road (Michigan, US)
Driven: 2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport FWD
http://www.windingroad.com/articles/reviews/driven-2013-mazda-cx-5-sport-fwd/?utm_campaign=Weekly+Email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=email-341&utm_content=WR79+4

Motoring.com.au (Australia)
Mazda CX-5: Prototype Drive
http://www.motoring.com.au/reviews/2011/small-4x4/mazda/cx5/mazda-cx5-prototype-drive-26463

What Car? (UK)
Mazda CX-5
http://www.exacteditions.com/exact/displayPage.do?issue=9403&page=30&size=4
http://www.exacteditions.com/exact/displayPage.do?issue=9403&page=31&size=4

4 Auto Channel (Web, Unknown location)
http://www.4autochannel.com/2013-mazda-cx-5-small-suv-competitor-review.html

Go Auto (Web, Australia)
CX-5 benefits from local input
http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf/story2/C780D0CDC27199DCCA2579B1001DD8D4

Auto 123 (Web, Canada)
http://www.auto123.com/en/mazda/cx-5/2013/review?carid=1133906801&artid=141229

AutoZine (UK)
http://www.autozine.co.uk/text/990.html

Autos Sympatico (Canada)
http://autos.sympatico.ca/reviews/13245/2013-mazda-cx-5-a-moving-target

Left Lane News (US)
http://www.leftlanenews.com/mazda-cx-5-first-drive-review.html

The Truth About Cars
Trackday Diaries: In which our author falls in love with a cute-ute.
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/trackday-diaries-in-which-our-author-falls-in-love-with-a-cute-ute/

Motor Authority
Mazda First Automaker To Implement Ultra-High Tensile Steel (1800MPa)
http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1066864_mazda-first-automaker-to-implement-ultra-high-tensile-steel

inodes
03-20-2012, 06:47 AM
New one today...

Washington Post
2013 Mazda CX-5: The crossover could make you a pushover
http://www.washingtonpost.com/cars/2012/03/15/gIQAr7wiGS_story.html

AutoExpress (UK)
Diesel testing - very positive
http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/carreviews/firstdrives/275725/mazda_cx5_22d.html

inodes
03-21-2012, 06:20 AM
Very entertaining review:
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/review-2013-mazda-cx-5-grand-touring-off-the-beaten-racetrack/

poggie
03-21-2012, 08:56 PM
Some video reviews
TFL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_b06FYls1g

Consumer reports first look
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTaVGjqrnVQ

prhac
04-28-2012, 04:01 PM
From NZ paper:
(http://www.nzherald.co.nz/automotive-industry/news/article.cfm?c_id=500847&objectid=10802030&ref=rss)
Note they have the boot/trunk size wrong (should be 503 litres, not 403 which therefore makes the comparison with the Tiguan incorrect.

DaveNZ
04-28-2012, 04:34 PM
There's also these 2 Australian reviews:

Petrol here: http://www.caradvice.com.au/160584/mazda-cx-5-review/

Diesel here: http://www.caradvice.com.au/164145/mazda-cx-5-diesel-review/

and this one from NZ
http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/lifestyle/motor/6762125/CX-5-is-Mazdas-game-changer

prhac
04-29-2012, 12:10 PM
Just out is a good, detailed video review found here on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMklTQiMWrs)

mddriver
04-30-2012, 12:46 PM
Consumer Reports has their say. Full story on small SUV's coming in June issue.

http://news.consumerreports.org/cars/2012/04/video-review-family-friendly-honda-cr-v-vs-fun-to-drive-mazda-cx-5.html

inodes
04-30-2012, 09:37 PM
Love the He/She commentary:

http://smh.drive.com.au/motor-news/road-test-review-mazda-cx5-diesel-20120426-1xmx6.html

inodes
04-30-2012, 11:49 PM
http://www.themotorreport.com.au/54012/2012-mazda-cx-5-maxx-sport-diesel-road-test-review-australia

When we first met Mazda's new CX-5, the SkyActiv 2.0 litre petrol version, it had just one shortcoming: we found it a little underpowered.
Enter the 2.2 litre CX-5 diesel: it rocks.
Packing 129kW and 420Nm of torque under the bonnet, those are muscular figures in any language. Enough to tow a horse float, for instance, and more than enough to give the new CX-5 diesel real get-up-and-go.
Legroom front and rear is excellent - better by a long chalk than the CX-7.
Up hill and down dale the CX-5 diesel feels strong. It will overtake effortlessly, has no trouble with a family-sized load on board, and is quick and lively around town. Our acceleration testing, two-up, indicated a 0-100km/h in the low 'nines'.
The diesel makes a nice deep murmur on the highway. It’s more intrusive when working hard, but not unpleasant or coarse.
Wind noise is low, and road noise – a bit of weak spot for most Mazdas – is quite well muted: the CX-5 is quieter than the Mazda6 on road.
Against Kia: The CX-5 however betters the Kia Sportage for refinement, road feel and interior finish. Our pick, the CX-5, is worth the extra expense.
Against VW: The Tiguan leads the pack for all-round handling verve and balance. But the well-rounded CX-5 is close dynamically, more comfortable on road, has a bigger cargo area and is more spacious inside. Our pick, again, the CX-5.
Against Subaru: Worthy though the Forester is, it’s a clean sweep for the CX-5 which is again our pick.

ManMachine
05-01-2012, 02:12 PM
Automobile Magazine, comparing to CR-V and Escape:

http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/driven/1204_ford_escape_vs_honda_cr_v_vs_mazda_cx_5_compa rison/viewall.html

The Honda CR-V is like oatmeal -- not very flavorful, but packed with benefits. The Ford Escape is a warm bowl of peppered grits packed with lots of spice and flavor -- though perhaps too much for some. And then the Mazda CX-5 is a delicate polenta -- it's the same basic idea, but somehow this porridge comes across as more substantial, more expensive, and more elegant. Or as Goldilocks might say, it's just right.

CX-SV
05-01-2012, 03:56 PM
The Automobile magazine comparo/review brings a good perspective for North American buyers. Comparibily equipped the CX-5 is 100 to 200 pounds lighter than CRV/Escape and still comes across as more substantial.

PJO
05-11-2012, 04:24 PM
I thought it was good to know living here in Oregon that the CX-5 won Best Compact SUV at the Northwest SUV of the Year Competition

http://youtu.be/x8gUCS-fdVw

PJO
05-13-2012, 01:10 PM
This guy really hammers the CX-5 about its power or lack of. What do you all think?
http://youtu.be/mKZNp-tVX88

drsw
05-14-2012, 05:08 PM
http://www.carreviewsoup.com/2013-mazda-cx-5

katmar
05-15-2012, 02:51 PM
This guy really hammers the CX-5 about its power or lack of. What do you all think?
http://youtu.be/mKZNp-tVX88

I think it depends on your expectations. I noticed the same power issues during my test drives, but I also knew the goal of both the engine and transmission is to get the best mpg possible - so it wasn't surprising or dissappointing to me. But I also haven't driven an automatic in over twenty years, so I don't know how unusual the CX-5 drives compared to others.

pdkline
05-15-2012, 04:31 PM
Another Review:

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1076193_2013-mazda-cx-5-2012-mazda3-real-world-gas-mileage-boost-from-skyactiv-engine


Over our usual driving cycle route of roughly 260 miles, which is about two-thirds highway and one-third local, the CX-5 averaged an astounding 33.1 miles per gallon.

This is what I am seeing 31-34 mpg in the city. Its insane.

Regards

Hank3
05-15-2012, 04:33 PM
edmunds inside line:

http://www.insideline.com/mazda/cx-5/2013/2013-mazda-cx-5-grand-touring-awd-full-test.html

My favorite video review so far :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acOLgJCDUBA

unixxus
05-17-2012, 08:17 AM
Usually UK reviewers are not very kind to Japanese cars. This must be one of the few exceptions.

http://www.thegreencarwebsite.co.uk/blog/index.php/2012/05/16/first-drive-mazda-cx-5/

thegrapeguy
05-17-2012, 11:58 AM
Keep the reviews coming! I can't find any new ones...

katmar
05-17-2012, 12:08 PM
Drives at Laguna Seca:

Dave Coleman (CX-5 engineer): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHHw_rJSIQo

Driving Sports TV:: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk2I3DCxKnQ

prhac
05-25-2012, 05:24 AM
Just received July's (always a month ahead) WhatCar magazine. In the test between the CX, Audi Q3 and Land Rover Freelander, the CX came first. Mazda beating an Audi in this country is unheard of. It was the manual diesel, 148bhp. 30 - 70 mph through the gears was 9.3 s. 50 - 70 in third was 5.4 s. The overall statement was, " The CX-5 isn't the perfect family car, but it's not far off - it's a fantastic deal."

unixxus
05-28-2012, 08:29 AM
Another interesting CX-5 review with lots of pics. http://www.slashgear.com/mazda-cx-5-review-26230122/

katmar
05-28-2012, 09:31 PM
Another interesting CX-5 review with lots of pics. http://www.slashgear.com/mazda-cx-5-review-26230122/

Awl, we don't get that Multimedia Commander Dial gadget here in the States, do we?

pauly69
05-29-2012, 07:59 AM
Awl, we don't get that Multimedia Commander Dial gadget here in the States, do we?

Apparently not, but then you don't pay $45000 for a loaded CX-5! You win some, you lose some ;o)

lenosrep
06-07-2012, 10:04 AM
This is the most informative media coverage on CX5 I've seen so far. Except that it is all in Japanese.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nu859oHRhL0#!

katmar
06-20-2012, 11:34 AM
Car and Driver (June):

"Hitting the fuel-economy top mark offsets the CX-5’s mediocre straight-line performance, and nothing in its burgeoning class is this much fun to hustle over a mountain road."

http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2013-mazda-cx-5-touring-awd-test-review

CX-SV
06-20-2012, 01:25 PM
^ Yes, I have that C&D test, it's one of the most thorough tests of the US awd gas version.

katmar
06-20-2012, 01:35 PM
^ Yes, I have that C&D test, it's one of the most thorough tests of the US awd gas version.

Nice, it's pretty darn positive overall. It's just these, "Freeway on-ramps require a wide-open throttle to merge comfortably" kind of statements I keep reading that make me hesitate a little from getting one, even though I adore everything else about it. But it's pretty amazing that in spite of everyone saying how underpowered it is, they also always say it's a "driver's car."

CX-SV
06-20-2012, 01:42 PM
Nice, it's pretty darn positive overall. It's just these, "Freeway on-ramps require a wide-open throttle to merge comfortably" kind of statements I keep reading that make me hesitate a little from getting one, even though I adore everything else about it. But it's pretty amazing that in spite of everyone saying how underpowered it is, they also always say it's a "driver's car."

Lol, rarely do I get a chance to use wide-open throttle on freeway on-ramps, because I don't want to rear-end the clowns in front of me.

The article is better than most at pointing out both pros and cons and giving instrumented test data too.

Yes, but as we mentioned before this kind of modest engine performance is typical of many top selling high gas mileage cars including the common Prius, Civic, Yaris, Corolla, Cruz, Xb, CRV, Sportage, Tuscon, etc.

ta240
06-20-2012, 02:00 PM
Nice, it's pretty darn positive overall. It's just these, "Freeway on-ramps require a wide-open throttle to merge comfortably" kind of statements I keep reading that make me hesitate a little from getting one, even though I adore everything else about it. But it's pretty amazing that in spite of everyone saying how underpowered it is, they also always say it's a "driver's car."

Take a couple test drives and merge onto the freeway would be my recommendation. Everyone has different interpretations of what fast or quick or even slow is. As CX-SV said the opportunity to do a full throttle freeway merge is a rare instance. But it is all personal preference. When I watch Top Gear UK I often find myself wondering as Clarkson slides a car around the track "but when in real life would you get a chance to do that?" Same thing with 0-60 in 4 seconds, is that really beneficial on anything but a track day? Or if you want to race kids at stoplights? A sure sign that I'm getting old is when I think "sure, that car is fast, but take it off the track and go get a bag of groceries"

Are there times when I wish it had a bit more power, of course. Am I thrilled at the mpg, definitely. Is it fun to drive yet still comfortable, yes.

I test drove the one we bought twice and one at another dealer and rode in yet another on a test drive. So I say, drive them and drive them some more and make up your own mind.

No car can be all things to all people so just make sure it is the right things for you before you buy.

prhac
06-26-2012, 04:56 PM
Short review by Top Gear, here (http://www.topgear.com/uk/mazda/cx-5/road-test/driven)

CX-SV
06-26-2012, 05:14 PM
Short review by Top Gear, here (http://www.topgear.com/uk/mazda/cx-5/road-test/driven)

Entertaining enough, from a UK perspective.

They keep touting it as a family car, but when they bring up nonsense like "But not striking. It's no Evoque.", that doesn't make sense. Of course the Evoque looks cool, but it's too small and impractical to serve as a family car, so it's no wonder Mazda didn't go that radical route on styling.

ManMachine
06-26-2012, 07:44 PM
CX-5 second, Escape first.

http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/suvs/1209_2012_2013_compact_crossover_suv_comparison/viewall.html

katmar
07-09-2012, 11:32 PM
Review: 2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport
By Murilee Martin on July 6, 2012

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/review-2013-mazda-cx-5-sport/

SilverBulletES
07-12-2012, 09:07 PM
Automobile Editors Notebook

http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/editors_notebook/1206_2013_mazda_cx_5_sport/

speedtrader
07-17-2012, 01:43 PM
Automobile Editors Notebook

http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/editors_notebook/1206_2013_mazda_cx_5_sport/

Best review yet. These guys really get it. They highlight just about everything that makes the CX-5 Sport with Skyactiv-MT great. Great manual transmission, handling, fuel economy, styling, and well equipped even in a low priced Sport trim.

The power in not lacking. Sure, on paper it has a few less horses than it's direct competitors. But do you think the majority of CUV drivers can even tell the difference? Do you even need those extra ponies most of the time? The more powerful Ford Escape has the same 45-60 time according to Motor Trend! If you're buying a diaper hauler, fuel economy and cargo utility are probably of great concern.

I'm tired of all the auto writer lemmings that just repeat that this vehicle lacks power and therefore it's crap. It just tells me they completely missed the point. Heck, if all they judge CUVs mainly on horsepower and 0-60, they shouldn't be reviewing cars at all. What if they evaluated sports cars based mainly on passenger volume and fuel economy instead? Ridiculous.

SilverBulletES
07-17-2012, 02:02 PM
Agree with the above. It was the best review yet. I only use half the power in my BMW anyway. I look forward to revving the snot out of this thing just like I did my '90 Miata, '93 SE-R and '03 Protege.

CX-SV
07-17-2012, 06:58 PM
For the way I use the CX-5 power is adequate. My weekend car has twice the HP for kicks, but the CX-5 is much more comfortable for driving in traffic.

Yes, good article focused on MT version.

RobertBurr
07-18-2012, 12:05 AM
This guy really hammers the CX-5 about its power or lack of. What do you all think?
http://youtu.be/mKZNp-tVX88

The MX-5 is a zippy little roadster that delivers surprising power in the upper range of revolutions and the critics have always loved it. The new 2 liter engine in the CX-5 is a different animal, designed to deliver ample torque at low RPMs, matched to a high gear ratio for excellent mileage... however... the six speed transmission of the CX-5 provides a sporty capability considering the size of the cabin and relatively high center of gravity of a car made to haul quite a few people and their stuff. This torque range is equal to engines with larger displacement that suck down a lot more fuel to achieve the same result. It's a different animal. It's not a screamer like the MX-5, but neither is it slow to respond to the stomping of the accelerator if you're in the right gear. And it has a suitable range of gears that match the engine and transmission well, so it takes a bit more of an astute critic to understand the apples and oranges comparison without seeing the vehicle as under-powered. It's not a roadster, it's an all-purpose vehicle that still has the zoom-zoom DNA in a newer, more efficient configuration.

jaman_ca
07-18-2012, 08:23 AM
The MX-5 is a zippy little roadster that delivers surprising power in the upper range of revolutions and the critics have always loved it. The new 2 liter engine in the CX-5 is a different animal, designed to deliver ample torque at low RPMs, matched to a high gear ratio for excellent mileage... however... the six speed transmission of the CX-5 provides a sporty capability considering the size of the cabin and relatively high center of gravity of a car made to haul quite a few people and their stuff.

I have to disagree here. The car has almost no power until 3K rpm, at least that's what it feels like with my car (manual transmission). Having come from a Protege5 (which is low powered as well), the difference in low RPM torque is huge. The P5 I could drive all day without exceeding 2,500 RPM and not be too slow to impede traffic. No such luck with the CX-5.

I would love to see some dyno plots to see whether the engine is truly down on torque early in the rev range or it's a combination of weight/gearing etc. that makes it feel slow. Of course if you do want some "power", just rev that engine.

Having said all of this, I still love my CX-5, it's just I know what it's capable of and don't expect more.

sylva143
07-18-2012, 09:51 AM
Best review yet. These guys really get it. They highlight just about everything that makes the CX-5 Sport with Skyactiv-MT great. Great manual transmission, handling, fuel economy, styling, and well equipped even in a low priced Sport trim.

The power in not lacking. Sure, on paper it has a few less horses than it's direct competitors. But do you think the majority of CUV drivers can even tell the difference? Do you even need those extra ponies most of the time? The more powerful Ford Escape has the same 45-60 time according to Motor Trend! If you're buying a diaper hauler, fuel economy and cargo utility are probably of great concern.

I'm tired of all the auto writer lemmings that just repeat that this vehicle lacks power and therefore it's crap. It just tells me they completely missed the point. Heck, if all they judge CUVs mainly on horsepower and 0-60, they shouldn't be reviewing cars at all. What if they evaluated sports cars based mainly on passenger volume and fuel economy instead? Ridiculous.

Although I am no expert (just an interested CX 5 owner), the power in my CX 5 seems just fine. I live in a very mountainous area and can tell no difference in uphill climbs when compared to my 2007 CRV. I am able to maintain 60 mph on long, steep grades. Yes, the auto shifts down to 4th gear, but just about all cars downshift when going up steep grades.

I read a professional review from Canada that I think has it figured out. To conserve fuel, the transmission likes to stay in the higher gear and this gives the impression of sluggishness. I simply apply a bit more force to the pedal to induce a lower gear, and I have all the power I need.

I find it comical that we are splitting hairs over .4 or less 0 - 60 times when compared to some of the competition without considering excellent fuel economy. I my understanding is correct, the US and other governments have established some strict fuel consumption restrictions over the coming years, so we all have to get real!

speedtrader
07-18-2012, 10:46 AM
I agree with jaman_ca on the torque. It peaks at 4k in the CX-5. Around town and in heavy traffic, I shift between 2k to 3k. Getting up to speed on the freeway usually requires 4k or more. Doing so I'm still averaging 32 mpg in mostly daily rush hour traffic.

Not once have I ever been in a situation where I had my feet pegged to the floor begging for more power. It might be the case if I drove the automatic and was trying to get it to downshift faster. Probably 99.9% of real world driving won't require it. I might change my opinion during the zombie apocalypse. Then again, you probably need something like a Land Rover or Ford Raptor. The CR-V's slightly faster .4 sec 0-60 won't make the difference when you're trying to run over zombies.

Vorret
07-18-2012, 11:05 AM
I agree with jaman_ca on the torque. It peaks at 4k in the CX-5. Around town and in heavy traffic, I shift between 2k to 3k. Getting up to speed on the freeway usually requires 4k or more. Doing so I'm still averaging 32 mpg in mostly daily rush hour traffic.

Not once have I ever been in a situation where I had my feet pegged to the floor begging for more power. It might be the case if I drove the automatic and was trying to get it to downshift faster. Probably 99.9% of real world driving won't require it. I might change my opinion during the zombie apocalypse. Then again, you probably need something like a Land Rover or Ford Raptor. The CR-V's slightly faster .4 sec 0-60 won't make the difference when you're trying to run over zombies.


lol

CX-5um
07-18-2012, 02:04 PM
Although I am no expert (just an interested CX 5 owner), the power in my CX 5 seems just fine. I live in a very mountainous area and can tell no difference in uphill climbs when compared to my 2007 CRV. I am able to maintain 60 mph on long, steep grades. Yes, the auto shifts down to 4th gear, but just about all cars downshift when going up steep grades.

I read a professional review from Canada that I think has it figured out. To conserve fuel, the transmission likes to stay in the higher gear and this gives the impression of sluggishness. I simply apply a bit more force to the pedal to induce a lower gear, and I have all the power I need.

I find it comical that we are splitting hairs over .4 or less 0 - 60 times when compared to some of the competition without considering excellent fuel economy. I my understanding is correct, the US and other governments have established some strict fuel consumption restrictions over the coming years, so we all have to get real!

I find that stepping on the gas pedal (FWD Auto in auto mode) halfway allows for a smooth downshift even when going on an incline or merging unto highway traffic. It provides adequate power while maintaining fuel efficiency. Stepping on the gas pedal to the floor while the car is moving makes for rough delayed downshifts of 2 and sometimes 3? gears it seems which isn't nearly as smooth-probably since the ecu is in fuel savings mode.

Triton46
07-21-2012, 07:53 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXhSm-IpLHM&list=FL9WK09b4n1Us36D6YvR5T0Q&index=1&feature=plpp_video

"This car has traditional hydraulic steering." (@6:35 on the video)

I thought the CX-5 has the electric power steering but the reviewer says it is hydraulic. Is it hydraulic, electric or hydraulic with electric assist (as seen in Nissan cars)?

katmar
07-21-2012, 09:50 AM
I thought the CX-5 has the electric power steering but the reviewer says it is hydraulic. Is it hydraulic, electric or hydraulic with electric assist (as seen in Nissan cars)?

The MazdaUSA site lists it as Rack & Pinion with Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS).

As far as I know, my RX-8 is fully electric. I'd assumed the CX-5 was the same kind of Mazda unit?

wngnt
07-21-2012, 12:33 PM
Nice comprehensive review but it seems Kevin was having some brain farts in the 6 minute zone....@about 6:21 he says the CX5 has a dual-clutch transmission. Sorry Kev, I think you had that wrong too or has my old geezer memory failed me.

BTW - I'm just a lurker waiting for the diesel. Love my wagon but the next vehicle will likely be my last and I'm going to be very fussy.

Triton46
07-21-2012, 06:40 PM
Nice comprehensive review but it seems Kevin was having some brain farts in the 6 minute zone....@about 6:21 he says the CX5 has a dual-clutch transmission. Sorry Kev, I think you had that wrong too or has my old geezer memory failed me.

BTW - I'm just a lurker waiting for the diesel. Love my wagon but the next vehicle will likely be my last and I'm going to be very fussy.

Same question here...there is little information on the skyactiv-d. I have read it is a traditional AT and I have read it is a dual clutch unit with torque converter. Reviews say the AT can blip downshifts which seems unnecessary for a traditional AT.

CX-SV
07-21-2012, 06:48 PM
Same question here...there is little information on the skyactiv-d. I have read it is a traditional AT and I have read it is a dual clutch unit with torque converter. Reviews say the AT can blip downshifts which seems unnecessary for a traditional AT.

The throttle blipping on downshifts is when in manual mode, like a BMW, it's nice, I want it.

Triton46
07-21-2012, 07:28 PM
The throttle blipping on downshifts is when in manual mode, like a BMW, it's nice, I want it.

Correct. I'm just saying if Skyactiv-D is dual clutch, the throttle blipping makes sense.

alex1706
07-22-2012, 03:29 PM
Hard to get in the UK. Released end of May, and could only pre-order from the factory.

Mine is due Sept 1st. Can't wait

soupafly
07-22-2012, 05:45 PM
Me too. Waiting till sept 1st for auto (diesel of course) in blue

alex1706
07-23-2012, 05:04 PM
Me too. Waiting till sept 1st for auto (diesel of course) in blue

Last sighting was on a boat to Zeebrugge Belgium. Due in 14th August, but though may as well wait until September. (Sounds like a Carol King song) Having a personal plate but includes the 62 date code, meaning registration date will be Sept 1st.

Metropolitan Grey (Polishes up nice hopefully) Diesel, Auto 2 wheel drive with free nav upgrade.

Alex

szwakon
07-23-2012, 10:24 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/story/2012-07-16/compact-SUV-comparison-under-25K/56421718/1

Exspeedaway
07-23-2012, 11:19 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/story/2012-07-16/compact-SUV-comparison-under-25K/56421718/1

This guy, David Thomas, Cars.com managing editor, said about handling of the CX5: "The Escape, Tucson and Sportage out-cornered it."

I dont know about they Escape but my CX5 out-cornered all of the CRV's, Tucsons and sportages out there.

Before i got my cx5 i tried all of they above and I made up my decision partly base on that.

Triton46
07-31-2012, 11:32 AM
The Auto Channel

http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2012/07/27/044335-2013-mazda-cx-5-sport-fwd-road-test-review-by.html

bopgun
08-09-2012, 12:03 PM
Car and Driver comparo in the latest issue (September 2012) - CX-5 beats 5 others (CR-V, Escape, RAV-4, Sportage, etc). Not online yet though.

katmar
08-09-2012, 12:06 PM
Car and Driver comparo in the latest issue (September 2012) - CX-5 beats 5 others (CR-V, Escape, RAV-4, Sportage, etc). Not online yet though.

Which CX-5 version? Sport Manual? Or the heavier AWD GT?

CX-SV
08-09-2012, 12:35 PM
Which CX-5 version? Sport Manual? Or the heavier AWD GT?

Heavier AWD version, top of the line GT, retail price of about $30.5K. Still had best MPG over 200 mile test of the 5 tested.

Exspeedaway
08-09-2012, 12:36 PM
Which CX-5 version? Sport Manual? Or the heavier AWD GT?

Normally in those comparo they choose a middle equip with awd auto trans.

SilverBulletES
08-15-2012, 03:54 AM
Here's one from Rideslust for the Sport if it hasn't been posted
http://www.ridelust.com/2013-mazda-cx-5-sport-ridelust-review/

And I think it's been said, but the latest Car and Driver issue has the GT winning a small SUV comparo. No link yet.

katmar
08-24-2012, 08:14 PM
Not a review, but certainly interesting.... diesel version running around the Nurburgring ring. And I thought the Leguna Seca laps were impressive, lol....

http://www.alvolante.it/video/mazda_cx_5_Nurburgring

miki69
08-29-2012, 04:21 PM
Not a review, but certainly interesting.... diesel version running around the Nurburgring ring. And I thought the Leguna Seca laps were impressive, lol....

http://www.alvolante.it/video/mazda_cx_5_Nurburgring
No so impressive I'm afraid. A lot of downshift mismatch (check the M letter blinking twice too many times, not shifting into lower gear)

Cheers,
Miki

katmar
09-13-2012, 09:19 AM
And I think it's been said, but the latest Car and Driver issue has the GT winning a small SUV comparo. No link yet.

Here ya go: http://www.caranddriver.com/comparisons/2013-ford-escape-vs-2012-honda-cr-v-2012-hyundai-tucson-2012-kia-sportage-2013-mazda-cx-5-2012-toyota-rav4-comparison-test

" It’s not just carlike, it’s like a good car."

respy78
09-18-2012, 03:08 PM
http://www.tflcar.com/2012/09/top-4-brand-new-small-awd-crossovers-driven-tested-reviewed/

These guys spliced reviews of the CRV, Escape, Subie Crosstrek, and CX-5 and ranked them. Enjoy!

dpod
09-22-2012, 11:48 AM
New York Times has posted their review:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/automobiles/autoreviews/laudable-fuel-efficiency-even-without-electricity.html?smid=pl-share

katmar
09-23-2012, 05:49 PM
New York Times has posted their review:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/automobiles/autoreviews/laudable-fuel-efficiency-even-without-electricity.html?smid=pl-share

"Just before that, it couldn’t handle a long, gradual hill at 65 m.p.h. without the automatic’s shifting down from sixth to fifth gear with only a driver aboard."

Don't most ordinary cars usually need to downshift at least one gear when going up long hills? Maybe I'm just used to cars like this, having always low-torque cars, but the CX-5's downshifting needs don't seem unusual at all to me.

IHeartGroceries
09-24-2012, 05:50 AM
"Just before that, it couldn’t handle a long, gradual hill at 65 m.p.h. without the automatic’s shifting down from sixth to fifth gear with only a driver aboard."

Don't most ordinary cars usually need to downshift at least one gear when going up long hills? Maybe I'm just used to cars like this, having always low-torque cars, but the CX-5's downshifting needs don't seem unusual at all to me.

I agree. I mean, 6th at 65 up a hill? Are you kidding me? Just letting the whole "under powered" mantra get to their heads.

CX-SV
09-24-2012, 11:11 AM
Yes, a modern 6 speed tranny is included for good reasons.

RDZSTER
09-24-2012, 01:22 PM
And I agree as well........

Before purchasing a new AWD GT last friday, I probably read every review and report available and the oft-referenced "power deficiency" was a slight concern. Although we have only had the vehicle for 4 days, we've driven it over 300 miles on a wide variety of roads and conditions. Any reservations about power are long gone and I feel the vehicle's powetrain is well-engineered and matched for the designed use. I also think it's already "learning" and adjusting transmission shift patterns, etc. to our particular driving style. It's a matter of reasonable expectations - i.e. not expecting rocketship performance coupled with the outstanding fuel mileage this vehicle delivers.

prhac
09-26-2012, 08:28 AM
A recent, brief, CX5 petrol (gas) review is here (http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/2012-mazda-cx-5-2-0-skyactiv-g-review/263975/)

I find the 19" wheels fine on our poor roads and the gear box (manual) is excellent - better than my old Tiguan's

katmar
09-26-2012, 09:19 AM
A recent, brief, CX5 petrol (gas) review is here (http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/2012-mazda-cx-5-2-0-skyactiv-g-review/263975/)

"The CX-5 can't match a VW Tiguan (http://www.whatcar.com/car-reviews/volkswagen/tiguan-crossover/summary/25739-3) for agility..."

Seriously? I've never driven a Tiguan. The Tiguan handles better than the CX-5?

prhac
09-26-2012, 11:23 AM
"The CX-5 can't match a VW Tiguan (http://www.whatcar.com/car-reviews/volkswagen/tiguan-crossover/summary/25739-3) for agility..."

Seriously? I've never driven a Tiguan. The Tiguan handles better than the CX-5?

My Tiguan Sport (note 'Sport' model) was a similarly powered diesel to my CX5 and it did handle a bit better round corners. There was less tilting/roll BUT the consequential ride was bone shattering. The Tiguan Sport was criticised for its ride in motoring press and I should have taken notice before buying one. I should imagine the Tiguan SE (with not as stiff suspension) would be very similar handling to the CX5's, but not better.

It has been mentioned in a car mag (I think the same one in a different review) that the 19" wheels give too harsh a ride. I've got the 19" and the ride is very good.

nycx5
09-28-2012, 04:54 PM
From driving television:
http://www.drivingtelevision.tv/index.php?cid=1075&brand=Mazda

Dimcorner
10-02-2012, 10:06 AM
Man all these reviews is really tempting me to get one. I need a replacement for my S4.

I'll try to test drive one in the next week and see how it goes. It's down to a 1.6L Escape or CX-5 but leaning to a CX-5 as long as power is not a big issue.
Question...

Anyone have a Mazda3 2.3? My wife has a Mazda3 and the power is fine on that car.

Exspeedaway
10-08-2012, 09:45 AM
New Mazda 6 review (http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2014-mazda-6-sedan-first-drive-review)

Not about the CX5 but i found it interesting

katmar
10-08-2012, 09:57 AM
New Mazda 6 review (http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2014-mazda-6-sedan-first-drive-review)

Not about the CX5 but i found it interesting

Nice review! I've read other glowing ones too, especially about the handling. I'd be tempted by the 6 for our second car, except the darn thing is a foot longer than a CX-5, which is already slightly longer than the small cars I'm used to. The 6 literally wouldn't fit in my condo parking space without the tail getting in the way of the neighbor's car (we park like an "L").

Nice to see the family resemblance though with the CX-5 and Mazda6, both inside and out. Can't wait to see what they do with the Mazda3!

CatButler
10-25-2012, 08:23 AM
The NPR Car Talk guys

Honest. Positives far outweigh negatives

http://www.cartalk.com/content/mazda-cx-5-2013

CX-SV
10-25-2012, 11:04 AM
CarTalk did a decent recap on CX-5.

Exspeedaway
12-23-2012, 04:27 PM
Here is a long term review by Car and Driver.
Note by they end of their review they talk about the hood shaking repair done under warranty by Mazda.
They also talk about the 9.2 sec 0-60mph time as being really slow, but on another review they clock the new Escape 1.6 ecoboost at 8.9 sec.
What bother me is that for they Escape they dont say it's slow but adequate for the segment.
We all know that off the line our CX5 feels a bit slugish but in most conditions it's more than adequate IMO.
If i want a more spirited take off i just switch to manual mode and it does the trick.

Car and driver long term test (http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2013-mazda-cx-5-touring-awd-long-term-test-review)

paris1
12-23-2012, 04:48 PM
Here is a long term review by Car and Driver.
Note by they end of their review they talk about the hood shaking repair done under warranty by Mazda.
They also talk about the 9.2 sec 0-60mph time as being really slow, but on another review they clock the new Escape 1.6 ecoboost at 8.9 sec.
What bother me is that for they Escape they dont say it's slow but adequate for the segment.
We all know that off the line our CX5 feels a bit slugish but in most conditions it's more than adequate IMO.
If i want a more spirited take off i just switch to manual mode and it does the trick.

Car and driver long term test (http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2013-mazda-cx-5-touring-awd-long-term-test-review)
While there are certainly instances where the CX-5 engine seems "asleep" (generally under light throttle application after the transmission has gotten into third or fourth gear some would argue "too quickly", I would never characterize it as being "sluggish off the line". In fact, sometimes I wish the torque converter that operates up until 5 mph was a little less aggressive and find that it's easier to start off from a dead stop by taking my foot off the brake and letting it roll a few feet at engine idle speed before I get on the gas. Otherwise, it's easy to make the car lurch off the line.

Exspeedaway
12-23-2012, 04:58 PM
From a stand still it's ok but when i slow down at a stop sign, if i dont stop completely it stay's in second gear and then you have to smash they accelerator for it to get in first gear or it just slowly accelerate in second until it pick's up some RPM.
But hey, that's just the way i see it, im not complaining at all, just commenting.
I knew exactly what i was getting when i bought my CX5 9 month's ago, it's even better now then when i got it so im really happy about it.

MikeM.
12-24-2012, 04:14 AM
We all know that off the line our CX5 feels a bit slugish but in most conditions it's more than adequate IMO.
If i want a more spirited take off i just switch to manual mode and it does the trick.

Man, mine is NOT slow off the line nor from a rolling start. I don't "smash" the accelerator either, I just press it all the way down. That's what it's there for. If you want a fast start, don't pussy-foot around, tell the car you want to go fast. C'mon people, it's not difficult, it's just different from cars that put all the power in the first half of the pedal movement. This took me all of three minutes to learn.

Three days ago I pulled up to a stop sign controlling access to a 55 mph hwy. Traffic was going 60 mph. The intersection I was at had a steep uphill transition to the highway that was also off-camber and the pavement was cold and wet. In a two wheel drive I would have been cautious with the power application in first gear because it would have been very easy to spin the wheels instead of accelerating into traffic. When I saw a break in the traffic I simply floored it. The AWD dug in and the CX-5 "zoomed" into the gap, no problem. Definitely not slow off the line.

dad of jon
12-24-2012, 10:25 AM
have you tried higher octane fuel?, cos in the uk the petrol has 165ps and 14.1 compression we have 95 ron it fuel used to be called 4 star I think, a long time ago we had 2 , 3 & 4 star but we only kept the more powerful stuff when we harmonized with the EU.

before you say it's dearer, just spare a thought for what we pay in the UK. £1.30 a litre.. Given that the roads here are narrower, very twisty (esp. in wales :-) ),congested with speed cameras everywhere you can understand why a 2.5 engine would be more popular outside of europe!

BTW I have the diesel -150ps on order , due in Jan. The 2 test drives I had in the car was more than rapid enough for the roads here :-) about as much torque as the 2.5 but without the fuel bills to match.

Exspeedaway
12-24-2012, 10:59 AM
Man, mine is NOT slow off the line nor from a rolling start. I don't "smash" the accelerator either, I just press it all the way down. That's what it's there for. If you want a fast start, don't pussy-foot around, tell the car you want to go fast. C'mon people, it's not difficult, it's just different from cars that put all the power in the first half of the pedal movement. This took me all of three minutes to learn.

Three days ago I pulled up to a stop sign controlling access to a 55 mph hwy. Traffic was going 60 mph. The intersection I was at had a steep uphill transition to the highway that was also off-camber and the pavement was cold and wet. In a two wheel drive I would have been cautious with the power application in first gear because it would have been very easy to spin the wheels instead of accelerating into traffic. When I saw a break in the traffic I simply floored it. The AWD dug in and the CX-5 "zoomed" into the gap, no problem. Definitely not slow off the line.

Say what you want me i find that it's a bit on the slow side. I've been driving 25 year and i didn't need 3 min to learn anything about how the pedal movement is working.
What i wrote on they other post is how i feel about it, i know exactly what my ride can or cannot do and believe me after 9 month's driving it i think i got a good understanding of it.
So please spare me the lecture about how not to pussy foot around (no offense given or taken). Im not saying im not happy about my ride or that im gonna trade it in for the 2.5 in a few month's.
Im more than happy with the milleage i get, ride quality, equipement, awd system (here in Québec we just got like a meter of snow) and all around feel of my ride.

MikeM.
12-24-2012, 02:40 PM
Say what you want me i find that it's a bit on the slow side.

I agree, the CX-5 is a bit on the slow side compared to other recent cars - just not off the line. 1st gear is geared much lower than most cars with 4 speed transmissions and this low gearing assures lots of torque to the pavement and a good jump off the line. I'm coming from a 268 hp Volvo S80 and, yes, the CX-5 is slow in comparison. But they both come off the line at about the same speed because the Volvo is traction limited in first gear - the wheels would just burn rubber if not for the traction control. The CX-5 is actually quicker off the line than my 2010 F-150 4x4 w/ a V8 because, again, the F-150 is traction limited off the line. The AWD CX-5 is not.

CX-SV
12-25-2012, 12:38 AM
Agreed, CX-5 felt a bit slow today, but because it was sunny and dry today so I enjoyed driving my IS350 (quite a contrast in power given a conservative 306 HP rating).

bamirault
03-16-2013, 11:57 AM
Found this link on an Aussie site.

http://www.caradvice.com.au/219849/compact-suv-comparison-test/

Brian

rmac
03-18-2013, 12:41 AM
http://autos.sympatico.ca/reviews/15839/2014-mazda-cx-5-more-power-makes-it-better

Exspeedaway
05-06-2013, 09:44 AM
http://www.motortrend.com/

New comparo from Motor Trend. The new 2.5 seems to really make a difference.

CX-SV
05-06-2013, 10:53 AM
http://www.motortrend.com/

New comparo from Motor Trend. The new 2.5 seems to really make a difference.

Consumers Reports came to same conclusion (June edition, first test by them of 2014 2.5L).

Voda Pas
05-06-2013, 12:19 PM
http://www.motortrend.com/

New comparo from Motor Trend. The new 2.5 seems to really make a difference.

I was just about to come on here and post that article. Here's the direct link: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/suvs/1308_compact_crossover_comparison/

SPOILER ALERT: We won!

Voda Pas
05-06-2013, 12:21 PM
Oh, here's another one from MT specifically about their take on the changes made for 2014: http://wot.motortrend.com/our-cars-2014-mazda-cx-5-grand-touring-awd-363199.html#axzz2SWvuzMBD

CX-SV
05-07-2013, 11:07 AM
Most of us expected the 2.5L to be quicker to 60 mph, but it looks like some tests are showing 0-60 to be a good 1.5 seconds quicker. Well done Mazda given fuel economy.

paris1
05-07-2013, 01:34 PM
Most of us expected the 2.5L to be quicker to 60 mph, but it looks like some tests are showing 0-60 to be a good 1.5 seconds quicker. Well done Mazda given fuel economy.Have you also noticed how many of those same journalists who panned the SkyActiv automatic last year are now singing its praises? What was that someone said about perception being reality?

CX-SV
05-07-2013, 03:38 PM
Have you also noticed how many of those same journalists who panned the SkyActiv automatic last year are now singing its praises? What was that someone said about perception being reality?

Good point, because it's still about as good as any auto tranny available today.

ManMachine
05-08-2013, 03:40 PM
In the latest June paper issue of Car and Driver, CX-5 handily beat RAV-4 and Forester. Mazda6 also scored a win against Accord.

Heritage07
05-11-2013, 05:25 PM
In the latest June paper issue of Car and Driver, CX-5 handily beat RAV-4 and Forester. Mazda6 also scored a win against Accord.

0-60 in 7.6 seconds, pretty impressive.

rmac
05-13-2013, 10:30 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vHNHesoIGM

Not quite a review but interesting to watch in what goes into testing the cx5.

zoomzoom1587
05-14-2013, 02:52 AM
Unfortunately I am very disappointed with my CX5. I have the following issues.:

Driver side mirror shake
Hood shake
Rattle very bad from passenger side
Rattle from driver side window
Tps monitor keeps coming on even though air is fine
Lack of giddy up

Needless to say that is a lot of issues for a car with just 5000 miles

The dealership said they ordered parts but that was over two weeks ago. I'm going to be looking at trading this in possibly for a new Accord Sport. I wish I could love this car

CX-SV
05-14-2013, 06:37 PM
0-60 in 7.6 seconds, pretty impressive.

Yes, 1.6 seconds quicker than a similar (AWD also) 2013 version tested by C&D earlier.

Seminole
05-14-2013, 09:02 PM
Unfortunately I am very disappointed with my CX5. I have the following issues.:

Driver side mirror shake
Hood shake
Rattle very bad from passenger side
Rattle from driver side window
Tps monitor keeps coming on even though air is fine
Lack of giddy up

Needless to say that is a lot of issues for a car with just 5000 miles

The dealership said they ordered parts but that was over two weeks ago. I'm going to be looking at trading this in possibly for a new Accord Sport. I wish I could love this car

For the TPMS, do you have it set to remind you to fill the air up? I had activated that feature, but even though it was about 15 days before when I told it to have me check the pressure the light went off and there was no way I could make it go away but to disable the reminder.

staryoshi
05-16-2013, 12:55 AM
The motortrend article has some specification errors. I know the specs of everything in the class too well... Not a bad writeup, though.

Also, I'm noticing a lot of misinformation in how sites present some of the information, too. EG they'll show the best fuel economy figures for one model and the worst for another instead of a range or some uniform measurement.