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ta240
06-14-2012, 05:52 PM
When you were shopping, which other cars made the running?

We test drove:
Buick Verano - needed a backup camera and lacked any 'wow' factor
GMC Terrain (rented) - a bit louder, but smoother ride, not as good of mpg and could never find the trim/color/options combo we wanted. More expensive, especially for what you get.
VW Jetta (rented) - side mirror whistled, a bit expensive if you get a nicer one
Acura TSX - too big and kinda blah
Acura TL (prior generation, used) - too big and a bit detached
Nissan Rogue - not sporty enough styling
Infiniti G25/G37 - we felt like we 'should' like it, we just didn't. bad mpg too
Chevy Cruze (rented) - passenger airbag wouldn't turn on for my wife, shifted poorly
Nissan Altima (rented) - Kinda Bland
Mazda6 4cyl (rented) - didn't feel like a Mazda
Pontiac G8 GT - felt too big, bad mpg.
Honda Accord 4 cyl - Drove like an older Buick
Buick Regal - dealer tried to jack up the price by $4,000 we walked and lost interest
Lexus IS250 - weren't crazy about the styling, dealer kept trying to play games with the price.

Looked at (didn't bother driving):
Acura ILX - no 'wow' factor and really expensive if you wanted toys
Subaru Impreza - just seemed too basic and cheap interior (except the price)
Honda CRV - didn't 'wow'
Chevy Equinox - preferred the Terrain look

We already had a Mazda3 but considered just getting a 2nd one. But the extra room, smoother ride, higher seating position, better ground clearance just offered too many pluses to not get something 'different'.

When I commented to my wife that we were brand loyal to Mazda after buying our 3rd one she said "not really, we looked at everything else out there first"

Jcanracer
06-14-2012, 06:23 PM
WOW, and I thought I agonized over the car choice...
Subaru Imprezza 2012 - good space, but not fun to drive, manual transmission would have been more fun but hard to find in South Flori-duh, oh yeah and SLOW.
Ford Focus 2012 - Wife has one, nice styling, good handling, but autotragic gearbox was very imprecise (it would take a few seconds to move from a standstill) manual transmission hard to find and trunk space was smaller than I was used to.
Ford Focus ST 2013 - almost put down a deposit on this car the same week I committed to my CX5. I was prepared to give up on trunk space in favor of speed, 6spd and recaros in a practical 5dr shape. Insurance wouldda been a bitch though...
Mazda 3 Skyactiv (hatch) - wife sat in the back seat and ruled it our before I could test drive, said it was too small (how many godamn baby seats is she planning for our future? @_@
Audi A3 - too pricey

If you see a trend, you're right on the money: I didn't want a big car, I wanted a 5dr sport hatch/wagon, with just enough utility to take a roof rack for my kayak. The CX5 was the largest car I test drove, but it felt sporty like a hatchback and who could argue with the economy, trunk size, and price!

ta240
06-14-2012, 06:36 PM
yeah, I drive car salespeople crazy. All I had to do to get them to leave me alone on the lot is when they asked what kinds of cars I'm considering I'd say "Equinox, Mini, Accord" and they'd roll their eyes and wander off.

I kept leaning towards the larger cars hoping for better ride and quieter with more space for long trips then when I saw the CX5 on the lot my first reaction was "it's too big" then I saw how close it was in dimensions to the Mazda3.

We test drove an A3 back about a year after they first came out and ended up with a salesman getting all in my face because we didn't want to buy a used one they had just gotten traded in and wanted to wait for a new one which would have cost us less since it didn't have a bunch of options we didn't want. It left us with such a bad feeling about Audi we never considered another one.


I didn't want a big car,

And it seems nobody quite does small cars like Mazda. They seem to realize that sometimes we buy smaller because we like it, not because we can't afford bigger.

ZuluCX
06-14-2012, 07:32 PM
Subaru Outback 3.6: fuel consumption, but great car, I had 2 subarus before.
BMW X1 : A bit too expensive when you start to put equipment in....but very nice car.
Audi A3: a bit too small
Mini Countryman S ALL4: see A3
VW Golf Wagon TDI: a bit boring to look at

Jonesey
06-14-2012, 08:09 PM
I'm still considering the following (in order) and I'm on the "fence" for longer that I'd like to admit:
1) CX5 6MT - like the size as it will fit nicely in my garage although I 'd have to get a trailer to carry things. The amazing economy/mpg is such a huge plus.
2) (Another) Pickup: Tacoma V6, MT, double cab, 4 x 4, crappy mpg ~ 19mpg but very utilitarian.
3) Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: Hard top, MT: again mpg stinks 'cause the Jeep is a 4200 lb flying brick but its a jeep.

CX-SV
06-14-2012, 08:21 PM
I was looking to replace my Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer (4wd) SUV with a modern compact SUV (awd).

I considered 2013 CX-5, 2013 Escape, 2012 Sportage, 2012 CRV.

Nodnerb
06-14-2012, 08:41 PM
Wow. Some diverse vehicle options in here. I knew I wanted an all wheel drive utility vehicle of sorts.
Considered many early on but narrowed it down to the following for actual test drives.....

Hyundai Tucson
Kia sportage
Ford escape(never drove one, didn't like the front end or interior at all)

Drove the cx5 last, loved it and left the lot with it.

J_B
06-14-2012, 09:44 PM
Kia Soul
We wanted something different. Now that we've bought a CX-5 (it's on a dock in Vancouver), our family and friends are telling us how ugly they think the Soul is. They didn't want to tell us before....
Man, am I glad we switched.

EricF
06-14-2012, 11:28 PM
Our criteria was pretty simple. We wanted something smaller and more fuel efficient than our 07 TL... and if it were more fun to drive that'd be a plus too.

We first looked at the Prius. I know I know... Everything about that car screams BORING! But its for my wife, and the idea of 50-60mpg I thought would trump the driving experience, but after driving it, I hated it. And I vowed never to own a CVT transmission (a regular auto is bad enough). BTW, the saleswoman told me the prius didn't have a transmission when I told her I didn't like it (LOL!). So I told her, "well, I really want a transmission in my car, so this isn't going to work".

We both thought a crossover would be practical, but weren't thrilled with the choices.

CRV- boaring
Rav4- didn't like the layout of the interior, or the spare tire on the back
I personally think anything made by GM Ford or Chrysler is garbage.
Anything from Germany scares the crap out of me after checking repair bills from my friends' Mercedes, and BMW's. (my buddy who worked for BMW told me, you lease these, you don't want to own one. LOL)

I knew about the CX-5's MPG rating and I knew it was suppose to be fun to drive. Also, my buddy works for mazda's corporate office, so I knew he could probably give us a discount. After about the 2nd 50mph corner, my wife and I both knew this was going to be the perfect all around vehicle for us.

I just wish you could get the 19" wheels without getting leather! I guess I'll either have to watch out of people selling them, or just be happy that 17" tires are about half of what 19's are! LOL

I also wish the boat carrying our car would hurry the hell up! haha

rmac
06-14-2012, 11:52 PM
I considered the Range Rover Evoque, VW Tiguan, CRV. Decided on the CX5 as it offers better bang for the buck and better fuel economy and I guess because I've owned nothing but Mazda's.

dasayheykid
06-15-2012, 12:11 AM
Wanted to get something bigger than my P5. The funny thing was as the minagi concept slowly became a production reality, each of these choices fell off my list.

Considered the following:
2012 Kia Sportage
2012 Gmc Terrain
2011/2012 Ford Escape

stromdriver
06-15-2012, 12:31 AM
i was also looking at the mitsu outlander sport and the kia sportage

the wife was looking at the outlander sport, the kia sportage or soul, and the chevy equinox

we both ended up with 5's

lenosrep
06-15-2012, 02:10 AM
I am always a loyal Honda owner, this time my wife decided to check out other name plates. Below are ones we test drove:

2012 Nissan Quest: Infiniti like interior. But how Nissan treated the fuel tank problem seem like they don't care customer safety.
2012 Acura RDX: A dashboard panel fell right in front of me.
2013 Acura RDX : Drive like my 06 Pilot.
Acura Tsx wagon : best driver seat but rear passenger seat too tight.
Toyota hybrids: Too boring to drive.
Volvo XC60: Nice but over price based on fit and finish.
Outback: Little worry about its crash ratings.

So we finally went back to Honda for the CRV except none of the dealer within 200 mile radius has the color we want. Went to a Mazda dealer the next week, love the ride of the CX5 and they have the exact ext/int color we like. The rest was history.

Turns out the MSRP of the CX5 GT Tech was similar to the CRV EXL NAV except the Mazda offer 19" wheels, smart key, BSM, HID, tinted windows, twin tail pipes and fun to drive which Honda doesn't. Love the CX5 that it is kinda a stealth luxury vehicle.

Btw, not even the 2013 RDX Offer BSM.

Tinymoon
06-15-2012, 08:11 AM
Nissan Murano: Turn it off because of dealers's terrible customer service.
Honda CR-V: the wife does not like the exterior.
Subaru XV: not the wife's type and just look odd.
Ford territory: Bad feedbacks from drivers
Holden Captiva: Too thirsty for such a family car
Volvo XC60: too expensive for out add option :))
Land Rover 2: look just so ugly

We are Aussie

Kelme
06-15-2012, 09:02 AM
2012 Ford Focus - Test drove it, didn't like a thing about it. The transmission felt like it had a mind of its own and it was always lost.

2012 Subaru Impreza 5dr - Meh, too boring.

2012 Mazda 3 Skyactive Hatch - Wife didn't like the interior

2012 Mini Copper Countryman S - too expensive for what it is.

JTNY
06-15-2012, 10:51 AM
2012 Subuara Imprezza wagon - Was about to pull the trigger due to the advertised 36MPG rating with AWD to boot. Then upon further research on subbie forums - it turns out nobody was getting anywhere close to 36 and instead were getting 27-28 mph. Big fail!

2012 Mazda 3 hatch - front passenger seat felt cramped due to high knee bolster - wife shot it down and we instead opted for the CX5!!

speedtrader
06-15-2012, 01:28 PM
I never thought I would buy an SUV or CUV. For a daily driver, it just didn't make sense. My top priorities were driving excitement (responsiveness, handling, etc), value, fuel economy, and style. I also preferred a manual transmission but it wasn't a deal breaker. The CX-5 just fit the bill.

Some of the others I've considered:
Honda CR-V - spacious but boring to drive and ugly exterior
Chevy Equinox - surprisingly cramp interior and unresponsive, numb steering
Toyota Rav4 - cheap and ugly interior
Ford Escape - poor value, style is a dated.
Subaru Outback - out of my price range
Subaru Impreza wagon - crappy tranny, both cvt and manual
Mazda 3 wagon - cramped interior
Ford Fusion - cramped interior
Toyota Camry - unresponsive, boring
Nissan Altima - interior seemed plain and dated

nyctravis
06-15-2012, 02:24 PM
Considered:
Chevy Equinox-really liked the styling but concerned about reliability rating that is dropping
Toyota RAV4-too common and not unique enough for my tastes
CRV-really didn't consider other than for a moment. Styling was too bland and not sporty enough
Subaru Forrester-really like Subaru's but ultimately styling was too boxy/wagon-like and interior was low-end (IMO)

lyj111121
06-15-2012, 11:24 PM
2012 focus: was initially on top of my list, but after test drove it, I found it too cramped inside. and its refinement is nowhere near what auto journalists said
2012 jetta: too disappointed, over priced, the interior sucks.
2012 tiguan: too harsh, too expensive here in Canada
2012 fusion: great price, boring overall
2012 verano: want to see how quiet it is, it's just mehhh...nothing special at all.
2012 camry se: second choice to CX-5, comfortable while sporty, but not as versatile as CX-5, friend has one, don't want to follow.
then the CX-5, test drove it twice and fell in love with it!
Just got mine yesterday, found that it's louder and slower than the demo car. they are the same GT AWD model. Don't understand why.
Today I wanted to merge into highway, really put pressure on the pedal and the engine roared. My friend asked me if I was speeding, I said no it was only 80km/h!
Just not comparable to the demo. Want to see if it perform better over time.

6kid
06-15-2012, 11:28 PM
Acura tl

Is300

Jcarte29
06-16-2012, 01:32 PM
Our criteria was pretty simple. We wanted something smaller and more fuel efficient than our 07 TL... and if it were more fun to drive that'd be a plus too.

We first looked at the Prius. I know I know... Everything about that car screams BORING! But its for my wife, and the idea of 50-60mpg I thought would trump the driving experience, but after driving it, I hated it. And I vowed never to own a CVT transmission (a regular auto is bad enough). BTW, the saleswoman told me the prius didn't have a transmission when I told her I didn't like it (LOL!). So I told her, "well, I really want a transmission in my car, so this isn't going to work".


HAHA good stuff

BeeteKnaughts
06-16-2012, 04:35 PM
we drove the rogue (damn cvts) mazda 3 sedan, and a santa fe. I was actually impressed with the fit and finish of the hyundai.

VK Sefirosu
06-17-2012, 04:13 PM
When I started looking, I was considering these (I had a Mazda3 at the time):

Mazda CX-7: Kinda liked it, although now I do not regret getting the CX-5 instead, but I didn't want to have to take a second mortgage on premium gas/potential turbo issues and it is on it's last model year. The incentives on it were very aggressive though at the time.
Ford Edge: Liked the look of it, but ended up being too expensive and probably too big for my tastes.
Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute: End of life model/cheapish interior, if the new Escape had been out then I'd probably have very seriously considered it but it wasn't and I couldn't really wait for it.
Honda CR-V: Was in second place behind the CX-5. Driving it felt quite boring.
Toyota RAV4: Although Toyota has a rock solid reputation on reliability to me they just can't, in 2012, justify such a cheap and dated looking interior… for the same price, and sometimes more, than other brands.
Nissan Rogue: CVT, nuff said.
Mitsubishi RVR/Outlander sport in the USA I think: Liked the styling of it, CVT killed it.
Dodge Journey: Not expensive and… that's it. Saw a review of it on TV here recently where they could, without much force, bend in the bumpers enough that a gap showed up under the headlights… Can't do that with my CX-5…

ta240
06-17-2012, 09:16 PM
We came really close to getting a Terrain. I think they are overpriced a bit and all the ones we found that were close to what we wanted had thousands in extra stuff added we didn't want. The disturbing thing we ran into was all the ones we drove all felt different.
We loved the Buick regal when we first drove it and then they said they could dealer trade for the color we wanted and came out with a price on a sheet of paper. 29000 msrp and a sales price of 33000. I just looked in disbelief and got up to leave. The sales manager kept asking from his office "what is keeping you from buying? Is it the price". The price, like a slap to the face woke us up out of the euphoria of the moment. We still looked at them a bit more but never at that dealer. I had no problem paying msrp for the car but was so insulted by them asking for an extra 4000
And after test driving one again we realized the visibility out the back was terrible. And the second one had the check engine light on and showed half a tank of gas but had the low fuel warning on. Not a good sign.

The Jetta was the last one I considered but once you got one with a sunroof they got expensive and I was nervous about reliability. Especially since the nearest dealer is about an hour away.

CX-SV
06-18-2012, 04:29 PM
Kia Soul
We wanted something different. Now that we've bought a CX-5 (it's on a dock in Vancouver), our family and friends are telling us how ugly they think the Soul is. They didn't want to tell us before....
Man, am I glad we switched.

Yes, the Soul is ugliest Kia currently offered by them. I'm suprised you didn't notice before family and friends mentioned it. I fully expect Peter Schreyer of Kia to fix that problem with next version of Soul.

speedtrader
06-19-2012, 01:39 PM
Last night I parked between two CR-V's. One was a current gen in silver and the other previous gen in light blue. I started car shopping last October and considered buying these three vehicles at some point. I'm glad the waited for the CX-5. It's such a better car. The CR-V's are hideous. I don't understand how they sell so many. At the same time, I like that the CX-5 is still rare and unique. I have yet to see another on the road outside the dealerships.

soobaerodude
06-20-2012, 02:44 PM
I was looking at cars that get good gas mileage, but have some cargo room.

Jetta Sportwagen TDI - First choice for a long time, but issues with the High Pressure Fuel Pump and general VW reliability steered me away.

Prius V - they don't have any with manual transmission, and they didn't seem fun to drive.

The CX-5 seemed to meet our criteria. With the way we drive, it would take 10 years to recoup the cost difference in gas savings in comparison with the Prius, so CX-5 it is

Gio26NJ
06-20-2012, 02:59 PM
Last night I parked between two CR-V's. One was a current gen in silver and the other previous gen in light blue. I started car shopping last October and considered buying these three vehicles at some point. I'm glad the waited for the CX-5. It's such a better car. The CR-V's are hideous. I don't understand how they sell so many. At the same time, I like that the CX-5 is still rare and unique. I have yet to see another on the road outside the dealerships.

Me and the wife were keen on the CRV with their "EcoBoost" system for the longest until we ran into the CX-5. I was about to make a huge mistake and buy that ugly looking thing, what is up with the rear?! front is OK but damn that's all your engineers could come up with for the back? it's like the hideous Pontiac Aztec with Volvo lights put on it. Thank you Mazda again... perfect timing.

CX-SV
06-20-2012, 03:05 PM
Me and the wife were keen on the CRV with their "EcoBoost" system for the longest until we ran into the CX-5. .

Yes, I think you means the Eco button.

Knowing your emphasis on fuel economy, you selected the compact awd SUV with highest city/highway/combined ratings (CX-5 has higher mpg ratings than 2012 CRV and 2013 Escape, official numbers out for all of these now)

dsonyay62
06-23-2012, 04:52 PM
We were at the dealer about to buy a 3 hatchback i grand touring. My wife saw the Cx5 and fell in love. Good thing the mileage is similar or I wouldn't have agreed. I'm not a SUV fan but I do dig the 5 so far.

Macksma
06-23-2012, 11:47 PM
Ford Edge - Rented one last summer and loved it, but felt it was too expensive
Kia Sportage - Had it ready to go with pricing done last summer, but was reading too many people not getting good mileage.
Toyota Prius - While waiting for the CX-5 inventory to actually arrive I finally priced out a Prius. Was down to final pricing with a dealer when I remembered that I really don't like driving regular cars and prefer SUV's or trucks.
Ford Escape - I couldn't decide if I liked the redesign or not, then the CX-5's came in and I claimed it before it arrived on the truck.

SilverBulletES
06-24-2012, 04:51 PM
My preference would be a wagon not a CUV, but the choice is just not there in the US.

My perfect car would be:
5 doors with enough space for 2 dogs and plenty of camping equipment
Sports car-ish handling
Row my own gears
RWD

3 out of 4 is not a deal breaker though. Hence why I'll probably get a CX-5. I think it's the Protege5 of 2013.

Looking at:
Used E39 Touring - Coming from a BMW of that vintage I'm pretty sure I don't want the constant cooling system problems again.
Used E60 Touring - Can be had for 20-25 grand on the used market but this car is so freaking complicated. Don't want to imagine the repairs in a few years. Manuals are almost impossible to find.
Sportwagen TDI - Drove one of these but VAG reliability scares me. Also 5 grand more than a CX-5 sport. I admire diesels but I think I might miss the revs of gas. Big plus: incredible resale value.
Forester - Drove one, meh. A hair faster than the CX-5, handles pretty well, but not Mazda well. Pretty numb shifter. Had some rattles and the motor was a bit agricultural. Nowhere near the mileage of a CX-5.

Have not driven but would consider a V70 especially a V70R but I don't think I'm going to go there with used Volvo reliability (AWD plus turbo and the almost unavailability of manual transmission is a lot to go wrong). My wife likes the Benz wagons and I won't rule them completely out. A RWD V6 E-Class should be fairly reliable. At least their cooling systems last a very long time according to my mechanic. However, fun handling is not really in the equation. I don't think prices on the E55 or E63 AMG wagons are coming down anytime soon.

As far as all the other "CUVs" (ugh I hate that term) I wouldn't consider any of them in a million years. No manual tranny, awful handling, hideous cheesy interiors (I'm looking at you Ford, Koreans) or ugly exteriors and mind-numbingly boring (all the other Japanese).

CX-SV
06-24-2012, 11:16 PM
And now back to something resembling a CX-5...

I purposely looked for a SUV since other 2 cars are sport sedans. A SUV is ideal for urban/suburban commutes.

Velodog2
06-30-2012, 09:36 PM
Surprised there is only one other mention of the Tiguan, as that is the only other minisuv I'm aware of that really competes w the cx5 in handling, at least in this price range.

I originally vowed I would buy a crv after suffering through years of unreliability and cvt hell in a murano, but after test driving one I came home and felt like slitting my wrists at the thought of driving that day after day.

So I went and drove a cx5 and liked it. It handled as well as I'd hoped and wasn't as sluggish as I'd feared. The same dealer then put me in a Tiguan however and I loved it. It was more expensive than the cx5 and considerably less well equipped at the trim levels I was considering, but that one toy it did have, the accelerator, kinda made the blind spot monitoring, bixenons, push button start, etc, of the cx5 kinda pale, and the handling was at least as good. So I agonized for days ...

Then that murano had the final say in the matter by dying for good - at the dealer while I was trading it no less, and still deciding between the two cars - so I got a really lousy deal on it and that just made the vw too expensive, and further soured my taste for anything that might be less reliable. I own a cx5 now. Zeal red touring with Bose, sunroof, tech pckg, and remote start. It will do.

bcooper
07-01-2012, 05:42 AM
toyota highlander ... too expensive for what it is offering

sdpadsfan
08-22-2012, 12:36 AM
Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium: My second choice. I liked the room, but did not have a need for AWD and the handling was not as crisp. Plus, not a big fan of the CVT
Honda CRV:Good reliable vehicle, but I felt that the interior looked dated and it was boring to drive.
Kia Sorento: It's a nice enough vehicle, but it wasn't nearly as much fun as the CX-5 and I felt like it was too much of a "Daddy" vehicle. The Kia brand is greatly improved from what it was a few years ago, but I am still a little bit of a snob I guess.