First post for me.
I have decided with this winter and the amount of traveling in recent years I need to move up to a larger vehicle and AWD. I did look at the CX-5 when it first came out but deals where limited and the 2.0l got criticize on its power. So I am back looking at 2015 models of the CX-5, Forester and Outback none of them are out at this moment so I am researching issues with the 2014 models hoping this will give me some insight into the 2015 models. I have some pros and cons on each vehicle just can not find a lot on the CX-5 beyond the thread on pet peeves and issues that seem to have been corrected by Mazda besides the heater and blind spots.
I found on both Subaru's there seems to be an issue with oil consumption with the 2.5l. The Outback is slow with the 2.5l and does not handle easily. The Forester the heater does not warm up fast. The Forester has the 2.0XT but needs premium gas. The Forester does offer a lot of options.
But Subaru seems to offer an AWD system that no one can match with test like these. I would like to get some current owners opinions on the CX-5 AWD system and if anyone before buying their CX-5 did look at the Subaru Forester or Outback. I know I have to test drive each vehicle before deciding, but current owners opinion on ownership weighs in a lot on deciding on a purchase. Test drives are usually short term and it seems like you have the tendency to not notice problems until ownership. Thank you for your responses.