Recommendation for choosing used CX-5 year and model

Hi there I'm looking to get a used AWD SUV and a CX-5 seems like a great option. I have narrowed the choices down to a few options and was hoping to get some advice from you guys.

For 18-20k it seems I can get a CPO around 15k miles of the following:

2017: Touring
2018: Sport
2019: Sport

Or for around 22k a 2018 Touring.

From what I was reading a lot of people prefer the 2017 touring instead of the 2018 Sport and I saw cars.usnews called the 2019 model way more unreliable than the others. Appreciate the help.
 
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2019 CX-5 GTR
Hrmm personally I would go newer make model year in low miles.

This might be a helpful read:

'Reliability and owner satisfaction ratings from Consumer Reports were both solid for 2017 through 2019 model years. Model year 2017 had fours for both, while 2018 and 2019 received five out of five for reliability and four out of five for owner satisfaction. Looking in detail at the 2019 model year, Consumer Reports ranked the CX-5 number two of four in reliability among 2019 SUVs, including the Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4, and Subaru Forester."

I didn't find the US news unreliable article for unreliable 2019, so if you have that handy could be insightful. https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/mazda/cx-5/2019

JD Powers seems to rank it (Mazda CX-5 2019) highly across the board including reliability.
-you can flip through the different trims

For the 2019 the usage is now about 2.5 years of data (they get released late 2018) and I havent seen a flood of complaints, severe drivetrain recalls, or just outright failures. I think you would be fine in a 2019 that fits your budget and desire for features.
 
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Hrmm personally I would go newer make model year in low miles.

This might be a helpful read:

'Reliability and owner satisfaction ratings from Consumer Reports were both solid for 2017 through 2019 model years. Model year 2017 had fours for both, while 2018 and 2019 received five out of five for reliability and four out of five for owner satisfaction. Looking in detail at the 2019 model year, Consumer Reports ranked the CX-5 number two of four in reliability among 2019 SUVs, including the Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4, and Subaru Forester."

I didn't find the US news unreliable article for unreliable 2019, so if you have that handy could be insightful. https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/mazda/cx-5/2019

JD Powers seems to rank it (Mazda CX-5 2019) highly across the board including reliability.
-you can flip through the different trims

For the 2019 the usage is now about 2.5 years of data (they get released late 2018) and I havent seen a flood of complaints, severe drivetrain recalls, or just outright failures. I think you would be fine in a 2019 that fits your budget and desire for features.
Hmm okay thank you man.


That's where I saw it got a 2.5 which is below average.
 
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2019 CX-5 GTR
Hmm okay thank you man.


That's where I saw it got a 2.5 which is below average.

yeah I'm a bit confused as that site says based on JD Powers rating...
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But when I actually go directly to JD POwers for 2019 gives it 81 / 100 Great rating
 
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2019 CX5 Reserve AWD
I wouldn't trust anything US News puts out. I don't believe they're even a US publication anymore.

As far as the 19's go, this owner has not had one quality related problem.
 
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2019 CX-5 AWD
Because you mentioned those 2 trim levels, I would recommend going to a Mazda dealer and sit in both types of seats - the dimensions are the same, but the design is different.

Carcomplaints.com takes anecdotal reports from owners, which is another data point. Mazda sells hundreds of thousands of CX-5s per year. In general the 2nd gen CX-5 has a very good reliability record per Consumer Reports.

 
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I was in the same spot as you last week. Started off shopping for a used CX-5 to save money but ended up buying a new 2021 instead.

Was originally considering a 23k miles 2018 GT + premium package for $25400 OTD from shift. After some research I realized I could get the 2021 Touring + PP for about $3-$4k more and that was worth it for me for the brand new car and redesigned infotainment system in the 2021 model.

Few considerations:
1. I got additional $750 off from Mazda loyalty discount buying new that made buying new an even better choice for me

2. If you're financing you will get better APR buying new (I think there are 0% apr for 2020, and 0.9% for 2021 specials going on. For my quote, special financing was not valid so I did self financing and got 2.29%, but it was still less than the 3-4% prequal estimates I got for purchasing used). You should do the math to see how much you could on interest buying new and see if it makes sense for you.

3. check your dealers and get quotes, they might be running specials on 2020 models to get rid of old stock. One dealer was listing $5000 off msrp on a 2020 GT (cash price). I know for sure Mazda has a $1500 cash incentive for 2020 models.l going on right now. Check the "how much you paid for your cx-5x" thread, but rough ballpark I think you can aim for up to 15% off msrp on 2020 models and 10-12% off msrp on 2021 models right now. Accounting for everything, a new 2020 might only cost you a couple thousand more than used.

Hope this helps
 
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Since 2017 the "bones" of the CX-5 hasn't changed much. Of course there are different bells and whistles if that is what you are into. And of course the addition of the turbo comes along.
 
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I would avoid the models with cylinder deactivation. 2017?
There are no statistics that place the 2017 as any more or less reliable then the 2018+’s.

We have a 2018 and 2019 in our family, 70k combined miles and nothing other then oil changes/filters and tire rotations. Rock solid reliability.
 
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