So long, Honda. Hello, Mazda!

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Texas
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'19 MX-5, '20 CX-5
The short version...

I've owned 31 automobiles since 1989 including 11 new Hondas since 2006. My Honda experience started off great, but since 2016, each new Honda I bought had more problems than the last. Most recently, I had a 2019 Ridgeline that met the requirements for Texas lemon law based on the number of days it spent being repaired. Honda refused to provide any trade assistance to get me into new Ridgeline and I was unwilling to pay the full trade difference to a company that demonstrated no interest whatsoever in retaining me as a loyal, repeat buyer and brand advocate. Last week, I traded it for a new 2020 CX-5 Signature. I got KBB book value for the Ridgeline and bought the CX-5 for 15% below MSRP.

The CX-5 reminds me very much of the 2019 Acura RDX Advance I owned for a few months, but without the problems. I never paid much attention to Mazda until I started automotive writing a few years ago as a hobby and driving many different vehicles. Last Fall, I purchased a new 2019 MX-5 Miata Grand Touring that helped make the decision to put another Mazda in my garage an easy one. I've been working on a review of the CX-5 which I'll finish and publish in the next week or so.

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Antoine

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I never paid much attention to Mazda until I started automotive writing a few years ago as a hobby and driving many different vehicles. Last Fall, I purchased a new 2019 MX-5 Miata Grand Touring that helped make the decision to put another Mazda in my garage an easy one.
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Phoenix
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2020 CX5 signature
I don't know if the 2019 RDX I teseted had the documented lag problem but I find my Signature seems notably quicker off the line (though not so much once going). What is your impression of the off the line get-up compared to the RDX?
 
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Texas
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'19 MX-5, '20 CX-5
I don't know if the 2019 RDX I teseted had the documented lag problem but I find my Signature seems notably quicker off the line (though not so much once going). What is your impression of the off the line get-up compared to the RDX?

To me, the CX-5 doesn't feel as quick as the RDX even though instrumented testing proves that it is quicker. I attribute this to a few things:

1. The Mazda's 2.5T starts running out of steam past 5,000 RPM (and the transmission upshifts well before redline since there's no point in going there) whereas Honda's 2.0T pulls hard all the way to its 6,800 RPM reline. Seeing, hearing, and feeling the 2.5T "give up" by upshifting before redline makes it seem like I'm being cheated, even though it's actually slower if you upshift at redline.

2. First gear in Honda's 10-speed automatic transmission is really "low", so you feel more jerk off the line which gives the impression of being quicker.

3. Mazda's 2.5T pulls hard while in boost, but there is a significant interruption in power during upshifts. Honda's 2.0T has a more constant power delivery.

According to Car and Driver instrumented testing of a 2019 CX-5 Signature and 2019 RDX A-Spec, the CX-5 is faster in every metric:

0-60 MPH: 6.2 vs. 6.6 seconds
0-100 MPH: 16.7 vs. 18.1 seconds
Top speed (governer limited): 130 vs. 113 MPH
5-60 MPH: 6.7 vs. 7.0 seconds
30-50 MPH: 3.5 vs. 3.9 seconds
50-70 MPH: 4.6 vs. 5.2 seconds
1/4-mile: 14.8 @ 95 MPH vs. 15.2 @ 93 MPH
70-0: 173 vs. 177 feet

So, the CX-5 is faster even with 22 less horsepower (but 30 more lb-ft of torque), gets better fuel economy, and manages to do this with "only" six gears.

One area where the RDX shines is with its more advanced AWD system. Mazda's AWD system uses two open differentials with a single clutch pack between front and rear, so it's effectively two-wheel drive (one front wheel and one rear wheel) and relies on a technique of braking the rear wheel with less grip in order to transfer torque to the wheel with more traction. Acura's AWD system uses two clutch packs - one for each rear wheel - and can send power to both rear wheels at the same time or just to the outer wheel during turns. The rear wheels are also overdriven by 2.7% relative to the front. This gives the RDX a handling advantage when accelerating through turns and a traction advantage on slick surfaces.
 

Chris_Top_Her

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San Antonio, Texas
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'15 CX-5 Miata AWD
To me, the CX-5 doesn't feel as quick as the RDX even though instrumented testing proves that it is quicker. I attribute this to a few things:

1. The Mazda's 2.5T starts running out of steam past 5,000 RPM (and the transmission upshifts well before redline since there's no point in going there) whereas Honda's 2.0T pulls hard all the way to its 6,800 RPM reline. Seeing, hearing, and feeling the 2.5T "give up" by upshifting before redline makes it seem like I'm being cheated, even though it's actually slower if you upshift at redline.

2. First gear in Honda's 10-speed automatic transmission is really "low", so you feel more jerk off the line which gives the impression of being quicker.

3. Mazda's 2.5T pulls hard while in boost, but there is a significant interruption in power during upshifts. Honda's 2.0T has a more constant power delivery.

According to Car and Driver instrumented testing of a 2019 CX-5 Signature and 2019 RDX A-Spec, the CX-5 is faster in every metric:

0-60 MPH: 6.2 vs. 6.6 seconds
0-100 MPH: 16.7 vs. 18.1 seconds
Top speed (governer limited): 130 vs. 113 MPH
5-60 MPH: 6.7 vs. 7.0 seconds
30-50 MPH: 3.5 vs. 3.9 seconds
50-70 MPH: 4.6 vs. 5.2 seconds
1/4-mile: 14.8 @ 95 MPH vs. 15.2 @ 93 MPH
70-0: 173 vs. 177 feet

So, the CX-5 is faster even with 22 less horsepower (but 30 more lb-ft of torque), gets better fuel economy, and manages to do this with "only" six gears.

One area where the RDX shines is with its more advanced AWD system. Mazda's AWD system uses two open differentials with a single clutch pack between front and rear, so it's effectively two-wheel drive (one front wheel and one rear wheel) and relies on a technique of braking the rear wheel with less grip in order to transfer torque to the wheel with more traction. Acura's AWD system uses two clutch packs - one for each rear wheel - and can send power to both rear wheels at the same time or just to the outer wheel during turns. The rear wheels are also overdriven by 2.7% relative to the front. This gives the RDX a handling advantage when accelerating through turns and a traction advantage on slick surfaces.

Yea, the open diffs are kinda poopy, but I've ben able to improve their function by adding bigger front and rear sway bars, along with other suspension/chassis mods to keep the weight transfer down
 
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Texas
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'19 MX-5, '20 CX-5
Most recently, I had a 2019 Ridgeline that met the requirements for Texas lemon law based on the number of days it spent being repaired. Honda refused to provide any trade assistance to get me into new Ridgeline and I was unwilling to pay the full trade difference to a company that demonstrated no interest whatsoever in retaining me as a loyal, repeat buyer and brand advocate. Last week, I traded it for a new 2020 CX-5 Signature. I got KBB book value for the Ridgeline and bought the CX-5 for 15% below MSRP.
I really enjoyed my ten months with the CX-5. After nearly a year, Honda finally came through with an apology and some goodwill that made it easy to get back into another Ridgeline. This week, I bought a new 2021 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E and sold the CX-5. Carvana offered 92% of what I paid for it. It's a crazy market right now. I only got 7% off MSRP on the Ridgeline, but the RTL-E trim is nearly as rare as hens' teeth right now. I financed all of the Ridgeline at 0% for 36 months.

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yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
I really enjoyed my ten months with the CX-5. After nearly a year, Honda finally came through with an apology and some goodwill that made it easy to get back into another Ridgeline. This week, I bought a new 2021 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E and sold the CX-5. Carvana offered 92% of what I paid for it. It's a crazy market right now. I only got 7% off MSRP on the Ridgeline, but the RTL-E trim is nearly as rare as hens' teeth right now. I financed all of the Ridgeline at 0% for 36 months.

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You’re really an opposite to me as I always try to keep the vehicle I bought as long as possible. Considering how many Honda’s you’ve owned, and how popular the pickup especially the Honda Ridgeline is nowadays, I believe you’re happy to get back to a new 2021 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E!

Which part of Texas you’re in?
 

Chocolate

Harpy Eagle
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2019 CX-5 AWD
What was the goodwill from Honda?

I hope your new Ridgeline is better than the one you returned under the lemon law. 2 model years newer may bring some improvements. The Ridgeline is a vehicle that has caught my attention for a potential used search on Autotrader (used to look at 1st gens) - the coil/4-wheel independent suspension gives it one of the better rides in the segment, but the reliability record kept me from ever bothering to test drive it. What made you decide to try it again?

 
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Texas
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'19 MX-5, '20 CX-5
What was the goodwill from Honda?

I hope your new Ridgeline is better than the one you returned under the lemon law. 2 model years newer may bring some improvements. The Ridgeline is a vehicle that has caught my attention for a potential used search on Autotrader (used to look at 1st gens) - the coil/4-wheel independent suspension gives it one of the better rides in the segment, but the reliability record kept me from ever bothering to test drive it. What made you decide to try it again?


I don't need a vehicle with an open bed very often, but when I do it's very convenient not to have to borrow, rent, or pay delivery fees.

The goodwill from Honda was a Honda Loyalty Card (pre-paid debit card). I can't disclose the amount, but it was "sufficient to encourage me buy another Honda".

The Ridgeline is probably the most reliable vehicle with an open bed (Colorado/Canyon, Tacoma, Frontier, Gladiator, Ranger, but it's not as reliable as a Civic/Accord/CR-V...or Mazda.
 
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Texas
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'19 MX-5, '20 CX-5
I am "he" and "the OP". :)

Everything has a price - Honda found mine and made me whole...at least for now.
 
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Ottawa, Ontario
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17 Mazda 6 GT
I am "he" and "the OP". :)

Everything has a price - Honda found mine and made me whole...at least for now.
Haha. Honda found yours I guess.
As for a Honda/Acura in my driveway? Never in my lifetime.
Too many bad experiences with their products and attitudes.
Doesn't matter what the incentive, I for one will not reward them for past behaviour.
 
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Texas
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'19 MX-5, '20 CX-5
As for a Honda/Acura in my driveway? Never in my lifetime.
Too many bad experiences with their products and attitudes.
Doesn't matter what the incentive, I for one will not reward them for past behaviour.

What if they gave you one? ;)
 
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Texas
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'19 MX-5, '20 CX-5
I wish Mazda made a competitor to the Ridgeline. Heck, I wish anybody made a competitor to the Ridgeline. Until the Hyundai Santa Cruz and Ford Maverick become available, it's still got the market all to itself.
 
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Ottawa, Ontario
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17 Mazda 6 GT
I wish Mazda made a competitor to the Ridgeline. Heck, I wish anybody made a competitor to the Ridgeline. Until the Hyundai Santa Cruz and Ford Maverick become available, it's still got the market all to itself.
Oooo, the words Ford Maverick conjure up some bad images and memories.
Is Ford really bringing back that name?
What's next? A new Pinto?
 
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Texas
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'19 MX-5, '20 CX-5
Haha! Apparently, they are. It's been rumored for a couple of years that Ford was going to introduce a truck smaller than the Ranger. It was initially referred to as the Courier, but has been called the Maverick for some time now. Basically, it's unibody truck like the Ridgeline. It's based on the Bronco Sport which is based on the Escape. It's expected to share the Escape's 1.5L 3-cylinder and 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engines and offer both FWD and AWD. The Santa Cruz, which is expected to be a Santa Fe with a bed, should be going into production soon.
 

Antoine

Administrator
Side note...Thread cleaned...Let’s avoid confrontation and keep threads civil and on topic, thanks.