I drove both and like both for different reasons, ie, sporty fun and simple lay out versus luxury and comfort. I plan on driving whichever I decide on for at least 10 years. I'm concerned about the Mazda and the Turbo longevityWell, I'd drive them both back to back and make a decision. It's pretty easy when you do it that way. I've driven a Lexus for the last 10 years and they make a good product. So does Mazda. Consumer Reports now ranks Mazda right after Toyota/Lexus in new car reliability. Also, the CX comprises about 40% of Mazda's sales in the U.S. so it gets a lot of attention from the company.
I bought the CX AWD over the RX AWD because I feel it's a better value at the Sport trim, giving me most of the luxury features I'm used to (and some more the 2013 did not have). A lease on a new or CPO RX would have cost me close to 50% more.
I agree. They used to have a few clean designs but they have ruined the styling on most of their vehicles at this point. Toyota is a little better but only because they have so many different models among the terrible looking designs. Also, though the Toyota quality is generally good, they still have flaws like high rates of radiator failures by 100k, and in the case of my previous 2013 vehicle, a flawed starter motor design (and location) with a 100% failure rate by 120k that requires you to take the top of the engine off and costs over $800 to replace. They replaced that flawed part with a new part number a few years back but that doesn't do you any good if you own one made before 2016.Sorry but compared to a Lexus that grill is damn subtle. I despise that Lexus grill.
If I'm not mistaken, the 2.5L turbo has been used in the CX-9 for some time now. So it's new in the CX-5, but it's time-tested.I drove both and like both for different reasons, ie, sporty fun and simple lay out versus luxury and comfort. I plan on driving whichever I decide on for at least 10 years. I'm concerned about the Mazda and the Turbo longevity
That's an interesting statement. I couldn't figure out how to confirm/deny it, but I discovered that U.S. sales for Lexus and Mazda are darned near identical.You'll find way more Lexus's on the road with 200,000+ miles on them then you will a Mazda.
I used to be all about "buy the car that fits your image". Then my horizons expanded a bit. I went to do some training, and one of the guys hosting it, SF, 75th Rangers, rolled up in a VW Jetta. Massive dude unfurls from the driver's seat, and that's that. I wrote it up as a 1-off. Then a Delta guy rolls up...in a Honda Pilot. We are all talking cars at some point, and he finds out I'm looking at an SUV. He promptly suggests a Honda Element, since I won't be towing and don't have a family.Warranty period is about the same. Price about the same. I drove both and know they drive differently. The interior of the RX is pretty darn great.
I'm not a snowflake, I am 55 and insults (subtle please) are ok. LOL! RX 350 = Chick car??? I drive a Tacoma now
CX-5 GT with naturally aspirated 2.5L has very problematic cylinder deactivation. It has already had a recall for falling rocker arms. I personally also prefer to get a non-turbo engine for longevity. But if I really want a new CX-5, Id choose the 2.5T turbo instead of 2.5L.⋯ You can opt for the GT if you're unsure about the reliability of the turbo, but the engine has been used on every 2016+ CX-9, as well as on the higher trims of the 2018+ Mazda6.