Are the seats overall an upgrade and more comfortable in the signature or just a different leather? If that was the case I would have considered the sig.
The Signature is great and we were looking at that hard. We ended up buying the CX-9 signature instead - which I liked because it had more wood and greater premium feel. But I honestly, in regards to the CX-5, I really liked the GTR as I really liked the Soul Crystal red color with a parchment interior, a combo not available in the Signature. I also find the brown leather in the Mazda 6 to be a little bit better than in the CX-5.
It's interesting to read other's comments (in this thread and elsewhere) who felt as though they were sitting in a cave with the CX-5's black headliner. That was my immediate reaction when I first test drove a CX-5 in the summer of 2018, but I'm pretty sensitive to that kind of stuff.
By the time I went back in 2019 test drove a Reserve, I had forgotten about the cave-like feeling. I guess the Reserve had a lighter-color headliner, since I did not notice the claustrophobia when I got in it. I never really thought about the headliner in that initial test drive until reading these comments, or that they color had changed.
Nope.I thought only the Sig had a black headliner. If that's true, wouldn't the CX-5 you test drove in the summer of 2018 have had a light colored headliner?
MAzda just missed the mark on the shade of brown offered on the Sig CX5 - had it not been so close to black, I think it would've convinced more people to get it. The Cx9 Signature brown in the Cx5 would make the extra $$ worth it for me personally!