My first Mazda. It's a company car. My company requires > 25 mpg combined and the vehicle must be under $30k. This severely limits SUV choices. I have a German Shepherd, Husky Mix, and a baby. We like to do road trips up to 15 hours. I needed a car with large cargo space. In the end I looked at the CX-5 and the Jetta TDI Sportwagen. The CX-5 won due to the abundant options available on the grand touring + tech package.
Here's the skinny:
Silver Mica CX-5 Grand Touring FWD w/ technology package and OEM dealer installed roof rack rails + cross bars.
$29,267 not including tax.
This includes the vehicle plus destination fee and $541 atlanta marketing fees as well as a $299.99 dealer documentation/service charge fee. I believe it's a bit under invoice. They were willing to drop $300 auto show price on Monday on top of this, but my company couldn't execute the purchase in time.
MSRP is $29,165 plus the $299.99 dealer fee and the rack + bars are about $450 retail.
So the max I could have paid was $29,914.99.