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    This Review is for a future (no, past) self

    When there's a time ripple, I hope that I will see this post before I buy my new 2017 CX-5 Touring.

    Here's what you will enjoy about the car compared to others of similar size and price:
    • Quiet Cabin
    • Decent Ride
    • No hesitation issues
    • Nicer interior/exterior


    Here's what may give you buyer's remorse:
    • You're a family man, get something bigger like the CX-9. Those weekend drives will be so much more comfortable as your family will be further away from your immediate space. Drive in peace, man. And when you find time for yourself, your eff'ing golf clubs don't fit that well in the back because you keep too much crap back there. Again, something bigger will help. Yes, you have size envy.
    • Rear visibility sucks in these smaller SUV's. Maybe they do in larger one's too, but at least take the time to compare the two.
    • Don't get the Preferred Equipment Package. Your hair is too thin to have that sunroof open. Nobody wants to see that flopping in the wind. The power lift gate is pointless unless it's auto-open with foot motion. Finally, that Bose system is bad even with the extra speakers. They don't "break in" like some claim.
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    Damn. I like my 2017 even better than my 2016.

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    I agree that the Preferred Equipment Package is not needed.

    Because the side view mirrors are large for the segment and there is good view out of the rear window, the visibility seems OK for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VQ35DE View Post
    Damn. I like my 2017 even better than my 2016.
    Have to ask about your screen name: VQ35DE. That's a Nissan engine. Do you have a Nissan/Infiniti as well?

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    I like opening the sunroof to let out the summer heat when I first get in rather than make the a/c work so hard.

    I rarely drive with the sunroof open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzman12 View Post
    Have to ask about your screen name: VQ35DE. That's a Nissan engine. Do you have a Nissan/Infiniti as well?
    Some in the past but not any now. Good catch there !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzman12 View Post
    Have to ask about your screen name: VQ35DE. That's a Nissan engine. Do you have a Nissan/Infiniti as well?
    DE was the "Rev up", correct?

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    I generally prefer bigger vehicles, but the CX-9 is a no go. Nice vehicle, but you're going to pay a lot more for the increase in space. The CX-5 AWD with Activsense fits the bill for a reasonably priced, roomy vehicle with all or most of the features I want at under 26k.
    Last edited by Chocolate; 08-21-2019 at 08:46 AM.

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    Uh... Stop keeping so much crap back there?!? 😁

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    I got one of these organizers to hang over the back seat:



    And I got one of these to hang over the organizer in case I needed the extra capacity:



    And I don't have kids!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avoidin Deer View Post
    I got one of these organizers to hang over the back seat:



    And I got one of these to hang over the organizer in case I needed the extra capacity:



    And I don't have kids!
    Do you have a link to this product, the one you purchased?
    I was planning on buying a cargo net but I guess something like this will suit perfectly for my use-case.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gm43514 View Post
    Do you have a link to this product, the one you purchased?
    I was planning on buying a cargo net but I guess something like this will suit perfectly for my use-case.

    Thanks in advance.
    Here is the pocketed organizer.

    Here is the net.

    I haven't used the netting yet...it's shoved in one of the organizer's pocket in case I need it to keep stuff from sloshing around. The organizer holds all the long-term use stuff like flares, hand cleaner, paper towels, spare water & snack bars, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by double00 View Post
    Finally, that Bose system is bad even with the extra speakers. They don't "break in" like some claim. [/LIST]
    Have you unchecked the "Bose Centerpoint" feature? I wasn't impressed with the Bose system at first, but then after removing the centerpoint option it sounds great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unobtanium View Post
    DE was the "Rev up", correct?
    Took me a while to find the info., but the "D" stands for dual overhead cams, and the "E" stands for electronic port fuel injection.
    Nissan introduced this V6 in 2001, and is still used today.
    The newer VQ35HR stands for Higher Revving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mox44ah View Post
    Have you unchecked the "Bose Centerpoint" feature? I wasn't impressed with the Bose system at first, but then after removing the centerpoint option it sounds great.
    Yeah, I'm still torn on the Centerpoint. I guess it's a personal experience, but IMO it sounds horrible for some music, but ok for others. I would rather have a nice stage setting and typically leave it off. Regardless of on/off, the speakers have a muddy sound. My 2002 VW Golf had a much better Bose system.

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