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    I like powerful cars as well but saying you didn't have enough power to keep up with traffic is exaggerating quite a bit. I think with a couple of exceptions, any car sold in America today can keep up and far surpass any legal speed limit.

    Back when I was younger, I owned a 1991 Ford Escort with a 1.9L and only 88hp. I once went from my town to Salt Lake City 200 miles away and had an overall average speed of 95 mph including city driving.

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    After owning a low torque vehicle (1986 1.6L Toyota Corolla GTS), I vowed never own one again. I would ride around at 4000rpm just so I would have enough power to drive in traffic. Sold that car after only a few months of frustration. When I test drove a 2.0L CX-5 I got that same feeling. When the 2.5L came out, it was a joy to test drive. I recently got 32mpg on a 100 mile trip into the mountains with my 2.5L CX-5. To each his own, but I have my limits.
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    35,000 miles on mine and getting over 33 mpg commuting back and forth from Boston. I just tested the power of this engine a few days ago against someone in a GTI who tried to beat me to a one lane road and I think I surprised him because he couldn't pass me and I pulled ahead on him. The power of the 2.5 is definitely not needed but it is nice to have that low end torque. This is a traction limited 0-60 in 7.5 seconds vehicle that happens to get mileage in the low thirties, which I find really impressive.

    I had 28,500 mostly trouble free miles on a 2.0 Sport before and did 0-60 in 8.44 seconds, which is plenty quick for most.


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    Sold my 2013 2.0L GT at end of July with 30K miles. No problems to report, original Toyo tires were about 1/2 worn. MPG was fairly consistant at about 26-27 in city/suburban driving and 30 mpg freeway (70-80 mph).

    Buyer purposely wanted a GT awd with the 2.0L, she wanted the extra fuel efficiency (over the 2.5L extra power and higher purchase price).

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    I'm glad I got a 2.5. It's more drivable in my city, and more tunable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeM. View Post
    The 2.0L uses about 4-6% less fuel for the same adventure driven at the same speeds. That means 4-6% less time spent fuelling, 4-6% less fuel stops over the life of the vehicle and you get to keep 4-6% of the money you would have spent on fuel, money that can be spent on anything you choose.


    Considering the bigger engine won't get you there any quicker (or allow you to carry more people or luggage), a better question might be "why order the 2.5L?" and that's BEFORE one considers that the 2.5L costs more to purchase in the first place.


    I just returned from a camping trip in the mountains and averaged 33.9 mpg over the 350 mile trip. Try doing that with an AWD 2.5L.
    There are SO many other variables that can make those 4-6% not matter in REAL life driving.
    I just got 31.x+ in Houston rush hour traffic. Could I have gotten better MPG in the 2.0? Sure. But my original statement is still true, there is not much of a mpg penalty. But, to each their own. If the 2.0 works for you, fantastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CX-SV View Post

    Buyer purposely wanted a GT awd with the 2.0L, she wanted the extra fuel efficiency (over the 2.5L extra power and higher purchase price).
    I've noticed the 2.0L models selling with asking prices equal to or greater than newer models with 2.5L. I think it comes down to supply and demand.

    Was your 2.0L hard to sell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeM. View Post
    I've noticed the 2.0L models selling with asking prices equal to or greater than newer models with 2.5L. I think it comes down to supply and demand.

    Was your 2.0L hard to sell?
    Yes, all CX-5's in good condition in general have above average resale values contributing to a low cost of ownership (low depreciation).

    I did not advertise my CX-5. Since I was using mostly the other 3 vehicles in my household in 2014, I let family members know I was considering selling it. 2 family members wanted to buy it, I sold it to first one interested because she needed it the most. Her Subie Outback stick shift was at 189K miles and nearly EOL. She has second home at Lake Tahoe and needed the AWD (to avoid chaining up when chain controls in effect). She also wanted all the GT tech pkg luxury amenities and safety features (including BSM, rear camera, etc.). She's a 100% happy camper after 2 months of ownership.

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    My guess is that most CX-5 owners (who do not frequent forums like this) are not particularly aware of the engine options. They just drive it and, if they like it, purchase. I'm not worried about resale on my 2.0. It has enough power for most folks, myself included.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paris1 View Post
    My guess is that most CX-5 owners (who do not frequent forums like this) are not particularly aware of the engine options. They just drive it and, if they like it, purchase. I'm not worried about resale on my 2.0. It has enough power for most folks, myself included.
    I agree. I didn't mean to imply that I thought the 2.0L would be difficult to sell. What I was trying to say was that the 2.0L appears to be in high demand judging by the prices for used CX-5's I've seen advertised on the Internet by various dealers. The 2013 2.0L models appear to be commanding selling prices at least equal to the prices for 2014 2.5L models when otherwise similarly equipped. Sometimes the 2.0L even has higher mileage than a similarly equipped 2014 2.5L model but has a higher asking price at the same dealer.

    My take is that well equipped 2.0L models have demand that outstrips the relatively small supply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cybercruiser View Post
    Mine(2015 FWD-T) seems to have a little more driver's side mirror shake than I like, can Mazda Service Dept do anything about it?? Anything they can snug down or insulate to take out some of that vibration at highway speeds??

    I've had mine since early June, approx 5,000 miles so far.
    I have a 2013 Touring AWD, 28000 miles and haven't had any problems. Had the drivers side mirror fixed which was driving me crazy at plus 45mph. Now its rock solid. There is a TSB to fix the mirror shake. Should be covered under warranty. Look at the list of TSB's on this forum, it's in there. I mentioned it
    to my dealer on a oil change and he looked it up, 2 weeks later fixed. Gotta also say so far my dealer has been great then again it's just been routine oil changes and the mirror. So far love'n the vehicle. Averaging around 30mpg overall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cybercruiser View Post
    Mine(2015 FWD-T) seems to have a little more driver's side mirror shake than I like, can Mazda Service Dept do anything about it?? Anything they can snug down or insulate to take out some of that vibration at highway speeds??

    I've had mine since early June, approx 5,000 miles so far.
    There is a TSB on the mirror and your dealer will order a brand ne mirror once they diagnosis or rather verify the shacking. Downside is there is a huge back order so I am still waiting for mine to come in.

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    Purchased early March, 2012, very early build.
    Just rolled over 40K miles.
    No issues to report. Never any dealer visits, other than for routine service, and no TSBs performed.
    Put a new a set of tires on it about 3-4 thousand miles ago, and kissed the OE Yokos goodbye. Noisiest, roughest set of tires I've ever had the displeasure of riding on.

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    What tires did you go for? 17" or 19". Mine are near the limit, I could get another summer out them next year but I might change them just to get something better, was planning on eith Nokian HT SUV, Toyo CF1 SUV or Kuhmo Road Venture KL51 in 17".
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    You did not have any mirror vibration?(mine is at the dealer now)
    New tires made the car quieter?

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    I only have 20,000 miles on mine in over 2 years, partly because I also ride motorcycles.

    But I have beat it up pretty good on steep, rocky mountain forest service roads and driven it hard on twisty pavement and it just keeps running like a finely tuned Swiss watch.


    I'm very impressed.
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