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    Interesting article Mazda vs Volvo


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    Yes interesting article...one of the arguments was whether a premium buyer/owner would cross shop a mainstream brand - while maybe most wouldn't but I actually was one having owned a Volvo XC60 for 7 yrs. When I shopped for a replacement late last year, I looked at another Volvo, Lexus NX & RX, Acura MDX and also considered Toyota Highlander & Honda Pilot as well as the Mazda CX9.

    In terms of design, tech & safety features as well as the value for money I couldn't pass up the Mazda vs the other premium models which would cost me $10-15K more easily. While there were no issues with the Volvo I had other than the outdated safety features, technology and design I just couldn't justify paying $10-15K more for the same if not better features on the CX9. I agree that the gap between the luxury and mainstream brands are now getting closer and closer but this is in no way to degrade the premium brands out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tekbis View Post
    Yes interesting article...one of the arguments was whether a premium buyer/owner would cross shop a mainstream brand - while maybe most wouldn't but I actually was one having owned a Volvo XC60 for 7 yrs. When I shopped for a replacement late last year, I looked at another Volvo, Lexus NX & RX, Acura MDX and also considered Toyota Highlander & Honda Pilot as well as the Mazda CX9.

    In terms of design, tech & safety features as well as the value for money I couldn't pass up the Mazda vs the other premium models which would cost me $10-15K more easily. While there were no issues with the Volvo I had other than the outdated safety features, technology and design I just couldn't justify paying $10-15K more for the same if not better features on the CX9. I agree that the gap between the luxury and mainstream brands are now getting closer and closer but this is in no way to degrade the premium brands out there.
    I don't think many would cross-shop Mazda without brand exposure. With it, sure, the new 2017 is starting to have decent features, and for the price is a good deal. It's not a premium vehicle yet, but it's trying. Without exposure, I'd bet Volvo, Merc. BMW, etc. are what they are looking at. Not Ford, Mazda, GMC.

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    Boy, that sounds like a plug written by Mazda themselves!

    The Volvo makes 300 HP is interesting.

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    Wow I thought CX5 was much slower. 7.6 is same as CR-V Lelolel with all that turbo stuff.

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    Back in 2013 I test drove the xc-60, bmw x3, crv, santa fe, and still bought the cx-5 for it's all round package that met my requirements.

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    Thought I wanted a Volvo 60, MDX, or even the Lexus, but after some research and seeing for myself, I can't justify paying 40% to even double for the luxury brands. The CX-5 and money in the bank wins out, easily, although I am one that craves a turbo version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NelsonLewis View Post
    Thought I wanted a Volvo 60, MDX, or even the Lexus, but after some research and seeing for myself, I can't justify paying 40% to even double for the luxury brands. The CX-5 and money in the bank wins out, easily, although I am one that craves a turbo version.
    This is the main thing that is lacking from a premium CX-5, a more powerful engine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaps View Post
    Performance

    0-60 mph, 7.6 seconds

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    Wow I thought CX5 was much slower. 7.6 is same as CR-V Lelolel with all that turbo stuff.
    It's only an estimate. This can go 2 ways:

    1. Could actually be slower as weight has increased by up to 40kg (88 pounds)
    2. Maybe a bit faster due to Mazda tweaking gearbox and throttle for instaneous response and also holding the gears longer instead of short shifting


    We won't know until actual tests are performed.

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    I have one.

    But crave a petrol turbo, ironic isn't it, we don't even get the NA 2.5 offered.

    Quote Originally Posted by NelsonLewis View Post
    Thought I wanted a Volvo 60, MDX, or even the Lexus, but after some research and seeing for myself, I can't justify paying 40% to even double for the luxury brands. The CX-5 and money in the bank wins out, easily, although I am one that craves a turbo version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtrailman View Post
    I have one.

    But crave a petrol turbo, ironic isn't it, we don't even get the NA 2.5 offered.
    Don't think anywhere in Europe gets the 2.5. Happy to be corrected.

    We get 2.0 petrol in bottom 2 models only, 2.5 petrol & 2.2 diesel from 2 model upwards.

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    The article is FACT. We could afford a more expensive car, but politically, it's to our advantage to have the Mazda. Still, friends with last years BMW, and with this year's Lexus (sorry don't know the models) were a bit miffed at how much more car we got for the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattyredsox View Post
    The article is FACT. We could afford a more expensive car, but politically, it's to our advantage to have the Mazda. Still, friends with last years BMW, and with this year's Lexus (sorry don't know the models) were a bit miffed at how much more car we got for the money.
    That's what Mazda is trying to do. More features for this level of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaps View Post
    Performance

    0-60 mph, 7.6 seconds

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    Wow I thought CX5 was much slower. 7.6 is same as CR-V Lelolel with all that turbo stuff.
    No, the CX5's have always done 7.6-7.8 0-60 in 2.5L guise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unobtanium View Post
    No, the CX5's have always done 7.6-7.8 0-60 in 2.5L guise.
    Extra weight might make it low to mid 8s

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