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First Mazda, won't be the last logo 8/19/2015 Oliver

Since I bought my first Bronco II in 1989, I was hooked for SUVs. My DW and I have owned Honda CR-Vs in the subsequent years until 2011 when I decided to give a Fusion Hybrid a try. Not that I didn't like the Fusion, but I longed for the practical aspects of an SUV, i.e. higher visibility, riding posture, cargo capacity, etc. I was tempted by the good estimated MPG ratings and the pro reviews of the CR-V; but after reading many owners' reviews about the infamous vibrations, and from my own past experience of Honda's thin sheet metal and thin windshield, CR-V was no longer in the running. We have never owned a Honda that did not have windshield cracking problems. In contrast, none of our American brand or Korean brand vehicles ever had as much problems. So, we bought a 2016 Mazda CX-5 last Friday after my research and many test drives. For a senior citizen, this car is not the most comfortable ride, but I liked the oomph in acceleration, the handling, the good MPG estimation, the large infotainment screen, the rear-view camera, and the very cold A/C. Living in Houston, TX with many 100+ degrees weather, a cold A/C is a welcome reprieve. DW complained about the hump in the front seat hip support when getting in and out. Wish Mazda could soften the hump a bit; it could win over some shorter female drivers/passengers.

Average Rating : 5


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