so far this car has been an excellent purchase. i bought a cx-9 grand touring with just about everything on it. the ride is great, pretty comfortable, space is good and overall is a great car. i have a few issues with it though.
1. no info/setting system, no indication of gas mileage, miles to empty, oil change, no choice of how many locks unlock with smart key.
(i had a 2005 nissan murano previously which got wrecked and along with navigation settings it has an info center allowing you to customize all these settings and more)
2. the keyless remote feels cheap and the style of remote you'd get from cheap electronics; something a bit more sturdy with precise buttons, i never know if ive pressed a button properly or not! again, see the murano remote, much better.
3. AUX capability!!!!! there is a little sticker inside the center console that says the aux input has been disabled due to the sirius sat radio...come on now mazda, thats a bit sneaky and cheap isnt it!!? i've read it'll be $175 to get some new hardware to get it usable again!
overall, like i said its a great car. there are pros and cons between both the nissam murano and mazda cx-9 and i think it comes down to heritage. nissan has been up at the top for a while and has these previously mentioned cons sorted. mazda is up and coming; slowly building a more solid line of cars and it shows by their growth.
if the cx-9 is supposed to rival other 7-seaters then there are plenty of refinements for them to work on. great effort for their first 7 seater suv and i'm sure it will only get better.
love my cx-9, would recommend this car to anyone looking for a 7 seater with lots of bang for your buck.
I LOVE my 2012 Mazda5! The body is sporty and seems more like a cross-over than a van. I love the contour lines on the sides. The hatchback has excellent height when open. My 6'2'' partner doesn't have to worry about hitting his head when unloading and loading. It's sleek design makes it easy to park and I can easily fit into a small car space. The sliding rear doors make it a breeze for passengers to get in and out, even in tight spaces. Be careful not to catch the front end on a parking barrier though--this seems to be common with current vehicle body styles. It's not a big deal, but it's worth mentioning.
The engine is deceptively quiet and packs a large punch. You cannot feel the motor running, but it's got the pep that Mazda is infamous for. We recently embarked on a 2,400 mile road trip and could not be more pleased with its performance. It climbs hills, corners curves, and accelerates and brakes with ease. The cruise control is simple and efficient and we got incredible fuel economy. We opted for mid-grade fuel on our trip and got approximately 29 MPG in mountainous regions and 39 MPG in the midwest. We averaged 37 MPG HWY without cruise settings and about 31 MPG in town. When utilizing low grade fuel we average about 27 MPG.
The interior is great. I love the instrument panel, stereo and display, and temperature settings. They are easy to see and use. There are plenty of cup holders, even cup holders in the front door panels. I love my steering wheel controls as well. A feature I didn't expect to use as often as I do. The AC and Heat work great and I love the rear controls for passengers in the back. I also love the auto up/down for the driver's side window and the fact that rear windows open despite the van-like doors. The upholstry is a bit on the light side and tends to show dirt and grime easily, so I'd advise going with the grey interior if possible. Despite the light color and easily visible grime, it is easy to clean and maintain. I love the rear seat storage, great for hiding valuables or storing umbrellas, jumper cables, etc. My partner and I are both tall and we have found that even at 6' 2", he can sit comfortably behind me with my seat adjusted for someone who is 5' 9". We were able to comfortably seat three adults and three children in the car, though I admit the third row has limited leg room and would not be comfortable for someone with long legs. The fact that the second and third rows folds down for more cargo space is great, but keep in mind that there is limited rear storage when utilizing all three rows of seating.
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I like the car overall, it gets great gas mileage and has a sporty look.
There are some minor problems, like a scratch on the back by the rear tier that was painted over to match the car. The alignment also needs to be repaired, when it goes over 60 the car swerves a bit and the steering goes to the left. It does not handle well in the wind, it moves around a bit, but it is a small car.
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