• fb_579789275 avatar JL Posted: 11/21/2011 9:12am PST

    Is this a mazda or a new ford?

  • fb_671144013 avatar Jonathan Posted: 11/21/2011 11:02am PST

    Definately a Mazda with a proprietary engine and transmissions including a manual (!) The less is more attitude is also all Mazda. The vehicles have a similar appearance, but I bet the inevitable comparison test will show a significant difference in feel.

  • fb_829689473 avatar Josh Posted: 2/12/2012 11:50am PST

    But what makes me really mad is that you have to be punished to get the manual. Why not have the manual available with all-wheel drive and more features. Not everybody drives an automatic, contrary to what the world may think. Maybe they would sell more than 1 in 10 manual CX-5's if the manual was actually available on the higher trime levels. I don't understand why this is such a big thing. Most carmakers have bottom of the barrel trim levels as the only manual offering and I think that is a really poor choice and it has actually turned me off from several different cars and I have told the dealership that too. Don't punish us because we want to do it on our own! Reward us for it!

  • john_v avatar John Posted: 11/21/2011 11:44am PST

    @JL: Mazda told us REPEATEDLY during its presentations that this vehicle, its engines, technology, platforms, etc., have nothing whatsoever to do with any Ford vehicle. They were so insistent on the point that I almost get suspicious, but that's their party line and they're sticking to it.

  • fb_903615564 avatar Dustin Posted: 11/26/2011 8:29pm PST

    Totally using the new Escape for this. And I really didn't think any new crossover could be quite as unfortunate looking as the new CRV, but we have a new winner. This crossover is down right ugly!

  • fb_649552343 avatar Debbie Posted: 2/10/2012 7:16pm PST

    So are you saying it DOES or DOESNT have the OOOMMPH my MAZDA3 has?? Im thinking of this as my next car, now that I have a larger family. But I do enjoy flying around when im by myself

  • Mazda Sp6 avatar Mazda Sp6 Posted: 2/11/2012 9:53am PST

    I test drove the Mazda 3 SkyActiv sedan recently and found that you had to rev the engine to reasonably to redline to get subtantial to get up to decent spd and do that repeatedly thru the gears to maintain it in man version. The auto version is more smoother and constant and has rev matching dwnshifting and the 6th gear number indicator doesn't appear until you reach sufficient velocity. You could feel that the engine is highly strung esp. in the auto version and the chassis is well sorted and quite supple absorbing all road irregularities with aplomb while still providing gd steering and road feel. The cx-5 which is a larger vehicle will agreeably feel possibly adequate to under powered depending on how you drive,load,weather,traffic etc

  • Mazda Sp6 avatar Mazda Sp6 Posted: 2/11/2012 9:57am PST

    Hi this is the same person, the auto also gets afew mgs better than the man.

  • Mazda Sp6 avatar Mazda Sp6 Posted: 2/11/2012 10:03am PST

    the 40/20/40 split folding rear seats are a nice touch offering the best in versatility.

  • tache avatar tache Posted: 3/25/2012 9:28pm PDT

    Great looking car; spacious and great fuel economy for an SUV. I am not to worried about it being underpowered. With gas prices going higher and higher, I gladly trade the "missing" 25 HP for the additional mpg.