2019 Mazda CX-5 MAXX SPORT (4x2) owner review

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Review written by:
Gerald W
PROS
  • Finish and materials
  • Handling
  • Comfort
CONS
  • Interior storage
  • Silly key fob system
  • No daytime running lights

About the Mazda CX-5

Gerald W purchased this Mazda CX-5 used for $31,000 (including all on-road costs) in 2021. Gerald W would buy this car again because: “It does everything we ask of it. It is beautifully finished and I like the minimalist approach to the interior.

I prefer a torque-converter gearbox to a CVT, and I’m not a fan of turbos. The CX5 is smooth to drive, has adequate power for me, and handles well. The doors are wide opening which helps when ferrying the grandkids.”

How reliable has your car been? Tell us about any issues.

Totally reliable – but then it should be as a 2019 model. I bought it because of the terrific run my sons have had with a variety of Mazdas over the years. Plus my own MX5 (Model NA) which I loved.

I had always been a Toyota fan. My last RAV4 (2008) had done 250,000km without problems and is still going. I expect the same from the CX5.

What do you think of the ownership experience with your car?

Very impressive but not perfect. What car is?

Push button start seems silly to me given I still have to use the ‘key’ to unlock the car. I’m old enough to remember how cool it was when ignition keys replaced buttons and knobs! There are not enough nooks and crannies for storage. Honda and Toyota do it better. There should be day-running lights as standard and front proximity beepers.

Those things aside, I love the look of it and every time I drive it I have a smile on my face – reminds me of the MX5!

Are you happy with the price and features of your car?

Short answer – yes.

We looked at MGs and Havals and we’re quite impressed. We paid more for the Mazda than one of those brand new, because of the known reliability of the CX5.
We would have bought a RAV4 Hybrid but it was beyond our budget. Equally we would have preferred an EV.

What do you think of the performance and economy of your car?

Perfectly adequate for what we want. Sure, with a full load the engine strains a bit, and the urban fuel economy is average. But it is a very ‘willing’ car and that is a factor that counts for me.

The engine sounds good and is happy to be revved. Frankly I doubt I’d use the the extra power that the 2.5 provides. And though I know the 2.2 diesel is a lovely unit I wouldn’t buy a diesel on principle (dirty and carcinogenic!).

What do you think of the technology in your car?

Lovely suspension set up. Mazda, please provide a Hybrid or EV!
The screen related techno works fine for me but honestly, I don’t use it much (something I suspect applies to a lot of over 50s).

What do you think of the ride comfort and handling of your car?

Really comfortable. Easy getting in and out.

Delightful handling for a SUV. Safe, stable, and predictable. Good vision all round.

Do you have any additional comments about your car?

No wonder the CX5 was the best selling SUV in Australia for a number of years!

It’s still a serious benchmark for all the others.

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Ratings
Overall8.4
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Technology 8
Reliability 10
Ride & Handling 9
Price & Features 8
Performance & Economy 7
Ownership Experience 8.5
Top Line Specs
6.9L
115kW
161g
5 ★
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