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After 2 years on the market, Mazda's biggest SUV still impresses with its torque rich turbo engine, responsive steering, agile handling, and sleek design. However, its tight cargo area, lack of usable storage cubbies, and infotainment system in need of an upgrade may put a few buyers off. We still think its the most fun to drive large crossover in the segment, but how much does that really matter for people looking at a CUV like this?
Full report: http://autoexpert.com.au/buying-a-car/mazda-cx-5-review More info: http://autoexpert.com.au/mazda-cx-5 The Mazda CX-5 is the top-selling SUV in Australia, updated in 2015 with additional equipment and improved refinement. Overall the Mazda CX-5 is a great vehicle. The Mazda CX-5 has had one mid-life model upgrade. The major bodywork carried over, as did the powertrain - you get to choose from three engines, two transmissions, and four equipment grades. The earlier (first) Mazda CX-5's strengths carry forward. CX-5 is very good to drive. It’s precise. Two out of three of the engines perform just fine. They all deliver great fuel economy. The fundamental engineering in a Mazda CX-5 is spot-on. The CX-5 powetrain breaks down like this: unless your budget is really tight, forget the front-wheel drive 2.0-litre. The AWD with 2.5-litre petrol or 2.2-litre diesel is where you want to be. And the diesel offers much better mid-rev performance - it’s got 70 per cent more torque at half the revs, compared with the 2.5 petrol. Mazda’s designers changed the CX-5's exterior trim, added a couple of additional colours, tweaked the lights front and rear - even messed with the door mirrors and the shark fin aerial. They re-jigged the interior. The CX-5's infotainment system is now better integrated - and there’s now a command dial to drive the screen, and that makes it easier to navigate the menus. Overall, the Mazda CX-5's dashboard has a sleeker layout as well. There’s now two USB ports, and an electronic park brake. Mazda also boosted the CX-5's acoustic insulation in the firewall and on the floor, and they thickened up the glass to cut the noise. The suspension has been re-tuned as well for less roll - with the trade-off being firmer ride. The Mazda CX-5 is a very good SUV, but not perfect. The first speed hump is appropriate technology. i-Stop is hateful. (That’s the automatic engine shutoff and re-start system.) It’s hardly dignified, especially when it’s fighting the diesel engine’s compression to achieve an autonomous re-start. You can turn i-Stop off, by pressing and holding a button. But then, every time you get back in the car, it is active once again. It’s default setting is ‘on’ and that can’t be changed. Also this new auto lane-keeping feature really is an example of mining for the lowest-common denominator of drivers. Say you’re driving down the road, you drift right, toward the edge of the lane. The system sees you going off-course, and shakes the wheel and otherwise carries on. It’s designed to keep you in the centre of the lane. However, let’s say you’re driving around a right-hand bend. And, because you’re a actually good driver, you point the CX-5 at the apex of the curve, on the edge of the lane. Imagine one’s immediate surprise and confusion when the steering wheel carries on in this undignified, unmedicated fashion at every apex. Finally, plenty of people tell me they need to step up from their Mazda3-sized car to an SUV. And they say this is because they need the additional space. And I’m thinking: What additional space? Let’s think about that. CX-5 is bigger than a Mazda3 - but not as much bigger as you might think. It’s all of 8 centimetres longer (that’s three-and-a-quarter inches, in the old money). Now, eight centimetres is a big deal in other domains … but in cars??? CX-5 is also 4.5 centimetres wider than a Mazda3 (that’s less than two inches) and it’s 24 centimetres higher (a bit under 10 inches). Any increase in length and width, stepping up from a small car to a CX-5 is minimal, and that means the accommodation on offer in the SUV is actually very similar. The height is greater, sure. But some of it is actually just extra ground clearance, and the rest is ceiling height - the least-useful dimension for carrying cargo. (Because you can’t stack the boot to the ceiling unless you fit a cargo barrier. If you do, in the absence of a barrier, all the stuff ‘up there’ will just rain down on the kids when you hit the brakes. The Mazda CX-5 is a damn good SUV - it’s absolutely one of the best you can buy, but like all vehicles, it’s not perfect. Decide first if you really need an SUV - because size does matter, but they’re really not that much bigger in practice. If you want an SUV, Mazda CX-5 is definitely one to put on your short list. You should test drive it against a Hyundai ix35 or Kia Sportage, and a Subaru Forester.
Quick Overview on the i-ActivSense Safety Tech Package that comes many of the newer Mazdas. This is the 2018 Mazda CX9 GT. The "Tech Package" comes standard in the Grand Touring Model. Enjoy. NEW i-ActivSense Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) + Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) + Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) ACTIVE SAFETY TECHNOLOGY 2018 MAZDA CX9 GT Grand Touring Tech Package Black on Black Cx-9 cx 9 i-ActivSense MRCC Mazda Radar Cruise Control
My very first time seeing the all new Subaru Ascent! The 2019 Subaru Ascent marks the return of a three-row crossover to the lineup, following the Tribeca's absence since 2014. The Ascent is the largest vehicle to date in Subaru's lineup, and uses the Subaru Global Platform shared with the current Impreza and Crosstrek. A big role of the Ascent in the Subaru family is to provide a larger vehicle for growing families that have outgrown their smaller Foresters and Outbacks, preventing their customers from visiting dealer showrooms of their competitors. Like many other Subarus, the Ascent uses Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive combined with X-Mode® and 8.7 inches of ground clearance. Many parts and switchgear are shared with its cousins, Crosstrek and Outback. Competitors: Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, Volkswagen Atlas, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, Chevrolet Traverse, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento Engine & Transmission 2.4 Liter DIT (Direct Injection Turbo) SUBARU BOXER® 4 cylinder 260 Horsepower 277 Lb-Ft Torque Lineartronic® CVT Transmission with Active Torque Vectoring Highlighted Standard Equipment: Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assistance Technology SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia with Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto Tri-Zone Climate Control 19 (!!) Cup and Bottle holders Trims and Pricing Base: $31,995 Premium: $34,195 Limited: $38,995 Touring: $44,695 For more information: https://www.subaru.com/ascent Downloadable Brochure: https://www.subaru.com/guides/ascent/ Follow me on Instagram @irw_automotive
2018 Mazda CX-9 Azami AWD review | Auto Car
Buying an SUV doesn't mean you need to sacrifice on features or luxury. But is the top-specification Mazda CX-9 Azami AWD worth its price tag?
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