Monday, April 3, 2017

Used Car Review - Mazda CX-5 (2012-2016)

For its last hurrah, this highly regarded model gets its final review.

2012-2016 Mazda CX-5


Sport Utility Vehicles aren't the types that Mazda develops on its own that much, since past attempts were based on Ford vehicles such as the Navajo (Explorer derived), Tribute (a clone of the Escape), and the CX-9 (platform is shared with the Ford Fusion midsize). While the CX-7 that first debuted in 2006 was independently developed, sales were mediocre since its size slots between compact and midsize and poor fuel consumption due to its turbocharged engine.

Mazda's CX-5 crossover was the guinea pig in what would feature technologies that would see usage on future Mazda models. It would be the first recipient of the KODO design language as well as the SkyActiv technology, which features a lightweight platform with efficient engines and transmissions which yields low emissions and high fuel economy. Their hard work payed off, with this vehicle winning Car of the Year Japan when it was first launched.

It was introduced to the local market alongside the second generation 3 sedan that had flopped, the CX-5 can be had initially in two wheel drive guise in both manual and automatic transmissions. It was in 2013 that the vehicle was subjected to changes due to the entry of a new distributor that includes an all wheel drive version (Sport), an entry level model (Maxx), additional items in the first model (Pro), a pricey diesel variant, and the discontinuation of the three pedaled option. Sales ceased with the introduction of the second generation model just last Thursday at the Manila International Auto Show.

Value and Costs
Similar to its peers, resale values aren't that excellent since second hand units range from P700,000 for the first model examples to P1,300,000 for 2016 upper scale ones, and expect them to fall even further later on.

One of the advantages that Berjaya brought in is the YoJin3, which promises free maintenance for three years or 60,000kms; however, finding a unit older than that or having racked more miles will make you illegible for that program. Do take note that this vehicle comes with the i-Stop for October 2013 models and up which requires a special battery purchased from your nearest Mazda dealer. Another worry point is the SkyActiv technology itself, since its components are as complicated as it gets.

Exterior and Interior
Despite being the first model to receive the KODO treatment, the design doesn't jive with the vehicle although some may appreciate this one. An update in 2015 gave this car gunmetal wheels and smoke headlamps which had the car remained fresh despite newer competition.

Inside, the driver is king as the interior is designed for the one behind the wheel and the seats provide topnotch support. Overall space, despite the size, can fit five bodies in comfort. Changes for 2015 models include the shift to an electronic parking brake and a touch screen monitor which can be controlled similar to the Mazda 3

Three engine options were introduced throughout its selling life and all of them are part of the SkyActiv family. We shall first list the gasoline ones starting with the one found in the Maxx and Pro is the PE-VPS 2.0 having 153hp at 6,000rpm and 200Nm at 4,000rpm while Sport models gain the PY-VPS 2.5 with 185hp at 5,700rpm and 250Nm at 4,000rpm. The sole diesel engine, launched just last year, is the SH-VPTS 2.2 that comes with 173hp at 4,500rpm and 420Nm at 2,000rpm. All three engines are efficient, since they have higher compression ratios and direct injection (for the gasoline) while the diesel has a reduced compression ratio and some tweaks against conventional oil burners. Good thing is that, these are fuel friendly and emission compliant.

Driving Impressions
Thanks to a lighter body, it gives the driver confidence whether inside the city or on the open road. Take this on the curves and it handles with confidence while the ride is on the firm side but not that uncomfortable. You'll enjoy this vehicle, we promise you.

The word Sports Utility Vehicle means that only one item can be utilized, the sports term or the utility word. The first generation CX-5 gives you the best of both worlds since it has a handling of a sports car with the usefulness of an actual SUV. You may now forget the first Mazda SUV to arrive here, the Tribute, as it was just a glorified Ford Escape.

The Good:
  • Fun to drive
  • Spacious interior
  • Technology packed
The Bad:
  • Choppy ride
  • Acceleration with 2.0 engine may be slow for some
  • Unknown reliability of i-Stop technology
The Pick: 2.0/2.0 Pro

Engine: 1,998cc SkyActiv PE-VPS I4 (Maxx and Pro), 2,488cc SkyActiv PY-VPS I4 (Sport) gasoline, 2,191cc SkyActiv-D SH-VPTS I4 diesel
Power: 153hp @ 6,000rpm (2.0 gas), 185hp @ 5,700rpm (2.5 gas), 173hp @ 4,500rpm (2.2 diesel)
Torque: 200Nm @ 4,000rpm (2.0 gas), 250Nm @ 4,000rpm (2.5 gas), 420Nm @ 2,000rpm (2.2 diesel)
Fuel Consumption: 6-12km/L (city), 9-14km/L (highway) (*estimated and varies)
Transmission: 6-speed manual (2012-2013, 2.0), 6-speed automatic
Suspension: Front McPherson strut, rear multibeam

Price (New): P1,345,000-P1,985,000
Price (Now): P700,000-P1,300,000
On Sale: 2012-2017
Rivals: Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Mitsubishi ASX, Nissan X-Trail, Subaru Forester, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Toyota RAV4, Volkswagen Tiguan

Mazda Pasig - (02) 655-1005

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