Of all the Japanese car makers, Mazda has for the past 10 years been working hardest to create visually attractive, well-equipped, long-lasting cars. That's saying a lot considering that it's competitors are Toyota, Honda and Nissan, Mazda is, I believe, the smallest manufacturer among that list, but their level of success stands well above the others.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
I absolutely love my CX-5. Not only does it look great, but it is just fun to drive. It has that "zoom zoom" that Mazda advertises. The acceleration and handling are great, and I really enjoy the drive. The gas mileage has been surprisingly good for a slightly larger vehicle, even with lots of in city driving. I have owned it for over two years and have had absolutely zero maintenance issues outside of regular service. The cabin is very comfortable, even in the lower level cloth seat options. Passengers in the back seat also have plenty of space and is a great vehicle to take on a road trip, even with several adults. I am absolutely spoiled now with the back up camera and the blind spot monitors & I can't imagine how many little dings and dents those have saved me over the years. The only downside that I have with the technological aspects of the vehicle are that the rear camera tends to get obscured easily when it rains and that linking in phones to the sound system is a bit cumbersome and difficult to use when also trying to charge those items. One of the best features is the 40-20-40 rear seat configuration for dropping them down. It is perfect for golf clubs & the back also makes a great place for the dog!
La Pine, Oregon
The car has been great. One of the biggest pros is the reliability I have experienced with Mazda. I have owned the car for twenty thousand miles, and I have not done anything other than regular maintenance. The con I have seen is that the windshield seems weak. The windshield cracked from a small rock in less than three weeks of ownership. Additionally, the car seems more susceptible to rock chips in the paint than other vehicles I have owned. Other than those two issues, I love the car. It has plenty of power, features, and I would highly recommend it. However, extra precaution should be taken when driving on gravel and dirt roads.