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#312 of 499 Mazda CX-5 vs. Subarus
Aug 06, 2012 (6:44 am)
Am replacing my beloved Mazda5 for something with 4-wheel drive for winter use (live in New England, and drive through the snow belt to visit family in the Great Lakes). Has anyone cross-shopped the Mazda CX-5 with Subarus? A new Outback and CX-5 with comparable trim and features are similarly priced (within $2000 or so). The 2012 Outback was not very much fun to drive, but its suspension has supposedly been upgraded quite a bit for 2013, which is supposed to improve handling and ride, but I doubt it will be as nice as the Mazda CX-5. On the other hand, Subaru is supposed to have the best AWD system.
How do you estimate the Mazda AWD will do in snow? And has anyone tried the 2013 Outback? Is it at least not a lot worse than the Mazda, in terms of being fun to drive?
#313 of 499 Re: xenon lamps on cx5 [elby2]
Aug 06, 2012 (9:46 am)
The light cuts off abruptly on the "horizon" making it impossible to drive more than 25 or 30 mph on low beams, on dark roads.
The line cut off is due to the shutter that is installed in the beam. The shutter is what cuts down the light projected in low beam vs high beam usage. When you turn on the high beam, the shutter is lifted, and you will notice you can see everything. The CX-5 functions like this because of the bi-xenon light application.
On dark roads, just turn on your high beam, and you should be fine.
#314 of 499 Re: xenon lamps on cx5 [elby2]
Aug 06, 2012 (10:29 am)
Xenon lights are garbage. Had them on my Lexus, never again! If you think they're bad on dark roads, wait till you drive at night in the rain! The narrow visible spectrum of HID/Xenon lights results in much less reflection from most objects, especially when they are darkened by water.
#315 of 499 Re: xenon lamps on cx5 [samiam_68]
Aug 07, 2012 (8:19 am)
I respectfully disagree. Some xenon light applications are better than others but I would never say they are garbage.
Obviously, not everyone will like them, but they do offer brighter/better light than halogen's.
#316 of 499 Re: CX-5 after 8K miles [tfm_iv]
Aug 09, 2012 (12:54 pm)
I can't agree more about the HD radio in the CX-5 being a problem! The signal is so sporadic that I usually have to just take it off HD mode because it only holds the HD signal (which sounds amazing) for a few fleeting seconds, and then it's gone.
Well, I spoke to a service manager at my local Mazda dealership, and he says he has had other complaints about the HD radio's poor signal capacity. He says that Mazda is looking into possibly issuing a new antena for the CX-5 to accomodate for the week signal. Now wouldn't that be nice!
#317 of 499 Re: xenon lamps on cx5 [elby2]
Aug 10, 2012 (4:17 pm)
Thought a fight was going to break out at my Mazda dealer when a customer had a fit about the cutoff on the standard halogen lights on the Mazda 3.
Didn't get involved but both of my Mazda 3's had that cutoff and my CX-5 with the HID's have that cutoff but I don't think it's as low as the halogen were.
I really don't have a problem with it and the HID's light up the sides of the road to better see deer and pedestrians.
#318 of 499 Re: CX-5 after 8K miles [tfm_iv]
Aug 10, 2012 (4:36 pm)
My problem is a lack of HD radio stations around here,but what your experiencing is the difference between analog and digital.Analog will fade digital just shuts off when out of range of the station.I don't know about the rest of the country but HD didn't take off around here,Northeastern PA.
#319 of 499 Re: CX-5 after 8K miles [oceansuzi2]
Aug 10, 2012 (7:35 pm)
I live in Seattle, WA and I have driven through out the area with no problems with HD stations for the last five months. Also, this radio has the best radio reception of the last 5 cars I have owned. I am super impressed by its station sensitivity. Good luck.
#320 of 499 Re: xenon lamps on cx5 [aviboy97]
Aug 13, 2012 (6:10 pm)
I appreciate yours and others comments about the HID lamps. I had heard about this shutter, but didn't realize it was actually the shutter that moves when you turn on the high beams. I also note in one response that the halogens also have a cut-off. I haven't yet driven the cx5 with halogen lamps. I will be very curious to see what kind of light those lamps make, as we are, at this point, trying to find out what it would take to have the HID system changed out for a halogen system - but I need to drive the halogen system at night before we do that...............waiting for the days to get shorter so that the dealership is open after dark. Thanks again for your thoughts.
Aug 16, 2012 (9:54 pm)
I just purchased a CX5 a few weeks ago. My rear view camera stopped beeping- I didn't intentionally change any settings and I can't find anything in the manual about it. I want the beeping back! Has anyone else had the same issue?