Mazda CX-5 KE.I (2012-2014) has been discontinued and replaced by Mazda CX-5 KE.II.
Bought this car to replace my Subaru Forester. Using it mainly for longer trips and camping out, have a smaller car for around town. The quality is good, though I dislike the automatic stop start feature that needs to be switched off each time manually, as well as the keyless entry / start. The best part is the fuel economy, a full 25% better than the Subaru. The 4WD is not as capable and the ground clearance is less than the Subaru's. The cruise control is very accurate and smooth, the cabin is spacious and surprisingly roomy. I love the flat cargo space with a clever folding down arrangement of the rear seats. Service every 10,000km is more frequent than other cars, but costs indicated should be much less than for the Subaru.
Purchased in October 2020 for $18,000.00.
Families beware, CX5 Extremely Unsafe Diesel Engine
Major Safety Concerns for a young family, Mazda Australia has shown little care to date.
We really enjoyed our CX5 diesel which has been in the family since new (1 of 5 new Mazda's bought from Hornsby Mazda). Early in 2021 the car started stalling without showing any warning lights. The car has stalled at an intersection with mum and daughter, picking up the kids from pre-school and the worst, entering the highway at 100km with the whole family. The car is extremely dangerious to our family and other motorists.
After each stall, the car was r...
My first SUV, and I've never felt happier or safer
We bought a 2013 Mazda cx-5, 6-speed manual back in 2017. It was a one-owner car before we bought it, they having purchased it brand new.
Prior to purchasing, we had test-driven a Kia, Rav4, Hyundai Tuscon, and a Mitsubishi. While I don't have anything particularly bad to say about those cars, once I jumped into the Mazda, I felt comfortable, safe, and didn't want to get out. It's now 2021, we still have the car. No issues have presented themselves thus far. I still feel safe in it. It has so much space in it for our family, for holidays and ro...
Purchased in November 2017 for $19,000.00.
We love this car and use it with two kids and two adults. We have the 2.5 litre petrol AWD maxx sport. Two baby seats fitted plus a factory tow bar and after market roof racks. Had family trips , I regularly tow a small boat, been to the snow, out west on road trips, commuting etc. always serviced - we have no major issues. We have replaced things like brake pads, tyres etc but nothing major.
Purchased in December 2013 at Artarmon mazda for $37,000.00.
Never buy a Mazda!!!
Had a Toyota Camry for 17 years. Never one issue, no rust, nothing broke, only needed normal services. Upgrade to a brand new Mazda CX-5. So many problems. Aside from services not done properly, needing to be returned to get redone; Rust in roof when under warranty but Mazda refuse to accept responsibility saying a stone chip caused it, even though there is no stone chip, a smash repairer confirmed there was no stone chip and Mazda did not see the car in flesh, just looked a a photo taken of a mobile phone. Then the fan for air con/air ma...king a ratty noise, but just out of warranty so we are forced to pay for new one; and the latest, my mobile phone will not work properly on the Hands Free/Bluetooth entertainement system. Worked fine for a year, then suddenly not working. Reason according to Mazda, as it worked fine before, a new software upgrade on phone has caused it to stop working with the old software in car. Cannot upgrade car software, so cannot use handsfree/infotainment system other than the radio. Pay over $35000 for a car that is having issues only weeks out of warranty. Never will I buy a Mazda again!!!!
Purchased in June 2014 at Mazda Dealers for $36,000.00.
Amazing car can not image life without it.
Extremely comfortable and easy to drive used in daily comutes, going to work picking up grocery etc, the car is serviced every 6 months. Have not had any issues tho when you turn the car off sometimes the monitor and ignition is still on having to turn it off twice.
Purchased in November 2012 at McGrath Mitsubishi Liverpool for $35.99.
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Such a great family car
We love our cx 5 it is perfect for our little family and has been very reliable and comes with such fantastic safety features
We have 3 children in car seats across the back so it’s a squishy fit but works for now
The boot space is enough for prams and such but for holidays we have found a roof pod is necessary for all the luggage
Fuel economy is pretty good and the car drives really well
Purchased in December 2012 at Mazda Dealers.
Love my CX-5 and Mazda's customer service is second to none.
I have a 2012 CX-5 since it was 18 months old. Excellent car, love every aspect.
Use it for short trips: everyday drop offs, long highway trips (melb to central Aus & back again), camping trips towing a small box trailer and the occasional All wheel drive rocky mountain climb. Our driveway is also a menace which is why I had to sell my Mazda3 for the CX-5 - So I could get up our driveway! Cx5 's clearance is excellent, haven't had an issue going anywhere, ever. I can stop on the steepest incline or decline and move off smoothly every time witho...
Purchased in April 2014 at CityMazda for $35,200.00.
Stay far far away!!! Our Mazda CX-5 was the diesel max sport purchased in 2013. What a piece of crap. Don’t get me wrong, whilst it was drivable we loved it, but be warned: DON’T skip or be late on a single service or Mazda will eat you alive. Our engine stopped working. We were 10000 late for its service. Life gets busy with little ones. The engine stopped working due to the oil being a clag filled mess. They blamed it on us using the wrong oil or the fact that it was “heavily neglected”. I wouldn’t think that 10000 over would class as “heavil...y neglected”. Long story short we are left with a 24k bill for a new engine. Stay away from diesel. I was way too nervous to buy the diesel to begin with in 2013 due to this concern. Unless you will never run late on a service and will take in on large hour long drives each day- stay clear away. Screw yoh Mazda.
Purchased in July 2013 at Mazda Dealers for $38,000.00.
Great reliable car
This is our second Mazda. I find the car functional, reliable and looks good. I gave 4 Stars because the back doesn’t quite fit 3 baby seats comfortably so we now have to consider another suv which would.
Purchased in May 2014.
Terrible car ! Do NOT buy it
The only good thing about Mazda CX5 is that it is a beautiful sporty car. Otherwise, the maintenance costs are way too high! Maintenance costs are comparable to that of BMW or even Mercedes Benz specially after you drive over and around 100,000 kilometers with your car ! I hate my CX5 with passion! Would buy a proper reliable German car instead of buying a rubbish Japanese car !
Purchased in December 2014 at Max Kirwin Mazda for $40,000.00.
The entertainment unit whe n playing music from usb memory always restarts thebsame song every time the car is resarted.
Divers you insane.
Car is fantastic for towing our van. Economy is great.Good driving position. But the door closure warning light does not indicate which door is not closed properly.
We bought the CX 5 Max sport model for its ungraded features. We found that the tint that the installation team added was below par so I would recommend you do that aspect yourself.
Overall a smooth drive, not jerky with the breaks. We have owned it for over 5 years and with regular services we haven’t had a problem. In fact the low tyre pressure warning system saved my life on an outback drive one year, if this had not have gone off I would have been stranded heavily pregnant in the middle of nowhere.
Best Car I Have Ever Bought
Purchased my Mazda CX5 in August 2014 from John Newel Mazda - Alexandria. Comfortable, easy to drive, very economical on fuel. The interior is luxurious without the price tag. It is a medium size SUV, providing adequate legroom, boot storage and a feeling of being a sturdy safe car. After service at John Newel brilliant....high focus on customer experience. I will continue to purchase Mazda vehicles from this dealership in future as will my family.
Such a good mum car
I love this car. We bought it when we found out I was pregnant as an upgrade from my small Elantra. I love driving this car around, it is so smooth, comfortable and spacious. The pram fits in the boot with plenty of room to spare. I love having a reverse camera too. Very happy with this purchase!
- CX-5 KE.I (2012-2014)
Still loving my Mazda
6 years on Im still loving my cx5. Its economic on petrol and the big boot has been handy with the kids bikes and trips away. Its the second Mazda I've bought and they are so reliable and they drive well.
Lemon is an understatement.
Long term review for anyone that wants to purchase a Mazda CX-5. Save your money and purchase something else. Numerous sensor faults causing the car to limp or stop. At 80,000 KM blew a turbo. Not a single service they pick another fault from ruptured common rail fuel lines at a cost of $1000 to repair. The car is just at 130000 km engine mount bolts have ruptured and power steering is about to go according to the service department. Nothing but drama with the CX-5 and all Mazda could offer was one free service and an extended 12 months warranty. Wasn’t really worth the year off the road over 5 years.
Simply just so enjoy driving this car - driving is fun again - even better with the new quiet EfficientGrip tyres....excellent smooth cornering, easy to drive, and unlike some of the bigger SUVs, easy to park. Fuel costs less than our previous hybrid! Clearly warrants the Car of the Year position it has held over the last few years.
I am 193cm, excellent leg and head room with clear view through windscreen as driver or passenger. We tow a 1.4tonne caravan- with ease and economy (can tow up to 1.8 -it is the only mid sized SUV we could fi...nd with towing OVER 1.5) .... and then there is the first class customer centred service from Pakenham Mazda, a welcome change form our previous car's dealers! .... We often find ourselves commenting on how much we enjoy this car while driving somewhere ..... when last month, a valve went in the Turbo with the car 12 months out of warranty: appreciated the loan car, but worry relieved when the Dealer had Mazda replace the turbo, all without any cost or fuss! Result: our son is taking delivery of a new CX5 Akera this week!
Comfortable family car
This is a nice and comfortable family car. For a medium sized car it’s actually quite roomy inside. The cargo area has lots of room and is easy to reach into. It takes a cargo barrier so you can transport your pets in the back securely. The leather seats are very comfortable and the heated front seats add an element of luxury.
Hate hate hate!
I had a 2013 MY14 CX5 and had problems from day dot. From a faulty battery, to a faulty sunroof button which meant I couldn’t close the roof to a faulty sensor which made the engine stall (it was an automatic!) to blowing a head gasket and needing a whole new engine! Mazda put me through hell and back and wouldn’t cover it under warranty because my car was serviced through 2 different Mazda dealerships!! I would never recommend nor would I buy a CX5 again!
Questions & Answers
I purchased my CX-5 second hand through a mazda dealership, buying a turbo diesel as i live in the Kimberley and it will be great for exploring. I recently was on a drive back to darwin where it looks like my turbos are not in good condition, The edges of the blades dont sit flush, with 80,000km on the clock they shouldnt be so worn. Anyone else experience the same issues??
What engine numbers were produced in what year for the cx5 2.2 diesel?
|Category||Midsize / Medium SUVs|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2012|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2014|
|Replaced by||Mazda CX-5 KE.II|
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