72 questions from our users
I bought a brand new 2.5L Maxx Sport CX-5 in 2015. Engine is petrol. Just wondering what sort of fuel usage people are getting on average. Initially it was around 9.9 - 10.1L/100km but recently has gone up to 10.4. Has gotten worse since l serviced the car! I mainly do suburb driving with short freeway trips. Mazda says they can't find anything wrong with the car. I put in normal unleaded petrol and I'm lucky to get 470km on a tank of fuel. Is this normal and should l push Mazda to investigate further?
Hi, 10.4-11.0L/100 consumption for urban running is normal depending on driving style and traffic. All vehicles including 3.6L V6 commodore do extremely well on freeway running, however drops significantly if you are stuck in traffic or on backroads. In my experience and opinion, this is normal. We have a Maxx Sport 2.0L Front wheel drive which averages 9.4L/100 in similar conditions. WE also have a T32 X-trail 2.5L 4WD model (similar comparable model to yours) , which averages what you are experiencing. This is a common trade off of compact SUV. Which basically has a medium small -Medium sedan engine or a relatively heavier vehicle. They are nice to drive, comfortable, however not great on fuel economy. This was the "false economy" one would get caught up in. I used to drive a 3.0L Holden Commodore as part of company car. A great car and a good work horse. Our organization moved to Rav4 across the board thinking that they would delivery better value. It was anything but. In medium SUVs fuel tank in smaller (60L) vs a commodore 72L. So you would visit the pump often. They lack the power so you tend to accelerate more to take off. And they end up consuming almost the same amount of fuel no matter what. THe older CX9 is even worse. One of the worst in fuel consumption from what I hear from users. However the new CX9 apparently has improved. SUVs in general (medium compact to large) are not great on petrol in general. That seems a fact for the moment. However CX5 Maxx Sport 2.5 AWD is one of the best medium compact SUVs in the market. You would not have enjoyed the lower spec 2.0L under powered which may have saved slightly some fuel. I don't think there is anything wrong with your vehicle and there is not much the dealer can do. Your model is one of the best in class. So ignore the fuel economy and enjoy the ride. Petrol is at its relatively cheapest at the moment and it should not be a burden on your budget. Cheers
Hi, I bought my CX 5 4 years ago and it is under extended warranty. It's aircon stopped cooling all of sudden and now the dealer had told me it's evoprator unit has a leak and whilst unit needs to be replaced and approximate cost over $2000. Did anyone has this issue? Won't thy cover it under extended warranty? I mean it's only 4yrs old and it's evoprator unit has failed. Any suggestions please??
I would be checking the fine print of the extended warranty contract.... maybe get legal advice, and also take it to another mazda dealer..... Don't take no for an answer. Good Luck
Have you owned the CX5 from new ? The evaporator is not really a wear and tear item and most tend to last around 8 years +. How many K's do you have on it ? The Evaporators are not expensive parts but because they are buried deep inside the dash its the labour cost which is the main part of the bill.
If the car has not been flooded or in an accident you should make contact with Mazda Australia and demand that it is resolved. Unless damaged, an ac evaporator should not fail in 4 years. Most leaks on the evaporator are caused by weld seams failing or in rare cases corrosion from the inside if you have had a lot of leaves and debris inside the intake.
The extended warranty that Mazda offers is not the same as the manufacturers warranty. in any case it should not be failing at this age.
It may be a good idea to take the car to an AC specialist for their opinion just in case your dealer is a stealer.....
Good Luck !
Im looking at getting a 2013 cx-5 maxx (base model) which is what i can afford, but i need GPS as i drive around for work alot. Are you able to do an aftermarket upgade/install?
Hello - 2013 model is the first series of the CX5 - I have the Series 2 with Navtronics GPS which is built in to the Mazda system...... You would need to contact Mazda about updates. I had a hard time getting used to the new system because I love the Garmin GPS's. Also be aware of the software updates offered by Mazda for the whole entertainment system - does fix a lot of problems.When my warranty runs out I plan on getting Mazda to do Major services and go somewhere else for minor services to keep my costs under control. Hope this helps. PS You won't be disappointed with a CX5.
Recently bought a Mazda CX-5 Maxx, colour metallic and have just noticed scratches on the doorsill, on three of the doors, some going right through the paint work!
Was told wear and tear from getting in and out of car at around 5 weeks old, I don't tread on car to get in! Would like to see if any other cars have had this happen?
Hi, Unless you really had some bad luck that does not sound right. We have had our CX5 since end June 2015 and no scratches on the doors at all. [ Sonic Silver ] I did note that the paintwork is thin on the new Mazda's by a couple small stone chip on the wing but that's it. Normally in parking situations the plastic cladding on the bottom of the doors and sill protects from anyone opening the door and scratching the sides as they stick out more than the door paintwork if that makes sense. I guess that a larger 4WD or commercial vehicle could do more damage but after 5 weeks ? I don't think so.
Did you buy the car new or ex demo / used ? The only logical explanation would be that the doors have had work or been resprayed if there was any damage prior to being put up for sale if used or demo. In sunlight standing back say 10 feet from the car you would see a different shade where paintwork was blended in. Also drip marks and matt overspray inside door corners are the signs....
Another possibility is if you have a dog that gets excited to see you when you get home and starts to jump and put his paws on the car. I have seen scratches made this way.
Hello Buzzon' Dozen,
Thank you for your reply!
Brand new, I find it to be strange, however when I went in to dealer, I was informed wear and tear from getting in and out of the car, (with rubber shoes)! I do not step on to get in and out, even if I did I would expect it not to damage and scratch right through the paint work! Disappointed!
Does not sound right at all on a new car and totally unacceptable excuse by the dealer. I would call Mazda Australia. They were very pro active when we had a service issue with our dealer that got resolved very quickly. You could always add the protective scuff plate set on the sills. Mazda have a set for the CX5. They are self adhesive. Supercheap do a universal set that's much cheaper. Like I said I think that the paintwork on the new Mazda's is very thin otherwise a great car.
Hope you get it resolved.
is cx-5 sold in australia assembled in Japan?
Hi, the Mazda CX-5 are assembled in Japan.
I have attached a link about the CX-5 it includes where the car was assembled
Mazda cx5 2012 AWD istop and warning lights flash when i start my car numerous times ive had to restart engine and wait for it to disappear,ive taken it to Mazda service they told me to get a new battery ! Battery has been tested its at 80% then they tell me its my airair flow senor thats where the problem is,ok mazda!!!! fix it plz ,repairs cost $526 minus the bogus charge of a new battery at $582 ridiculous. 1month later im still having the same problems is any1 going through the same thing? I refuse to take my car back to them
I am not the main driver of the mazda ( wife's car)
But the best of my knowledge no problems with the istop so far.
Does any one else's cx5 with the leather interior smell really badly? From day one it had a 'new car' smell that smells like some sort of chemical maybe glue... I air my car every day have owned it for 2 months now and still it's as strong as day 1. Was told it was just the new car smell but it's driving me Insaine! None of the other new cars I have purchased before have ever smelt like this. When we picked it up it had glue marks on the back seats which were removed. And yes I have heaps of air fresheners in the car to mask the smell and no the smell isn't me or my hubby lol
I have CX5 Diesel Maxx Sport 2014 every 300-400 kms when I release foot from the accelerator the engine sound is much 'heavier' the best I can describe is it sounds like an engine brake has kicked in when this happens there is also a smell at the rear axle like burning rubber. This lasts perhaps 10-20kms then back to normal. Dealer has no idea said they've had a look and appears normal in rear and computer reading was fine. Advised to bring in when making the noise which is impossible as it's not predictable and never that close to any Mazda dealer. I mostly drive around town but do hit the highway usually weekly travelling at 100kms for 30-40mins which I was told would be enough to assist with engine efficiency.
Does anyone have any thoughts regarding this?
Great car otherwise but am struggling without a temperature gauge!
Thanks in advance, cheers.
Judging by your symptoms this is likely to be a DPF regen cycle. Every 200 to 400 k's the engine will inject extra diesel into the combustion chamber which heats up the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) to clean out the trapped soot. This usually last about 10 to 20 minutes and is a normal process for any new diesel engines with a DPF.
During this cycle the engine note will change and an unusual odour from the tailpipe may be noticable. You may also notice increased fuel consumption and the engine is a bit rough at idle.
Next time it occurs switch your trip computer to current fuel consumption and you will notice much higher consumption.
Thanks Gatz. So you're saying I shouldn't be too concerned? Will this cease to occur at some point? And why wouldn't the service department know this?? So many questions!! Are you a Mazda guru or just know Diesel engines? Thanks again.
DPF's (Diesel Particulate Filter) are now built into many Diesel Automatics, It's a replacement on the catalytic converter and is meant to remove diesel particles from the exhaust for health/environmental reasons. A car with a DPF will always need to regen/burn (clean), this only happens when the engine is hot and running at over 80kph for around 20mins.
I work in a workshop on Thursday Island and the DPF's are killing cars here, the speed limit is 40kph, and cars are presenting with FULL blockages which cannot be burnt out, DPF replacements can be in the vicinity of $4000-$8000. I strongly recommend if you purchase a new auto diesel it suits your driving life :)
I'm travelling outback and need to carry fuel. I have heard that there is a problem filling the tank of a 2013 Mazada CX5 AWD from a jerry can. Has anyone else found this to be a problem?
how much should i pay for a 2016 madaza cx 5?
I'm interested to buy a CX5 Maxx but it only comes with cloth seat, I know that GT and Akera comes with leather seat but all other extra functions are not necessary for me. Anyone have idea how much will it cost me if I buy a Maxx and adding leather seat? Thanks!
Dave leather seats are not an option on the Maxx or Maxx sport. They are only available on the GT and the Akera
Dave, try Doyles in car. They were the supplier that fitted leather seats to my Maxx Sport when I bought it new from the dealer in 2013. The dealer charged me around $2000 but if you go direct you will probably get a better price. they have workshops in Qld, NSW and Vic. Cheers, Graham
A 2013 Mazda CX5 grand touring diesel AWD - has anyone experience towing a small single axle caravan (16foot)?
Was wondering what fuel economy others are getting from their 2.5L Mazda CX5 AWD? I was told to expect around 9.0 litres per 100k. What I'm getting is 12.4 litres per 100k, which is worse than my 2005 Ford Falcon.
It used 3 tanks to do 1680km. We are now writing down when we fill up and making notes what range it says the range and what we get with notes on liters. We only fill up when the fuel light come's on.we only got the CX5 23/12/15 (DIESEL). ONLY GETTING JUST OVER 500K PER TANK
I'm not really clued up on the diesel fuel economy. I'm guessing you're getting fuel economy around 9.0 litres per 100k. This is what I was told I would get. Each time I fill up, I'm using my phone to take a video recording of the petrol bowser, the receipt and the speedo reading. I don't trust the dealer or Mazda Australia to do the right thing. Both of them have been unhelpful and totally non responsive to any of my requests. I have no more option but legal action. A solicitor suggested that once I lodge a claim with the courts, Mazda will most likely fix my problem before it gets to court, as the cost to them could be extreme if it is found they are falsifying the fuel economy. Will be e few months away, even 6 months. I'll post a review when I'm done.
Thinking a CX5 turbo diesel imminently. Heard of diesel leaking into sump issues. Would appreciate any feedback from recent purchasers. Kind thanks all.
If you look at the latest review you will see what issues I have had with diesel getting into the oil sump. If you are worried about this issue, DO NOT buy this car. If it affects you mazda will not do anything about it and you will be forced to service the vehicle more often than is required
I'm really finding the angle of the head rests uncomfortable on their CX5? I have a fairly upright posture and while I can take it on short trips, I find it quite bothersome on long trips to the point where I'm considering selling it. Does anyone know if I can replace them or perhaps even replace the seats from another vehicle?
Hi all, quick question about the fuel efficiency with istop in diesel. I can keep my fuel consumption down and monitor all the time, usually around 6.5-7L/100km around city and peak hour traffic and 5.5-6L/100km on highway, sometimes though the car will run a bit rougher and the engine is not ready for istop to be active and the fuel consumption will just about double, it will drive like this for up to 50km before istop can be activated. Also this is happening on both city and highway trips and randomly. The car is less than 6 months old and just done 22,000km. At last service the dealer said they could find nothing wrong. Has anyone else noticed issues with fuel efficiency with the istop not working (not affected when aircon is too high)?
Lenny, if driven for short trips regularly, the Diesel Particulate Filter will clog up causing the vehicle to go into a 'burn' cycle which will use approx. 9l/100km for 50km or so until filter has been burned clean. My friend's Mazda 6 diesel does this and it annoys the hell out of him but that was Mazda's explanation. Try driving it a bit harder, the diesel won't punish you like a petrol would.
how much is best price?
2015 mazda cx-5 maxx sport 2wd
today i did nego with dealer and i got price $32000
include window tintin, cargo/FLOOR MATT and 4 year warrenty and 3 year road assist.
is this good deal?
Short answer jojo, don't know as it's a different model to the one I have. I used Auto genie to get my best price. For $50 they contact up to 3 different dealers for a price that meets your specification. The dealer then gives his best on the road price, you don't have to negotiate anything with them, if they want your business they know the price has to be as low as they can get. I took the cheapest price to my local Mazda dealer who reluctantly matched it. Highly recommend this hassle free way of purchasing a new vehicle. Regards.
I also bought a difference model - the Akera which was much more. Think I paid too much. Anyway, given the window tinting, cargo mat and the extra warranty comes to about $2K, sounds like an OK deal for the CX Maxx Sport, assuming it includes on-road costs.
Can I remove the metal at the back of the rear seats so that when I gold all rear seats down, there is more space in the boot to put bulky items?
I am guessing the "metal at the back of the seat" you mention is the rod that the cargo curtain rolls into? To take it out when required, first let the cargo curtain roll all the way into it. Then grasp the ends of the metal rod (where the plastic caps or covers are attached) and gently pull the rod up and inwards, the rod will lift out of its mounting brackets freeing up all the cargo space.
I’m undecided whether to buy 2.0L or 2.5L petrol Maxx (no diesel sorry...). I see that opinions do vary (on whether the 2.0L is powerful enough). We mostly do city driving but occasionally venture into the country and may have to climb up an odd mountain for a few kilometres.
We own 2.2L Holden Zafira and are generally happy with the engine; it may struggle just a little bit on hills but not a great deal. But then it’s 2.2L, not 2.0L and the Holden is 100Kg lighter than CX-5...
What do you think?
Hi Alex. People have different opinions about the power of CX5. Someone who is used to driving a Commodore or Falcon will think the CX5 lacks power. I don't drive either but I still think it lacks a little bit. LIke yourself I only do city driving but the 2.0L is sufficient to my daily driving. However if you want a bit more power and can afford to spend a bit more, I think the 2.5L might be nicer. Test drive both is the best way to tell. So far, my 2.0L FWD is avg around 7.7l /100kms which is slightly higher than my Corolla Conquest hatch at 7.6l. :/
My petrol model has not guts at all, But if you read my review above I would not buy a Mazda CX5 at all..
Should I buy the GT or the Akera?
Is the extras offered on the Akera worth the extra $$$?
Hi Nightlife. To be honest, they are too costly to me. I only bought the Maxx model and asked them to throw in free reverse sensor, tow bar, alloys and premium mats and that was about it. Also i bought a 2014 model. GT or Akera is just luxury and if you can afford it, its really up to you. Akera and GT obviously has extra safety packages. Hope this helps.
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