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    Ask Me Anything: 2020 Hyundai Palisade AWD

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    IMG_20191127_140956.jpgIn the C&G garage for the week is the 2020 Hyundai Palisade Limited AWD with a sticker price of $47,605. This is Hyundai's newest SUV, at least until the diminutive Hyundai Venue takes its place at the other end of the size spectrum.  The first impression I got from the Palisade was how big it is.  Even though it is around 7 inches shorter than a Buick Enclave, it looks bigger and beefier. Being a Limited means that it is in top trim with only carpeted floor mats as an additional option.  It's powered by a 3.8 liter naturally aspirated V6 producing 291 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque and equipped with start/stop.  On my quick initial test drive I found the start/stop function to be unobtrusive and quick to restart the vehicle when I was ready to roll.  Another immediate impression was with the sound quality of the Harmon Kardon sound system. I hooked my phone up via USB and Android Auto took over, playing my favorite Pandora station loud and clear. 

    Another feature I like is the video display in the dash when using the turn signal. It helps clear any blind spots one might have in this big SUV. 

    So while you're stuffing your faces with turkey this Thursday, think of questions you have about the 2020 Hyundai Palisade and post them below.

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    Its more like regress.

    Its masking the real problem, which is inadequate driving skills of many drivers on the road today.

    It also enables laziness with others.  

    When we drive, we are supposed to focus ALL our attention to our driving and everything that entails and purtaining to driving.  We are now breeding and tolerating complacency with these gadgets...

    Tesla autopilot...

    Yes...this is to the most extreme possible argument regarding electronic safety shyts...

     

    But that is the thing...

    All these gadgets are supposed to be AIDES....to HELP us be better...NOT to RELY SOLELY on them...

    Its come to the point where MARKETING these things is that these things SHOULD replace OUR SENSES, OUR EYES, EARS and even our BRAIN...

    STUPID!!!!

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    5 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

    I  mentioned the Palisade.  You happy?  

    I mean,  WTF is soooooo exciting about a Palisade that you want me to discuss?

    You want me to wax poetic about a generic all too common CUV?

    Nothing is exciting about the Palisade at all. Just got back from the Phoenix International Auto Show with a couple of buddy's. All of us thought it's just the usual Hyundai they've always been. Non of us saw anything new or improved to write home about and most of it looked and felt pretty cheap, door handles, seats, interior pieces etc...

    The old saying "You get what you pay for" will always ring true!

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    6 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    I don't care for the Palisade.  I like the Telluride more.  Less fluff, puff and stuff.  Who wants a grille that looks like a Greek temple anyhow?  And that rotary shifter... don't care for it on Mopars or Fords, so no, I don't like it here either.

    Neither. Just saw them both in person. Just cheap knockoffs.

    Can't stand rotary shifter's either same with the push button shifters. I was just talking with my buddies about them at the PHX Auto Show. You don't get that positively in gear feeling like you do with a physical shifter (column or console) tied directly to the transmission with actual shift cable linkage.

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    How ridic would it be if you need to rock your vehicle in deep snow, mud or sand to try to get unstuck?  Imagine twirling that little dial back and forth as fast as your brawny wrist could twirl it, what a nightmare, especially with the lame-ass electronic delay built into it.  I think it would hold its breath and turn blue.  SAD.

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    13 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    I don't care for the Palisade.  I like the Telluride more.  Less fluff, puff and stuff.  Who wants a grille that looks like a Greek temple anyhow?  And that rotary shifter... don't care for it on Mopars or Fords, so no, I don't like it here either.

    What "rotary"?   The Rotary dial is not the shifter, it's the drive mode selector.  Set it to comfort or snow, but otherwise leave it alone. 

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    @Drew Dowdell-What are your thoughts on the fit and finish of the Palisade? Does it feel cheap or otherwise have a “plasticky” feeling about it? 

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    1 minute ago, surreal1272 said:

    @Drew Dowdell-What are your thoughts on the fit and finish of the Pallisade? Does it feel cheap or otherwise have a “plasticky” feeling about it? 

    It's very well done.  Very little of the surfaces I would consider cheap plastic. The buttons and other switchgear all have a nice weighted feel to them. It really is well done inside. 

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    6 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    It's very well done.  Very little of the surfaces I would consider cheap plastic. The buttons and other switchgear all have a nice weighted feel to them. It really is well done inside. 

    That’s what I’ve been gathering via several mainstream publication reviews. I was surprised they didn’t point out anything being “cheap”. They did however comment that the interiors were toe to toe with Buick and Acura and even said that the interior was nicer than some luxury vehicles. I know that the Koreans have caught a lot of flak (and deservedly so at times) over the years but this is a different time and those who cling to their past bias as ammunition for today are not paying close enough attention to what is actually being offered. Ten years ago, I wouldn’t touch anything out that country but they have stepped up their game and when they have models being compared to brands like Cadillac, then clearly they are doing something right whether some folks want to admit it or not. 

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    1 minute ago, surreal1272 said:

    That’s what I’ve been gathering via several mainstream publication reviews. I was surprised they didn’t point out anything being “cheap”. They did however comment that the interiors were toe to toe with Buick and Acura and even said that the interior was nicer than some luxury vehicles. I know that the Koreans have caught a lot of flak (and deservedly so at times) over the years but this is a different time and those who cling to their past bias as ammunition for today are not paying close enough attention to what is actually being offered. Ten years ago, I wouldn’t touch anything out that country but they have stepped up their game and when they have models being compared to brands like Cadillac, then clearly they are doing something right whether some folks want to admit it or not. 

    The latest generation of vehicles from Korea, in the upper tiers, may be the first to really deserve that kind of praise.  The K900, the Telluride, the Palisade, the G70/80/90 are all substantially better than prior attempts. I'm betting the Genesis GV80 SUV will deservedly get accolades as well. 

    Like I said earlier, could they get away with a Genesis version of the Palisade? Probably, but they're doing a whole different platform for it. 

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    11 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    The latest generation of vehicles from Korea, in the upper tiers, may be the first to really deserve that kind of praise.  The K900, the Telluride, the Palisade, the G70/80/90 are all substantially better than prior attempts. I'm betting the Genesis GV80 SUV will deservedly get accolades as well. 

    Like I said earlier, could they get away with a Genesis version of the Palisade? Probably, but they're doing a whole different platform for it. 

    Agree about Genesis (Save for the ugo looks of that G90 front end). There should have already been a CUV from them but if they can up the game and truly separate it from the Palisade, they will have a winner. Going with a different platform will certainly help their cause on that. Otherwise it would just look like a cheap rebadge. 

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    On 11/29/2019 at 2:25 PM, USA-1 said:

    Yes, Omega was going to underpin the XT6. Most likely worried about cannibalizing the Escalade sales, especially with a new one being released mid to late next year.

    It isn't about cannibalizing sales. It was about saving money. 

    https://www.motortrend.com/news/new-cadillac-escalade-ct5-v-no-blackwing-v8/

     

    On 11/30/2019 at 12:20 PM, Drew Dowdell said:

    Palisade I think.  Palisade has a smoother ride, just as much power, and a better finished interior... plus a lot more tech for the price. 

    It's amazing how far those two companies have come(Hyundai/Kia). It says a lot coming from somebody who drives as many things as you do. 

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    On 11/30/2019 at 1:24 PM, surreal1272 said:

    Also yes. Regarding the display, yes it is similar to Benz but if they would have done like everyone and slapped on a gigantic iPad in the center, they would been copying dozens. You can’t win either way. These days they are no more guilty of copying someone than any other make.

    THANK YOU! 

    I think you and @balthazar are the only ones that seem to understand this. 

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    20 hours ago, caddycruiser said:

    Good to know. It's highly bizarre and strange that GM, Ford, etc. think blind spot monitoring should consist of tiny, barely visible amber dots, that do nothing...and make no alert.

    Yet, other normal brands are visible and if on, and you still signal "beep beep beep" as they should, to prevent side issues. My Hyundai rentals have all been lower end without many options so I've never tried them...

    I think a light on the side mirror is plenty adequate. I don't want my car beeping or flashing on the dash every time I pass somebody or somebody passes me. 

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    4 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    THANK YOU! 

    I think you and @balthazar are the only ones that seem to understand this. 

    Balth made the best point about it a while back. All the current regulations have led to very much homogenous designs so there are bound to be similarities across the board from one model to the next. I’m less concerned with who is riffing who and more concerned with whether it’s a good a reliable product that will meet my needs. 

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    17 hours ago, balthazar said:

    I pulled the 'key-in' buzzer out of my '94.
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    I assume the 'turn off' feature of these must be activated upon each & every start of the vehicle (default: 'ON'). I'd have to know a fuse could be pulled.

    You don't need to turn off my backup sensors every time in my Lincoln. If you opt to turn them off, they're off until you turn them back on. 

    The lane keeping and auto braking stuff was the same in the MKX I drove for a couple days, turn it off and it stays off until you turn them back on. 

    @Drew Dowdell, are there any brands that you can think of that auto-turn back on every time the vehicle is started? 

    15 hours ago, caddycruiser said:

    And here, again, we're off topic...

    Back...to...the...Palisade...

    If you only want to hear about the one vehicle in question, threads would barely be a page long, if you can't compare it to anything. It'd be boring as F. 

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    3 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    You don't need to turn off my backup sensors every time in my Lincoln. If you opt to turn them off, they're off until you turn them back on. 

    The lane keeping and auto braking stuff was the same in the MKX I drove for a couple days, turn it off and it stays off until you turn them back on. 

    @Drew Dowdell, are there any brands that you can think of that auto-turn back on every time the vehicle is started? 

    No, I don't think I've experienced that.  Once they're off, they stay off.  @William Maley ?

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    That would be the most user-friendly if they stayed off. I thought I read some models you had to manually turn off ‘start/stop’ everytime. Just saw a ‘work around’ video to the ‘16 Malibu’s S-S: put the car in manual mode, 6th gear and it’s disabled... but that’s an everytime manual operation.

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    11 minutes ago, balthazar said:

    That’s supposition, not official information.

    That is true but it "supposedly" came from somebody at GM("Senior GM source") . 

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    1 hour ago, ccap41 said:

    I think a light on the side mirror is plenty adequate. I don't want my car beeping or flashing on the dash every time I pass somebody or somebody passes me. 

    Until you've actually experienced a real blind spot system, you wouldn't understand.

    A tiny, barely visible light amber colored spec that blends in and you have to stare at the far corner of the mirror to see it, then does no other alert, avoids the purpose.

    Driving requires mirrors. But blind spots happen and an actually visible/audible alert helps, without making a sound unless you're doing something you shouldn't be. Was a top complaint from our 2016 Traverse for years, and rentals I've driven from some brands.

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    3 minutes ago, caddycruiser said:

    Until you've actually experienced a real blind spot system, you wouldn't understand.

    A tiny, barely visible light amber colored spec that blends in and you have to stare at the far corner of the mirror to see it, then does no other alert, avoids the purpose.

    Driving requires mirrors. But blind spots happen and an actually visible/audible alert helps, without making a sound unless you're doing something you shouldn't be. Was a top complaint from our 2016 Traverse for years, and rentals I've driven from some brands.

    If I'm driving in a straight line and my car is going off with alerts every time somebody passes me or I pass somebody on the interstate, I'm turning that crap off. That sounds annoying. 

    I'm perfectly okay with the little amber light in the corner of a side mirror as I'm turning my head anyway. 

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    Have to say the profiles are nice on these twins. I myself like the more upright Palisade rear, but the sporty looking stance of the Telluride.

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    From the Front, I have ended up vacillating back n forth between them both. They are both nice looking depending on my mood.

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    Like the look of the Telluride from the back over the Palisade.

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    Interesting looking at the competition of these CUVs.

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    9 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Have to say the profiles are nice on these twins.

    Seen in person? Sat in? I have. Both very polarizing to look at. Cheapness everywhere. You get what you pay for.

    Honda's CUV's although reliable and well built are getting stale.

    Toyota is bland Toyota.

    Subaru...boring.

    The brand new 2020 Exploder I sat in already had a broken center console hatch latch that wouldn't close. Broken spring clip when I looked at it to see what was up. "Built Ford Proud". 😂

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    Drew sat in and drove one yet doesn’t share the same gripes as certain folks here. Three other reviews by major publications echo the same sentiments as Drew. Interesting. 
     

    Confirmation is bias is, indeed, a real thing. 

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    Review after review, from people who have actually driven and spent time in them, has been overwhelmingly positive. Kudos to Hyundai and Kia for not making them look like rebadge jobs like Ford and GM did so many times back in the day. 

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      Under normal driving, the engine is quiet and composed, with torque coming on quickly when called for. When the pedal is mashed at speed, the CX-5 leaps forward with minimal turbo lag and gives off a strong growl from under the hood. The only time you can really feel any lag in the turbo is if you are starting from a dead stop. Overall, you never feel without power at the tip of your toes and the sounds, and lack of sounds, from the engine room is quiet and refined.
      One area the CX-5 falls behind on is in the transmission department. Although the transmission offers smooth shift and is willing to downshift when called upon, a 6-speed automatic almost feels anachronistic in a time when all of its direct competition is sporting 8 or 9 speeds. I never thought there would come a day when 6-forward gears aren’t enough, but here we are. Adding 2 or 3 more gears to the CX-5 would further liven up the already sporty crossover and help keep the turbocharged engine firmly in the good places of its torque band.
      Ride: Al dente – Firm but tender
      If there is a brand that Mazda is looking to emulate here by being premium without the premium badge, it would likely be BMW.  The ride is firm, but not so harsh as to spill your latte. Steering is on the heavy side with precise control and great on-center feel.  Body roll is minimal. Pushing the CX-5 into corners is fun and the standard G-Vectoring Control Plus makes sure you stay planted where you intended to be.  The i-ACTIV all-wheel-drive mostly runs in front-wheel-drive mode until microscopic amounts of wheel slip are detected and then some torque is instantly transferred to the rear wheels.  Mazda programs the AWD system to always have at least a little bit of torque going to the rear in order for the transfer of torque to happen faster. 
      It’s what’s inside that matter most
      Inside the CX-5, the premium story continues. There is a distinct lack of cheap plastic even in places where they could probably get away with it. The dash and door panels are made of soft-touch material and there is a tasteful amount of chrome trim. Though the seats look black in pictures, they are actually a very dark brown that Mazda calls Caturra Brown Nappa leather. This leather is a feature of the Signature trim level and they are both heated and ventilated.  Rear passengers get heated outboard seats as well, controlled from inside the fold-down center armrest. Also, a feature of the Signature trim is the real wood dash inlay and ambient cabin lighting. The seats in the CX-5 are very comfortable with just the right combination of support and cushion. They would be most welcome companions on a long road trip. The rear seats are fairly flat and do not offer a lot of legroom.  There is no adjustment fore and aft.  Wind and tire noise has been kept to a minimum.
      There are 4 USB ports, two in the up front armrest and two in the rear armrest. Only one of them allows a connection to the infotainment system.  Oddly, the USB ports don’t seem to put out much juice as my phones were very slow to charge from them.
      The infotainment system is another area similar to BMW.  The unit is controlled by a large dial in the center console or touch screen controls. I found the touch aspect to be laggy and a long reach, so I found myself using the dial. Using the dial to navigate is simple enough, but the menus and layout of the screen could probably use a re-think.  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both here, for some reason only Apple CarPlay can be activated by touch. Operating either system is frustrating with the dial however, this is especially true for Android Auto which I found frustrating to use without touch screen functionality. At least, unlike BMW, Mazda doesn’t charge you an extra subscription fee to use them. Sound from the Bose speakers was clear, but not especially great.
      There was a time when people mostly bought crossovers for the utility of hauling lots of bulky stuff home from the store, however, these days are different. Now, crossovers are a fashion statement.  Still, the CX-5 has 59.6 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded and 30.9 cubic feet with the seats up.  That is at the high end of mid-pack in the segment with the Honda CR-V being the leader, while the Toyota RAV-4, Chevy Equinox, and Ford Escape all have less. 
      Do you need a safe space? This may be it.
      The Mazda CX-5 Signature comes with a whole host of safety equipment and the center of it all is the heads-up display that keeps the driver informed.  Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane-Keep Assist, and Radar Cruise Control, all have status lights in the heads-up display.  I found the blind spot monitoring system to be especially helpful when I was backing out onto a busy street with limited visibility.  Radar Cruise control is one of my favorite systems of all and I feel it should be standard equipment on all cars. The CX-5 can even read speed limit and stop signs as you approach, changing and updating the local regulations in the heads up display.
      The Signature also comes with active headlights that turn when you turn to help see around corners. They helped me spot a deer on the side of the road I normally would not have seen.
      The Verdict
      The CX-5 Signature is the top of the CX-5 line, so naturally, the price is reflected in that. With an MSRP of $36,890 before any options, the CX-5 may seem pricey, but it comes with everything you could possibly want.  However, when you compare it to other small crossovers with similar equipment it actually ends up comparing favorably to others in its class. I priced out Jeep Cherokee Overland with the 2.0T and technology group and the MSRP is $41,685. A GMC Terrain Denali with all the same option boxes checked? $41,430.  A Honda CR-V can’t even be equipped like the CX-5 because there is no up-level engine option, yet it still rings up to $38,147.
      Overall, Mazda has produced a handsome, sporty, fun to drive crossover with enough utility to remain competitive. They’ve loaded it with safety equipment and kept the price in check. It is definitely worth a look.
       

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    • By Drew Dowdell
      2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature
      Mazda is on a mission lately to make their products feel more premium. They have been tuning their vehicles to be quieter and more refined in order to give them an air that they are above their class. This second generation of the Mazda CX-5 debuted for the 2017 model year with a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder producing 187 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft of torque.  For 2019, Mazda added the 2.5-liter turbocharged engine from the CX-9. On regular gas, the engine produces 227 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft of torque, but if you fill it up with 93 octane, the horsepower figure bumps up to 250.  Available only on the Grand Touring and Signature trims, the 2.5-T makes the CX-5 the compact crossover with the most available torque.  Mazda sent a CX-5 Signature for me to try for a week to see what I thought.
      There’s no replacement for displacement… maybe
      The biggest CX-5 news for 2019 is the engine options. There is the 2.5-T mentioned above and a 2.2-liter turbo diesel. Both are exciting entries into a relatively conservative segment.  The 2.5-T is the second-largest displacement engine available in the segment, behind the 3.2 liter V6 in the Jeep Cherokee.  This 4-cylinder puts out quite a bit more torque than the bigger V6, though the Jeep produces more horsepower (271 @ 6,500 rpm). Even among 4-cylinders, this is the largest displacement you can get, but none of those others offering 2.5 liters also offers a turbocharger. This engine is rated by the EPA to get 22 city / 27 highway.  I got about 24 mpg in mostly city driving. Zero to 60 is a claimed 6.2 seconds.
      Under normal driving, the engine is quiet and composed, with torque coming on quickly when called for. When the pedal is mashed at speed, the CX-5 leaps forward with minimal turbo lag and gives off a strong growl from under the hood. The only time you can really feel any lag in the turbo is if you are starting from a dead stop. Overall, you never feel without power at the tip of your toes and the sounds, and lack of sounds, from the engine room is quiet and refined.
      One area the CX-5 falls behind on is in the transmission department. Although the transmission offers smooth shift and is willing to downshift when called upon, a 6-speed automatic almost feels anachronistic in a time when all of its direct competition is sporting 8 or 9 speeds. I never thought there would come a day when 6-forward gears aren’t enough, but here we are. Adding 2 or 3 more gears to the CX-5 would further liven up the already sporty crossover and help keep the turbocharged engine firmly in the good places of its torque band.
      Ride: Al dente – Firm but tender
      If there is a brand that Mazda is looking to emulate here by being premium without the premium badge, it would likely be BMW.  The ride is firm, but not so harsh as to spill your latte. Steering is on the heavy side with precise control and great on-center feel.  Body roll is minimal. Pushing the CX-5 into corners is fun and the standard G-Vectoring Control Plus makes sure you stay planted where you intended to be.  The i-ACTIV all-wheel-drive mostly runs in front-wheel-drive mode until microscopic amounts of wheel slip are detected and then some torque is instantly transferred to the rear wheels.  Mazda programs the AWD system to always have at least a little bit of torque going to the rear in order for the transfer of torque to happen faster. 
      It’s what’s inside that matter most
      Inside the CX-5, the premium story continues. There is a distinct lack of cheap plastic even in places where they could probably get away with it. The dash and door panels are made of soft-touch material and there is a tasteful amount of chrome trim. Though the seats look black in pictures, they are actually a very dark brown that Mazda calls Caturra Brown Nappa leather. This leather is a feature of the Signature trim level and they are both heated and ventilated.  Rear passengers get heated outboard seats as well, controlled from inside the fold-down center armrest. Also, a feature of the Signature trim is the real wood dash inlay and ambient cabin lighting. The seats in the CX-5 are very comfortable with just the right combination of support and cushion. They would be most welcome companions on a long road trip. The rear seats are fairly flat and do not offer a lot of legroom.  There is no adjustment fore and aft.  Wind and tire noise has been kept to a minimum.
      There are 4 USB ports, two in the up front armrest and two in the rear armrest. Only one of them allows a connection to the infotainment system.  Oddly, the USB ports don’t seem to put out much juice as my phones were very slow to charge from them.
      The infotainment system is another area similar to BMW.  The unit is controlled by a large dial in the center console or touch screen controls. I found the touch aspect to be laggy and a long reach, so I found myself using the dial. Using the dial to navigate is simple enough, but the menus and layout of the screen could probably use a re-think.  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both here, for some reason only Apple CarPlay can be activated by touch. Operating either system is frustrating with the dial however, this is especially true for Android Auto which I found frustrating to use without touch screen functionality. At least, unlike BMW, Mazda doesn’t charge you an extra subscription fee to use them. Sound from the Bose speakers was clear, but not especially great.
      There was a time when people mostly bought crossovers for the utility of hauling lots of bulky stuff home from the store, however, these days are different. Now, crossovers are a fashion statement.  Still, the CX-5 has 59.6 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded and 30.9 cubic feet with the seats up.  That is at the high end of mid-pack in the segment with the Honda CR-V being the leader, while the Toyota RAV-4, Chevy Equinox, and Ford Escape all have less. 
      Do you need a safe space? This may be it.
      The Mazda CX-5 Signature comes with a whole host of safety equipment and the center of it all is the heads-up display that keeps the driver informed.  Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane-Keep Assist, and Radar Cruise Control, all have status lights in the heads-up display.  I found the blind spot monitoring system to be especially helpful when I was backing out onto a busy street with limited visibility.  Radar Cruise control is one of my favorite systems of all and I feel it should be standard equipment on all cars. The CX-5 can even read speed limit and stop signs as you approach, changing and updating the local regulations in the heads up display.
      The Signature also comes with active headlights that turn when you turn to help see around corners. They helped me spot a deer on the side of the road I normally would not have seen.
      The Verdict
      The CX-5 Signature is the top of the CX-5 line, so naturally, the price is reflected in that. With an MSRP of $36,890 before any options, the CX-5 may seem pricey, but it comes with everything you could possibly want.  However, when you compare it to other small crossovers with similar equipment it actually ends up comparing favorably to others in its class. I priced out Jeep Cherokee Overland with the 2.0T and technology group and the MSRP is $41,685. A GMC Terrain Denali with all the same option boxes checked? $41,430.  A Honda CR-V can’t even be equipped like the CX-5 because there is no up-level engine option, yet it still rings up to $38,147.
      Overall, Mazda has produced a handsome, sporty, fun to drive crossover with enough utility to remain competitive. They’ve loaded it with safety equipment and kept the price in check. It is definitely worth a look.
       
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