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1) Everyone loves the look, it turns heads everywhere you go.
2) I haven't found a single person who could refute the MPGs I'm getting - I'm saving tons.
3) I find it extremely comfy in my GT, but I agree that the sport trim leaves something to be desired.
4) With the Skyactive engines, they're going to be extremely reliable cars. It's hard to say at this point since they haven't been out long, but I've seen nothing but great things from the Cx5 owners.
5) Yessir, timing chain.
6) Won't handle like the WRX, but it's certainly no Accord or Corolla.
7) I wouldn't have been able to afford the GT without knowing how much I would save in repairs/gas/etc with this car.
8) Absolutely possible, there are a few threads on here about it.
9) Well it depends on the driver as much as the car in my opinion. I'm in one of the snowiest cities in the country (Worcester), and I had some nice Blizzaks on the car this year - Never slipped once. I even went to a parking lot to do a few donuts and have some fun but the damn tires gripped too much to really get going haha. That being said, I had owned the car for 2 weeks last year and we got 26" of snow over 12 hours. I drove 50 miles to Boston and back in the middle of the storm on stock all season tires and was perfectly fine.
That all being said: I say it's also a major role in the driver as well. Have a good friend who bought the same car but he went from a 4wD SUV to this and he came to me one day saying it's the worst car he's ever driven in the snow. I reminded him that it's the ONLY car he's ever driven in the snow and that sort of settled that argument lol.
Between the WRX and Mazda6, you're not going to like either of them getting hit/scratched, but maybe the extra $6k you save on the 6, and all that money you save in gas could be used to fix her up
Regardless, welcome to our community, you won't find a better place to chat with fellow enthusiasts.