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    Love the CX-5, hate the seats...Any way to make them better?

    You'll laugh. At the moment...... a 2002 Ford Escort ZX2. :P I liked these cars when they were popular 20 years ago, I like the no grill shark nose and they were pretty peppy in their time for a cheap car. I stumbled across one with very low miles and bought it on a lark, so after parting...
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    Love the CX-5, hate the seats...Any way to make them better?

    They probably don't, but I do hope somebody who works at Mazda actually sees these threads. Since I sold my '17 GT for precisely this reason (and still miss it) I swear I've seen at least half a dozen more threads on this subject pop up. It doesn't take much searching to find one while doing...
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    Cabin noise reduced in 2020s?

    The acoustically laminated glass was originally only for the grand touring trim in '17. I think this year they made it standard on the CX-5 regardless of trim.
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    2019 CX-5 Signature, Seat discomfort?

    It's hard to explain in words. They made a change to the shape of the foam so it doesn't dig into your side quite as much. You can tell the difference if you feel through the leather cover with your hands. Where the foam approaches the seat bottom cushion it used to be cut at two angles...
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    2019 CX-5 Signature, Seat discomfort?

    Some people's hips and pelvic anterior are naturally wider than others. It doesn't necessarily have any correlation to body weight. Where Mazda has gone wrong with this seat design is making the side bolster both hard as a rock and also *fixed in place* with no ability to move laterally, so if...
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    New competitor: 2021 Toyota Venza

    In profile this looks like it could have been styled by Mazda. The silhouette is very close to the current CX-5/CX-9. I haven't read where the new Venza is being built but this looks like it could be a platform mate to the upcoming CX-50/60 whatever it's going to be called.
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    2022 CX-50?!

    Well, we don't know what the fuel consumption of the new engine will be yet, with no published figures. When it's a real engine with real data then we can make up our minds about it. The fact that they are pairing it with a mild hybrid system does tend to suggest that the mileage needs to be...
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    2022 CX-50?!

    That's still my favorite generation of BMW M3. To be fair to Mazda though, there are some things that have to be considered when comparing these numbers. That was a fairly exotic engine design in it's day, more expensive to make and far more expensive to fix than the upcoming Mazda engine is...
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    Winter is here...and my cx5 turbo is now a 2.0!

    That's a very good theory, and one I agree with it. I'm disappointed in myself for not realizing this. The Skyactiv 2.5G even has harmonic resonance sensors in addition to the normal knock sensors which makes it even more likely. They were added to detect LSPI (low speed pre-ignition) which...
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    Winter is here...and my cx5 turbo is now a 2.0!

    In fairness I wouldn't call it common, but we always get a couple of weeks every winter where it is that bad. Sometimes worse. The windchills are genuinely dangerous around here during those times. It's hard on people and machines. A lot of the discussion between members has been of temps in...
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    Winter is here...and my cx5 turbo is now a 2.0!

    Yeah, I acknowledge that I look narrow-minded about it when viewed from the other side of the fence. There is more to this whole thing that I didn't go into because it's off-topic mostly. My experience with the dealership was, to put it bluntly, horrible and I just didn't want to deal with...
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    Winter is here...and my cx5 turbo is now a 2.0!

    My CX-5 was a 2017, prior to the introduction of the cylinder deactivation feature. I arrived at my conclusions after considering all the evidence and my first hand experience. The vehicle was throwing no codes, and there were no stored codes when I checked with a reader. To me it simply...
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    Winter is here...and my cx5 turbo is now a 2.0!

    Two things: this behavior happens in the naturally aspirated version of this engine too, and the power loss in the worst case scenario is so severe that it calls into question the safety and driveability of the car. Feel free to accuse me of exaggerating if you want, but unless you own one of...
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    Winter is here...and my cx5 turbo is now a 2.0!

    Going back to an older car is really interesting when it comes to things like this. The trend for all new cars is stiff suspensions and hard as a rock seats it seems. As soon as you jump into some old thing from the 90's the first thing that strikes you is how you sink into the seat cushion...
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    Winter is here...and my cx5 turbo is now a 2.0!

    High humidity might affect the turbo too. The Ford Ecoboost engines are kind of infamous for having instances of cutting out or stumbling after running at highway speeds in the rain. Apparently condensation in just the right place near some sensors will fool the engine into thinking it is in a...