Damn, that's a review.
I posted here a bit a few years ago when I had a 2015. It didn't rattle but it was noisy (wind and road). I got rid of it for an Accord, had all the toys I wanted, but sometimes you need something with just a little bit of ground clearance, and the new Accords don't have it. Mine also has low-profile tires and potholes are scary and hit hard.
You addressed some questions: noise improvement, figured the knob would be terrible and maybe it isn't, but still have a couple.
On my CX-5 there were times, especially in an emergency, where my size 12 hit both brake and gas at the same time. I stopped safely, but it never felt certain that I'd hit the brake cleanly. Still a problem? Never a problem for you?
I use Adaptive cruise extensively and I trust my car, most of the time, because I do hit the brake and sometimes it's too aggressive about stopping, to stop from speed. It sounds like the CX-5 is maybe less confidence inspiring?
Is the center armrest still too far back and too small?
Finally, I remember the handling being fun but not great. By that I mean I'd enjoy cornering but it also felt like it was going to roll if I pushed, something, my current, uh, car, doesn't do. I did drive a 2017 GT and remember it feeling planted, but, somehow, less dynamic, if that even makes sense.
Thanks for any insight.
I've never felt concern over my cx5 rolling. It feels planted, to me, even ignoring its ground clearance.
The other issues are things I never noticed as an issue in my 2015, and are personal kinematics. You will need to test.
The cx5 doing 70mph coming up on stopped traffic...worries me. I've not tested it fully, but it worries me if you rely 100% on the computer, there.