Heated Steering Wheel

shadonoz

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2017 CX-5 GT AWD+
In my case, this was the first fully loaded car I’ve bought in my lifetime. I usually go for mid trim models. I can say though that I don’t regret it at all. Things that were frivolous or unnecessary have turned out to be really nice to have. I would do it again if the situation arose.
Me too, and no regrets whatsoever.

Sometimes the particular option/color people want is not available, so they have to compromise.

Going from a 2017 AWD Touring with PEP to a 2017 AWD Grand Touring with Premium is about a $5,000 jump in price.

The heated steering wheel is nice but not available on the Touring. One has to get the GT and then if you want the HUD, you have to get the Premium Package. Like I mentioned, at that point you are about $5,000 more in price.

And worth every penny over the life of the car IMHO.
 
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2018 Mazda CX-5
Sometimes the particular option/color people want is not available, so they have to compromise.

Going from a 2017 AWD Touring with PEP to a 2017 AWD Grand Touring with Premium is about a $5,000 jump in price.

The heated steering wheel is nice but not available on the Touring. One has to get the GT and then if you want the HUD, you have to get the Premium Package. Like I mentioned, at that point you are about $5,000 more in price.

I would have loved the heated steering wheel and hud, but I could not buy anther car with full leather seats. They're awful whether it's hot or cold, they're always a hell of a lot hotter or colder than the ambient temp. My last car was a Acura MDX with full leather, I hated those seats. I decided on the touring for the cloth middle inserts, but it would have been nice to have the steering wheel and hud without full leather.
 
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'18 Mazda CX-5 Akera KG i-Activ AWD 2.5L In Sonic Silver
Better to take hindsights view before one purchases. Get all options before hand so no regrets later
 
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2017 CX5 AWD Touring
I bet Mazda sells more Touring than GT option packages. As the Touring is in the mid $20's while the GT is pushing towards the lower to mid $30's

My AWD Touring with PEP sold for $26k, while the AWD GT with Premium was $32.5k. Add the additional taxes ($500) due to the $6,500 difference in price and one is looking at $7k additional between those 2 trim models. It all starts to add up in the end and while $7k is nothing to some people, to others it's a lot and can make or break a deal.

Ideally, sure, having all the options is best. Nobody can argue that but like anything in life. Having the best optioned house, the best optioned TV, etc. but it comes down to $$ and budget.
 
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boandlkramer

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'17 CX-5 GT AWD; '18 BMW X3
I waited a VERY long time to get the M4 I dreamed of the way I wanted it. (Turns out that when I finally got it, it wasn’t what I really wanted out of a vehicle. Bucket list item checked off though).

I can appreciate the perspective of not having the means to get a vehicle loaded.

There’s also merit in waiting until you can get it the way you want it.
 
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shadonoz

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Ideally, sure, having all the options is best. Nobody can argue that but like anything in life. Having the best optioned house, the best optioned TV, etc. but it comes down to $$ and budget.

True. $30K is a major outlay, and unless money is not an issue [for all you 1%ers out there], it will give anyone pause.

But the thing to consider is that if you keep your car for only 5 yrs, that $5k difference is only about $3 a day, the cost of a cup of [overpriced] coffee.

Given that most of us spend a lot of time in our cars, and most of us enjoy the time we spend in our cars, it's worth it to me to spend a little extra to get the best I can afford, one way or another. That's just my priority.
 
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2018 Mazda CX-5
I bet Mazda sells more Touring than GT option packages. As the Touring is in the mid $20's while the GT is pushing towards the lower to mid $30's

My AWD Touring with PEP sold for $26k, while the AWD GT with Premium was $32.5k. Add the additional taxes ($500) due to the $6,500 difference in price and one is looking at $7k additional between those 2 trim models. It all starts to add up in the end and while $7k is nothing to some people, to others it's a lot and can make or break a deal.

Ideally, sure, having all the options is best. Nobody can argue that but like anything in life. Having the best optioned house, the best optioned TV, etc. but it comes down to $$ and budget.

I'm with you I think the touring is definitely the best of both worlds. If I wasn't against full on leather seats I probably would have gone for the GT. But those all leather seats are awful in both cold and hot weather extremes, I learned a hard lesson from my all leather MDX. Liking my cloth inserts too much to have added a heated steering wheel and have my ass on fire in the summer and freezing in the winter till the heated seats kick in.
 
I had read or heard somewhere that the GT comprised about 60% of CX5 sales and most of those also got the premium package.
 

shadonoz

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...all leather seats are awful in both cold and hot weather extremes... freezing in the winter till the heated seats kick in.
I've always avoided leather, too, for those same reasons. But the entire package of the GT made me decide to take a chance.

Fortunately, the heated seats in the GT warm up really fast, so that's never a problem.

My cloth seats were way too hot in the summer, so I always tried to cover them with something like a jacket or blanket when leaving the car in the sun. I'm sure I'll have to do the same this summer with the leather. It'll be worth it for all those extra bells and whistles on the GT.
 
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'18 Mazda CX-5 Akera KG i-Activ AWD 2.5L In Sonic Silver
I always used to place a towel over my leather seat when left it was left under the blazing hot sun and when I would return, the seat was fine.

Mazda Australia does sell seat covers that as you can see in the photo, do fit on leather seats which could help in summer:

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I don’t understand why people do this.

These are one of the biggest purchases of our lives, for me, it seems self defeating to skimp on an option only to try and retrofit it later at a greater cost.

A 1500 option is just a couple dozen dollars more a month.

Save a few dozen dollars a month, and in a few years you'll have an extra $1500.

I don't understand the monthly payment mentality. It's the same pitch as rent to own. Sure, you're throwing your money away, but it's only xx per xx.
 
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2018 Mazda CX-5
I always used to place a towel over my leather seat when left it was left under the blazing hot sun and when I would return, the seat was fine.

Mazda Australia does sell seat covers that as you can see in the photo, do fit on leather seats which could help in summer:

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It would be nice to be able to order a lot of the Ausie items here in the states. Like those covers a lot!
 
I always used to place a towel over my leather seat when left it was left under the blazing hot sun and when I would return, the seat was fine.

Mazda Australia does sell seat covers that as you can see in the photo, do fit on leather seats which could help in summer:

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Yep, I could just imagine leaving the back seat CX5 parked in Coober Pedy during the summer for a few hours then returning only to lose your skin to the hot leather. Those covers would have to be mandatory
 
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'18 Mazda CX-5 Akera KG i-Activ AWD 2.5L In Sonic Silver
One can always try and order something similar from your local suppliers
 
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2017 CX5 AWD Touring
Save a few dozen dollars a month, and in a few years you'll have an extra $1500.

I don't understand the monthly payment mentality. It's the same pitch as rent to own. Sure, you're throwing your money away, but it's only xx per xx.

I believe the valid point is that going from a Touring to a Grand Touring to get the heated steering wheel is MORE THAN $1,500. It's not a valid and factual statement to say that the upgrade from Touring to Grand Touring is just "$1,500"

The reality is going from a Touring to Grand Touring is generally around $6,000 when all is said and done.

Mazda specs out it's options in order to get more $$$. You like the Touring but want HUD? You have to step up to a GT and then you have to get the Premium Package, at that point, you are pushing $7,000 difference.
 

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