Got back from our trip on Sunday afternoon, just barely beating the crazy snow and record low temps in the Memphis area.
Trans felt great. We stayed in the foothills around Gatlinburg, with some RIDICULOUS steep roads to get up to our cabin. Our FWD CX5 did great, although I did have to just about floor it to get up some of those hills, and also use manual mode a couple of times to keep it in 2nd gear going up the hills, or to keep it in a lower gear while coming back down.
One thing of interest was fuel economy. On the first leg of our trip from Memphis to Nashville, I kept CC at 75. After filling up, we had only managed 24.x MPG, which was just awful! One the second leg from Nashville to Gatlinburg, with rain the whole way, I took it easy at 65 MPH the whole time. By the time we got to the cabin, the readout showed 30.0 MPG! What a huge difference just from going 10 mph slower! And then with all the mountain drives, going down hill with no throttle, I still managed to keep the MPG average right at 29.0 when I filled up before we came back home.
Coming back home, with freezing fog and threatening freezing precipitation, I did 65-70 most of the way and we managed to get about 28 MPG coming back. The car didn't skip a beat after ~1,000 miles, although I did find some more oil around the OCV. I haven't had a chance to check around the edges of the trans drain pan. We parked the car Sunday and haven't moved it since, with single-digit temps outside.