- 2020 CX-5 Signature Azul Metalico
What is the advantage of installing non OEM shocks? I find the behavior of the standard suspension perfectly fine on paved roads where most people drive. My dissatisfaction is with handling on dirt roads where I find there is more (uncomfortable) side to side wallowing than with previous vehicles I've owned. I also find the suspension does not "soak up" bumps and uneven road surfaces but rather delivers them not much modified to my drivers seat. I don't relly blame Mazda though because they don't expect buyers of the CX-5 to travel on such road surfaces except very ocaissionaly. Certainly not daily like me. My experience with aftermarket "upgrade" shocks on former vehicles is they just produce a harsher ride on anything but smooth pavement.