75,000 - 100,000 km
Did you buy this car new or used?
If used, what year did you buy it used?
How much did you pay? (including all on-road costs)
What were your needs when you bought this car? Has it fulfilled those needs?
Fuel efficient family/work vehicle for small business. Space for family trips away and toys. Good handling and performance (given 100kph speed limit) Towing capacity for a small boat.
What were your initial thoughts about the car? Tell us why it appealed to you.
More useable space then a CX-5. Great handling for a family car. A big step up from our 2005 trade-in. Will keep it.
What have you discovered since owning the car?
Absolutely love the heads-up display, blind spot monitoring and backing camera as effective but not intrusive safety features. Previous car was a Volvo XC70 so have to be careful with very low front bumper on kerbs. Factory tow bar is very low at the back so expect to bottom out on driveway crossings even when being cautious. Change to fuel efficient tires all round means traction not as good in the wet but they do everything else well and no really noticeably impact on handling. I think this car is far more tolerant to tire choice than higher riding vehicle it replaced.
What do you like/dislike about the car?
Real world fuel economy of 6.9L/100km on urban/rural commute I think is actually very good. Certainly met expectations as the most efficient sutiable vehicle we could afford at time of purchase. Factory Sat Nav is slow and clunky to set a destination, and it overrides traffic sign speed recognition a few km down the and resets the headsup display back to the old speed limits. Mazda says NZ gets very few updates so that remains an issue even on new cars.
Any other comments on the car?
What the hell is going on with the new car market. Seems there is a demand for wagons in used import market and even the main dealers are selling them after deciding people wanted SUVs and dropping them from the lineup. I mean it's fine if that is what the market wants, but not to the point that there the manufacturers drop them completely. Like forward dropping hatchbacks just seems crazy.
Value for money
Lastly, would you buy this vehicle again?
Why would/wouldn't you buy it again?
Will keep this one as long as we can and move to EV most likely. Or perhaps go EV for our small car and Hybrid or PHEV for the larger one.