I have had a 2015 Mazda 3 sedan for almost 7 years and liked how it drives and also i am more comfortable with non-CVT type vehicles. Before COVID , Mazda used to come to Calgary (part of a country wide tour) to showcase their vehicles which you could drive. I liked how the CX-5 handled but wanted a deeper trunk space. So when the CX-50 came up with the deeper trunk space i went for it. So in a nutshell, driveability, deeper trunk space and non-cvt.