Placed on order 3 weeks ago for a wind chill + terracotta interior turbo premium to replace my 2009 subaru outback 2.5xt. I love my outback but with the family growing (cannot seat 3 in the backseat, cx50 can for us), wife unable to drive manual, and the financial irresponsibly (haha) of keeping a "hobby" car around ive decided to let it go. The current 0.9% APR was also a no brainer for me.
While I never ever buy a 1st gen car (especially 1st gen at a 1st gen factory too!), ive decided to bite the bullet on the cx50 due to not only its real good looks but it at least has a tried and true engine from previous models. I can deal with rattling sunroofs, cracked seat bolsters, etc but need the drivetrain to be solid. I do hope that that tried and true engine doesnt come with the mazda signature oil burn issue however! The only wishlist for this car is more advanced ADAS. I wish it had true lane centering for those long boring road trips. I'll hope that one day comma.ai will be supported on this car.
Since im replacing my beloved outback I needed another car enthusiast's car to match my modified outback's capabilities on the twisties. If the CX50 turns out to be reliable, when the warranty expires I do plan on adding the corksport big brake kit and suitable 19in wheels (Volk ce28?). I also wish there were more overlanding options like a true platform rack like that of the prinsus to add to this car. I feel like mazdas will never hit that list however.
ironically the last mazda i drove was a mazda protege5 wagon before deciding on the outback. I remember it being real loud in the cabin while accelerating haha...typical mazda i assume.