2017 Mazda CX 5 Don't Buy Warning | Auto Expert John Cadogan | Australia

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Mazda CX-5 is Australia’s top-selling SUV - but you should absolutely not buy one right now. Here's why.

Don’t do it. Put down the credit card, and step away from the dealership.

The Mazda CX-5 surprised even Mazda when it replaced the ageing CX-7 in February 2012. Sales ran away, here and overseas. It’s the number-one SUV here in Australia, ahead of the Hyundai Tucson and Toyota RAV4. It’s fully a quarter of Mazda’s sales in the USA.

But now is exactly the wrong time to dump your hard-earned cash on a new CX-5. Don’t do it. You’ll be sorry.

I get a lot of Mazda CX-5 enquiries. It’s understandable - it’s a solid product. Great for families. I recommend it. Highly. It’s not perfect, but it’s up there. It’s pretty long in the tooth, however, coming up for its fifth birthday. And a new one is in the pipeline.

Launch date - not yet confirmed. But the smart money is saying about May this year for Australia. The wraps came off the 2017 CX-5 at the LA motor show last November, and details continue to emerge. Just before Christmas it came to light a ‘Touring’ variant would be added to the range, which will comprise Maxx, Maxx Sport, Touring, GT and Akera. With CX-5 Touring, Mazda is effectively spak-filling the gap in price that currently exists between Maxx Sport and GT.

Mazda Oz is prick teasing the new one on its website right now.

Bottom line: Despite it being a damn good SUV, you’re a nut if you buy a CX-5 right now. The launch of the new one is too far away for the dealer network or Mazda to be unduly motivated to fire sale existing stock, so getting that cracking runout deal is still months away. Strike one for buying the current model now.

Let’s say you jump anyway. You sign the contract and lock yourself in for the three-to-five-year finance. As soon as the new one launches - in May - the value of your CX-5 immediately takes a big, consequential hit. It’s suddenly the ‘old’ one, right? And some of the emotional gloss comes off for you, too - let’s not forget that.

You become the chump who didn’t or couldn’t wait. Or bought at the wrong time. Whatever.

The upcoming CX-5 is going to be objectively better, too - so if you jump now, buy Australia’s top-selling SUV, in May, yours becomes second-rate on objective criteria. One of the most amusing things about being an industry observer is this: The launch of a new model is the only time a carmaker acknowledges the flaws in the current one. Before that, they don’t exist, officially.

At least, they acknowledge the flaws they bother to fix for the new one.

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