2017 Mazda CX-5 for a recent college grad?

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#1

good car for a recent graduate from college


#2

are you asking to buy it for a graduate as a gift or are you buying it as the graduate? If you’re the grad, if you can afford it and you like to drive it, why not?


#3

Wow wish you were my dad !!! And yes Mazdas are good cars . Make sure he takes care of it. Most college kids these days know zero about vehicle maintenance .


#4

Outstanding choice. We just bought a 2018. Love it.


#5

Agree that it is a good choice; reliable, roomy, and fun to drive!

I would just make sure the maintenance is kept up; my wife has a Mazda 3 Sport, and it has been bullet-proof for the last 5 1/2 years.


#6

My daughter recently graduated from college, bought a AWD 2018 CX-5, and enrolled in grad school. She loves hers and when I checked (as a dad would) it seems to be a good choice safety-wise. I like Mazda’s approach of wringing out quite reasonable mpg and performance using naturally aspirated engines.
CSA :palm_tree::sunglasses::palm_tree:


#7

My daughter bought a CX-5 Sport in 2014 when she graduated and got her first job. She likes it.


#8

Thanks - her first new car after grad. Different than the 1995 2 wheel drive straight six grand Cherokee. Lo


#9

She earned it. She bought a 1995 grand Cherokee with her own money in high school - magna cum now. I’ll just keep my car another decade!!!lol. But she is working in LA likely so a decent car is a good idea. Thanks


#10

Are hybrids and electric vehicles still allowed to use HOV lanes in Cali with only the driver in the car? If so, she might consider a vehicle that meets the requirements for the HOV pass. The freeways are awful at rush hour. When I was there on business trips in the early/mid 2000s, I often used surface streets instead of freeways and made much better time. One time, a colleague and I drove from LAX to Anaheim during morning drive time, and using the HOV lane made the trip a lot shorter. We didn’t go fast, but at least we were moving. The normal lanes hardly moved at all.


#11

I’d want the new model CX-5, I think that started in 2018.


#12

The 2018 CX5 is a vast improvement power the previous model; better ride, quieter and more comfort. All without losing the “Zoom Zoom” driving fun!


#13

thanks all- we are seriously looking at hybrids also for the above reasons

GL


#14

Make sure you’re aware of the latest requirements. Plain hybrids don’t qualify. More info here:
https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/carpool/carpool.htm