I just passed 800 miles and Friday will be four weeks in the Zam.
1. The infocenter right side pod is a POS. Whoever designed this setup should be fired or sent to Cuber to hack sugar cane. Dark, nonintuitive, not very smart not very informative.
2. Big azz blind spot on right side A pillar. The pillar is a fat boy and the RVM is a fat boy. I'll have to pay extra speshul attention over there, entire vehicles can be blocked out.
3. Instruments are rudimentary and not brightly-lit. A digital speedo front and center, as so many other cars have, would be nice.
4. The geek knob on the console that controls almost everything is just ash hole stuff IMHO. It makes the nav unfriendly, radio tuning unfriendly, everything else unfriendly. And slow. The radio volume and on-off button down by the shift lever is OK, I will eventually get re-programmed to where reaching for it is instinctive.
1. Smooth, quiet, torkie considering the size motor and vehicle mass. Torque is equal to HP and it's down low, unlike almost all modern cammers. Except turbos, and they're another matter. I don't have to stuff it like the Soul to go zoom zoom. The little SPORT button actually does something.
2. This car is easy to drive smoothly. Maybe all mid-size sedans today are like this. I could do a Serta ad with this car, it's a dream.
3. MPG is fairly amazing. I was reviewing the CR reports, this car garnered 32 MPG overall, the same as Elantra, Civic, 3, and several more MPG than typical mid-sizers that are not hybrids.
CR says they averaged 32 and that's about what I'm racking up.
4. Toys. The mirror tell-tales really should be somewhere in the dashboard. It may seem OK in the design studio, but on the road, an orange warning light in your direct line of vision grabs your attention more effectively.
I have not engaged any of the auto-braking, smart cruise, lane-keep, etc. Probably won't. If you missed the earlier discussions, these puppies can have a mind of their own. CD's test CX9 had several instances of SBS (Sudden Braking Syndrome) that surprised the professional driver-persons.
5. Swiveling headlights. They're cool. And bright.
6. Auto-dimming outside driver's side RVM. Cool. Handy.
7. Range. I like that range typically shows about 500 vs. around 380 for the Soul.
The car has plenty of power for my needs. CR shows 0 to 60 in 7.5. Normally that means CD would get 7.0 or quicker. But they like to test Mazda sticks. I guess because Maz is 2% of the market and sticks are 2% of THAT market...?
The trannie is very smooth, downshifts are mostly unobtrusive. The engine note is, uhh, different. So is the exhaust note. You won't mistake this for a Chally R/T.
HVAC all works effectively as it should.
The trunk is large and deep. The back seats fold nearly flat, and without headrest interference issues.
I have a real genuine fake spare tire vs. a can of Green Slime.
The seat is comfortable. I don't need a cushion as I did with the Soul's chair. Ironically, my wife has yet to set her own temp control. And we probably won't be using the heated seats for a while.
I don't miss the Soul. Not to say I didn't enjoy the Soul immensely. It was zippy, it was colorful, it was UTILITY.
This car is far more pleasurable to drive. Only downside so far is it can't turn on a dime and get 11 cents change.
I'm still debating the Dunlops.
I like the deep dark blue. Black seems a predominant car color around here. And of course light grey, medium grey, dark grey, medium silver, dark silver, and light silver. And white.