Confession time: I devote a lot more time to keeping my own car clean than I do to keeping my wife’s car clean.

I decided today that the CX-5 was looking pretty rough, so I gave it a quick wash, clay bar, and wax. It’s not perfect. There are still some caked on bugs here and there and I didn’t really do much to the interior, but it looks a hell of a lot better than it did.

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It is a 2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport. Totally base aside from the Bluetooth enabled radio and the roof rails. 25,000 miles on it. We got it in November of 2012 with 6 miles on the odometer.

It’s front-wheel-drive but still damn good in the snow. Handled our 9-inch random snow in early March like a champ. It averages 26 MPG in town and 34 on the highway. We have seen as high as 37 MPG on a trip to Indianapolis to see my family. Contrary to what all reviews say, the 2.0 isn’t that slow. No problem keeping up with traffic and getting out of its own way.

Only things I wish it had were a blind spot monitor and a backup camera. We shouldn’t have got such a base model but oh well. It was cheap. And they gave us Mazda owner loyalty cash because I had my 3. And we haven’t had any problems out of it, either. It’s never been to the dealer except for tire rotations and oil changes.