I agree with Mustang Life and others, that say all brands have issues. For example, the Mazda CX5 has had 4 recalls. Mazda also issued a recall covering every 2014-2016 Mazda CX-5 crossover. In the US, this amounts to nearly 265,000 vehicles. They also issued a stop-sale on every unsold CX-5 at the dealership at the time of the recall.
Brand loyalty is one thing, but looking at facts is another. Unless you are a proponent of "alternative facts."
Refer to the NHTSA website for recalls and complaints by brand and model.
I'm not loyal to any brand. I just want to know I'm buying a quality product whether its a washing machine or a sports car. We got a CX-5 because it was the best ( in my opinion ) in that class of car not because it was a Mazda. The 4 recalls were replace lift gate struts, windshield for cars with smart brake,replace fuel filler tube ( that was the stop sell for a minute) and check lower mounting bolts. Minor items. I had 3 of them done at once in an hour. Not 2 months like some of the affected are dealing with. And as hard as it is for me to watch these guys making video's of themselves talking about their miserable experience I'm glad they are sharing it. Too bad they are dealing with it. Not sure how patient I would be in their shoes.
I have 3 choices:
1) Don't get the car. Get something else or save the money.
2) Get the 10 speed automatic and live with the fact that its not perfect.( although technically it is faster!)
3) Get the manual, drive it like I stole it and if it craps out take it in and drop it off. They already have replacement