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We are looking at the new Mazda CX 5 and wondering if it would tow our Avan Tare weight 1150kg.At present using our Prado but after a smaller car.
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Reply By: True Blue - Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 14:19

Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 14:19
Hi Rosemary.

The Mazda website shows the specifications for the CX-5 and the maximum braked towing weight is 1,800kg. I am assuming your Avan has brakes, if not a max. of 750kg applies.

The towing weights are the same for both the FWD and AWD models. Please keep in mind that the max. of 1,800kg is actually higher than the weight of the vehicle. Sort of like the tail wagging the dog.

Hope this helps a little.

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Follow Up By: baz&pud (Tassie) - Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 14:28

Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 14:28
Arvo Rosemary,

Agree with above, cx5 will tow your avan provided you have electric brake controller fitted to the vehicle.
Go caravaning, life is so much shorter than death.

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Reply By: GT Campers - Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 15:04

Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 15:04
CX 5 is not much smaller than a Prado - really, take a look - and it not engineered to tow - it will be thirsty and not as comfortable with a weight in its rear as a Prado or many others
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Follow Up By: rags - Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 16:51

Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 16:51
As a diesel Prado owner but also looking at the CX5 in diesel for wifes car [keeping prado for towing] i would probably debate the economy issue raise with the Mazda with a quoted fuel rate of 5.7l/100km and allowing a loss of some economy when towing i'm sure it would be better than average of 10=15 l that a prado diesel would get when towing.
With a weight of Cx5 at approx 1685kg i don't consider it a light car and certainly heavier than the said 1100kg avan so it would tick the box of a heavy car than van formula that many promote on this site. I guess if the tow bar has been designed to bolt on as a mazda accessory than i guess mazda thinks and has engineered it to tow.
Would i tow 1800kg with one the answer would be no way,but i have considered if i would tow my 1000kg camper with this class of car and i would certainly give it a go. There are plenty of soft roaders travelling around the country towing small vans usually sticking to the main drags.
But for me i am fortunate that i can maintain owning our 03 prado for our recreational journeys ,drive an LPG ford ute for my work needs ,and have the wife run a good daily driver thru her business so don't need an alternative tow vehicle.
I appreciate that some folk have got to weigh up their options and at the same time watch the dollars ,so many do consider these sort of vehicles.
As a current owner of a mazda 3 ,i do consider these new cx5 to be a great car, my problem with them is are the $8000 better than a Hyundai IX35.
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Follow Up By: GT Campers - Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 17:18

Thursday, Apr 05, 2012 at 17:18
Ok maybe I'll say it another way: CX5's primary design criteria didn't include towing and although sold by a Mazda dealer, tow bar/integration would have been designed in Australia by HR or someone. It has strut rear end and relatively "light construction" monocoque shell.

I'm not knocking Mazda (and Kluger etc are similar) but the only one that is designed with towing in mind from design stage is the BT50!

Ford Territory should also be considered
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Reply By: gbc - Saturday, Apr 07, 2012 at 07:33

Saturday, Apr 07, 2012 at 07:33
Check out a few customer satisfaction surveys on the CX5 - they have been dropped with good reason.
Fuel usage on the petrol version is slightly less than the space shuttle - I'd imagine that as a tow rig its range would be slightly better than a skateboard.

Prados aren't big, but they do big things.
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Follow Up By: gbc - Saturday, Apr 07, 2012 at 07:37

Saturday, Apr 07, 2012 at 07:37
Disregard - mixing my cx7's and cx5's.
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