Well, we broke down and bought a 2016 Mazda CX5 Touring. The Grand Touring was sweet, but I am not a fan of leather seats when living in hot summer climates. We've had it for 5 days now. We test drove one overnight which allowed me to drive it up to Snowbasin to see it how it handled the uphill, curvy road. Zippy to say the least; it wasn't constantly hunting for gears like the Camry did and would flat out fly if I wanted it to. I discovered after pulling into a friend's very steep driveway and being a little put off by the woeful lack of power in that situation, that I CAN put it in "manual shift" mode and actually shift it like a manual! Worked like a charm. It also has a sport mode button that can be activated in situations like merging into traffic where an instant extra oomph is needed. Oh, and this thing truly does handle like a decent sports sedan like all the reviews say it does. I can rail the corners on the 84 through Weber Canyon even more than I could in the Camry which was an SE. I can't imagine how it will handle with better tires. It's certainly not a true sports car, but for a crossover, it's a fun ride!
I love the fuel economy tracking system. We are already averaging 29 MPG in mixed driving (more freeway than city, but uphill freeway on the way home, and downhill on the way out.) We were warned that the first 600 miles or so to expect about 22 MPG, so I'm pretty pleased about that.
Have been reading up on the crappy stock tires (Yokohama Geolanders) and will have to make some decisions this fall as to whether we want to buy some replacements for those right off the bat (those Michelins we had on the Camry last winter were pretty awesome) or buy snows for the winter and ride the Yokohama's until they die at what seems to average about 24k miles. I haven't driven them in the rain yet to determine if the reviews of how crappy they are on wet roads are legit. If so, it'll sway our decision to buy some M+S tires and ditch the Yokohama's, then buy snows in a year or two when the M+S tread starts to wear down.
Oh, another handy ski feature on the CX5 is the 40/20/40 rear folding seats with release handles in the back cargo space. It'll be nice to just fold down that 20% center section if we want to take an extra person up the hill. Max length for skis seems to be right around 180 if using that center section, unless we rest them on the console, which I don't mind doing since our commute to the mountain is all of 13 minutes. We knew we would give up some cargo space compared to an Outback, but my husband just can't get past the whole "station wagon" thing. Since we have an F150 4WD with a shell on it, we really don't need massive amounts of cargo space. If it comes to that, we take the truck.
Getting the dummy trailer hitch installed next week so I can carry my bike on the back. Picked up a Yakima Stick Up rack for $100 from a neighbor which also suits our needs just fine. ;)