A great car with few shortcomings that are easily offset by its long list of standard features. The car looks great on the outside. I did not even know that Mazda makes this model but it caught my eye in the display window as I was passing the dealership. I stopped by and checked out the car. Doors close with a solid thud. Seats are comfortable and fold and recline in may different ways. Full, three row side airbags, moonroof, fog lights, autostick tranny, and 6 cd changer. I had a strict budget to stick to and thought that the car would be too expensive. Imagine my shock when I got this car in TOURING EDITION and still paid under $22K. Drives great and turns on a dime. Excellent car value.
I just love this car! It is a super sweet ride to have with two small kids. I have to agree with the editorial review on all points, there are tiny drawbacks, but this car still rocks.
The color (stellar green silver), the seating and cargo options, the 6 disc changer,sliding doors, remote entry, sunroof.
Top mounted cargo lighting, the low side lighting is weird, and difficult to see well at that angle. Better sound system with mid vehicle speakers. Option to close windows with remote, or after vehicle is turned off.
After looking at minivans - we ran into the Mazda5. Seating for 6, good gas mileage, not as large as a minivan, and costs a lot less. A few test drives and we bought one. Back seats fold for dog transport or other items. Good overall size for a family of 4. Mirrored window tinting makes for reflections that can be annoying.
MP3 player plug. Material change for dash to cut reflection. Mazda needs to get on the ball with accessories. You will need a luggage rack for road trips.
The Mazda 5 is an excellent choice for new parents who have been used to coupes and sedans. While the engine lack is lacking in the performance department, it does the job with some forethought to merging and passing. The fuel economy is excellent and is comparable to most compact to midsize sedans. We use the 5 for myself, my wife and our 5 month old daughter. It provides comfortable seating, and ample storage with the 3rd row folded flat for an oversized stroller, and plenty of remaining cargo space for lots of groceries or a trip to the mall. Only driving complaint comes from a significant blindspot behind the driver left side between the drivers door and the left sliding door. We love it!
2nd row folds flat (can use a seat as a changing table). Excellent turning radius. Non-minivan looks.
More powerful engine. Better sound system with built in subwoofer and amp. Rear air conditioning ports. Reading lights in the rear. One more 12v outlet. Manufacturer installed tinted windows.