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2006 Mazda 5 Minivan - Consumer Reviews

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By HomeExchanger
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2006 Mazda 5 Minivan Touring 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

With 2 kids our Subaru Forester was too small. The Mazda5 dimensions are about the same as the Forester but the space is used better. Autoclimate, anti-lock brakes, 6 airbags - I'm in. Kids have room to spread out. Huge loads fit, even with 4 riders. Clever storage bins abound. There's even storage under rear bench with seats up. Only RAV4 is this compact with seats for more than 5. But 3rd row is harder to enter & it costs $5,000 more than Mazda5 with the 7-passenger option. Don't be fooled: 1) third row is fine for anyone under 64" tall i.e. most women & kids 2) cargo is 43 cf with 3rd row down but 77 feet with both rows folded 3) mileage reported on forum is high 20's/low 30's in normal driving.


Best Features

Price. 6 seats. Automatic climate control. 6 airbags. Cargo room. Looks. Automatic with manual mode. Storage bins. Antilock brakes. 30+ mileage with conservative driving. Steering. Handling. Performance. Sliding doors! 2-position liftgate. Easy to park. Compact size. 4 captains chairs. Versatile. Great ac.


Worst Features

iPod link (duh). Better mileage. Better stereo (even upgraded stereo/speakers aren't great). Rear of rear bench & rear cargo area should be plastic covered, not carpet. Note: Mazda CANNOT sell this car with tinted windows as it is classed as a wagon, not a truck. Go tint them with the $5,000 you're saving.


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By Mark
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2006 Mazda 5 Minivan Sport 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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As far as the front armrest goes I think it should've been on the passenger side instead of the driver side because it doesn't make much sense with a stick shift. 'Can't, really, use it while driving because it blocks the shifter. I understand not having outer armrests for the second row because it would interfere with the sliding doors.


Best Features

'Still love this car. It's been nine months so far.


Worst Features

I still say 16" wheels and 205/55R16 tires should've been standard or 215/50R17 as the standard tire for 17" rims. A "high profile" version would be nice, too, kind of, like Subaru's "Outback" versions of some of their models.


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Great Commuter car
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By David
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2006 Mazda 5 Minivan Sport 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

We love ours. It's perfect for commuting. I can drop three kids off to school, drive to work, and still have a fun drive while getting 20+ MPG.


Best Features

Seating options. Fuel economy.


Worst Features

More accessories options.


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vehicle for today's family
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By Norm Favit
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2006 Mazda 5 Minivan Sport 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I have 2300 km on the M5 and I'm confident I made the right choice for a long term vehicle. I'd recommend the M5 for a growing family that puts a lot of miles on the car as the fuel economy is excellent relative to vehicles of similar seating capacity (just finished a 470km road trip with 7.9 l/100km).


Best Features

Handling, fuel economy, large cargo capacity with 4 passengers. My wife loves the sliding doors to get the baby out when around town.


Worst Features

Diesel option for increased km/L. Fore/aft adjustable roof racks. Tinted aft windows to keep cool in the back and of course... passenger side arm rest.


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Great Minivan alternative
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By foodee
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2006 Mazda 5 Minivan Sport 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

My husband is very anti-minivan while I love the minivan's versatility and ease of entry/exit. This mini-minivan is a great compromise for us - it has the sliding doors and the height of the minivan without the "frumpy soccer mom" stereotype. It can take up to 6 passengers if you have little luggage (not much room behind the third row seats). Most of the time, we fold up the third row seats to have more cargo space. We also love the sporty exterior and the performance. It does not feel like a minivan. Even my minivan-phobic husband enjoys driving this space wagon.


Best Features

Third row seats, minivan-like height and sliding doors, sporty exterior.


Worst Features

Longer legged passengers may find it tight with the third row seats. Another 6 inches of leg room for the third row seats would be perfect.


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