I drive extensively on snow and ice in northern Minnesota so winter performance is important. I switched to Nokian WR All Weather tires which improved summer performance, reduced road noise and made the car a complete joy to drive in the winter. I am running Mobile1 which improved winter starting and fuel economy slightly. Controls are good but are easy to bump with gloved hands. Ventilation is fair. Accelerator pedal space is tight for a boot. Overall the vehicle has been very flexible and reliable with a few warranty items including exhaust heat build up, rear sliding door locks freeze, cold weather squeaking over a bump (TSB 02-007/06) and fuel gauge calibration.
Interior flexibility, maneuverability, apparent safety, sporty euro look, value, Manual transmission The Mazda5 is a tall station wagon that shares a lineage with the Volvo V50, Ford Focus and Mazda3 and brings together some of the best of these vehicles at a very reasonable cost.
Needs a euro-roof rail system, traction and stability control, and crash protection ratings. Fog lights and navigation system are poor. Fuel economy is in the mid 20s which is disappointing for the Mazda5 which is in the EPA class, "midsize station wagon."