Fun to drive, practical, has shortcoming
By chaika on
2006 Mazda 5 Touring 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
I bought a 2006 with almost all the options. We have 2 children and regularly carpool two others to school. I like driving the car. It is small and peppy. I love the 5 speed on a minivan.
I like flexibility of seating and the overall styling. Radio and heat/ ac controls are intuitive. I haven't had it for summer yet, so not sure about the quality of the ac.
The interior only comes in black and that looks dirty right way and always. Lots of road noise. If you are looking for a car for lots of highway hours think about a pair of earplugs. Around town it doesnt bother me. Stock tires were awful on snow! Definitely get snow tires!