I just got my car and I love it! It is small but not too small, it fits everyone and everything I want to put in it and it looks and drives great. I am now seeing though how two little things can kind of start to bug you after a while like no arm rests and so few cup holders. I know it sounds silly but because there is no place to put your cell phone when it is plugged in you have to use a cup holder and there are not that many to begin with.
Arm rests for everyone and more and larger cup holders. Need a place to put your cell phone. I noticed as well when I turn the lights on at night the interior lights dim too much. It is kind of strange.
My wife has had one for about 20 months now. This car has proven much more versatile then a more expensive station wagon. Handling is exceptional for a minivan and above average for a car. Between the balanced weight distribution and the independent suspension, this car can actually corner! Also, it can be bought in a stick! which makes it all the more peppier. We drive the car in winter (including last years record breaking one) and it is not the best winter car. But if you buy winter tires you won't get stuck. Reliability: In 35000 km over 18 months of mixed driving the only repair has been a shock absorber on the left rear wheel. Not bad at all.
Love the car for the price. The automatic transmission does not want to shift from 2 to 3 occasionally with out pausing the gas paddle extra hard. I were size 10 shoes and 6 feet tall. The brake and the gas pedal are too close. Love the telescoping steering wheel feature and the gas mileage. Highly recommend it.
Sport-tronic shifter, 3rd row for the kids, sliding doors, road handling
Arm rest, allow more space between brake and gas pedal, privacy windows
My family loves our Mazda5. I bought it for my wife and kid but occasionally drive it myself. My weekend toy is Mazda Miata and this little wagon (Mazda5 is not a minivan!) is the closest thing to it. Considering the size, the handling is amazing and itís lots of fun on a long winding road. Brakes are excellent and on par to my daily driven 5 series BMW (they also dust as much though). Fuel economy is decent, with 32 mpg going 65 mph on a highway and 22-24 around town. It couldíve been better if Mazda offered more engine choices. However, I can see that this car is not for everyone, especially for people who hate driving.
Versatility, value, quality
Offer more engine choices, like in the rest of the world. Would love to see the TDI engine in the future.
2007 Mazda 5 Minivan Sport 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 4A)
I loved my 2007 Mazda5! I love it even more now. Unfortunately someone hit me this week and totaled my beloved vehicle. Over $15000 in damage and I feel perfect 3 days after, my 18 mo old son is unhurt. The car did just what it should - protect my family. I called dealer next day and am going to get my 2008 next week. Any car that is this safe as well as fun to drive, nice looking and roomy - what more could you ask for?
So easy with carseats! I have used it both forward facing and rear facing. The middle seats ability to move back help with the space needed for a rear facing seat.
Passenger armrest - but I hear it will be in my 2008 version