We have owned the car for two weeks and it has been a pleasure to drive. First gas tank of all city driving came in at an average mpg of 23, even with some of my higher RPM start-ups. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for a compromise between some of the desirable features of a minivan and a station wagon. Great value for the price.
Lots of space, sliding rear seats = lots of leg room, aerodynamic design, responsive engine.
Mazda could do a lot to add a few more options, a good place to start would be all the nice little extras on the Mazda3 5-door hatch back GT that are not offered on the Mazda5 at all. I got a great value for my money, but would have paid more for a few more of the extras.