2008 Mazda MAZDA5 Grand Touring 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
We looked at everything in this price class,new and used. CR-V, RAV 4, Subaru Forester, Kia Rondo,Suzuki Grand Vitara. Nothing offered the combination of fun and function like the Mazda. This is not meant as a replacement for the minivan from Honda, Toyota,etc. You must drive this "microvan" before passing judgment on it. If you appreciate sharp steering and handling over a softer ride, you will not be disappointed. Bottom line: If you need to haul a small family around or just some stuff AND have fun doing it, the Mazda 5 is for you! It was for us! For those complaining about snow traction. Get four snow tires. 205/50/17 all season tires were never meant for snow!
Handling, features on the Grand Touring like Bluetooth and Xenon headlamps, fuel mileage, the hiding places in the interior,exterior styling. The 5 is still fairly rare in my area, so I don't see another one everyday,which is kinda fun!
OK, power is not the 5's strong point. Please Mazda, bring the turbo-diesel from Europe for this vehicle (143 hp 260 ft.lbs. of torque and 38 mpg city!) Some of the plastics are a bit cheap feeling inside and I'd like a bit more storage for the front passengers.