Lots to like, a little to dislike
By Dennis on
2008 Mazda 5 Sport 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
I bought the Sport with M/T. Vehicle meets all my needs, lots of room, decent fuel economy, good price. The manual trans takes some getting used to. It has a very light engagement and is very easy to "top" a gear. I definitely will be tinting the rear windows to keep things cooler but the A/C works great. With almost 3,000 miles on it I am averaging about 22 mpg. Since all my driving is around town I find this acceptable but wished for more. Manual adjusting seats required me to get out of the car to raise the seat level. If you are willing to keep the RPMs up, acceleration is good. Overall I am very pleased and hope time will prove me right.
Huge hatch, sliding doors, interior room, handling, high feature content for base model.
Clutch "feel", better MPG (city), factory tinted rear Windows