Smooth-Riding Car for Small Families
By Renee Lichtenhan on
2008 Mazda 5 Sport 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
This is a great little van for small families. Handling is really smooth, "Zoom Zoom", as they say. Very dependable. Lots of little nooks in the driver's side to stash cell phone, sunglasses, cosmetics. Easy to reach radio and temperature controls. Handy storage under middle bucket seats. Seats very easy to fold and slide where you need them to be. Ample storage when third row is folded down. But, if you've got people in the third row, forget about putting any luggage, groceries, or even school backpacks in the back.
Quiet, smooth ride. Easy to handle. Gas mileage is fair. With A/C in summer average 22 mpg. Other times of year, best I saw was 29 mpg.
This would suit a family of four, most of the time, especially if your kids are small. If you've got bigger kids and are hauling their friends around, too, it will feel too small. Third row makes storage useless.