Suprisingly fun to drive van!
By tristanboy on
2008 Mazda 5 Sport 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
Bought this car used. Currently around 34,000 miles. Averaging around 24 mpg mixed. Car has a decent amount of pep for around town, lacking in passing power. Responsive 5-speed auto, with manual control. Love the space for 6, although if all seats are up there is small cargo space behind the third row. Clever packaging and storage with the huge glovebox and flip open second row bottoms. Love the armrests. Steering feel is lively. A bit of wind noise at highway speeds. Beware of suspension problems with the 5. I have noticed some creaking, look into it before buying.
Great space. Practical sliding doors. Maneuverable and not too big. Great sightlines. Respectful of gas. I find the look to be rather attractive for a van.
I personally thinks it looks better than the current 5. Hopefully, when the new 5 will look much better. Add the Skyactiv engine from the 3 to get better gas mileage. Overall, very good van.