Get the touring model if you buy used
By Ken on
Vehicle2008 Mazda 5 Touring 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
ReviewThe Mazda 5's (2009 new models at the time) became very popular in cash for clunkers.If buying used (Hertz, Enterprise, etc have them) get the Touring model with CD changer, moonroof, leather wheel/shifter, LED taillights, fog lights, spoiler and side skirts for about $1,000 over a Sport (nearly $2,000 premium when new). We got ours at 32K in 8/09. Only negative is that nice looking low profile 17" tires do wear out faster than conventional wheels.Steering and versatility are outstanding. We love the Alpine 10.2" overhead DVD that we installed behind the moonroof. Note the recent 2007-2009 recall (also Mazda 3) for power steering. Stability control and traction control were not added until '09
Best FeaturesLED rear taillights, 6 disc CD changer, leather steering wheel and shift knob (touring model for previous items), rear A/C vents, stylish 17" alloy wheels, 6 passenger versatility, 2nd row console/cargo nets under seats, sporty handling (based on Mazda 3)
Worst FeaturesStability control and traction control not added until 2009; tinted windows (we got excellent aftermarket tinting); 6 speed automatic for improved gas mileage; longer lasting tires; interior plastics scratch easily on door panels and on console.
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