2008 Mazda Mazda5 Sport 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
Mazda5 is very good overall. Mileage is about what the EPA says it should be; we do a bit better on the highway than their rating. Performance is good. We had the power steering defect for which Mazda has a technical service bulletin and are hoping they will recall it (there is a recall in Canada) because the tab was $600+ for the repair. Uneven tire wear is a problem. They wore unevenly early generating a wowwowwow sound. Wheel alignment must be on the outer fringes of possible to correct this. There is not enough travel for the driver's seat. Another inch or two of driver leg room is badly needed. Overall, it is a very good package and I would buy again esp. if driver position is improved
Size, overall concept, flexibility, visibility are all great. Six seats with rear folding seat is very useful. Sliding rear side doors are a best feature. Rear seat leg room is excellent; could sacrifice a bit to gain more drivers' seat travel.
Needs more driver leg room. Might help if raising the seat did not move the seat forward so much. Auto heating/AC system control is fiddly; hard to maintain constant temp without hot or cold air blowing on you. Electro mirror is a waste; works poorly until very dark outside. Tire profile too low.