2008 Mazda MAZDA5 Grand Touring 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
After shopping every small SUV out there, and the only real competitor to the 5 when we bought it (the Kia Rondo), we bought our 08 Mazda 5 Grand Touring new in May of 09. After 6000 miles, it's still fun to drive and the mileage keeps getting better as the motor breaks in.It's based on the Mazda 3, considered one of the best driving small cars out there, so it drives and handles like a taller version of that car. If you need a capable vehicle for a small family that's fun to drive, look no further! I cannot say enough about how great this vehicle is to drive. Averaging about 21 mpg in mostly hilly, stop and go driving.
Handling is incredible for an inexpensive,van-like vehicle. The sliding doors are great, especially for our narrow garage. Lot's of storage and with our Grand Touring model, lot's of amenities like heated seats,HID headlamps for the money. Turning circle is tight, a bonus.
Build quality is OK, but the interior plastics scratch easily.Road noise is there, a bit worse then our 06 Accord. Would love the turbo diesel version that other parts of the world get (same horsepower, more torque and much better mileage; 30+ mpg city)Another 20 hp would be nice.