I needed a good vehicle, nothing fancy, that would fit my large music keyboards, but not be a monster truck. Mazda 5 is a "micro-minivan" (hip term for station wagon.) It has room for two adults up front, 2½ adults in the back (typical nonsense about a 3rd adult in the back, no way,) and 2 kids all the way in the back. The 4 back seats fold down for a lot of cargo room. All this and it still drives like a car. It is well configured overall.
I never cared about "fun-to-drive", until now! Great handling, tight turning radius, good acceleration and braking. Also, runs quiet, fuel efficient, very good sound system (no satellite,) great dealer & service department.
The automatic climate control is a disaster! The thing seems to have its own agenda that is contrary to the owner's manual. More legroom would be helpful, sunroof is a little small but solid.
We purchased this car for our family because of the dual sliding doors, size and fuel economy. What we got was a lemon. Within the first 2000 miles the A/C went out. Four months later, the A/C went out again. We had this car at the dealer 4 times for A/C repairs alone. In the 14 months we had this vehicle we also had the radio replaced because the sound wouldn't come on. The check engine light came one twice, which required two more visits to the dealer for engine jerking and sluggishness. Up to the day we traded this vehicle, it would wobble or bounce on perfect roads as if it were out of line or the wheels were not balanced. We had those items checked many times, with no changes.
Not owning one anymore. Stay away from this vehicle! Mazda will not support you in taking it back or trading it for a different model. We went through every chain of command at Mazda and they flat out refused to assist us. Not a company I would every purchase from again.
Scrap the entire design and start over. Use tires that are better in the rain and don't melt after 15k miles. Treat your customers with respect and provide a car that isn't worth more than $11,000 after purchasing it for $23,000. Read the blogs, Mazda has tons of A/C and customer support issues.
compared to Rondo and selected Mazda based on past experience with MPV. Great value for money considering flexibility and features; kids love the folding table in second row, hidden storage under seat is smart, could use another inch of legroom for my left leg but vehicle is still comfortable to drive; vehicle is primary driven by my wife who just loves the car. Mileage is strong, have gotten as high as 31 mpg on highway; hills of Ozarks bring mileage down but still does very well. would prefer 16 inch wheels and maybe an inch taller, but hard to complain about the value. Structure seems tight and well built. very easy to load and unload. road noise better than mpv, which was reliable2
seat comfort, easy of folding seats, underseat hidden storage, table, mileage, reliability, acceleration from stop, cornering, ride and especially sliding doors, they are very practical, still laugh at the I can't be seen in a minivan with sliding doors crowd, they are so much easier.
smaller tire for perhaps smoother ride, raise suspension an inch or so for better visibility and ease of entry, do not like gimmicky rocker panel plastic strip in higher level models, this vehicle isn't THAT sporty, how about a Mazda 4.5 without the 3rd row seat and a bit more storage?
Had one for 1 1/2 years. Really liked it at first. Then noted loss of stable feeling when driving. Drove a lot, had 37,000 and the rear shocks were really shot after 17,000. Very bad in the snow, front tires just spin. Had to get snow tires then it was okay. So factory tires were bad after 20k. So that's two sets of tires after the first year. Overall we got sick of the thing. Gas mileage was not very good. It is low to the ground which makes it look nice but watch it when parking into a stall, you will hit some curb's. Anyhow, with the bad suspension and all I got rid of it for a Mazda6, wow what a difference. Like night and day. Got the 4cyl 2010 and it does get more than 30 mpg. Don't get a 5
Much better suspension. Raise it up about 3 inches. Little longer for leg room. Seats that lay down without big gaps. Better sound system. Little bigger engine for it's size. Again the 6 is much better even with a 4cyl. I think the air on a 2010 6 works great so far.