2009 Mazda MAZDA5 Grand Touring 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
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?