2009 Mazda Mazda5 Grand Touring 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
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.
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