2009 Mazda Mazda5 Consumer Review: Not a winter vehicle!!
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2009 Mazda Mazda5 Minivan - Consumer Review

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Not a winter vehicle!!
By Zepppo on

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2009 Mazda Mazda5 Sport 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

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WE bought the Mazda 5 as it offers 6 seats without the bulk of a real mini-van. The design of the vehicle is good, but it feels a little "flimsy" compared to our Honda CRV. Gas mileage is good (again, compared to a minivan) and it's a pretty peppy ride. The biggest problem is driving on snow and ice, however (I live in AB,Canada). To compensate for the lack of oomph Mazda designed the manual gearbox with very "short" gears. First gear has so much torque that you can barely start moving without the wheels spinning! We bought Michelin X-Ice2 tires which helped a bit, but it's still not fun driving this vehicle on snow and ice. For a winter environment this is definitely not the right choice

Favorite Features

Seats for 6, sliding doors, gas mileage, overall size of vehicle, cargo versatility

Suggested Improvements

More HP for the engine so the manual transmission works for winter/wet roads too! more beefier built, not as flimsy. Sound insulate interior
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