Not a winter vehicle!!
By Zepppo on
2009 Mazda 5 Sport 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
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
Seats for 6, sliding doors, gas mileage, overall size of vehicle, cargo versatility
More HP for the engine so the manual transmission works for winter/wet roads too! more beefier built, not as flimsy. Sound insulate interior