2009 Mazda Mazda5 Sport 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
If you are looking for a functional second vehicle this is a great option. Minivan features without a minivan feel. Build quality is definitely cheap, and absolutely consider getting this only under warranty. Driver comfort is an issue for me (6'2"), my large foot (size 15) does not fit on the gas pedal, i need to push it with my toe. It's my wife's car and she is 5'10 and loves the car. In cold weather (-20C), intake manifold control runners were getting stuck due to cheap plastic composite materials that seem to be unavoidable these days. In hot weather, sway bar bushings caused terrible creaking, just annoying noise. Excellent service from dealer/Mazda for both issues
- Manual trans (would not buy if auto) - Excellent handling - Multi-link rear suspension (not the crappy torsion beam crap on American vans/compacts) - large rear sliding doors are great for getting kids in/out - excellent utility with all seats down for lugging large items
- "Best" OE tires (Toyo proxies) are absolute garbage with poor traction in any weather - Manual revs 3K RPM at 100 km/h in 5th, needs a 6th or taller 5th to make a viable highway car - Fuel consumption is crap for the engine, a Toyota Sienna with a 3.5L direct injection engine gets same mileage
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