Air noise makes top skylight window intollerable on any amount of side wind.
Front trans-axil noise is very loud with only 20k miles.
Dealer says it is tire cupping.
So...they cannot fix and the noise is so loud that I cannot hear the radio at a normal volume.
Other than the noise, noise, noise, this is a good car to meet my needs.
Fuel economy is as advertised.
My Mazda truck is a nice quiet truck so I do not have a problem with Mazda.
Good entry and loading with side doors
Orange light on Drive Indicator can be a nuisance.
Would have been better if it were dimmable or blue or white.
Orange usually indicates a "trouble" indicator.
We have owned the vehicle for 18 months now and have accumulated 25,000 miles. We have already had to replace the stock tires due to the originals wearing out. We took the vehicle to the dealer for all maintainence and we had a passenger side axle have to be replaced due to defect at 16,000 miles. At 25,000 miles the transmission decided to blow up. When in the dealership getting the trans replaced, they also found the drivers side axle was defective and also had to be replaced. The car gets around 32 mpg as we drove it from Iowa to NJ 10 times over the past 18 months. It is great with the entertainment package, as the kids love it. It is a little underpowered when going over steep hills.
This vehicle is without a doubt the most noisy and bumpy ride that I've ever owned. Just going over a manhole cover can be a teeth-rattling experience. I'm taking it to the dealership this week to have that problem checked out. Very poor suspension? Bad tires? I certainly don't know, but hope that they can do something about it. After driving a Mazda MPV for 8 years, I really miss the cargo space. When I first looked at the M5, I thought that it seemed rather less than the MPV, so asked the salesman how the cargo space compared with the MPV. His reply was, "It's the same". What a lie that turned out to be. Nearly impossible to get my bike into the back - even with 2nd row down.
Easy handling. Good mileage. Love the wedge profile. Auto rain sensor, climate control & lights off after turning off the ignition - if the auto feature is on. No more dead battery due to forgetting to turn off the lights.
Needs driver's seat adjustment improvements. Seat also goes forward when raising it. How stupid! Can't drive w/my knees touching the dash. Had to buy a seat cushion to sit higher. That cancels out ability for heated seat. Needs more storage near the driver & flat bottom in the side pockets.
I've had a Mazda Protege5 for 6 yrs with virtually no problems. Wanted a bigger, roomier, smoother car with all the 'nicies' hence the Mazda5. Great interior room, very roomy rear captains sets, tight but usable 3rd row, leather heated seats, heated mirrors, moonroof, sport tip-tronic auto trans, fog lights, Incredible Xenon headlights, flawless bluetooth for handsfree phone calls, auto rain sensing wipers, Rear sliding doors, traction control and Dynamic Stability control now added. Excellent features all around in the GT version for 21 grand. After 6 wks mixed driving getting 28 mpg
Xenon headlights have incredible clarity, auto rain sensing wipers are great, Sliding rear doors make rear seat area access trouble free, rear vent/blower for back seat passengers
Front seats need to go back a bit further especially for 6'+ drivers
This is Mazda's version to European Ford C-Max. Very nicely executed. The biggest features are sliding doors, manageable size, super fuel savings, and nice suspension. Also, it's not as noisy as other reviewers have indicated. I've driven it with 3 adults and one child on board and the motor stayed quiet if you don't hit it hard. Just remember it's not a sports car. The motor is a big underpowered though, so it takes quite a while to gain the speed after a sharp turn. Interior buttons are large and well positioned though cheaper plastics in the interior kill the whole mood. Suspension is good, eats small bumps very well.
Fuel economy, sliding doors, automatic climate control standard (still can't get it why I should pay for it as an option in many other vehicles, it's a necessity!). Suspension on the softer side, which will not break your teeth over bumps, electronic instruments.
Autostart. Why do I have to hold the key for the car to start? Majority of auto manufacturers have already implemented an autostart where you just torn the key and the car starts without you holder the key in position. Annoying! Mazda -- step up!