2010 Mazda Mazda5 Grand Touring 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
Bought for a family of four replacing an '02 Ford Explorer. We leave the third row seats down 95% of the time and there is plenty of room. The 2.3 is powerful enough to zoom-zoom and acceleration is not as bad as some automotive reviews state; unless you pack it with 6 adults regularly or you're addicted to the throttle it will do just fine. Driving the automatic in sport mode provides better throttle response. Its fun to drive and its handling is impressive. The dynamic stability control and traction control are a safety feature finally available this year. Braking is very good. It stops quick. Don't spend more and settle for less. Mazda5 quality and features are a great buy for the money.
Xenon head lights are great at night. The DVD Navigation system is fairly easy to view and operate. Auto Climate Control. Bluetooth. Rain sensing wipers. Clear visibility all around. Second row captains chairs. Side curtain airbags for all three rows.
1. Heated seats instead of seat warmers. Seats will not turn on until the thermostat INSIDE THE SEAT! is below 63F. If you live where it doesn't snow and it's chilly out, you're out of luck. Wasted a trip to service. 2. Automatic door locks when put in drive. 3. Mirror mounted turn signal repeaters.