I bought a 2012 used with 8.5K. It was flawless except for a stain on the front passenger seat which I have been unable to remove. Another stain is on a back seat that I can't remove. Needs better seat fabric- seems cheap.
I have 2 kids and am finding that as my baby turned into toddler, and with a 9 year old, we are outgrowing the car with backpacks, soccer stuff etc.
If we had another child, there'd be little room for a stroller. No way this car is functional for 4 kids full-time.
Since I bought it, the gas mileage has gone down considerably though it's well maintained by Mazda.
Great to drive forward...seems to have lots of blind spots in spite of all the windows.
3rd row fold down seats.
Slight tint of windows.
Gas mileage, better seat fabric, better air vents for back of the car.
The specs tell the story of a very average vehicle.
Average power, MPG, etc.
But just drive it.
Handles great, the seating position is ideal, the automatic drivetrain is near perfect, even for a guy that prefers a manual, and it can seat six adults in a pinch (front and middle rows move up a notch).
The vehicle is tight as a drum, low noise level, and overall is tighter than the last Honda we had, a 2003 CR-V.
I have no idea why anyone with kids would want doors that are not sliders.
Sliding doors do not hit other cars in parking lots and allow easy access to child seats.
The door jams don't move in the openings like most Hondas, it's TIGHT!
The engine doesn't have to rev to create usable power and the transmission keeps the engine at the ideal RPM.
The ergonomics are refreshing, with large knobs and buttons that can be manipulated without taking your eyes off of the road.
The road RPM is low and the car will run any speed you choose with little effort.
The highest praise I can give the Mazda5 is that if you didn't turn around and look at the room you would swear you were driving a small, sharp handling compact hatch.
Oh, and it's a steal, running the same or less than most 4 door hatches.
Really splitting hairs here because this is as happy as I have been with a vehicle in decades.
Rear cargo light needs to be located in the roof rather than the side rather than the Mazda3 right side location.
Apply some of the Skyactive tech to increase MPG.
Cupholders on the outer dashboard like the Honda Fit.
I understand it's difficult to add more equipment like overseas because you get real close to one of the bigger minivans but maybe a few items like the auto dimming mirror (we had it installed as a Mazda accessory.)
We were planning to buy the CX-7 when we saw the Mazda 5.
It was love at first sight!
While my husband test drove the car, one of my daughter's and I sat in the very back seats and raised our hands like we were on a roller coaster ride -- we had too much fun on the test drive!
It is a cute (love the smiling face), fun car, and I love to tell people about our mini minivan's features.
The low car height makes it easier for my daughter with disabilities to get in and out.
But, low and longer than expected makes it harder for me to park and has resulted in more scrapes to the front bumper.
The third row has come in handy a few times, too.
For trips, I prefer larger vehicles.
The Mazda 5 is cute, handles fairly well, and performs decently.
The third row has been beneficial for the times when we have extra passengers and the sliding doors have been a great asset getting in and out of the car in tight spaces.
I admit I really miss my CRV, but the Mazda 5 tries to give the driver more of an SUV experience with the ability to raise the driver's seat so that you feel like you are driving a car that is higher off the ground.
I do love the ability to connect my phone to the radio to play my music, but I have been unable to use
the car's controls to switch between tracks.
The most unnerving thing I have experienced is the choppy nature of the brakes.
It is so much so that I explain to new passengers that the Mazda technicians did check them and said they were fine and that the choppy nature was due to the anti-lock brake system which kicks in as the brakes are pressed more than 2" down.
It still doesn't feel right.
The Mazda 5 has a small car feel but is actually quite long. Full parking spaces are needed as the car must be pulled up to the line or it will stick out.
Bought in 2011, the tire tread is running thin at 25,000 mile, a few unexpected interior accessory parts are breaking and the seat fabric is difficult to clean.
The Mazda 5 offers great value for the money.
I purchased a brand new 2012 model in March 2013 with a nice discount where
the price was comparable to a 2013 Hyundai Elantra.
At that price, the extra room of the Mazda 5 made it an unbeatable deal.
The Mazda 5 touring is a great vehicle because it fits 6 passengers, it is fun to drive, it is the perfect size for a person who either wants a smaller minivan or a larger car.
This vehicle can take kids around but also serves as a nice commuter car with ample room and height when compared to other cars.
Seating capacity for 6.
Middle and back seats fold down to give room for cargo space if needed.
Fun to drive.
More power to the transmission when going uphill.
Gas mileage could be better.
I bought my 2012 Mazda 5 in February of 2013 with 10 miles on the odometer.
Upgrading from a '96 Corolla with 166K and 27/34 mpg.
I got all the room extra I wanted and more but was disappointed in the mpg (24mpg).
I am more of an SUV kind of person rather than a "mini-van".
It's size and body style is more inline with the Rav4 & CRV that I looked at with a better price and mpg than they offered.
I wished the milage was better and there was a bigger covered center console.
I could have gotten this with new Mazda CX-5, but the bench seat didn't fold FLAT and the front 'racing" seats were hard & uncomfortable.
Every time I drive ZoomZoom, I find something else about it I like
I love the Flat folding cargo capacity. Tons of room in the back without loosing the second row seating
The center console needs to be larger, taller and covered so you can put things in it and not worry about them being seen or something spilled.
Adjustable roof rack and rails on the top, instead of the removable fixed point cross bars.
This would increase the "sporty" look and provide added hauling capacity for the family trips